I was born in New Zealand in 1950 and now live near Napier at Pakowhai in Hawke’s Bay on the East coast of the North Island. The area is one of the best fruit and wine growing regions in the world and the climate is great with summer temperatures around 25C daily and over 2300 hours of sunshine a year. Life is good with at least 40 wineries in the area
The equipment at ZL2US currently consists of an Icom 756 Pro, Icom 746 Pro, an Ameritron amplifier with Icom VHF and UHF radios. Antennas include a TH6DXX, TH3, 6M yagi for HF on a 70′ foldover mast, a full wave 160 metre horizontal loop and dipoles for LF. The antenna farm is shared with my sheep on 2 acres.
Licensed as ZL2RFL in 2005, I recently changed to ZL2US. In 2012 In managed to place a new DXCC certificate up on the wall and currently am working towards 200 countries. Although I do work DX when it’s around the majority of my amateur radio contacts are casual ragchewing and socializing with my friends. I belong to NZART Hawkes Bay Branch 13. The sea not too far from us is a good place for my other hobby of fishing out on my 26′ Bayliner in Hawke Bay. My wife Sue is also a ham ( ZL2DC ) and we have 2 sons in their early 30s and 4 grandchildren.
73 es Happy DXing