Headquarters will be closed from Friday 5th July to Monday 22nd July inclusive. For any urgent queries, please contact your local Councillor as follows:
Northern Region - Vaughan ZL1TGC, Neill ZL1TAJ, Phil King ZL1PK, Stephen Hayman ZL1TPH
Central - Warren Harris ZL2AJ
Midland - Stuart ZL2TW, Phil ZL3PAH
The Southern region Councillor is away until mid-July, so you may need to contact someone else.
Talk soon…Debby ZL2DL
IARU HF Contest – VC6IARU
Please note that for the 2013 IARU HF Contest I will be using the call VC6IARU as a multi-single entry with members of the Calgary DX Club (Calgary Amateur Radio Association). We will be giving out the “AC” exchange. QSL via VE6SH, LOTW or the VE6 QSL Bureau.
Tim Ellam VE6SH
DX Hall of Fame 2012
To - Fellow Hams, New Zealand Hall of Fame - 2/7/2013 - Christchurch.
Dear Fellow Hams
It gives me great pleasure to announce the much awaited 2012 Hall of Fame award recipients. Thank you the core group of 3 who made these decisions and then agonised over the citations.
The recipients are:
ZL1HY Mike Edwards. Mike was first licensed in 1973 and passed the Morse test in 1974. He worked more than 100 countries on phone before gaining his “HF license” in 1975. Mike was issued with the call ZL1BIL. Mike concentrated on his favourite 80m band and was the first New Zealand amateur to be awarded the “CQ WAZ” on 80m in 1981, 11th in the World. Following that remarkable achievement, Mike went on to gain CQ WAZ on 5 bands (5BWAZ) all in SSB. Certificate No.78. Mike gained 5BDXCC as early as mid 1981. Certificate No. 1065.
DXing was not the only forte for Mike as he set several records in SSB contesting:
1981 CQWW SSB No. 1. World and set new World Record 40m. 1982 CQWW SSB No. 1. World 20M and set new Oceania record. 1983 CQWW SSB No. 1. World 20M reset a new Oceania record. 1984 CQWW SSB No. 3 World 80m. 1986 CQWW SSB No.3 World 20m in the QRP/p category. 1993 Qualified for DXCC No. 1 HR plaque.
Mike changed his call when his old mentor Dave Brown retired from Amateur radio and gave Mike ZL1HY in 1993. Mike’s DXCC totals are 346 in mixed and phone, and he has over 300 entities on 80 and 40m phone. He confesses to not like CW, but he has some 240 entities mainly on the 30m band.
With more than 100 entities on 160m Mike has demonstrated his prowess in both DXing and contesting over the last 40 years. Therefore it is pleasing to award Mike Edwards the honour of the New Zealand Hall of Fame.
ZL3TY Bob McQuarrie. Bob was first licensed in 1963 and operated mostly on VHF. His dedication to VHF became apparent when Bob became the first New Zealand amateur to gain DXCC in VHF mixed (6m and 2m). Further concentration on the 2m band using the latest digital technology combined with his CW skills and moon bounce, Bob is the first New Zealand amateur to be awarded DXCC on the 2m band with 102 countries confirmed.
Bob joined the ZL7C Dxpedition in October 2002 and was able to make the first ever moon bounce contacts from the Chatham Islands.
Bob uses mostly VHF and many Australian amateurs have made their first contacts to New Zealand by being logged by ZL3TY over many years operating from the West Coast of the South Island.
As a consequence his name and call sign are inducted into the New Zealand Hall of Fame. Congratulations Bob, and may you yet work many more DX contacts in the VHF bands.
ZL2AWJ Ted Thorpe (Silent key) Ted (Edward Max) Thorpe was first licenced 14th October 1949 as ZL1ADX while he was still a student at Mt. Albert Grammar School in Auckland. From high school, Ted joined the NZ Broadcasting Service as a technical cadet at Broadcasting House, Shortland St, Auckland. Gaining his 1st class Certificate in Radio Technology and 1st Class Postmaster General's Certificate he went to sea as a Radio Officer on RMS "Rangitata", a UK-NZ passenger/cargo ship 16,737 gross tons, 411 passengers. After coming ashore he married Colleen, moved to Wainuiomata and joined Lintas (Unilvever) as Selwyn Toogood's technician on his TV series. As ZL2AWJ, (ZL calls were not transportable in those days) Ted achieved DXCC in July 1961.
On January 27-1966, at 0100z, the 38 foot Ketch "Marinero" sailed from Wallis Island en route to Western and American Samoa . Aboard were five individuals, including Chuck Swain, K7LMU and Ted Thorpe, ZL2AWJ who had just completed a successful operation as FW8ZZ on Wallis Island , the 15th such operation during the World Radio Propagation Study Association's 1965-1966 S.E. Asia-Pacific DXpedition. This DXpedition was received with enthusiasm by the DX fellows in the USA and throughout the world. During the preceding six months, over 75,000 QSO's had been logged on CW and SSB.
Chuck Swain and Ted Thorpe, who had done a great part to make all this possible, were returning from Wallis Island. Ted was to return to New Zealand and Chuck was to join Don Miller in American Samoa and the DXpedition was to continue on for another two months, during which time operations were planned from Manihiki Island in the South Cooks, and Heard Island in the South Indian Ocean which would be counted as new countries by ARRL DXCC.
On 29 and 30 of January, a hurricane struck the Wallis Island - Samoa area, the eye of the storm passing directly over Wallis Island with winds in excess of 100 miles per hour and waves 50 to 75' in height. The "Marinero", with Chuck and Ted aboard never reached port. It was caught by the Hurricane close to Apia, Western Samoa. In the vast Air and Sea Search that followed,in which the U S Coast Guard, U S Air Force and the Royal New Zealand Air Force participated, no trace of the ketch or any debris was found. The "Marinero" is now considered to have sunk and the five on board, including Chuck and Ted, missing assumed dead. Hundreds of amateurs around the Pacific Basin monitored the bands hoping to hear a signal from the Marinero. They were unaware that the HF gear had been left on Wallis Island for the resident licenced ham - the Marinero had only VHF equipment for the relatively short voyage from Wallis to Apia.
It is hoped that every DXer will give some consideration to just how much these two have contributed to DX to make it a more enjoyable hobby for all DXers. For those of us who knew Chuck and Ted personally, there were no two finer individuals on earth who were so devoted and risked so much, so that so many throughout the world could enjoy many happy hours of DXing.
Congratulations Mike zl1hy, Bob zl3ty and Ted zl2awj, an award ceremony is planned for zl1hy and zl3ty where the Hall of Fame trophy will be presented. Details of where and when will follow.
73's Graham Hunter ZL3GQ New Zealand HOF Convenor.
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