ZL VHF history - John ZL2TWS

Terry ZL2TVU Mt Ruapehu working Peter ZL2ARW at Black Birch Ridge on 10 GHz FM. Microwave Associates MA-87127 Gunnplexer and "Wellington Walkie" IF. DX weekend 1980. Distance circa 306km. 

John ZL2TWS at the mic of 1296 MHz home brew working South. 10 GHz "wok" dish on the right.

John ZL2TWS working field day station ZL2TAI (ZL2FAE) ATV with Wanganui ZL2JA 1983.

Mt Ruapehu DX weekend site Terry ZL2TVU, Don LaingZL2AQW, John ZL2TWS 1980.

ZL2BLI DX weekend Mt Ruapehu 1982. Home brew, transverter hanging from coax cables but it worked well.

Noel ZL2TMZ 6 m band and PA on right - DX weekend Mt Ruapehu 1982.

Bruce ZL2UFA in the kitchen Mt Ruapehu 1982. Did a top job, meals and drinks to keep thirsty operators going.

Mt Ruapehu DX weekend 1982 team. John ZL2HD, Bruce ZL2UFA, Alan Woodfield, Dave ZL2BLI, John ZL2TWS and Noel ZL2TMZ

ZL2TWS-ZL2UFA-ZL2TAI (ZL2FAE) Mt Ruapehu North summit shelter. Checking hut and area as possible site to operate field day from. We never made it back there and left the site to the Auckland VHF group team.

John ZL2TWS at Mt Ruapehu North summit shelter operating on 2 m Auckland to Wellington with ease.

Field day Mt. Ruapehu 1296 MHz working south. DX Weekend 1982.

Dean ZL2TIL Field day Mt. Ruapehu 1296 MHz working south. DX Weekend 1982.

David ZL2BLI, Alan Woodfield and JohnZL2TWS

ZL2TAI (ZL2FAE) and ZL2TWS Mt Egmont 1983

John ZL2TWS new Telstar TX-5 at site. Mt Kapakapanui Tararua Forest Park north of Wellington 1983 / 1984 field day operation. This is the site that Vern ZL2TMI discovered in the 70's and was used a lot by the Wellington VHF Group before they got access to Mt Belmont.

John ZL2AQE working south over Wellington to South Island on 2.3, 3.3 and 5 GHz. Mt Kapakapanui Tararua Forest Park north of Wellington 1983 / 1984 field day operation.

Paul ZL2UGR working VHF / UHF bands Mt Kapakapanui Tararua Forest Park north of Wellington 1983 / 1984 field day operation.

1982 ATV 425 MHz record from Mt. Ruapehu to Mt. Murchison ZL2TWS-ZL2ASF. Signal received at Mt. Murchison.

1982 ATV 425 MHz record from Mt. Ruapehu to Mt. Murchison ZL2TWS-ZL2ASF. Signal received at Mt. Murchison.

1982 ATV 425 MHz record from Mt. Ruapehu to Mt. Murchison ZL2TWS-ZL2ASF. Signal received at Mt. Murchison.

 Picture aboveZL2TWS tending to the 432 MHz PA and 2 m coms used to check band opening conditions.

Dish view north. ZL2ARW-ZL2AQE3 GHz contact North Egmont 6th March 1983

ZL2TWS to ZL2AQE first ever 610.2 MHz contact when the band was first made available to us in 1987. John ZL2TWS at the microphone.

Ruapehu end of the contact first ever 610.2 MHz contact 1987. FT-9600 scanner and pre-amp used on RX. IC-471H and transverter used for TX. Very home brew to get that contact!

John ZL2TWS, Ruapehu end of the first ever 610.2 MHz contact 1987.

North Egmont 6th March 1983, John ZL2AQE and John ZL2TWS on site. Worked 3.3 GHz ZL2ARW to ZL2AQE the same day.

2 m and 70 cm included along with two dishes for the 3.3 GHz and 10 GHz?

The 16 element collinear array was 425 MHz fast scan ATV and using a 6 MHz bandwidth is extremely hard to work.

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