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2012 Annual Report

Over the last few years the QHUG Committee has explored a range of potential sites for a new HF DX Contest station. At the beginning of 2011, we were hopeful that a site at Pukerua Bay would prove suitable, but wind shear and limited area for HF antennas on top of the hill meant that we concluded the site is not for us. After five years, the Committee somewhat reluctantly decided to recommend to the club that we dispose of our remaining assets. Our two containers and various masts stored at Titahi Bay have now been sold or passed on to others to use.

QHUG will still have a future, but a very different future from that when we were the ‘first station in the Southern Hemisphere to be heard’. With a bank balance in excess of NZ$30,000, the committee recommended to WARC, Inc that we look to allocate grants to groups undertaking HF or DX related activities. Rather than incurring additional costs associated with creating a Trust, QHUG will remain a committee of WARC, Inc. The Committee realises that a much wider group of supporters exists, and having a fund that encourages DX and contest activity will meet their needs as well.

Applications can be made online at the ZL6QH.com website, where all application details and forms can be found.

Thanks to Ralph ZL2AOH for his long standing services as QSL Manager (and some cards are still appearing through the bureau) and other members of the Quartz Hill Management Committee (ZL2AOH, ZL2AMI, ZL2AOV, ZL2ACG, ZL2BD, and ZL2UDF) for their advice and practical contributions.

Mike ZL1AXG
February 2013

The search for a new DX site

The search for a new DX site for ZL6QH is over . . . and the news is not good. A year ago we reported on a potential new home on the coastal hills above Pukerua Bay – a little over 30 minutes drive north of downtown Wellington. This site was clear of RF noise and had excellent takeoff in all directions for a big DX signal!

But further checks confirmed that the site proved to be too narrow and steep (dropping to Cook Strait on the western side) to accommodate the vee-beams we need to deploy. And the huge updrafts promised to destroy any Yagi we assembled there, just as they were damaged 20km south-west at Quartz Hill.

We invited clubs further north (in the Manawatu) to join us in developing a site further north, but there was insufficient interest, and with driving times in excess of two hours each way to suitable sites, it was clearly not on for Wellingtonians alone.

Closer to home, beyond the Kapiti Coast where the Tararua ranges are more distant from the coast, there is potentially suitable land – but it is 90 minutes’ drive each way, and the land is either being farmed or subdivided for the creeping lifestyle block owners moving ever northward. Our assets don’t run to buying the multiple properties needed for even a moderate-sized DX station, let alone developing and maintaining one. So, we have decided to abandon plans for a major DX contest site for now and dispose of the physical assets we have been holding.

The “cashed-up” group will then look to assist DX operations (those with a ZL component) with an eye to helping develop something better than a “home station” site should the possibility arise within the next few years. No decisions have been reached on how to manage this, but a “trust” model is being considered. Progress will be reported on this website.

Doug McNeill ZL2AOV
Mike Woods ZL1AXG

Posted by ZL1AXG on July 04, 2012
QUARTZ HILL IN THE WORLD

Quartz Hill in its short life from 1997 to 2007made a big impression in international amateur radio operations. Many radio amateurs from overseas made efforts to visit the station, http://www.zl6qh.com/000163.html.
Articles about Quartz Hill have appeared in overseas publications, QST from the United States and the Japanese CQ Magazine as well as a Japanese language shortwave listeners' magazine.
After a visit to the site, the design of the Quartz Hill antennas inspired Icelander Thor Stefansson TF4M http://www.tf4m to erect an antenna farm on his property in a remote part of Iceland.
Operations of ZL6QH resulted in 171,132 QSOs for which we received and responded to over 36,300 cards. The breakdown of these QSOs into separate amateur countries/identities is shown below. All of our QSOs have been recorded on the ARRL “Logbook of the World” and on the electronic QSL recording site eQSL.con
AALAND ISLANDS
88
AFGHANISTAN 3
ALASKA 229
ALBANIA 13
ALGERIA 6
AMERICAN SAMOA 23
ANDORRA 5
ANGOLA 1
ANGUILLA 8
ANTARCTICA 43
ANTIGUA & BARBUDA 35
ARGENTINA 603
ARMENIA 9
ARUBA 91
ASIATIC RUSSIA 4751
AUCKLAND/CAMPBELL ISLANDS 1
AUSTRALIA 4042
AUSTRIA 641
AZERBAIJAN 41
AZORES 43
BAHAMAS 31
BAHRAIN 2
BALEARIC ISLANDS 93
BANABA ISLAND 3
BANGLADESH 3
BARBADOS 26
BELARUS 327
BELAU 7
BELGIUM 953
BELIZE 36
BERMUDA 25
BOLIVIA 11
BOSNIA HERZOGOVINA 182
BOTSWANA 1
BRAZIL 548
BRITISH VIRGIN I. 2
BRUNEI DARUSSALAM 9
BULGARIA 692
BURKINA FASO 2
BYELORUSSIA 115
CAMBODIA 11
CANADA 4891
CANARY ISLANDS 152
CAPE VERDE 20
CAYMAN ISLANDS 9
CEUTA AND MELILLA 24
CHAGOS ISLANDS 10
CHILE 119
CHINA 372
CHRISTMAS ISLAND 3
COCOS KEELING 5
COLOMBIA 49
COMOROS 1
CORSICA 31
COSTA RICA 102
CRETE 2
CROATIA 793
CUBA 62
CYPRUS 114
CYPRUS (BRITISH BASES) 23
CZECH REPUBLIC 3754
DENMARK 366
DJIBOUTI 1
DODECANESE 10
DOMINICA 13
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC 20
EAST KIRIBATI 8
EAST MALAYSIA 70
EAST TIMOR 6
ECUADOR 16
EGYPT 6
EL SALVADOR 1
ENGLAND 4820
ESTONIA 379
EUROPEAN RUSSIA 814
FALKLAND ISLANDS 16
FAROE ISLANDS 7
FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY 10358
FERNANDO DE NORONHA 8
FIJI 35
FINLAND 1729
FRANCE 2068
FRENCH GUIANA 6
FRENCH POLYNESIA 49
GABON 1
GALAPAGOS ISLANDS 75
GEORGIA 36
GHANA 8
GIBRALTAR 21
GREECE 167
GREENLAND 2
GRENADA 20
GUADELOUPE 10
GUAM 148
GUANTANAMO BAY 60
GUATEMALA 19
GUERNSEY 44
GUYANA 2
HAITI 1
HAWAII 642
HONDURAS 14
HONG KONG 156
HUNGARY 1592
ICELAND 14
INDIA 91
INDONESIA 286
IRAN 3
IRELAND 111
ISLE OF MAN 27
ISRAEL 135
ITALY 3015
ITU HQ (GENEVA) 9
JAMAICA 21
JAN MAYEN 1
JAPAN 26024
JARVIS/PALMYRA ISLANDS 2
JERSEY 17
JOHNSTON ISLAND 1
JORDAN 18
JUAN DE NOVA 1
KALININGRAD 172
KAMPUCHEA 1
KAZAKHSTAN 578
KENYA 5
KERMADEC ISLANDS 3
KURE ISLAND 80
KUWAIT 16
KYRGHYSTAN 83
LAOS 4
LATVIA 588
LEBANON 8
LIBERIA 1
LIBYA 2
LIECHTENSTEIN 29
LITHUANIA 1161
LORD HOWE ISLAND 4
LUXEMBOURG 115
MACAO 12
MACEDONIA 99
MACQUARIE ISLAND 3
MADAGASCAR 2
MADEIRA 112
MALAWI 3
MALDIVE ISLANDS 11
MALI 4
MALTA 62
MALYJ VYSOTSKIJ ISLAND 5
MARIANA ISLANDS 61
MARITIME MOBILE 24
MARKET REEF 5
MARSHALL ISLANDS 25
MARTINIQUE 26
MAURITIUS 4
MAYOTTE 1
MEXICO 293
MICRONESIA 5
MIDWAY ISLAND 3
MOLDOVA 143
MONACO 10
MONGOLIA 107
MONTENEGRO 7
MONTSERRAT 9
MOROCCO 40
MOUNT ATHOS 3
MOZAMBIQUE 1
MYANMAR 2
NEPAL 15
NETHERLANDS 831
NETHERLANDS ANTILLES 72
NEW CALEDONIA 76
NEW ZEALAND 1654
NICARAGUA 21
NIGER 3
NIGERIA 2
NIUE 11
NORFOLK ISLAND 19
NORTH COOK ISLANDS 6
NORTHERN IRELAND 64
NORWAY 308
OGASAWARA 18
OMAN 23
PAKISTAN 5
PALAU 16
PANAMA 41
PAPUA NEW GUINEA 38
PARAGUAY 33
PERU 32
PHILIPPINES 193
POLAND 2664
PORTUGAL 235
PRATAS ISLAND 1
PUERTO RICO 109
QATAR 2
REUNION 2
REVILLA GIGEDO 7
RODRIGUEZ ISLAND 1
ROMANIA 559
ROTUMA ISLAND 11
SABLE ISLAND 1
SAINT KITTS & NEVIS 11
SAINT LUCIA 5
SAINT MARTIN 2
SAINT PIERRE/MIQUELLON 3
SAINT VINCENT 21
SAMOA 18
SAN ANDRES 2
SAN MARINO 9
SAO TOME & PRINCIPE 1
SARDINIA 47
SAUDI ARABIA 11
SCOTLAND 399
SENEGAL 6
SERBIA 127
SERBIA & MONTENEGRO 134
SINGAPORE 87
SLOVAKIA 996
SLOVENIA 1445
SOLOMON ISLANDS 8
SOUTH AFRICA 24
SOUTH COOK ISLANDS 76
SOUTH KOREA 1025
SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS 1
SPAIN 1352
SRI LANKA 7
SAINT PAUL ISLAND 1
SURINAM 11
SVALBARD 13
SWEDEN 1220
SWITZERLAND 923
TADZHIK 3
TAIWAN 100
TAJIKISTAN 27
THAILAND 127
THE GAMBIA 1
TOGO 1
TONGA 34
TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 21
TUNISIA 25
TURKEY 28
TURKMENISTAN 2
TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS 39
TUVALU 6
UGANDA 2
UKRAINE 3138
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES 35
UNITED NATIONS HQ 1
UNITED STATES 61774
URUGUAY 102
UZBEKISTAN 36
VANUATU 15
VENEZUELA 101
VIETNAM 37
VIRGIN ISLANDS 39
WAKE ISLAND 1
WALES 328
WALLIS & FUTUNA 1
WEST MALAYSIA 77
WESTERN KIRIBATI 7
WESTERN SAHARA 2
WESTERN SAMOA 2
WILLIS ISLAND 1
YUGOSLAVIA 808
ZAMBIA 5
ZANZIBAR 1

TOTAL DXCC DENTITIES 264

TOTAL QSOs 171732


Posted by ZL2AOH on June 20, 2012