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Category: ZL-Sota

General information about ZL-Sota

Tuhua

Tuhua is very near one of my work’s radio sites. A fault at this site had me make plans to spend a few days at the site, repairing the fault and installing new equipment. There is no vehicle access to this radio site so access is done by helicopter. I was delivered to site Thursday afternoon and planned to be picked up again Saturday morning. …

Whakaahu ZL1/WK-084

Whakaahu (or just Kaahu as the locals call it) is a sharp summit to the East of Whakamaru and Mangikino. Due to its prominence it hosts a cell site towers as well as a SCADA repeater for the local power company – of which I am an employee. So one unassuming Saturday morning I opted to scale Whakaahu without the aid of a helicopter (which …

Opotiki

For our second “double double” summit, we decided to try access to Opotiki. A fellow local ham put me in touch with the land owner and he granted us permission to walk accross his land to the summit. The road is quite windy – but the walk only took about 15 minutes from the road edge. The only indication that there was a trig is …

Pukepoto

This summit is one that I have access to through work – so one Saturday we decided to do a site inspection – with the portable radio gear of course. Pukepoto is a drive up – if you have permission and a key as one of the gates nearer the top is locked. It does suffer a bit of QRM from the microwave / pager …

Mount Te Aroha

This summit has been on my to do list almost from the outset. But I have feared it – on the map it shows 900 m of straight up – not a friendly walk. Well I was at 99 unique summits and had a day to myself so thought I would knock the bastard off to quote another famous climber. 4 hours of uphill climb …

The Desert Road

We decided to tackle ZL1/MW-034 which is on the eastern side of the desert road. Not knowing what we would find we brought all our winter gear to keep warm however the day turned out to be a bright clear day. The puddles were ice but there was no snow on the ground. All the way up we were treated to magnificent views of Ruapehu …