John ZL2TAU Silent Key

Sadly we hear that John ZL2TAU (Salvin John) passed away over the weekend.  We offer our sincere condolences to John's partner and his family.

John had just made it to 80 years and had been an amateur since his early 20's, certainly a double old-timer.  John was very active in radio both professionally and as an active amateur.  John has been involved in construction, repeaters, VHF DX, and site investigations and negotiations over the years, and was a very strong supporter of the VHF Group.

John most recently worked at Transpower, dealing with their widely varied communications needs from Northland to Southland and all the power schemes, transmissions systems and large loads in between.  John was supportive towards local radio manufacturers, and this helped gain them international markets, with New Zealand customers being so few and relatively small.  He had worked in a variety of organisations and was well connected and respected in the industry.

John was on hand to help with AREC events when he could, as well as offering advice any time it was requested, and he often spoke from personal experience on a variety of topics at our meetings.

John’s support and positive influence will be missed by the Group.