Welcome to ZL1BCO Amateur Radio Club
The Taupo Amateur Radio Club is an associated Branch (number 60) of The New Zealand Association of Radio Transmitters Inc.
Amateur Radio, also affectionately known as "ham radio", is a hobby of constructing, experimenting and communicating. The aim of our club is to promote AMATEUR RADIO, this is necessary to ensure the continuation of a healthy and vigorous Amateur Service.
President - Kelvin ZL1KU
Vice President - Roger ZL1UTW
Secretary - Graeme ZL1BU
Treasurer - Graeme ZL1BU
Contact Person - Graeme ZL1BU
Contact Email - email@example.com
Located at The First Taupo Scout Den, 32 Wheretia Street, Taupo
First Thursday of each month at 19:30 at Club Rooms
Current Subscription Fees 2017 - 2018 $20
Taupo town is situated on the north shore of Tapuaeharuru Bay, Lake Taupo, central North Island, New Zealand.
The area is part of the Volcanic Plateau with farmland, scrub and pine forest sloping away from the lake to the ranges of the Kaimanawa in the East and the Hauhungaroas in the West. Looking south across the lake, Mt Ruapehu (2797m), Mt Ngauruhoe (2291m), and Mt Tongariro (1968m) dominate the sky line. Lake Taupo dominates the region. This lake was formed in the giant caldera (collapsed crater) of one of the worlds most active and violent volcanoes - The Taupo Volcano. The Taupo Volcano began erupting about 300,000 years ago with the last eruption being around 186 AD.
Lake Taupo is New Zealand's largest body of fresh water. It is also the second largest body of fresh water in the Southern Hemisphere.
Brown and Rainbow Trout were first introduced into the Taupo Catchment in the late 19th century. Since the introduction of smelt, a small fish, in the early 1930's, Trout have continued to flourish in the Lake Taupo area, providing a fishery of international repute. The fishery relies on natural spawning to sustain its stock.