First licenced as VK1DA in July 1965 aged 16.
Operated in Brunei 88-91 as V85DA on HF and 6 metres.
I currently hold both VK1DA and VK2UH. I use VK2UH at home in Yass and use VK1DA when in VK1, either mobile, at a SOTA summit and for field days, both HF and VHF+.
Bands and modes
Operates HF and VHF/UHF, SSB and CW. Activity should increase as I get my new home station established at Yass as VK2UH.
My main interests are Dx on HF, mainly CW, DX on VHF and SOTA. I am intrigued by the MF and LF bands now available to VK amateurs and want to try 472-477 kHz as soon as I can. I have space for a marconi style vertical.
Adding microwave bands, as I can.
Summits On The Air - SOTA
SOTA is a recently developed special interest in Australia and I have participated as a chaser and activator. I am the Association manager for VK2 area (New South Wales) where we currently have almost 1100 summits registered.
SOTA is an award programme initiated in the UK. It is all about making contacts from any of the registered summits, which have a minimum prominence above the surrounding terrain of 150m (about 500ft) in Australia. In a small number of countries the minimum prominence is lower than 150m.
In Australia the following call areas have been registered with SOTA UK for the SOTA awards: VK1, VK2, VK3, VK4 and VK5.
Surveys in other states are under way and VK7, VK6 and VK8 are expected to be registered within the next 2 to 6 months.
Anyone can participate in SOTA either as an activator going out to a registered summit and operating within the rules of the award, which basically means carrying your radio and antenna by non-motorised means to the operating position, which much be within 25m of the summit peak. There is no minimum distance you have to climb or walk, but on most summits there is no option of driving your car most of the way up. Where that is an option, you still have to walk the last bit and all of your station, power and antenna must be completely independent of your vehicle.
For more details about SOTA please see the following;
I joined the VK9NA team in 2011 operating on VHF/UHF/microwave bands from Norfolk Island.
VHF/UHF Field Days
I enjoy operating in VHF/UHF events because I can still be surprised by the signal levels received at quite long distances on VHF and UHF bands. The photo below shows my usual setup in my tent on a VHF/UHF field day.
And here are the antennas I used in the VHF/UHF field contest, November 2013.
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