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 or when mobile or portable at a SOTA summit or on a field day, both HF and VHF+.
Bands and modes
HF and VHF/UHF, SSB and CW.
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.
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 over 1100 summits registered with the SOTA programme in the UK.
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.
As of April 2014, all Australian call areas VK1 to VK9 have been registered with SOTA UK for the SOTA awards programme.
For more details about SOTA please see the following;
SOTA activation at The Peak, between Cooma and Nimmitabel, NSW, January 2015. Radio in use was the IC703 and the antenna was a linked dipole.
A view of the surrounding country from Mt Kosciuszko, Australia's highest peak. My SOTA antenna is visible on the right, the fibreglass pole supported by some rocks.
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 a typical setup in my tent on a VHF/UHF field day. Radios are IC910H, FT290R, IC736. The keyer paddle is a Brown Bros BTL I have owned since about 1971. The hand key is a Hi-Mound HK706. The drink can is a lemon flavoured soft drink. The phone is not so useful at this site as 3G access is patchy but I can receive and send SMS fairly reliably.
And here are the antennas I used in the VHF/UHF field contest, November 2013.
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