I was first licensed in August 1961 in Stockport, UK as G3PEK.
I moved with my family to Sydney in May 1990 and obtained my current VK call sign.
My main operating interests are CW, DX, Contests and playing with antennas.
Over the years, I have operated from a few DX locations including 5B4, S79, 9M6, VK9L and YJ0.
My present station as at 29 August 2015 is shown in the photograph below and consists of a TS-990S, K3/P3/KPA500/KAT500 and an IC-9100. I also have a TS590SG which regularly changes places with the K3 and an IC-7100 which I use mobile in my Land Rover Discovery. In addition, I have an LDG automatic AT1000 PRO2 ATU.
My antennas consist of dipoles for 160m and 80m and an Ultra Beam 2element at a height of 16m covering 40m through 6m shown in the photograph above right. For VHF/UHF I have a dual 5 element yagi for 2m and 70cm and a tri band vertical for 2m, 70cm and 23cm. I have just expanded my interests to include 23cm and I have recently upgraded to a 21 element M2 yagi which is just below the 2m/70cm yagi which is on a mast separate from the tower.
My main paddle is a Begali Sculpture bought for me by my wife, Margaret, as a wedding anniversary present a few years ago. I also have a fairly new ZN QRP model in orange and black which is shown in the photograph. I have several keyers built from kits including the Idiom Press Logikit CMOS-4 memory keyer.
I have been a member of Stockport Radio Society and the RSGB since about 1960. I am also a member of WIA, ARRL, CW OPS and FOC.
I QSL direct (SAE + Postage please), via LOTW and eQSL.
I still work in insurance claims as a Loss Adjuster.
YJ0BJ Information - Please Read Carefully
I operated in Vanuatu as YJ0BJ during a nine day holiday with my wife in November 2014. I made almost 1,900 QSO's on 40 - 6 m, mainly CW.
My preferred route for QSL's is via LOTW or eQSL. The log has been uploaded to LoTW, Clublog and eQSL.
All QSL's received have been responded to.
I do not QSL via the bureau and the price of international postage stamps in Australia requires US$3 to cover the cost or an up to date IRC. Please ensure that you also enclose a self addressed envelope with an air mail sticker if you want a card direct.
I will be operating YJ0BJ again in November 2015. Please see my YJ0BJ page for further details.
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