Hi My name is Paul I currently live in the outer Eastern Suburbs of Melbourne Australia. I first became interested in Ham Radio at high school in Ireland (Terenure College) 1977-1981 under the club call sign of EI2BY and under the guidance of Fr T Brennan O Carm, I was first licensed in Ireland around 30 years ago with a Class B license EI7AFB.
After moving to Australia in 1982 I let the License lapse, and only recently got back into Ham Radio thanks to my Dad who was studying for his Foundatation License.
This rekindled my interest in radio and after re-sitting all the tests I was re-licensed in Australia on 29 August 2012.
(My old setup was a G5RV Style antenna, modified with ladder line running to a remote AH4 ATU from an ICOM IC-7000.)
I currently have purchased a new radio for HF use FTdx3000 with a FT-450B runnig around 350W.
I alternate between a Extended Double Zepp antenna with home brew 450 Ohm matching line. The feed line lenght is a 1/2 wavelength long - plus a bit more (0.16 Lamda giving a total of 0.66 of a wavelength long) to cancle out the reactance. (The EDZ, ZS6BKW and G5RV - are all a variation on a theme.)
I also have a 80m Delta loop / skywire that works better on 80 and 40m, but I some times use it on 20m as it favours different propogation directions.
(I've made a few Europe DX contacts and hope to reach Ireland sometime.) (Done 23/09/2012 EI0CL)
Please note I have an account on Global QSL so I send QSL cards via this method. I Just upload the ADIF from Ham Radio Delux and send in one big batch.
If you get a QSL card from me please don't feel obliged to send me one, I'm not a big collector but I know there are HAMS out there who are.
All the best and good DX.
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