QSL via bureau, direct or LOTW (LOTW only on e-mail request from paper logs).
I was born in Sinj (Croatia) in 1959, and became ham operator in 1974.
I studied Electronics, and have Master's degree from Uni of Zagreb.
In 1986 we moved to Australia, and we love it here.
I am married to Jasna, one son Steven 28 and grandson Sonny 5.
Rugby Union is my passion, and I played competitive from the age of 18 to 46.
I need 2 DXCC countries: Heard Island and Juan De Nova / Europa Island.
My radio gear includes:TS-590, TS480, AL-1500, SB-220, and MFJ-9982.
Low bands and CW account for most of my activity. Most time I am active portable from car, seeking dominant locations.
I use large antennas, power generator and amplifier.
Most times I fly kite lifted antennas, and have 40 kites for different wind conditions.
Kites enable quick and easy antenna lifting at any location.
Sometimes I fly 6 kites at once, like to lift 3el vertical beam for 160m.
I use Spiderbeam poles to complement kites (2X12m, 3X18m and 1X26m).
My antenna is most often 2el vertical halfwave yagi with bottom feed.
Using single high support makes it easy to lift and change direction.
I enjoy experimenting with wire antennas, especially bottom feed vertical yagis.
Highly unbalanced high impedance feeding is problem with this antenna type.
Lightning protection is important when flying 120m high antenna from a hilltop.
I have developed high performance tuner for bottom feeding.
Other interests : Rugby Union, Matlab, C++ and Embedded Systems.
Jasna and our grandson Sonny .
Example KiteAntenna : bottom fed half wave vertical for 160M band
This vertical is 80m long, radials are not required. Bottom is 16m high, top is 96m high.
Spiderbeam 18m pole holds end fed tuner and coax 16m high. Short fishing rod works very well too.
Kite lifts vertical antoher 80m above spiderbeam pole. This antenna peaks at 10 degrees elevation (over average ground).
Small dot is delta coyne kite used to carry vertical. Antenna wire is copper 0.85mm diameter enameled wire.
Copper loss is only 0.15dB, antenna weighs only 370 grams.
I use second kite to carry reflector,3rd for director. If wind is slow, I run kites in trains ( 2 to 5 kites on one line).
Getting sled kite airborne as night falls.
Home made bottom feed tuner for 30M band(resonant paralel LC with isolation transformer 7:1) for end feeding at 2400 Ohm. I also make 9:1 balun for 600 Ohm Off-Center-Feeding to 75 Ohm coax like RG6/QU. Tuner adjusts impedance for coax, but antenna is very asymmetrical. So, and I use at least 2 coax-choke baluns in feedline.
Preparing new ham on the beach (my grandson Sonny).
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Simba and young Max
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