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Logs are uploaded to LOTW, Club Log and eQSL at the end of each month.

I will always respond with a QSL card the same way it is received, and no IRCs or green stamps are necessary for one received direct. For bureau QSLs, I will generally respond only for those that represent a QSO on a given band/mode for the first time. Requests for a QSL for the second or subsequent QSO on the same band/mode may be ignored. I do hope you understand this rule. eQSLs are uploaded simply as a courtesy to those who require them, as I do not participate in that programme myself. And I do not subscribe to any of the growing number of 'quasi' QSO confirmation systems that are spreading through the hobby like a cancer. As a 'real' DXer the only electronic confirmation that means anything to me is LOTW.

Please note that from April, 2015 OQRS requests both direct and via the bureau are available via Club Log - but please always remember that I enjoy receiving cards so if utilising this method shooting your QSL through the bureau in return would be appreciated. 'My' Paypal account belongs to my XYL Jan - Jokers@Wallsy.com.au. Thanks.

First licenced as a novice in 1979, with the call VK3NWX, operating SSB only on 10, 15 and 80 metres with a maximum 30 watts.

Upgraded to Intermediate in early 1982, with the call VK3KWX, which added all amateur priveleges above 30 MHz, and allowed 400 watts on those new VHF/UHF bands.

Later in 1982 upgraded to Unrestricted (=Extra), with the call VK3CEW, which added full amateur priveleges on HF. (Since the amateur radio restructure of 19 October, 2005, my licence class is now known as Advanced).

Finally, in February, 2005, was granted the (vanity) callsign VK3FM, which became my primary call, although I chose to retain VK3CEW as well. Might give me a 'saver' in the log when trying for those last few countries!

Interests are working DX from a 'small pistol' station, on 10 through 80 metres, as well as Islands, Zones, States, Counties and Prefectures - mostly, just having FUN.

In August, 2004, after 25 years of operating solely on SSB, I ventured onto the digital modes (RTTY and PSK31 initially, now others occasionally - thanks Jim VK3KE) and found I loved them, so am now doing all of the above on digital as well as phone.

And finally, gave CW a try (again, thanks Jim) in January, 2006, using MixW and MRP40, respectively, to send and decode - and enjoying the experience enough to hang in there a while longer.

Married to XYL Jan (that's the lovely girl on my QSL card), we have four harmonics (one is a SK) and six sub-harmonics.

After retirement in December, 2001 I spent most of my time playing radio or golf. Now there is no golf, but radio continues with increased enthusiasm, and normal family activities round out a pretty good lifestyle.

I am a proud member of the WIA, ARRL, RSGB and NERG. Also the EPC, #02791.

As at April, 2015 current equipment includes IC-746 and TS-480HX transceivers, MFJ989C and Yaesu FC-902 tuners, Hustler 6-BTV and MFJ 40-80 inverted vee antennas. General logging is done by DX4Win, contest logging by N1MM, digital operation by MixW and JT65A by JT65-HF. A new Optibeam 11-5 is on the way from Germany, and I am negotiating with the XYL for a SPE Expert 1.3 K-FA amplifier!

On 7 December, 2010, after 31 years of hamming, worked VK4DD for only my second six metre QSO (1st VK4, Hi!) - but may try a few more on this, the 'Magic Band'. But, by golly, magic band or not - sometimes I think I might die just waiting for the next signal to appear on that band. And in this same month, made my first JT65A QSO on HF - quite a different mode, but interesting! Update: JT65 DXCC obtained early 2014.

I look forward to meeting you somewhere on the band - on SSB, digital or CW - and hope I can QSL with you for my collection.


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