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Location: CQ zone 30, ITU zone 59, Locator QF22it, Shire of Macedon Ranges.

Awards: DXCC: CW, Phone, Digital, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, QRP, DXCC Challenge 1500, 9BDXCC. WAZ, WAC.

Member: Wireless Institute of Australia, Macedon Ranges ARC, ODXG, Radio Amateur Old Timer's Club #1432, FISTS #9697, CTC #2803, 30MDG #2652, DXCC, ARRL, TAPR.

Located in the peaceful Benloch valley, 10km NW of Lancefield, 80km NNW of Melbourne.

About Luke Steele

First licensed in 1981, during the second year of an Army Apprenticeship as Electronics Technician. Served ten and a half years in the army Royal Australian Corps of Signals as a technician, working in workshop and field, fixed and mobile communications units, from line to UHF radio relay, HF and satcoms. Worked through the '90s in private industry, eventually as a technical writer. In 2000 took up professionally a recreational activity - endurance horse trainer, working in Abu Dhabi stables for a few years. Since 2004, built up business trimming horses' feet. So, a childhood hobby of electronics became a profession, and now a hobby again, and a recreational interest in horses has become a profession.

Callsigns previously held: VK5NLS (Jun 81-Oct 81), VK3DIC (Nov 81 - Nov 82), VK4CEK (Nov 82 - Jun 86), VK3CEQ (Jul 86 - Jan 90), VK5HJ (Jan 90 - ?94?). VK3HJ since Jan 1990. (Dates from memory.)

Check my HRD OnlineLog at the bottom of this page.

My horses, on top of the Great Dividing Range, which runs through the property


April/May 2015 - Norfolk Island DXpedition VK9NT.

September 2014 - Norfolk Island DXpedition VK9NT.

August 2014 - New 160/80 m trapped vertical. Elevated feed 3 m + 21 m high.

August 2014 - Received QRP DXCC certificate.

June 2014 - Oceania plaque winner for CQ DX Marathon 2013.

11 May 2014 - 160 m DXCC awarded, and 9BDXCC.

March/April 2014 - Mellish Reef DXpedition VK9MT.

10 March 2014 - 100th country worked on 160 m. Thanks SV3RF!

February 2014 - two new beams up. TE-43 four element triband (20/15/10m) yagi above the 2 element 40 m yagi. TE-33W three element triband (30/17/12m) yagi replaces the Hex Beam.

December 2013 - borrowed a four element 10m yagi, installed above 40m yagi, to take advantage of the good conditions on 10m over summer.

November 2013 - new tower in side paddock. Crank-up, tilt-over 15m. Two element shortened 40 m yagi installed.

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Currently operational on 160m-6m.

HF Station

1: Open High Performance Software Defined Radio (Mercury/Magister/Penelope), my primary station
2: IC-735
3: FT-102


160m long centre-fed doublet.
40m 2 element yagi, at 15m.
TE-43, 4 element yagi for 20, 15 and 10m, at 18m.
TE-33W, 3 element yagi for 30, 17 and 12m, at 15m.
W5GI multiband antenna.
80m dipole.
160/80m vertical; 20m, trap at 19m, top loaded, capacity hat 3 x 9.5m wires, 3 m elevated counterpoise 8 x 40 m.
4-way EWE low bands receiving array.

VHF/UHF Station: FT-726R and 3 el yagi for 6 m.


 4 el 20-15-10 m/2 el 40 m, 160/80 m top loaded vertical, 3 el 6 m/3 el 30-17-12 m.



Operating modes: CW, SSB, Digital.

Main Operating bands: All HF Bands and 160m.

Current interests: DX, CW, SDR.

Next project: catching up on QSL-ing! Any direct QSLs received are usually answered immediately. In process of answering latest batch from Bureau.

Working on: Honour Roll, 160 m WAS.

Awards: DXCC - Current tally: 323 worked, 323 confirmed April 2016.
DXCC; Phone, CW, Digital, 10m, 12m, 15m, 17m, 20m, 30m, 40m, 80m, 160m, QRP, DXCC Challenge 1500, Diamond DXCC, 5BDXCC + 3 WARC band endorsements. WAZ, WAC.
Country and Zone winner CQ DX Marathon 2010 (224/39, total 263 pts).
Runner up VK and Zone 30 CQ DX Marathon 2011 (261/40, total 301 pts).
Country and Zone winner CQ DX Marathon 2012 (262/40, total 302 pts).
Oceania, Country and Zone winner CQ DX Marathon 2013 (279/40, total 319 pts).

DXpeditions: VK9LA Lord Howe I 2009, YJ0VK Vanuatu 2010, 2011 and 2012, VK4ILH 2012, VK9NT Norfolk I 2013, VK9MT Mellish Reef 2014, VK9NT Norfolk I 2014, 2015.

Preferred mode: CW.

With few new DXCCs left to work, I'm playing with QRP, to fill in time. QRP tally 2016: 121 countries worked. All CW, using 5 watts or less. Qualified QRP DXCC, 27 August 2013.

My aim is to pick up new countries, and band/mode slots, but I do enjoy a decent chat. Not looking for short QSO, except for that rare new one! I'm happy to work several, or even just one nice DX each day.

I usually upload to LOTW, eQSL, QRZ.com and Club Log on a weekly basis. You can also request a Bureau QSL card by using my Club Log Log Search page https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/VK3HJ

Logbook of the World is my preferred QSL method, but Direct (please include 3GS for postage) will get an immediate reply. Via the Bureau is ok too, but don't expect a quick return.

My eQSL profile is:http://www.eQSL.cc/Member.cfm?VK3HJ

See my on-air activity below!

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - VK3HJ
Latest Contacts for VK3HJ at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
J68GU 2016-05-16 40m CW JJ00aa St Lucia Gerd Uhlig
R16DNK 2016-05-16 15m CW KN95lc Russia Special callsign
LZ1867SEI 2016-05-16 15m CW JJ00aa Bulgaria Bulgarian Club Blagovestnik
HC2AO 2016-05-14 40m CW EI97nt Ecuador Alexey Ogorodov
9M0Z 2016-05-13 30m CW JJ00aa Spratly Islands Spratly May 2016
9M0Z 2016-05-11 40m CW JJ00aa Spratly Islands Spratly May 2016
UN7TX 2016-05-10 40m CW MN63lb Kazakhstan BEK K. SERUBAEV
E6AC 2016-05-09 40m CW AH50bw Niue NOBUAKI HOSOKAWA
9V1VV 2016-05-08 30m CW JJ00aa Singapore John Davies
AT5P 2016-05-08 17m CW MJ99pg India Rameswaram (Pamban) Island IOTA AS-173
E6AC 2016-05-05 30m CW AH50bw Niue NOBUAKI HOSOKAWA
KH8/KC0W 2016-04-29 80m CW American Samoa
MJ0KUC 2016-04-29 30m CW JJ00aa Jersey CDXG - Chrarente DX Group
G4WMP 2016-04-29 20m SSB JJ00aa England M BANGLE
HB9CCL 2016-04-29 20m SSB JN47ng Switzerland RUDY WEISS

Book Totals: 15777 qso's   3608 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

World Continents Award#7522
Granted: 2015-03-26 13:35:02   (VK3HJ)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#6283
Granted: 2015-03-26 13:30:02   (VK3HJ)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 160 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    10 Meters Mixed
DX World Award#1561
Granted: 2015-03-26 12:25:02   (VK3HJ)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
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