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My name is Steve
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I'm located in Melton South Victoria grid QF22GG
CQ ZONE 30 AND ITU ZONE 59
Active mainly on on the higher bands 20m 15m and especially 10m also qrv on 80m,40m I also play on 6m,2m and 70cm. The modes i used are mixed i used to be a SSB only OP now i can run most modes, with CW taking alot of my time ( I have now worked past dxcc in cw now to confirm them ) and you could find me anywhere on anymode. I use Dxlabsuite of programs to control my radio an to do my logging. Its taken a while to get this going but I'm very happy with there results. I still chase dx and always looking for the new one I have confirmed 3 band dxcc with 100 watts mixed mode 15m was the hardest to get the confirmations .
6m,2m amd 70cm are getting used quite a bit now. i can only transmit on above 52 mhz but i can run split there where i call on 52.100 or 52.300 for ja and listen to 50.150. this is easier when other stations are use tightly tuned 50 mhz antenna's. 2m is 9 element LFA from Inova antennas and 100w, 70cm is 35w and 13 element atn antenna
If any one tells you this is a bad sun spot cycle they aren't on the radio enough I worked in 2014 144 countries on 10m with 100w from vk3 using my 5 element tet emtron tribander not the easiest place in the world to work 10m dx.
I play the CQ DX marathon last year i got approx 252 points 5th in vk in the unlimited section even though i was ssb only and used 100 watts.
This year my antenna is only 3 elements to conform with the 100w formula section of CQ DX marathon i have had a slow start due to antenna problems. The momentum is building i am forced to use modes other than ssb thats why the digi modes and cw. I need to have every tool in my arsenal my station while simple is effective you dont see high priced super radio's you see my trusty ic 7100 my ft920 and my back up radio the ic7200.
My antenna for the low bands is a 40m Delta Loop and 80m dipole. i dont work the warc bands or 160m due license restrictions. My dx is worked with operator skill, solid station set up and perspiration.
I enjoy contesting i have had good results
First in VK in the arrl dx contest 2014 ssb all bands low power.
First VK in the CQ WW SSB low power assisted.
I also won this years John Moyle field day 24 hour home station all bands all modes. which includes vhf and uhf bands
Like my face book page good for keeping up with whats happening in vk3meg's world
Now getting my CW skills up so if we have a qso on cw and I'm very short only report etc I'm sorry I love to chat but cw is new for me so difficult still using a decoder and cw keyer but i'm on a fast track to learning the code properly.
I'm also playing with digital modes jt65, psk 31 even some RTTY
Hi having issues with lotw certificate so if your waiting for confirmation it might take a while if yor in a hurry for a confirmation send my manager Joe a card W3HNK he will send one back pretty quick.
current I have worked DXCC on 3 bands 20,15 and 10m just need some confirmations for 15m
10M is my passion band (186 worked) while conditions are there we have been fortunate to have had some great openings and even lp African contacts which with 100 watts is pretty exciting my license only allows me to work the non warc bands. I'm studying to upgrade later in the year but the older you get the harder it becomes.
You might remember the big yagi I had the 5 element tet a great antenna unfortunately the boom of the antenna got damaged when lowering it so my antenna has had a hair cut ........................... back to 3 elements hmm I have to work harder. I was planning to possibly bring it back to 4 elements but this forced my hand it will be a challenge and I dont think I'll be working much lp Africa on 10m this year but who knows I had a big year chasing dx last year 207 countries 40 zones so going to focus this year on cw which is coming along nicely. and the final upgrade for my license . I'm also enjoying 6m which is a new challenge.
I chased the CQ DX Marathon Last year and finished 4th outright in Oceania only using 100w ssb only and the non warc band total score was 252 as a raw score. waiting for my world placing in the ssb class.
I have 20 years of dxing left so I have plenty of time to work the ones left about 100 coutnries if I work them all what will I have to look forward to :)
my current setup ic7100 plus ic7200 3 element tribander, 40m delta loop and various dipoles and verticals
My eqsl a picture taken by me of the Ghan railway line in outback Australia just off the Stuart hwy South Australia.
Check out my club clog sheet at the bottow of the page to see my country count and to check if your in my log it takes a few days for qso's to be uploaded sometimes.
Final total for cqdx marathon last year was 212 plus 40 zones with the big TET te 5-3 antenna 144 on 10m all ssb with 100w. now to see how I go this year with only 3 elements in the limited class
I'm in the transport industry and my hours are long I enjoy my time on the radio and tinkering like most hams do.
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