Hello, thanks for looking at my QRZ page.
I was first licenced in 2009 following an unplanned health related early retirement, upgrading to an Advanced licence in 2011.
A Yaesu FT-950 with a Heil Proset Elite 6 headset is my main HF rig with an Alinco DX-SR8 as my backup HF rig and a FT-7900 for FM in the shack.I only run 100 watts on HF.
HF antennas are inverted V's for 40 and 20 metres. a centrefed sloper for 17m, an OCF horizontal dipole for 80 and 30 metres, a Cushcraft dual band yagi for vhf/uh SSB, a vertical colinear for 6 metres,and a home brew 12m ground plane vertical plus a Diamond X50 for local FM use. My home QTH unfortunately precludes the erection of towers or large antenna arrays, however I have just erected a 5 band (80-10) vertical by Werner Wulf and been most astounded by its' performance, A very basic station but the added challenge adds to the fun.
I'm a great fan of the FT 857D using it in the shack for vhf/uhf SSB and for mobile HFoperation using a Terlin OB8 HF multitapped whip for 80, 40, 30, 20, 17,15,12 and 10; together with a FT8900 for mobile 10/6/2/70cm FM in my RAV 4.
I also greatly enjoy setting up on an rf quiet hilltop with the 857 and the Buddipole antenna system for portable field day operation.
I'm mostly active on HF SSB but am starting to experiment with digital modes, enjoy working 6 meters openings and was very happy to acheive DXCC. (now the challenges really start, just over half way to the full 340 confirmed on SSB phone. ) I enjoy friendly contesting and collecting QSL cards and I upload to eQSL(AG) and LOTW regularly; if you would like my card please either send a self addressed envelope with yours or a request by email giving QSO details. No return postage,( IRC's green stamps etc) necessary, I am happy to cover return postage costs. I answer all cards received, in addition to the many I send either direct or via the buro.
I would also be most grateful if you could confirm on QRZ.com contacts made with me.
In early 2013 I was bitten by the "SOTA BUG" (AKA vk3pf in vk3) and since attaining "Shack Sloth" status, have begun working towards the "Mountain Goat"award.
My SOTA activator kit comprises a Yaesu FT-817ND, LDG Z817 autotuner, 5 m squid pole and "Zippy 8400" LiFe battery with associated balanced charger. Antenna is a lightweight linked dipole tapped for 12m, 17m, 20m and 40 m with a lightweight co-ax feeder. The entire setup, less squid pole, fits in an old video camera shoulder bag, and weighs only a few kgs usually and has me on air in less than 10 minutes. The little FT-817 is one amazing package and I look forward to the challenge of attaining QRP DXCC with it, running it at 5 watts only
THE FINAL COURTESY OF A QSO IS A QSL!
Barney, a very special Pal, 1995-21/01/2013.
rest well little mate, you were beside me through
the most difficult times of my life. I miss you greatly.
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