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I am 31 years old . I am a passionate treasure / relic hunter and metal detectorist and love digging up history and gold. I enjoy many fields of electronics and computing. Radio is just one small interest I have. I have worked many years in the electronics service and repair industry here in Australia, and around the world. I am an avid world traveller and explorer, I enjoy amateur archaeology, off road motor biking, hiking, fishing and camping and researching history among many more interests.

Feel free to email me, timmy523@hotmail.com. If you are a metal detector treasure hunter, I would love to hear from you !

QSL INFORMATION : I am very happy to receive and exchange QSL cards from anywhere! I will happily reply to ALL QSL cards sent to me. QSL cards can be mailed DIRECT. Please include $3 US or EURO or equivalent to help me with mail cost. A self addressed reply envelope will be very helpful.  - I only QSL DIRECT, I do not use any bureau or manager  :)

QRZ.COM LOGBOOK - I do not use this (too time consuming). If you want me to confirm using QRZ log book, you will need to send me a request and email me the QSO details (time, date, Rst) as I may not have these correct parameters from old paper log book data. I do however, have records of every callsign I have ever worked. - As of Feb 2016, I now use the awesome digital log by N3FJP !

My HF Tower:

28.5 Meter long homemade, 4 section (solid one piece) completely Gal dipped

Guyed with Mastrant non-conductive guy ropes (D-F1/D-F2 8mm ,7500daN)


14 MHz - 5 element mono band Yagi (15 meter long boom) @ approx 29 meters from ground

7 MHz - 4 element dual driven mono band Yagi @ approx 34 meters from ground

3.5 MHz - Simple half wave dipole 

144MHz/440MHz - Co-linear verticals


Prosistel PST71D, using Green Heron Engineering RT-21 Controller


Andrew Heliax LDF4-50A


Icom IC-7700, with Heil HC6 microphone, only barefoot - 150w SSB - no amplifier


The latest operating room

The old repair station!

The Old repair station!


This is the small old village of Eaglehawk which is about 3km from my QTH .(just north of Bendigo) 

Me, assembling antennas on the ground before lifting up with crane

Welding tower and installing antennas

View from top of tower at 20m yagi, looking south along boom (Reflector end), approx 30 meters high

Just installed antennas atop tower using 40m high crane

And, My passion, is digging and prospecting for gold nuggets in the Bendigo goldfields district using Minelab metal detectors

Some typical examples of small placer gold found in the creeks of this area using Minelab GPX5000 metal detector

Me holding some beautiful gold nuggets found with metal detectors in the Bendigo area recently. 16 ounce, 48 ounce and 76 ounce nuggets. Sadly, these were not found by myself ! :(

Some very old gold coins I dug up while metal detecting,  lost by the old gold rush pioneers in the 1850's. 

The latest model gold prospecting metal detector - Minelab GPZ7000, doing well in the field.

Relic hunting for old coins and artifacts around the ruins of abandoned villages (My biggest hobby)

View from the rotator

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - VK3TJK
Latest Contacts for VK3TJK at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
G1IZQ 2016-02-05 20m SSB IO91wm England TOM SHEPPARD
F4HKV 2016-02-01 20m SSB JN33os France Geoffroy Laroche
SV2AYT 2016-02-01 20m SSB KN10lp Greece NICOS AGAPIADES
IZ1VVR 2016-02-01 20m SSB JN44eh Italy MICHELE SOSIO
PA2BT 2016-02-01 20m SSB JO21hw Netherlands BART VD TORRE
BX3ABL 2016-01-28 20m SSB PL04nf Taiwan CHUNG WEN YANG
HB9RDE 2016-01-28 20m SSB JN37li Switzerland Rolf Oppler
M6FGA 2016-01-28 20m SSB IO93oe England Peter A C Meanwell
VU2YVK3 2016-01-28 20m SSB MK82tv India vijay kumar yadav
M3ZZF 2015-12-24 20m SSB IO91lk England Damon Webb
W1GKT 2015-06-13 20m SSB EM64vl United States Greg K Thompson
KK4WAZ 2015-06-13 20m SSB EM90ee United States Craig A Littlejohn
KM4FVF 2015-06-13 20m SSB EM95hg United States PETER A MC KEE

Book Totals: 14 qso's   11 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

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