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              Steve VK3ZAZ (1968-1976)-(2006-current) VHF Operations


Most recent antenna revamping due to onset of seniors years, tower climbs are a risk at  the best of times so rationalising and lightening the tower was achieved by replacing the arrays with top to bottom. If you want to do it right use M2 or Cushcraft.

M2 9 EL SSB/FM bog standard out of the box 10db gain, using an RFC3-170 set VK3 ZL1 2M DX record in 2013. 

432/144 dual 5 el cushcraft vertical for FM bands,

432 x 9 Cushcraft HOR for 432 SSB/CW 10db, worked into VK6 summer 2015-2016

7 element JHV 6M known for its clean pattern at  9db, removed the 9M2WL and replaced with this much lighter version.

Top is 6dbi  white stick for VK3RMV-1 fill-in digi on 145.175.

Tower is a Comet 75 footer owned since 1984.



1968 Issued with VK3ZAZ permanently portable callsign due to my itinerant Broadcast Station duties in East Coast VK.

1969 Obtained BOCP #V9 from the PMG after studying at the RMIT Broadcast Annexe in Melbourne and studying with Marconi School of Wireless in Sydney when I became employed by AWA Aviation at Essendon Airport as an AME and then posted to AWA Radio 2GN Goulburn NSW in late 1969 as a Broadcast Technician.

In 1970 I obtained the position of technician-in-charge at Radio 2LT Lithgow, New South Wales. My speciality as a factory trained technician was AWA BTM series with the 200 watt solid state driver stages which were very troublesome using TRD driver transistors.

In 1971 I moved to Lubeck in Wimmera-Mallee Victoria and commenced the construction of new studios in Firebrace Street Horsham for 3LK relay of Radio 3DB Melbourne, using all new AWA studio and program equipment. A landline link was established over 25 miles to Horsham and Radio 3WM hit the airwaves in late 1971.

In 1973-1975 returned to study Electrical Engineering at the Ballarat College of Advanced Education and in January 1976 joined radio 3HA Hamilton Victoria, to construct their new studios at 61 Brown Street following a disastrous fire in their VBN Gray Street studios which burnt the place out.

Following on I worked at various times as a contractor at 3BO FM 91.5 at Bendigo and 3CV Maryborough, also contracted to do routine maintenance at 882 Radio 3YB Warrnambool Victoria.  

Studies for an Education Diploma, at Melbourne and Deakin Universities, and  a Masters Degree. Taught in the T&FE sectors from 1992-2002 in electro-technology and IT at South West Institute of TAFE. 

In 1997-1999 I became a resident with my family in Wasilla, located in the Matsu-Susitna Valley South Central Alaska. I was a member of Matsu ARC and Anchorage ARC, beacame a life member of the ARRL and obtained my US licences, first as an Advanced OP AL7QZ, then as an Extra Class as KL7SIX.




VK3ZAZ Issued 1970 working as Broadcast Technician at Radio 3DB's relay 3LK Lubek Wimmera Mallee

VHF CC Award 100 stations on 6M band (52 MHZ)

Ross Hull 48 Hour winner.

Worked all VK states 6M band (52 mhz).












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