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I am an officer in the Royal Australian Navy and enjoy amateur radio in my spare time. I have written 46 books so far, the latest of which is QRP - The Zen of Amateur Radio. You can view it here: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T74ID7W


I spent 14 years as an officer in the South African Navy, serving in a range of ships and spent a further 16 working for Shell in the marine department, managing ocean going tankers.


The above picture is when I was embedded in the US Navy 7th Fleet in Japan and when I was on board the aircraft carrier USS George Washington.

I am also a member of the SKCC, Feld Hell Club (FH 3022) and North American QRP CW Club.

I like CW and use German Navy Junkers Key that was used at Sydney Radio (Australian Maritime Coastal Station callsign VIS), situated in the suburb of La Perouse until it closed itś doors in 1996, as well as a 100 year old GPO straight key that was ex-navy (my Uncle, a career telegrasphist in the navy gave it to me years ago). I have also built a cw touchkeyer, which is a fantastic paddle. I have an MFJ-564B paddle which I find excellent, once I had sorted it out. My latest keys are is a Czech military straight key, which is so smooth to use, a Touchkeyer Model P3K and a Whiterook MK 44.

The picture (left) is of me operating in the wireless office of the RANs WW11 frigate HMAS Diamantina.

I operate QRP only and rely on my Elecraft KX1, a Yaesu FT-817, a Small Wonder Labs PSK20, and a 2m Yeasu FT-250R. Antennas include a Buddistick Deluxe and a longwire.

I use a BLT tuner, an LDG Z-100Plus autotuner and a QRPOmeter to ensure my signals are good and clean and have the maximum chance of being received.

Check out my blog at http://vk4jaz.wordpress.com


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