Thanks for taking the time to look me up on QRZ.com, and thanks for the contact.
I QSL Direct but that's getting expensive @ $2.60 postage per card, EQSL or Bureau ok. All QSO's get logged and uploaded to LoTW, QRZCQ & Club Log.
Main rig is a Kenwood TS480 HX on HF & 6m - , HF Codan 8528 with an 8532 remote head., IC706 MKIIG HF / 6m / 2m & 70cm
Kenwood TR751A / 2m SSB, Kenwood TM-241 (2m FM) & Kenwood TM-742 tri band FM 2m, 70cm & 23cm also an IC 120 on 23cm
Kenwood AT-250, Emtron Eat 300A, Icom AT-180, SG-230.
Ameritron ALS-500 HF 80-15m, 2m amps are Microwave Modules 200w, Tokyo High Power 180w.
I enjoy making my own antennas and have also made some for other amateurs, 2 x 6 el 6m yagis, 2 x 10 el 2m long yagis mono band yagis for 10, 15 & 20m. On 80m I have a vertically polarised diamond shaped quad loop corner fed with 75 ohm RG 11u, 2 verticals on 40/80 and a variety of other wire antennas and I'm often trying new antennas so it changes often.
My commercial antennas are an A-33, 3 el tribander, 6 el ATN Log periodic 13-30mhz currently under repair, all other bands are home made also enjoy working DX on 6m, 70cm and 2m SSB via AE. (Aircraft Enhancement Propagation) My most fond memory of 2m DX was a contact with a ZL in Christchurch while I was mobile near Caloundra during a fantastic opening in 1993 a distance of 2565 k. Unfortunately never QSL'd so if that was you I'm still waiting. hi hi. (oh and it was on FM 146.500) Novices weren't permitted on SSB back then. I really enjoy the challenge of working DX in the 80 / 75m DX window and following "Grey Line DX" whatever the band, I just like to work DX on any band that's open at the time.
My QTH is on a ridge looking down the Bli Bli valley with a North easterly outlook, and unfortunately I have the usual urban QRN.
The ground slopes away from my shack towards the sea about 25 kilometres away, a lot can be said for "Ground Slope effect". Apart from my ground mat I have a counter-poise wire around the perimeter of my property, I'm glad I did that when copper wire was cheaper.
I have 3 separate 1/4 acre blocks under 1 title with my shack in the back yard, there is enough room for a couple towers with a variety of antennas, and a 9 hole golf course that backs onto my QTH that I would love to put some antennas on.
I look forward to working you again, hopefully on 80m as I am working on my 80m DXCC and 80m WAZ., QSL via the Bureau, Direct mail or E-QSL, if you can do it a couple of green stamps or the new IRC'S always help, I will just pass them on for the next DX-pedition card.
Married with 3 kids, I have lived on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland since 1981 and spent most of my life in the Pacific region
I lived in several countries since I was 4 years old and they include:
Fiji (3D2) -We went to live in Fiji when I was 4 and spent most time in Suva, when my dad was a manager at Burns Philp. Over the years in Fiji he also managed BP's in Lautoka and Ba, and after leaving BP's and Fiji in 1972 he was later offered the position of manager at Naviti resort on the Coral Coast
Vanuatu - Port Vila (YJ) After Fiji for a couple of months
Western Samoa - Apia, (5W1) at the Tusitala Hotel resort where Dad & mum managed while I schooled at Samoa College, Apia.
Solomon islands -Honiara, & Auki (H44) Mum and Dad managed the business of the Laulasi trading company, the people of Laulasi living in the Lenga Lenga lagoon made their own islands from rocks over time to escape the mainland canabuls of Malaita. Shell money is made by the people of Laulasi and they worship and swim with sharks, believing their ancestors spirits dwell within the sharks.
England- Worthing, (G land) went to Saint Andrews College then worked at Eurotherm pty ltd on Electronics production line
PNG - Port Moresby(P29) Lived in the suburb of Gordans about 20 mins from Port Moresby and went to school at PMIH.
New Zealand - Whangaparoa & Rotorua (ZL) Mum and dad bought a Motel in Rotorua and we all worked the home business. I also worked full time in town and on weekends would take guests fishing for trout or hunting in the Tarawera district, one of my favourite areas.
Visited, Hong Kong, New Caledonia, USA /Hawaii, France, Belgium.
I have a much greater appreciation for life as a result of my travels and having lived in many countries; my schooling may have suffered but my education in cultures and geography would be hard to repeat. I really have my parents to be thankful for and if it wasn't for their lust for adventure and to see what was around the next corner I would not have had such great experiences.
Thanks for taking the time to look me up and I look forward to the next contact with you.
73. de VK4KX Bernie
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