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Thanks for taking the time to look me up on QRZ.com, and thanks for the contact.

To combine my love of fishing 4 wheel driving and amateur radio I am starting a business conducting Guided fishing and 4wd tours with the addition of Portable HF operations from my vehicle, so keep an eye out for my web address to appear here soon. You never know, if you like fly fishing for trout and the great outdoors and portable HF you might like to book with me sometime.

I QSL Direct which is getting expensive @ $3.00 postage per card, EQSL or Bureau is ok. All QSO's get logged and uploaded to LoTW, QRZCQ & Club Log.

Thanks to modern technology I now have DXCC as well as WPX as in the past I would not trust my cards to the postal system.


Radios :

  • Main rig is a Kenwood TS480 HX
  • IC706 MKIIG HF / 6m / 2m & 70cm all modes.
  • Kenwood TR751A / 2m SSB,
  • Kenwood TM-241 (2m FM) & Kenwood TM-742 tri band FM 2m, 70cm & 23cm.
  • Mobile setup in my 1996 GQ Patrol is a Codan 9323 & 9350 with Amateur, WICEN & VKS737 frequencies as well as the IC-706 MKIIG, AT180, AT600 ProII,  Kenwood TMD-700A 2m/70cm with APRS. Also a Terlin Outbacker Bumper Thumper HF antenna.

Tuners :

  • Kenwood AT-250, Emtron Eat 300A, Icom AT-180, SG-230. LDG- AT600 ProII
  • Amps include: Ameritron ALS-500 HF 80-15m, 2m amps are Microwave Modules 200w, Tokyo High Power 180w.
  • Antennas: I enjoy making my own antennaswhere possible.
  • 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)
  • 2 of my most memorable DX contacts were a 2m FM QSO 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 on146.500) 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.
  • The other memorable contact was working CN2R on 80m one late afternoon over the USA.


My QTH is on a ridge looking down the Bli Bli valley with a North Easterly through South Westerly outlook, 345 degree view 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, and my house is an old 1930's Queenslander that we have slowly been rebuilding with verandahs etc, In the yard there is enough room for a couple of 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.

About Me.

I am a Christian  I am married with 3 kids and 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)

Vanuatu - Port Vila (YJ)

Western Samoa - Apia, (5W1)

Solomon islands - H44 Guadalcanal and Malaita

England- Worthing, (G land)

PNG - Port Moresby(P29)

New Zealand - Whangaparoa & Rotorua (ZL)

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.

Finally have my DXCC through digital means, thanks to Lotw

Also obtained WPX via Lotw



This is my current Station (2012)                                                                                                         

    This was my first station in 1981with a Kenwood TS 520s.










              My station in 1983 when we won the Americas cup      










My station in 1991 consisted of a TS-680S & TS-140S









                 1 of My QSL designs

In 1994 unassisted, I gained 1st Place in the John Moyle Memorial Field Day contest as a single op 24hr as VK4KAC. On the front of the cruiser is a (HB) 6el - 6m yagi & a 10 el 2m Yagi at the top,  over on the fence is a 3 el triband 10/15/20 with an 80m inv "V" at the top. To the rear of the van is a 2m 5/8th vertical with a 5 el 2m beam below it.

  With my Hilux in 1988 on Fraser Island, fishing and DXing, what else is there?        

1995 Fraser Island more Fishing and More Dxing, in the Land Cruiser with a modified commercial multi tap whip for HF

beautiful...say no more!       


Thanks for stopping by, best 73 de VK4KX. Bernie


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