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

I still QSL Direct if required, which is getting expensive @ $3.00 postage per card, EQSL or Bureau is ok, and all QSO's get logged and uploaded to LoTW, QRZ.com log, 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.

10X International 62236 , Springbok 382, Shire SC4


Radios :

  • Yaesu FT-950 with a Heil Goldline M5 boom mic
  • Kenwood TS480 HX
  • IC706 MKIIG HF / 6m / 2m & 70cm all modes.
  • In my mobile is an IC-706MKIIG HF 6M, 2 & 70CM
  • Kenwood TMD-700A 2m/70cm with APRS, VK4KX-9

Tuners, Amps & antennas :

  • MFJ-986 Roller inductor tuner
  • Kenwood AT-250
  • SG-230.
  • LDG- AT600 Pro 2.
  • Amps include:
  • Ameritron AL-811 160m-10m & ALS-500 HF 80-10m.
  • 2m /70CM amps are Microwave Modules 200w, Tokyo High Power 180w.
  • I enjoy making my own antennas where possible.
  • Double dipoles on- 40, 30, 20, 15m.
  • I have a vertically polarised diamond shaped quad loop corner fed with 75 ohm RG 11u, 2 verticals on 40/80, a Hygain AV-640 and a variety of wire antennas and I'm often trying new antennas so it changes often.
  • A-33, 3 el tribander.

What I like to do on radio

  • Working DX. & the occasional long QSO
  • Especially on low bands but also on 6m, 70cm and on 2m SSB & via AE. (Aircraft Enhancement Propagation)
  • A bit of Contesting as well
  • 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 on 146.500 Unfortunately we never QSL'd as it would be a record. The current VK record for mobile is 2274.4k
  • I really enjoy the challenge of working DX in the 80 / 75m DX window and following "Grey Line DX" whatever the band that's open at the time.
  • The other memorable contact was working CN2R on 80m one late afternoon over the top of the USA, with my old call VK4KAC during a Russian DX contest, he even recorded our QSO on his web site.           

My QTH is on the lower edge of the Blackall Range looking over Nambour and down the Bli Bli valley with a North Easterly through South Westerly 345 degree view.

The ground slopes away from my shack towards the sea about 25 kilometres away. (Grownd Slope Effect)

Apart from my ground mat I have a counter-poise wire around the perimeter of my property and multiple earth rods for station grounding.

I have 3 separate 1/4 acre blocks under 1 title with my shack in the back yard, and my house is an old Queenslander that we have slowly been renovating and have built verandahs on 3 sides. In the yard there is enough room for a couple of towers with a variety of antennas.

I look forward to working you again, hopefully on 80m..

QSL via the Bureau, Direct mail or E-QSL, if you can afford it a couple of green stamps will help, I will just pass them on for the next DX-pedition card.

About Me.

I am Club President for the 2016 year with the Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio Club, of which I have been a member since November 1981. The club is one of the largest in Queensland.

Club web site                  www.vk4wis.org

I am married with 3 kids and have lived on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland since 1981 but befor moving here I spent most of my younger life in the Pacific islands region doing a lot of travel with my parents and older sister.


I have been a keen four wheel driver since I was 19 and have worked as a 4wd Tour Guide taking passengers to Fraser Island, Moreton Island and out West to places like Carnarvon Gorge,  I have been accross the Simpson Desert with a Tag-Along Tour operator                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                These days I am specialised driver trainer conducting 4wd and Tow-Ed training with Getabout Training Australia. http://www.getabout.edu.au

I also enjoy fishing and can act as a guide if you come visit my area fishing for Tailor on the beaches between Teewah and Rainbow Beach as well as Fraser island in winter. During the summer months I like to head South accross the Qld / NSW border and raid the Trout streams of the New South Wales Northern Highlands for Rainbow and Brown trout, or the Norther rivers for Cod or Bass.

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 Honiara Guadalcanal and Auki Malaita province

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


1 of My QSL designs from a photo near Marcoola here on the Sunshine Coast

In 1993 & 1995 - First place in the John Moyle Memorial Field Day contests as a single op 24hr portable all band with my old callsign VK4KAC. On the front of the Toyota Land Cruiser is a home-brew 6el - 6m yagi & a 10 el 2m Yagi at the top. Over on the fence is a 4el 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 vertical 2m beam below it. 

Bands of operation were 80m, 15m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm.

Over the other side of the fence is a cliff going down to an old quarry, and I stood on that fence putting that antenna up, if I had fallen...............!

     Thanks for stopping by, best 73 de VK4KX. Bernie


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