I have been interested in radio since 1976, my first radio was an old 23 channel AM radio and I could not believe my ears, talking all over the world with 4 watts and a 9 foot stainless steel antenna.
I first got my Foundation Licence VK4FONE on the 11/11/09 and it was a great starting point. I then upgraded to my Standard Licence (Novice) VK4MBL on the 2/7/2010 which gave me extra bands and 100 watts output.
I worked the world but I was still missing the 80m DX Window and the only way to use this part of the band was to upgrade to the Advanced Licence.
After 4 months of study I sat for the exam on the 28/5/2012 and passed to my suprise and received the callsign VK4KDX.
I had a few good people telling me to have a shot and helped me with the study material I needed. So a big thanks to VK4WU, VK4SD/2, VK3FMX & Derek VK4MIA, Thanks Guys!!
With the 2 letter callsigns being very few and far between in VK4, an allotment of calls became available recently and I applied for and received the new callsign VK4RZ on November 7th 2012
My antennas are as follow - A 2 Element Monoband at 25m for 40m, a Hi-Gain TH3-JR at 15 mtrs for 10, 15 & 20, an 80mtr Loop for the rest of the bands. Soon I'll be adding a 160m dipole
My Tranceivers are a Yaesu TF1000MP and a Kenwood 570DG, amplifiers are a Yaesu FL-2100Z and a Heithkit SB200.
In August 2012, I was a member of the VK4ILH Team for the 2012 International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend to Cape Moreton Lighthouse on Moreton Island IOTA OC-137