Ive been a Ham since 1980 as VK5NOT 1993 as VK5XE then changed to VK5CZ a while ago i forget when.
I am 62 years old and live and work in the Clare Valley as a Vineyard Manager, it is a humble trade being a row cropper and no where near as romantic as it's portrayed by those who may think other wise . I am very lucky to love my job and hobby and have two 2m repeaters close by so i can operate Tractor mobile, try calling me on VK5RMN via IRLP node 6865 you may find me in my tractor, I would enjoy your company.
I enjoy activating and chasing SOTA summits. I use a Elecraft KX3 for SOTA activations, my current QRP / SOTA antenna is a SOTA beams 3 band link dipole for 40/30/20 m, or the 51or 31 foot endfed wire tuned with my trusty old MFJ-904 manual tuner. My higher power SOTA rig is an FT 857 using a 51 foot end fed wire tuned with the MFJ 904 travel tuner, and i am yet to try the SOTA beams dipole with the ft 857 but i am sure it will be fine. I fitted a Banana socket on the chasis of the MFJ tuner for plugging in banana plugs for the counter poise wire or plugging in ribbon type feed lines for my doublet antenna . I have made up another couple link dipoles one for 15m/17m and another for 6m/10m to try to take part in the new SOTA challege. I have tested both antennas and found they work quite well,even the 6m dipole gave me a contact to vk4 and vk6 running the kx3 at 5 watts on ssb. I have experimented with several antennas for SOTA, I am still undecided which antenna is better as I usually manage to make contacts on what ever antenna I take with me. But!. What they are is what they be. A piece of wire. Keeping that back pack as light as possible is a great challenge as well when walking up hills, LiFe and LiPo batteries have helped a lot as a good power source thats reasonably light and reliable.
The latest Rig, "as you can never have enough" is a YouKits HB-1B qrp cw trx with a YouKits MT1 tuner which works quite well. The HB-1B has a very nice reciever even on a noisy 40m band it pulls signals out very well and the MT1 tunes the 51 or 31 foot end fed wires nicely. I use about 6 feet of counterpoise wire for higher bands and the 31 foot radiator as a radial on 40m and 30m when the 51 foot wire is the radiator. I hope to try it on SOTA next year when I start my loop of 40 odd regular summits once summer has gone, on my long quest to be an old MT Goat
I enjoy cw mostly but I am able to converse in voice modes and some digital modes like psk 31 as well, but since the loss of real conversations on psk 31 its all a bit boring after a few swaps of "check out my info on qrz.com" may as well forget the radio and just surf qrz. IMHO
de ian vk5cz ..
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