Ive been a Ham since 1980 asVK5NOT 1993 as VK5XE then changed to VK5CZ a while ago i forget when.
I am 61 years old and live and work in the Clare Valley as a Vineyard Manager which means i am a resonable tractor driver, and i don't crash into the treliss or bend machinery very often. 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 IRLP 6865 you may find me in my tractor.
I enjoy activating and chasing SOTA summits. I use a Elecraft KX3 and SOTA Beams end fed antennas and Mountain tuner for SOTA activations. My latest experiments are a 66 foot Doublet and ZM2 ATU and a mono band Delta Loop for 15m. Worked into UK on 15m cw with 3 watts with the loop triangle config with a feed point in one of the bottom corners, the top of the loop is 8m high. My higher power SOTA rig is an FT 857 using a 58 foot end fed wire inverted V config tuned with an MFJ 904 travel tuner. I fitted a Banana socket on the chasis of the tuner for plugging in banana plugs for the counter poise wire or plugging in ribbon type feed lines from my doublet . 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.
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