Ive been a Ham since 1980 asVK5NOT 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 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 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 favourite QRP / SOTA antenna is a 66 foot Doublet and ZM2 ATU or the 58 foot endfed . My higher power SOTA rig is an FT 857 using a 58 foot end fed wire or 66 foot Doublet tuned with an MFJ 904 travel tuner. 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 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. 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 which works quite well and has a very nice reciever even on a noisy 40m band it pulls signals out very well. I hope to try it on SOTA next year when i start my loop of 30 odd 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
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