Hello and welcome to VK5MRD, (Formally VK5FDMR)
My name is Dave. I am located in the city of Adelaide which is the capital city of South Australia (VK5).
My Grid Square locator is PF95ga. I am in CQ Zone 30 and ITU Zone 59.
For current Adelaide radar weather please click here
I am married to my beautiful wife. One day I might convince her to go for her licence but I might have more of a chance with my beautiful daughter Hi Hi! I have been interested in radio communications for many years. Like most Hams I started out on 27MHz SSB CB radio late in 1988. I gained the Foundation Licence in February 2006 with the call sign VK5FDMR. I have since upgraded and now hold the Standard Licence gained in December 2007 with the call sign VK5MRD.
Here in Australia there are now three grades of Amateur Radio licence.To learn more about the Amateur Radio licence structure please click here
To look at the Wireless Institute of Australia site please click here
To look at the Australian Communications and Media Authority, Register of Radiocommunication Licences site please click here (Australian Call Sign Look up)
In the early to mid 90`s I was involved in the sport of Rowing, holding a Scholarship with both the South Australian Sports Institute and then with the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra (VK1). I made many South Australian State rowing teams including the South Australian Youth Eight and the South Australian Senior Mens Eight. In 1994 Rowing for the Adelaide Rowing Club, I was in the winning crew that won the South Australian Senior Men’s Quad Scull, indecently our boat that we raced in was the “Oarsome Foursome`s” Olympic Games Emphacher . I have also won the South Australian School Boys Single Scull back to back and won many other numerous State Regattas and competed in many National Regattas and National Selection Regattas too. I have raced all around Australia and also in New Zealand on Lake Ruataniwha as a member of the 1992 Australian Trans Tasman Junior Team. In 1993 I was selected on the Australian Rowing Team . I enjoyed my time with rowing but could not continue with it due to my work commitments.
At the bottom of this page are five pictures of myself rowing in the "Single Scull" when I was on the Australian Rowing Team, racing on the best international rowing course in Australia "Lake Barrington" on the island of Tasmania (VK7)
I have worked in the vehicle industry here in South Australia for some time. I have enjoyed working in this field very much. I have been involved in the vehicle industry for over 17 years having worked for Mitsubishi Motors Australia and General Motors Holden. At General Motors Holden I was a Foreman in the Body Shop in charge of a group of 20 people. At GM Holden we produce vehicles for the Australian market but also export to places such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Oman, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Kuwait, Yemen, Jordan, New Zealand, Brazil, North America, Fiji, Brunei, United Kingdom and South Africa. At Holden we export to every continent in the world except for Antartica Hi Hi. We are also built the Pontiac G8 which we exported it to America. Our export vehicles fall under the badges of Pontiac, Chev, Opel, Buick and Holden amongst others.
To look at the General Motors Holden web site please click here
To look at the General Motors Holden Special Vehicles web site please click here
2008 was the General Motors Anniversary Year.
I found some information handed to me whilst working for GM Holden and thought that some of you might like to hear about it. 2008 was a momentous year for General Motors Holden and GM with a number of significant milestones to be reached throughout the year.
30th Birthday of the GM Holden Commodore
40th Birthday of the GM Holden Monaro
50th Birthday of the GM Holden Vehicle Operations, Elizabeth (where I used to work)
60th Anniversary of the first Australian Car the 48-215
100th years of General Motors.
I have now left the vehicle industry and have gone into small business. I have now started my own mobile dog washing business and I am enjoying ever minute of it, I am not a franchise but a independent small business. You get to meet great people and great dogs too. I get to work in the out doors too. I only have a dual band radio in my work van, I wish I had HF but it is a bit too much clutter but you never know maybe one day!
To visit my business web page please click here
I change my qrz.com photo on a regular basis so come back again one day and you may see a different picture.
I must say a huge "Hi" to all my Ham friends around the world esp to all my good friends in the General Motors Amateur Radio Club in Detroit MI USA.
The GMARC can be found on Echolink at the WW8GM-R node 99846. GMARC weekly nets are Monday nights at 8pm local Detroit time. They can also be found on the internet if you please click here
VK5MRD is also a member of the GMARC in Detroit Michigan USA.
I prefer Icom in the Shack. Antenna for 6m/2m and 70cm is a “GP-15” Tri Band vertical. Antenna`s for 2m only, 2x 7 element yagi`s that are co-phased on a "H" frame, vertical pol. HF OCFD wire antenna for 80m, 40m, 20m and 15m with an ATU. For 10m my antennas are a ½ wave vertical and my weapon of choice is a 5 element Mono band yagi. 10m is my favourite band and whenever I get some free time away form work etc I can be found on 28MHz (SSB) calling CQ
I am also active on SSTV using MMSSTV on 14.230MHz or 28.680MHz.
Speaking of 10m. The band has been in excellent shape for quite some time now.Here are a few video`s on youtube recorded by Penn G0VQY and Ian G0UWK and the third recorded by myself VK5MRD. The fourth is from UR3CTB. The thing about Penn`s video is that I was basically whispering into my mic as everyone was asleep at my house. I am quite impressed at how well the audio sounded with all things considered (100 watts, hand mic, whispering and a 5 element mono band yagi). The next two video`s recorded are OE8SKQ and ZL1AZT both on 10m, the ZL1AZT video was recorded on my new Samsung Galaxy SII mobile phone with fullHD.
Pleasesearch my callsign on youtube or go to my channel on youtube tosee more videos.
The above youtube video is of the new Icom 7410 reviewed by the ARRL for the QST magazine October 2011. It is an awsome radio and one that fits right at home in my shack.
I am interested in Satellite communications with AO-51 and the ISS. I worked my first four contacts via the ISS on the 28/02/2009. It is quite easy and was a lot of fun, even with a hand held!
Thank you BS7H (2007), it goes to show that patience and persistence pays off in the end! Well done on a great activation.
2006 Gained Foundation Licence VK5FDMR
Many thanks to the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group (AREG) esp VK5CP (ex VK5JJJ) and VK5TZX for the Foundation Licence Training and Exam.
2007 Gained WAFL Award - Welcome Aussie Foudation Licencees Award
2007 Gained Standard Licence VK5MRD
2009 Gained the VK1 Award
2010 Gained VK100WIA Centenary Award
Many thanks to the South Coast Amateur Radio Club (SCARC) for the Standard Licence Regulations and Theory exams esp VK5KBJ and VK5TR (ex VK5JST).
To all the SWL`s out there I would be pleased to hear from you. Please send any signal, audio or youtube video reports into me via email and let me know how you were hearing my signal. I Hope to catch you somewhere down the log.
I can be contacted via my Echolink node VK5MRD-L on 424044. It is not on all the time but keep looking for my node as when I am not too busy washing dogs I will have it on.
**** Please note that the VK5FM-L node 133196 (Echolink) is no longer active. ****
When I can I monitor 3 VK5 IRLP nodes :- IRLP node 6500, IRLP Node 6214 and IRLP node 6278.
I will QSL 100% direct, including contacts on HF/VHF/UHF also Echolink, IRLP and SWL.
Thank you for looking me up and I hope to work you again one day.
Happy DX-ing and 73 de Dave VK5MRD-.-
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