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A little about me:
I am married to Marija, and have two children, Jake 19, & Olivia 14, from my first marriage. Marija and I were married in February, 2010 (photo above), and we spent a very enjoyable 4 weeks in New Zealand for our honeymoon. Other than amateur radio, my interests include a variety of sports, gardening, photography, wine collecting (& drinking of course), astronomy, researching my family history, and spending time with family and friends.
My interest in radio commenced at about age 14-15. For some time my grandfather lived at home with my parents & myself, and he was an x seaman and he frequently listened to SW broadcast stations. Due to his interest in SW radio, I started listening to broadcast stations on SW and came across amateur radio operators working on the HF bands. I initially used a cheap portable radio with SW facilities but no SSB capabilities. So I improvised and used another radio back to back to act as a BFO. When I was about 16, I purchased a Yaesu FRG-7700 communications receiver, which I still have today. At age 19, with the encouragement of Chris VK5PN, I sat for the regulations exam and morse code, for the now 'defunct' Australian Novice amateur radio licence and passed both these subjects. Unfortunately due to work commitments, and other interests in life (girls and cars), I never got around to completing the third component, the theory examination.
In June, 2010, I attended a 2 day Foundation licence course held by my local radio club, the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society, and I obtained my Foundation licence callsign of VK5FPAS. The "Foundation" licence is an entry level licence here in Australia which restricts operators to 10 watts PEP and limited to operation on 70 cm, 2 m, 10 m, 15 m, 40 m, & 80 m. Then in June, 2011, I passed the examinations for my upgrade to the Standard licence and obtained the callsign of VK5PAS. This now allows me greater operating privileges including 100 watts and access to additional bands including 20 m & 6 m.
I am a co-opted member of the committee of the Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society (AHARS) which is the largest amateur radio club in South Australia. My non committee posts include that of Awards Manager, Publicity, and QSL card checking.
Above:- In my shack (rear bedroom of the house)
Above:- (LEFT) Myself and my daughter Olivia; (RIGHT) Myself and my wife Marija.
Above:- My son Jake and his girlfriend Allie.
1. Yaesu FT 2000 (with Heil Pro4 headset).
2. Yaesu FT 817ND.
3. Yaesu FT 450 (with Yaesu MD100 desk mic).
4. Kenwood TS-820s (manufactured about 1977).
1. Hy Gain TH3jrs 3 element tri band (for 20m, 15m, 10m) beam @ 17 metres high. On wind up tower.
2. Rippletech TZ-WD-1740 rotary diople (for 17m, 40m & 6m) @ 17 metres high. On wind up tower.
3. Diamond KV5, 5 band (80m-10m) vertical antenna.
4. Full size G5RV (Manufactured by W8AMZ) (102 feet long), facing east-west @ 10 metres high.
5. Buddipole Deluxe (for portable work)
6. SOTA beams 40/20 m dipole with squid pole (for portable work)
7. Multi band vertical antenna (for portable work)
I have just completed (26th November, 2011), putting up a 17metre high wind up / tilt over tower.
Above:- My new 17m wind up / tilt over tower with Hy Gain TH3jrs & Rippletech rotary dipole.
Above:- My Hy Gain 3 el yagi (on left) and my Diamond KV5 5 band vertical (on right).
Many THANKS to Dave, VK3VCE & Rex, VK5FRCP for their valued help, advice & manpower in putting up the tower.
Also, special thanks to Tony at RippleTech Electronics for his excellent & prompt service.
(left) My buddipole set up recently at Snelling Beach, Kangaroo Island, &
(right) My buddipole set up at the Mt Barker summit near my home.
Above:- operating portable with my FT-817ND from nearby Mt Barker summit.
I live at Mount Barker, a town and rural area of about 11,000 people, situated about 40 kms east of Adelaide, the capitcal city of South Australia. The town is about 360 metres above sea level, and is located in the picturesque Mount Lofty Ranges (also known as the Adelaide Hills). Mount Barker is the largest town in the Adelaide Hills and one of the fastest growing areas in South Australia. Mount Barker is close enough to Adelaide, that many people commute there on a daily basis for work, although it is far enough away from the city to still be called 'the country' by many. The area around Mount Barker is a general farming area (dairy, cattle, vegetable production, horse studs, fruit orchards), and now includes a number of wineries/vineyards.
Mount Barker enjoys a mediterranian climate with hot summers and cold winters. In summer, it is not uncommon for the temperature to reach 40 degrees C. During winter, temperatures can fall below zero. The average rainfall is about 765 mm. Due to the hot summers and hilly terrain, the area is often subject to bushfires. The worst being the Ash Wednesday fires of 1983 which claimed 28 lives and destroyed 380 homes.
Above:- Gawler Street, Mount Barker (the main street & one of the shopping precincts of the town).
Above:- A view from the top of Mount Barker summit.
Above:- A view towards Mount Barker, showing typical countryside, & Mt Barker summit in the background.
Please click on the link below to read some more information on Mount Barker summit and watch a short video on the Mount Barker summit.
Above: - View of the city of Adelaide with the Mt Lofty Ranges (Adelaide Hills in the background). My home QTH (Mount Barker) is located about 25 kms east of the arrow which is showing Mt Lofty).
Above:- The Heysen Tunnels, leading from the city of Adelaide into the 'Adelaide Hills'.
A significant amount of native bushland vegetation exists in the Adelaide Hills area which supports a variety of wildlife including Western Grey kangaroos, emus, koalas, bandicoots, echidnas (also known as spiny anteaters), possums, and a large variety of native birds (cockatoos, parrots, finches, etc), and reptiles (lizards & snakes-many of which are extremely venemous). Many koalas and kangaroos often fall victim to the busy South Eastern Freeway (the main road between Adelaide and Melbourne), which passes Mount Barker.
Above:- Some of the local wildlife (Koalas & Kangaroos).
Above:- Some local birds: Superb Blue Wren, Rainbow Lorikeet, Adelaide Rosella.
Above:-A group of Kookaburras sitting on my yagi.
Mount Barker is the home base of "SteamRanger", a popular tourist train with regular trips to the seaside town of Victor Harbor. The town contains about 30 historic buildings including Auchendarroch House, a magnificent mansion built in 1876, which has been lovingly restored and now provides a functional entertainment venue, including a tavern and a seven screen cinema complex.
The world famous "Tour Down Under" cycling event which is the first stop on the world cycling calendar, and the Classic Targa Adelaide car rally pass through the area. The annual three day Jazzfest is held in Mount Barker and features over 30 jazz bands performing in the 12 shopping and entertainment centre precincts, across the Mount Barker area.
The nearby Mount Barker summit which is about 2 kilometres east of the town, offers magnificent 360 degree panoramic views of the area.
Above:- The SteamRanger tourist train which is based at Mount Barker.
Above:- Ferrari GT4 competing in the Classic Targa Adelaide Rally.
Above:- The "Tour Down Under" cycling event.
Above:- Vineyards near Mount Barker.
Above:- Auchendarroch House, built 1876 (now a bar / restaurant / cinema complex).
Above:- The Dunn Memorial Uniting church, built 1884.
Above:- The old Dunn flour mill, built 1844.
Above:- The old Mount Barker Police Station, built 1878.
Above:- The old Mount Barker Railway Station, built 1883.
I upload my logs to Clublog. See below my last 10 QSo's and a search option for my log.
Every year, on Australia Day (26th January) and Anzac Day (25th April) and World Telecommunication Day (17th May), I operate with the special AX prefix.Below are my QSL cards that I use for those special occasions on the Australian & World calendar.
Since my upgrade on 15th July, 2011:-
217countries worked (SSB)
194 countries confirmed (SSB)
Live video feed
I have a live video feed using livestream.com. I will have this activated on some occasions whilst on air.
Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA).
Adelaide Hills Amateur Radio Society.
SWARL (Short Wave Amateur Radio Listening).
Australian Radio DX Club.
VK Contest Club
Digital Modes Club (DMC)
European Phase Shift Keying Club (EPC)
Belgium Digital Modes Club (DMC)
Some interesting websites:-
simmopa Mount Barker, Australia
Trip to Kangaroo Island, SOUTH AUSTRALIA, OC-139
Friday 17th August 2012 until Monday 20th August 2012.
Included weekend of the 2012 International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend, Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th August, 2012.
Activation at Cape Willoughby lighthouse.
Special call VI5CW.
Photo courtesy of Lighthouses of Australia Inc.
For more info on the Kangaroo Island trip, please see the following website:-
VERY BEST WISHES AND 73 FROM
MOUNT BARKER, SOUTH AUSTRALIA.
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