G'day from down under,
I first got a ham licence in 1976 (back then it was called a novice licence) but within the year I had updated it to a full call Licence (now known as an Advanced Licence). Most of my early years in Radio where spent on HF often with Gear I had built including HF transmitters, and a couple of Receivers, countless Antennas of various sorts. Originally I work CW as it provided more contacts for the lower Power sets. with my first commercial sets being a Yaseu FT7 (10 watts) and later a Kenwood TS 520S, I started with RTTY, using a home built decoder and a Z80 CPU run computer (128 k of RAM) it worked resonably well but like all system had the odd problem from time to time. These days I use a Yaseu 450D and Dual band 70cm and 2 metre FM set.
In the early 1980 I changed jobs and moved to a TAFE college and lectured in the Electrical Trades area for considerable time before moving to the Refrigeration Department in TAFE as a lecturer but with my hobby continued to followed my interest in all things Radio and Electronics including Computing ranging from the early PDP11/40's and 70 to modern PC's.. As my knowledge and qualifications grew in the computer area I moved in to lecturing in that field.
With the Increase in Computer Power I began to Monitor Satelites as well as decode data streams from them, this meant building suitable
In later part of my carreer I changed from lecturing to the Running of College Local and Wide area computer networks until I retired.
Today I mainly operate on the Local repeater Bands as well as play with PSK31 on 20 and 15 metres, with the occasional excursion into CW.
My station now has an additional receiver which monitors WSRP mainly on 10.1387 mhz however I only occasional run the beacon portion of the system.
New Interests this year now include SSTV using both MMSSTV and Easypal along with a like group of Amateurs we regularly transmit images at 00:08 UTC here in West Australia on 40 metres usually around 7.204 mhz. and on 80 metres on 3.630 using MMSSTV on Mondays , Wednesdays and Fridays at 12:00 UTC. The 7.204 goup have also been experimenting with Digital Voice using version 0.96 of FreeDV.
New interest this year including going back to QRP with the addition of a 1500 Flex Transceiver to my shack which I mainly use on PSK31 with contacts so far into Indonesia, Europe and China, good results for 5 watts. my antenna for these contacts is a trapped dipole.
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