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IOTA Activity - Woody Island OC-170 Nov 9th 2012 to Nov 12th 2012


QSL for Woody island OC-170 with 2 green stamps or 1 IRC to

Wally Gelok

PO Box 1009


Western Australia 6954


My station is located at my house in the Perth suburb of Oakford, about 30 Kms south of the city and on my 5 acre bush lot.


The pic below is how my mast and Steppir DB18E looked after the storm that passed through Perth on Sunday afternoon, 10th June 2012

Other than the rather obvious damage to the mast, which has stood for over 30 years in four different locations, and for the last 9 years with a 9 el Logperiodic with a 12.1 metre boom, three of the Steppir "trombones" were broken where they struck the verandah posts at the end of the house.

Carsten from RF Solutions was able to quickly organise for replacement poles, and I was able to get the semi circle loops off and just rebuild the elements.

Some interesting time getting the control cable and running tests, but everything passed once it was repaired. The new rotator is a Pro-sistel also from RF Solutions.


Well it is an ill wind that blows no good as the saying goes! Below is the build sequence for the 18 metre Versatower from Steve VK6WNThanksso much Steve.

The concrete was poured into a 1.5x1.5x18 metre hole - roughly 10 tonnes, three weeks after the old one cratered. Should hold!

Then the 18m Versatower onto the mast.

















Old mast repaired in the background with 5 el 6 metre yagi and 2/70/23 vertical

Luffing winch set and up it stands


Mast raising winch now set on the mast.




















Now with the rotator cage and up to full height test raise.




















DB18E repaired and on the mast but just up a couple of rungs as there are no guy ropes on yet









Below is the original set up, but as you can see from above, one mast down, so now there are two!


This photo shows the back of my house with my new Steppir DB18E antenna in January 2012,

The DB18E on the mast, just after getting it all up end of January.

My two assistants, Bianca on the left and Casey on the right, without whom I would not have managed !!



My current station consists of Kenwood TS2000 as primary transceiver, with SPE Expert 1K-FA amplifier and microHam microKeyer II interface to an iMac computor running MacLogger and CocoaModem.

Secondary transceiver and Dxpedition rig is and Icom IC7000 with MPE 150L amplifier and microHam USB II interface to Macbook laptop running MacLoggerdx and CocoaModem.

Also have the old faithful Icom IC706 MkIIg which is used for portable and mobile operations.

The new antenna system is a SteppIR DB18E which covers 7 to 54 MHz, and is set at about 15 metres, with a 2, 70, 23cm vertical on top, and 80 metre inverted V dipole.

First licensed in 1976 while living on Cockatoo Island off the North Western Australian coast (OC-71)and got bitten by the IOTA bug. Have played ham radio ever since, and still enjoy the hobby as much today as I did way back then. Currently active from 80m through to 70cm from just south of the city of Perth on our 5 acre lot, mostly cw and voice but enjoying PSK31 and Digsstv.

Biggest buzz is playing IOTA Dxpeditions with Browse Island (OC-234) activated in 2001, and Breaksea Island (OC-243) in 2002. Viney island (OC-266) and Pasco Island (OC-071) in 2004, Dirk Hartog Island (OC-206)August 2005, and Cheyne Island (OC-193) and Rottnest Island (OC-164) September 2007. Over New Year weekend 2010, Robertson Island in the Pelsaert group of Houtmans Abrolhous (OC-211).

Also get involved each year with the International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, operating as VK6CLL from Cape Leewuin Lighthouse.

This photo shows the lighthouse and old keeper's cottage with various antennas sprinkled around for the ILLW.

Nigel, VK6NI and I have our webpage at http://www.westozdx.net which details some of our IOTA and ILLW operations


73 Wal


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