I was diagnosed with MND/ALS/Joe Gehrig's disease in April 2012, and with fast fading mobility and use of hands and arms very difficult, I now rely on my daughter to respond to paper qsls so some times can take a while.
Voice is still ok, but cannot use hands to type in digital modes so only use macros.
I now rely on my wonderful wife Gaye and great friends to help me stay on air.
Steve VK6SJ, Gary VK6OD, Nigel VK6NI especially have made sure I can continue to enjoy amateur radio. Thanks guys.
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.
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 !!
HOME STATION INFORMATION
My current station consists of an Apache labs ANAN 100 SDR as primary transceiver, with SPE Expert 1K-FA amplifier for most of my HF operations including SSB, PSK 31, JT65 and DSSTV .
My Kenwood TS 2000 which has seen service for around 12 years nowadays is really only VHF and UHF locally.
The antenna system is a SteppIR DB18E which covers 7 to 54 MHz, and is set at about 20 metres, and second mast with 5el 6m homebrew at16m with a 2, 70, 23cm vertical on top, and 80/160 metre inverted V dipoles just below.
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) then june 2011, Cocos(Keeling) OC-003, West Lewis May 2012 OC146, and last was Woody island (OC-199) November 2012.
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
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