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Welcome My Dear Friend

Greetings From The Island Of Tasmania


Thank you for taking the time to look up my callsign.


I live on a small acreage in a rural area of North West Tasmania, about 30 kilometres south west of Burnie.


In March of 2012 I obtained the call VK7CW after relocating from the Northern Territory where I was QRT for 11 years. My previous calls were VK8AM, VK4EMS and P29BI from Bougainville Island.


My station consists of an old Yaesu FT-1000, with a KIO Hex beam for 20m - 6m. I use an inverted vee for 40m/80m and a monoband ground plane for 30m. I also have a Yaesu FT-857D which I mainly use for 6m. In addition I have a Yaesu FT-990 and an MFJ-9020 20m QRP transceiver.


My main interest and passion in this great hobby is CW and everything to do with CW.


If you hear me or work me on the bands I will probably be using one of the keys below, which is a TWanger sideswiper (cootie key) or Begali HST II single lever key. The Begali HST II is by far the best and smoothest key I have used and is excellent at high speed sending.



I am a big fan of the sideswiper/cootie key, and when not chasing DX or contesting I have great fun using my Twanger to send CW. Using a sideswiper is very natural to me with a rhythmic motion which is much less tiring than using a straight key or bug. I truly cannot believe that they are not more popular! 


My interest in CW has led me to gather a small collection of keys which is growing steadily. Collecting keys is very addictive and I am always on the lookout for more.


Quite often I will use one the keys out of my collection on air . Having so many keys with different sending styles can get confusing. So for that reason I use my left hand to send with a straight key and sideswiper. For single lever and dual lever (iambic) I use my right hand. For semi-automatic bugs I can use either a left handed or right handed version. 




I am a member of the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) and enjoy exchanging SKCC numbers with other members. It is a brilliant Club with great members. There are regular events and sprints and they also offer lots of different awards and incentives. If you use a straight key, bug or sideswiper (mechanical key), no matter what your skill level, I highly recommend and urge you to join. You can gain more information at: www.skccgroup.com


Being very passionate about CW I continuously strive to improve both my sending and receiving skills. I do hope that this great art is never lost and would encourage anyone of any age to take the time and effort to learn this very rewarding and enjoyable skill.

I do support and comply with the DX Code of Conduct and strongly encourage others to do likewise. For more information please visit here.


Contesting and chasing DX in CW is another challenging and enjoyable aspect of the hobby which I thoroughly enjoy. I do try and participate in as many CW contests as possible.



ARRL A1-Op, CWops #1196, SKCC #10820T, FISTS #14164, A1 Club #2199,

ARRL and WIA (Wireless Institute of Australia)



*** QSL POLICY ***

*** Important - Please Read ***


LOTW is my preferred and main QSL method, however see below for other means. 

If you believe you have worked me and would like to exchange QSL cards, please take the time to search my log below to ensure you are in my log. If you are still unsure send me an email and I will gladly confirm if you are in the log.

This will avoid any disappointment!



LOTW: My logs are uploaded to LOTW on a regular basis.


DIRECT: If you would like to exchange your QSL card direct, please ensure that you include a SAE and either $3US or 1 new IRC to cover postage. Please note that Australia Post has just increased their prices, hence the rise to $3US.

*** Due to the large amount of cards I receive, and the high cost of postage, if you do not include ANY of the above YOUR CARD WILL BE RETURNED VIA THE BURO!


eQSL(AG): My logs are uploaded to eQSL on a regular basis.


BUREAU: I do not regularly send cards via the bureau, and only answer cards that I receive. Please be aware that it does take an extremely long time for bureau cards to arrive at my QTH and even longer to be dispatched by me as they are only done in bulk lots by mail. Buro cards are not my main priority but I will answer every buro card received 100%. So if you are patient and not in a desperate hurry to receive my card then this method will be fine.


MOST IMPORTANT: If you worked VK7CW prior to March 2012, please do not send your card to me as I was not the holder of the callsign prior to this date and your card will not be answered by me.


ONLINE LOGBOOKS: My logs are regularly uploaded to both CLUBLOG and HRDLog.net 

Please note that both logs contain QSO's for AX7CW and my previous VK calls (VK4EMS/AX4EMS and VK8AM/AX8AM).



Hope to work you on the bands soon.

73 de Steve


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J79XE 2015-07-05 17m SSB FK95HK Dominica Howard
JH4OYD/4 2015-07-04 17m CW Japan Ken
DF2VZ 2015-07-04 30m CW JN39JI Germany Herb
PA3AM 2015-07-04 30m CW JO32AK Netherlands Gerrit
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K5HDX 2015-07-04 30m CW EM26EH United States Sam

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