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 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 be using one of the keys below, which are my TWanger sideswiper (cootie key) or my Begali HST II single lever key. The TWanger is definitely my favourite key and is made by Tom G3HGE. I have great fun sending CW with a sideswiper and find it very natural. I truly cant believe they are not more popular!
Occasionaly I will also use my homebrew sideswiper that I made out of a steel ruler, a couple of cheap brackets, a scrap piece of wood for a base and some old paddles. Cheap as chips and works a treat, but not as nice looking as the TWanger.
I also have a Vizkey left handed bug that I us every now and then and it is a beautiful work of art made by Tom K4VIZ. I use my left to send with a straight key, sideswiper and bug. For single lever an dual lever (iambic) I use my right hand!
My interest in CW has led me to gather a very small collection of keys. I have used every one of the keys below and some are very good to send with some are just so so. Collecting keys has become addictive and I am always on the lookout for more.
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.
LOTW is my preferred and main QSL method. However, if you work me and would like to exchange QSL cards please take the time to read my QSL Policy below to avoid any disappointment.
Hope to work you on the bands soon.
73 de Steve
ARRL A1-Op, CWops #1196, SKCC #10820T, FISTS #14164, A1 Club #2199,
ARRL and WIA (Wireless Institute of Australia)
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 don't 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 and are not my main priority. If you are patient and not in a desperate hurry to receive my card then this method should be suffice.
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.
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