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Perched in the mountains behind Hobart, 500m above sea level, my QTH looks over the Southern Ocean toward Antarctica. My station is all Elecraft: K3/100 , K2/100, and a KPA500 solid state amplifier. The works of art in my shack are 2 iambic paddles by Alberto Frattini, I1QOD. I'm lucky to be their caretaker.

My HF antenna is an 80m horizontal loop, suspended as a rectangle between 4 eucalypt trees, 10m above the ground. It keeps me active on 80m to 6m. When I'm camping in the Australian wilderness, I run a KX3 with a solar charging set up and use a variety of portable antennas, including a selection of end-fed half-wave wires, supported by a 10m fishing pole,  portable verticals, or small loop antennas. 

HF DX is my interest and you'll mostly hear me on 20, 30 & 40m - phone, digimodes or CW. CW is my preferred mode and I'm working towards DXCC at 5W using portable, wire antennas which evolve from endless experiments.  You might also be hearing me from my home QTH using a small mag loop - they are surprising antennas.

I also enjoy building: transceiver kits, test equipment, and portable, solid state amps. I've built all my Elecraft equipment  and I enjoy operating QRP with my bright yellow PFR-3A (a great Steve Weber design) and an Elecraft KX1 and K1. These little rigs pull the most interesting contacts out of the ether, all powered by AA cells and making less than 5W of RF. 

I've had my Advanced licence since 2006, but my background is in health care (I'm a doctor by trade) and not engineering or electronics, so everything I know about the mysteries of RF, I've learnt through conversations with operators on air and on-line. Thanks to you all.

Apart from chatting about everything and nothing, I spend my free time hanging in various yoga postures, hiking, practicing meditation and travelling in the other cultures which flourish on planet earth. Every year I escape to the outback of mainland Australia in my 4x4. I have no sense of direction and I often lose myself in the remote and untouched parts of this beautiful country.

Wishing you many adventures in this amazing hobby...hope to meet you one day on HF....

73,

John

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