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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 (# 5102), K2/100 (# 6998) with KAT100 ATU, K1 (#2822) and a KPA500 solid state amplifier. But the most beautiful 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's fed with ladder line and a Palstar AT1KP tuner and keeps me active with it on 80m to 6m. When I'm camping in the Australian bush, 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, ground-mounted portable verticals, or small magnetic loops.

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. It's a challenge, but a lot of fun.

I also enjoy building: transceiver kits, test equipment, and portable, solid state amps. I've built all my Elecraft equipment from kits and I enjoy operating QRP with my bright yellow PFR-3A (a great Steve Weber design) and my tiny Elecraft KX1. These little rigs always surprise me with the interesting contacts they pull 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 working in travel medicine by trade) and not engineering or electronics, so everything I know about the mysteries of RF, I've learnt through conversations with wise hams on air and on-line. Thanks to you all.

Apart from chatting about everything and nothing and working DX, I spend my free time swimming, hiking, practicing meditation and travelling in other cultures. Every year I escape city life to explore the outback of mainland Australia in my 4x4. I have no sense of direction and often lose myself in the remote and untouched parts of this beautiful country.

Wishing you many adventures in this magical hobby...



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