Perched in the mountains behind Hobart, 500m above sea level, my QTH looks over the Southern Ocean toward Antarctica. My station is now all Elecraft: K3/100 (# 5102), K2/100 (# 6998) with KAT100 ATU, K1 (#2822) and a KPA500 solid state amplifier. But the most beautiful work of art in my shack is a handcrafted iambic paddle by Alberto Frattini, I1QOD. I'm lucky to be its caretaker.
My HF antenna is an 80m horizontal loop, suspended as a lazy rectangle between 4 eucalypt trees, 10m above the ground. It's fed with ladder line and a Palstar AT1KP tuner and keeps me active 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, or small magnetic loops. Portable wire antennas are a lot of fun and I'm always experimenting with them.
HF DX is my interest and you'll mostly hear me on 20, 30 & 40m - phone, digimodes or CW. CW is my preferred mode.
I also enjoy building gear - transceiver kits, test equipment, and portable, solid state amps. I've built all my Elecraft equipment from kits and I enjoy operating QRP with portable rigs I've made, like my bright yellow PFR-3A (a great Steve Weber design) and my tiny Elecraft KX1. These little rigs never cease to surprise me with the interesting contacts they can pull out of the ether, 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, working in travel medicine) 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 yoga/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.
Et si tu es francophone, ou si tu préfères parler français, fais-moi le savoir. J'ai peu souvent l'occasion de m'exprimer en français, donc ça serait génial. On pourrait toujours parler "franglais" ! :-) Donc, 73 du bout du monde
73 from the edge of the world,
FISTS # 14163
A helpful hint: I enjoy working polite ops and hope to return the courteous behaviour. l listen for - and give priority to - patient, quiet stations. Hope to hear you soon - - - dit dit.
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