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G'day mate, thats the way we say hello in Australia. Im Stuart, (Stuie) from Darwin Northern Territory Australia (Outback Australia). I hope you enjoy the info & pics here on qrz.com, I have Vlad UA6JD to thank for the upgrade in Jun 2013. If you have any Questions about any information on my qrz.com page please don't hesitate to e-mail myself, I don't have web pages any more, and now keep this qrz.com updated with all the information about myself.
Remember, It is not the class of license the Amateur holds, but the class of the Amateur that holds the license.
VK8NSB/P Picture above right on the main menu is myself on Groote Eylandt OC-141 in 1994, See I did have hair once ....
My Elmer's (Mentor's)
I would like to thank 3 great mates who are all now SK, Henry VK8HA (SK) my CW Mentor & 1st QSL Manager and just a legend Dxer, Neil VK6NE (SK) Great mate & 2nd QSL Manager, and Geoff VK8GP (SK) for his help in getting me into amateur radio and showing me the way when I was first licenced. Without the help of these guys I would not be on air today to enjoy this great hobby. Over the Years both Mark VK8MS and John VK8JM have been great mates and helped me out when required.
I believe in the DX Code of Conduct & adhere to all its rules, please take the time to look at the DX Code of Conduct at http://dx-code.org/
All I can say about the Code of Conduct is '' LISTEN , LISTEN and then LISTEN again.....
HF : Yaesu's FT-2000,(Audio Equipment - W2IHY 8 band Equalizer with Heil Pro Set Elite) - Main Dx Rig. FT897D ( Digital) & FT890 SSTV Repeater.
VHF/UHF : Icom IC910H (with 23cm UX-910), Icom ID-800H (Dstar Dualbander) & Icom IC-T90A 6m,2m,70cm HH - Use with Hand Held Arrow Antenna.
Towers & Antennas:
Tower 1 : (12m high) : 80m/40m 1/2 wave Dipoles. 6 element long spaced Werner Wulf Dualband Yagi for 15m / 10m, Rotor is Kenpro KR-400
Tower 2 : (10m high) : 3 element Coman Monobander for 20m, Rotor is Kenpro KR-400, GP-50 2m/70cm base vertical & discone (Rx Ant for Netset scanner) & the 10m Vertical for SSTV Repeater.
Tower 3 : (8m high) : Cushcraft A503 3 Element Yagi for 6m & above the beam is a 1/4 wave vertical for 6m.
Satelite Antenna's : 6m telescopic mast on the roof of the house (8.5m total height) with a Yaesu G-5500 AZ/EL rotor with (All Yagis are Horizontal) 1 x 10 element high gain yagi for 2m & 1 x 17 element high gain yagi for 70cm & 18 element yagi for 23cm, mainly used for Satts (RX mostly) but interested in VHF/UHF DX/EME also using WSJT Modes.
Portable Equipment : (Used for field days / Dxpeditions)
Misc Equipment: 1 x 18m & 2 x 12m Spiderbeam poles. 2 x 10m squid poles. Coax - 4 x 25m RG58 & 5 x 30m RG213.
Power: 1 x Honda EU20I - 2KW
Camp Equipment: Enough to accommodate team of 6 Operators if required.
I have enough equipment to put together a nice portable operation, I love operating portable, problem is getting the time to do so.
I don't know how my XYL puts up with all these Antenna's up in the Air over the house, she has said no more, but there is room for 1 more tower (3 elements on 40m or even 2 elements on 80.. Might need to buy the house next door to do this), just have to put it up without telling her, she won't notice the crane in the front yard will she .. My retirement plan is move onto 10 acres on a mountain and grow antenna's for fun.
Systems I ran in the past
For many years I ran both a DXcluster & a APRS Digi-peater on 2m. I also ran a SSTV repeater on 10m (28700) from 2010 to 2016 (6yrs) but due to no activity for over 12 Months now I have decided to shut the system down for now. It remains operational but will remain QRT for now.
GENERAL INFO ABOUT MYSELF
I have been involved in Radio since I was about 12 years old and have always had a interest in Radio, I love operating and working DX, talking to people all over the World. I am not really interested in the technical side of the hobby, except for I enjoy making wire antenna's, basically you won't find me building power supplies or fixing radio's. I was not licenced until I was 23 years old in Oct 1993, after I had sorted out my life career, and yes I was a CBer in the 80's, I had a ball. I have always held the Callsign VK8NSB (Don't think I will ever change it) & even held the call sign VK4NSB for 1 year in 1994 when I was studying in Queensland.
As you can tell by all the Radio's / Antenna's the XYL allows me to have up over the house I am a very active Amateur & am active on 80m,40m,20m,15m,10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm & 23cm (No 160m or WARC bands) on all modes these days, I do favour CW (using a real key/paddle and your ear and not the computer) and Digital modes more these days & for most my Digital mode operating I use MixW software, also play JT9, JT65, ROS and other digi modes now and then. I use Orbitron for Satellite Dxing where I enjoy listening to the beacons on the Satellites and sometimes work them, I was very lucky and had a QSO with the International Space Station (NA1SS) on 2m.
On HF I love chasing IOTA (Islands on the Air). VK8, Zone 29 seems to be rare and there are not many active Amateurs in the Northern Territory who work DX. I understand that a VK8 QSO is required for many DX Awards because of the zone I live in ( Zone #29 ) so I try and be as active as I can. But I do enjoy a chew rag on radio these days (getting old and just love to chat).
I have never really got into contest's, but now and then I appear on air and give out a few numbers, but when I do enter a contest I believe in giving it 100%. I have actually won a few major contest's over the year's , CQ WW & OC DX, but to be honest I just can't dedicate the time over a weekend with my wife and 2 kids. If you hear me on please say G'day and let me know what your up to in your part of world.
10 things I have done in my life that are really special to me ..
1. Watching the Birth of my 2 children & continuing to see them grow each day.
2. Meeting my XYL, Amazing Woman, I am a very lucky man - She allows me to play this great hobby.
3. 2010 taking my kids to Disney land USA.
4. Using the Call sign VI8ANZAC during 2015 and talking on 15m SSB to TC100GP in Gallipoli Turkey on Anzac day 2015.
5. 4W6A Dxpedition to Atauro Island OC-232 Timor Leste - Sept 16-26 2011 (Great bunch of Guys. 42k QSO's - Awesome fun).
6. Attending Dayton USA for the Amateur Radio Convention 2010 ( Awesome experience - Thanks Matt VK2DAG ).
7. Hiking to Base Camp Mount Everest - 1996 ( Great experience - amazing place ).
8. Guest Operator on Ramsey Island EU-124 (MC0SHL) 1-2 Jul 2014. (Awesome trip to the UK / Wales, great bunch of guys).
9. Attending the 50th IOTA Convention in London UK - July 2014. (once in a life time event - great weekend).
10. Conducting back to back IOTA Dxpeditions in 99 to OC-173 & OC-229 with Alan VK2CA and Steve VK2SRN (SK - Jan 2016).
Special Call's / IOTA / DXCC I have done over the years...
(SPECIAL CALL SIGNS USED OVER THE YEARS)
Since being licenced I have been involved with many Special callsigns such as:
VI8LH - August 2003 - AUS -071 Emery Point Lighthouse - First Amateur Radio activation from a Northern Territory Lighthouse.
This lighthouse has now been re-numbered , and is now AU-127.
Myself Operating VI8LH, Emery Point Light House in 2003.
VI8ANZAC - Portable operation 26 Apr 15 (Anzac weekend) from the North Darwin RSL.
Myself Operating VI8ANZAC portable from the North Darwin RSL - 26 Apr 15.
The call sign VI8ANZAC is to commemorate the 100 years of the Anzacs, It was a great honour for me to hold this call sign on 3 occasions during 2015, first was for 7 days over the Anzac day week, operating portable over the weekend from the North Darwin RSL was a real honour. It was a honour for me to work Gallipoli (TC100GP) on 15m SSB on Anzac day using the VI8ANZAC Call Sign. I also held this call sign for 8 days over the rememberance week (11 Nov 15), which again was a honour, I mainly concentrated on CW during this week of operations as that would have been the mode mostly used by WW1 Anzacs at Gallipoli. The last time I held the call sign was 12-20 Dec 15, this is when the Anzac's evacuated Gallipoli in WW1, 20th Dec 1915 was the last day of the Gallipoli war in Turkey. As a Defence member myself, who has served overseas, and been to Gallipoli, I have been very honoured to have activated this call sign in 2015 to commemorate the 100 years of the Anzacs.
Rowan (VK8RD) and myself (with my DXWORLD hat on) working DX from Charles Darwin National Park Darwin Northern Territory (VKFF-0095) 20 Dec 2015 to commemorate the evacuation of the Anzacs from Gallipoli in 1915. With only 100w (FT450D) with 15m/20m wire verticals we managed to work 50+ QSO's, which included 10 DXCC and all VK call areas 1-8 in the 5 hours we spent in the National Park. You might notice we are wearing log pants and long sleeve shirts in tropical Darwin, thats because of the 5+ Million mossi's we experienced the week before when doing the recce ... On the Day there was a nice breeze , so for us no mosquito bites on the day ...
Tim (M0URX), Charles (M0OXO), Ant (MW0JZE) and Rob (MW0RLJ) suprised me with this Dxpedition, I was at Ant's QTH in South Wales and had planned to travel up to Rob's QTH in West Wales (about 1.5Hrs West of Ant's place) to spend a couple of days on Rob's farm. I was stunned when we actually turned up to the boat to go to Ramsey Island and told that I would be doing a 24h Dxpedition as a guest operator using the Strumble Head DX & Contest Clubs call sign, MC0SHL.
Being meet by the Royal Society Protection of Birds (RSPB) Island Wardens Greg & Lisa, who welcomed the MC0SHL team with open arms. Conditions were amazing, both weather and the bands, in just over 14 hours of operating holiday style we made over 1000 QSO's into 50 + DXCC. The pileups were great. I am very honored and privileged to have been allowed to have a overnight stay on Ramsey Island, as special permission is required.
Ramsey Island will always be a very special place to me, I am very lucky to be allowed to visit such a place and be a guest operator of the MC0SHL club station.
I will never forget this place, the Dxpedition, and the guys that shared this experience with me. Thanks Lad's....
MW/VK8NSB Qsl Card -- EU-005 IOTA
While I was traveling around Wales I made about 500 QSO's. Tim (M0URX) has made me a special QSL Card for those who were lucky enough to work me on my 2014 Wales holiday.
I have not updated my DXCC Awards since 2002, of course I work them, and I now have DXCC HR (only a couple more to go) if I decided to update my DXCC, but I am not interested in updating this award anymore. Really only interested in IOTA award updates from now on..
In no real order listed below are the Countries on this great planet of ours that I have visited, some of which I have operated Amateur Radio from (Total #30 so far)
Japan (JA), New Zealand (ZL), Germany (DL), England (G), Wales (MW), Denmark (OZ), U.S.A, (W/K) Timor Leste (4W), Indonesia (YB),Fiji (3D2), East Malaysia (9M6), Hong Kong (VR2),Canada (VE),Turkey (TA),Thailand (HS), Singapore (9V),Brunei (V85), Xmas Island (VK9X), Maldives (8Q), Taiwan (BV), France (F), Sweden (SM) ,Belguim (ON), Nepal, (9N), (Base Camp Everest - 1996),Iraq (YI), Kuwait (9K), Qatar (A7) & the UAE (A61), Spain (EA) and Tenerife, Canary Islands (EA8).
Where to next ?
Multi-Team Dxpedition - 4W6A
4W6A Team on Atauro Island OC-232 Timor Leste - 16-26 Sept 2011 (41361 QSO's) - 4 x Stations
Team members: Steve 9M6DXX,Ant MW0JZE,Bernd VK2IA,John 9M6XRO,Tim M0URX, Oliver MW0JRXand of course myself as team leader.
In September 2011 I had the honor of meeting a great bunch of guys and conducting this Dxpedition. After 12 Months of planning the dream to activate a very rare DXCC / IOTA came true, and it turned out to be a fantastic Dxpedition. The highlight of the Dxpedition for me, was working DX on CW next to a a couple of real CW legends, John (9M6XRO) and Bernd (VK2IA), both are amazing CW operators. I hope you made the log.
Couple of Photo's of myself on Atauro Island OC-232 Timor Leste. I get good pileups as a VK8 but nothing compares to having the call sign 4W6A..
Henry VK8HA (SK) Amateur Radio Mentor & Legend CW Operator, Without Henry's help when first licenced I would not be on air today to enjoy this great hobby. - QSL Manager from 1993 to 2000
Neil VK6NE (SK) great Mate - QSL Manager from 2000 to 29 Sep 2010.
Thanks Henry, Neil, you guys are always missed.
For the first 10 years of being licenced I collected every award and certificate there was, I was young and eager back then. There are too many to list here, have a couple of box's full of paper awards from over 25+ years of being an Amateur. IOTA Awards are my only interest in obtaining now, not interested in any others.
Contests : As stated not really interested in contesting, but over the years I have actually won a couple.
2009 CQ WW Dx Contest - 1ST Place Australia, SO LP ALL BANDS - NR #5 Oceania & Set a new Zone 29 World Record
2010 Oceania DX Contest - 1ST Place, SO LP ALL BANDS.
2013 Oceania Dx Contest - 1ST Place, SO LP ALL BANDS & Set a new Australian Record in the 2013 Oceania Contest.
Oceania Dx Contest Award - 2013
Current IOTA totalsas of Oct 16:756 awarded, 776 confirmed & 791 Worked.
Received 750 IOTA Plaque of Excellence July 16 & also hold IOTA Honor Roll
IOTA Plaque of Excellence Award (#750 Islands worked)
Amateur Radio Conventions attended
1995 - Tokyo Japan Hamfest
1996 - Brisbane (Australia) Hamfest
2003 & 2007 & 2011 - Wyong Field day (Australia)
2010 - Dayton Amateur Radio Convention - USA
2014 - IOTA 50th Anniversary - Windsor London UK
Myself with Dick Smith (VK2DIK) at 2007 Wyong.
Awesome experience - Must do for every Ham, I will go again.
Couple of photos below of the Dayton Hamvention 2010.
Myself with K0IR (Ralph)
Myself Operating W8BI (Dayton Club)
Myself with W0GJ (Glenn)
Myself with WP4U (Carlos)
Myself with N0AX (Ward)
Myself with VU2PAI (Pai)
Myself with WA1S (Ann)
Matt (VK2DAG) & Myself with Mike (K7IR) Mr SteppIR
Matt (VK2DAG) Richard (KL7RA)(SK) & Myself
Jim (AA0JM) & Myself
Mr Heil '' Bob K9IED & Myself
Double Trouble from VK - VK2DAG (Matt) & myself in the flea Market at Dayton 2010
What a weekend, thanks to my great Mate Matt VK2DAG I had the experience of a lifetime (AWESOME). From the flea-market to the people, the entire weekend was just amazing, G'day to everyone I meet (I shook hands with allot of Amateurs) - Too many to name you all but look forward to seeing you next time or working you on the bands.
Great weekend, I Love chasing Island's on Air around the World.
As I have been a IOTA Chaser / Dxpeditioner since being licenced and I had been planning to visit my sister in the Canary Islands this year (2014) I decided to attend this once in a lifetime event. I had always wanted to visit the UK again and visit with a couple of the 4W6A team mate's, Ant MW0JZE and Tim M0URX. Only Tim and Charles (M0OXO) were able to attend the weekend with myself in Windsor London. It was a great weekend, I was able to meet with many famous Dxpeditioners and Chasers from all over the World that I had spoken to over the years and was very happy that I made the decision to attend this very special IOTA Anniversary.
Couple of Photo's from the weekend
Col (MM0NDX-DX-World) & Me Roger (G3KMA-IOTA Pres) & Me Charles (M0OXO),Tim (M0URX) & Me Klaus (DL7UXG) & Myself
I would like to express a very big thank you to my great mates, who are like family too me, Tim M0URX, Charles M0OXO (Driver), Ant MW0JZE, Ant's XYL Laura MW6INK, Rob MW0RLJ and Rob's XYL Jane for looking after myself on my visit to the UK and Wales in Jul 2014. I had a amazing time and I loved the suprise Dxpedition to Ramsey Island EU-124.
OTHER INTERESTS :
Since August 2011 I have lost over 35kg's and now try and maintain my fitness, I try and run or swim or both most days. I enjoy Gardening (I have a very large garden too look after here). I also love playing with my 2 kids, son Ashley 13 yrs & daughter Jamie-Leigh 11 yrs old & off course I enjoy spending time with my XYL Rach who puts up with me and this hobby off mine & all the towers and antenna's in the air over the house.
I have started up on another hobby, which I enjoy very much, flying kites, and find this very relaxing, kite flying with my kids down the local park or beach is great fun. I enjoy listening to music and love my Rugby League Footy & support the Brisbane Bronco's, and of course Queenslanders rule ....
What I do for a living:
I am very proud and honored to say I am a serving member of the Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF), I won't go into what I do in the RAAF as I have worked in many different location's around Australia and the World. I have been in the RAAF now for 29 yrs, enlisting 24 sep 1987 at 17yrs of age. I have had many awards & high lights in my 29yrs in the RAAF, but below is the most outstanding Award that I have acheived, which was in 2014 while Deployed on Operation Resolute - Border Protection at HQ Joint Task Force 639 (HQJTF 639), receiving a Silver Commendation from the Commander of Border Protection Australia for exceptional support to Operation Resolute & HQJTF 639.
( I am the one in the Blue uniform - The handsome one on the right. )
Accommodation in Darwin.
If your planning on passing thru Darwin, please feel free to drop me an e-mail or call the Mobile (0408 423225) as I love hosting Amateur's at my QTH for a BBQ dinner with a few drinks, or even save you a few bucks and put you up for a night or two at the QTH (1 x double footon bed available in guest room).
Please don't just show up and expect accommodation, please provide at least 1 weeks notice.
Well, what more can be said, as you can tell from above I am, and continue to be very active in this great hobby, and tho I only hold a Standard Licence and not a Advanced class licence it has not stopped me from enjoying this great hobby over the years. If your wondering, I need to do the Extra Electronic's Theory (CW Done) exam, but have never been interested in the technical side of the hobby, and spending the time to study it. I had a great mate many years ago who spent about 8 Months studying the theory & was only interested in operating CW (ex Military OP) and he become SK before he could sit the exam and obtain his licence, he was never able to actually enjoy the hobby.
I did the standard exam and I am happy with that for now... I am a Dxer, love talking on the radio and am not interested in the technical theory side of the hobby, You won't see me building power supplies, or repairing my own radios. Will I ever upgrade, my answer is maybe one day, or maybe not, I enjoy this hobby very much and one day if I do feel like doing the extra study, which can take up to 6 + Months, I will , if not so be it, as at the moment in my life I can't be bothered with the technical study side of this hobby. Basically if I was to upgrade I would not actually use anything that I studied for, because I still would remain a DXer and not a tech, and I am enjoying myself too much to stop and study for something that does not interest me. Its amazing how I hear all the time, but Stuie your missing the WARC bands, I can't miss what I have never had, I have listened on the WARC bands and honestly don't hear much on them. After the last couple of years with some family hardships, life is for enjoying and having fun .. Not wasting my time studying for something that does not interest me..
Remember it does not matter what licence level, or how big your station is, as long as your having fun, thats all that counts... Don't worry about what others say, ignore the bullies and just enjoy the hobby as much as you can.
Please take care, be safe and most importantly, Enjoy yourself on Radio and have fun.
73,s & look forward to talking to you one day on air.
Mobile Phone : 0408 423225
Zone - 29
ITU - 55
GRID Locator - PH57KP
Organisations / Clubs
I support :
Radio Society of Great Britain Islands On the Air (IOTA)