Many Thanks to Vlad UA6JD for kindly designing my qrz.com page here for myself.
G'day mate, thats the way we say hello INAustralia. Hello, 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. Please 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, I keep 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, Henry VK8HA (SK) my CW Mentor & Ex QSL Manager and just a legend Dxer, Neil VK6NE (SK) Great mate & Ex 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.
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 Dipole system - 2 x 80m & 2 x 40m Switchable - SW/NE (Africa / North America) & NW/SE (Europe / VK/ZL) 6 element long spaced Werner Wulf Dualband Yagi for 15m / 10m, Rotor is Kenpro KR-400 & 6db, UHF CB vertical, also have a spare 2m vertical mounted up there (use to be for APRS).
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.
1 x Gap Titan DX Multiband Vertical 80-10m, located on the carport roof (Antenna jack 2 on FT-2000)
Portable Equipment : (Used for field days / Dxpeditions)
Radio: Yaesu FT-450D
Antenna's: 2 x Coman Multiband Verticals 80-10m & 1 x Chirnside trapped Vertical (80-10m) - Hygain Dipole - 160-10m
Misc Equipment: 1 x 12m Spiderbeam pole & 2 x 10m squid poles. Coax - 2 x 25m RG58 & 5 x 30m RG213.
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 maybe), just have to put it up without telling her, she won't notice the crane in the front yard will she ..
DARWIN SSTV RepeaterStatus: ( Operational )
Please be aware if you don't hear it, it could be off due to storms in the local area or a technical issue.
Operational since 6 Jun 2010. My dream to run a SSTV Repeater has finally come true. Now operational running an FT-890 with 30 watts into a 10m Vertical up above the 3 element 20m Yagi on the 10m tower. Software is MMSTV, running on a Compaq Laptop with Windows 7. Digi interface is Rigblaser Nomic which I picked up at Dayton Hamvention in the flea market for $20. VK8NSB SSTV Repeater Beacons in Scottie 1 mode with a different picture (12 in total) every 60 minutes. Freq is28:700, and to arm the repeater you will need to Tone 1750Hz. Have fun with the system. Now that I have upgraded the PC to a Laptop I now have SSTV web pages ( http://www.hamhaven.com/vk8nsb/ ) up and running so you can now see your pictures online once you have used the repeater ... enjoy and have fun with VK8NSB SSTV Repeater.
VK8NSB SSTV AWARD:
Bob, VK4DA told me that he was in the process of collecting all 12 pictures from my SSTV repeater when it was on 10m and asked if there was an award if he could do it. There was no award. I thought about it and decided why not, to receive all 12 pictures from a SSTV Repeater on any band is quite a acheivement.
So the rules are very simple, receive all 12 pictures (any condx is ok as long as I know what picture) and e-mail them to myself in JPEG format to '' firstname.lastname@example.org '' and I will e-mail you the VK8NSB SSTV Repeater award. Good Luck ..
VK4DA - Bob's 12 Rxed Pictures
Congratulations to Bob VK4DA who has proven that It can be done, 1 Jan 2014 - Awarded the 1st VK8NSB SSTV Award.
Bobs comments on the Award: I started back in Oct 2013, I can't remember the exact date and the last picture was about 30 minutes ago (Dec 13). It wasn't easy, with the 10m band only opening at certain times then you have to discard the double up's. It may take day's even weeks to get back in the right spot in the cylce to receive the next picture.
There you go, Bob has proven that it can be done, doing it in 3 Months, are you up for the challange ?
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 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 - 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 modes now and then. I use Orbitron for Satellite Dxing where I enjoy listening to the beacons on the Satellites and sometimes work them. 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. I have never really got into contest's, but now and then I appear on air and give out a few numbers, when I do enter a contest I believe in giving it 100%. I have actually won a few major contest's in the World (CQ WW), OC DX (currently hold the SO ALL LP Record) 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.
Few 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. 4W6A Dxpedition to Atauro Island OC-232 Timor Leste - Sept 16-26 2011 (Great bunch of Guys. 42k QSO's - Awesome fun)
5. Attending Dayton USA for the Amateur Radio Convention 2010 ( Awesome experience - Thanks Matt VK2DAG )
6. Hiking to Base Camp Mount Everest - 1996 ( Great experience - amazing place )
7. Guest Operator on Ramsey Island EU-124 (MC0SHL) 1-2 Jul 2014. (Awesome trip to the UK / Wales, great bunch of guys)
8. Attending the 50th IOTA Convention in London UK - July 2014. (once in a life time event - great weekend)
Special Call's / IOTA / DXCC I have done over the years...
PAST CALLSIGNS (SPECIAL EVENTS) :
Since being licenced I have been involved with many Special callsigns such as:
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 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 now 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
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 European holiday.
I have not updated my DXCC Awards since 2002, of course I work them, 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 ( few of them a couple of times ), 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, was a fantastic Dxpedition.
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..
LOTW: Tim now informs me that he has set up my LOTW Account.
Past QSL Managers
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 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 have collected many awards and certificates. There are too many to list here, I have a folder full of certifcates from over 20+ years of being a licenced 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.
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.
Current IOTA totals:#710 awarded & #730 Worked. My next goal is to have the IOTA 750 shield up on the wall.
IOTA #700 Award (IOTA Honor Roll) Oceania DX Contest Award - 2013
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) & 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.
2014 - IOTA 50th Anniversary (London UK) - 4-6 Jul 14 - Great weekend, Love this program
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 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 :
I class myself as fit these days. Since August 2011 I have lost over 30 + kg's and now 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 11 yrs & daughter Jamie-Leigh 9 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, and kite flying with my kids down the local park or beach is great fun. I like listening to music , Cold Play are my favourite band ... I love my Rugby League Footy & support the Brisbane Bronco's, and of course Queenslanders rule ....
What I do for a living:
I am proud 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 and continue to work in highly secure areas ( basically I would get into trouble if I told you what I do ). I have been in the RAAF now for 27 yrs, enlisting 24 sep 1987 at 17yrs of age. I have had many awards & high lights in my 27yrs 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), 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 place 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 Queen bed available in guest room).
Please provide at least a couple of days notice.
Well, what more can be said, as you can tell I am very active on this great hobby, and tho I only hold a Standard Licence and not a Extra class licence it has not stopped me from enjoying what I have on my licence (If your wondering, I need to do the Extra Theory (CW Done) - but never been interested in the technical side of the hobby, did the standard exam and I am happy with that for now... I am a Dxer).
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, 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)