Stuie in his shack (Dec 12)
Many Thanks to Vlad UA6JD for kindly designing my qrz.com page here for myself.
G'day mate, thats the way we great friends in Australia. Hi, 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 here please don't hesitate to e-mail myself, I don't have any 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 and Neil VK6NE (SK) Great mate & Ex QSL Manager, and Geoff VK8GP for his help in getting me into amateur radio and showing me the way .All 3 guys are thanked very much for there continued support over the years. 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.
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)
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 1 more will she
DARWIN SSTV Repeater Status: ( Operational )
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 to listen for the Beacon is 28.700 USB 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 and asked if there was an award if he could do it. There was no award, then I thought about it and decided why not, to receive all 12 pictures from a SSTV Repeater on 10m 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 '' email@example.com '' and I will e-mail you the VK8NSB SSTV Repeater award. I plan on having a picture of the Award up on here soon, its on pwr point and I don't know how to load up on qrz.com, 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. It wasn't easy, with the 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, was not licenced until I was 23 years old in Oct 1993, 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 JT65, ROS modes now and then. I use Orbitron for Satellite Dxing, enjoy listening to the beacons on the Satellites and sometimes work them. On HF I am a DX addict chasing DXCC and IOTA, which is my main interest on the HF bands. 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 so I try and be as active as I can. But I do enjoy a chew rag on radio most evening,s. I have never really got into contest's, but now and then I appear on air and give out a few numbers, 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.
Best things I have done in my life
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 )
3. 4W6A Dxpedition to Atauro Island OC-232 Timor Leste - Sept 16-26 2011 (Great bunch of Guys and great DX Condx - 42k QSO's - Awesome fun)
4. Going to Dayton USA for the Amateur Radio Convention 2010 ( Awesome experience - Thanks Matt VK2DAG )
5. Hiking to Base Camp Mount Everest - 1996 ( Great experience - amazing place )
Things I still would like to do in my life
(1) Complete the Kakoda trial - PNG WW2 Walk (Planning soon)
(2) Go on another Multi team Dxpedition - To a very rare location
(3) Do another Dayton Trip -- Maybe 2015 .
DXCC / IOTA & Special Call signs
PAST CALLSIGNS (SPECIAL EVENTS) :
I have been involved over the years with many Special callsigns such as:
VI8NTD - VI75RAAF - VI8TRACY - VI8LH - VI8NT - AX8NSB - VK100WIA.
IOTA DXPEDITIONS : 1993 - 1999 ( 7 IOTA Dxpeditions )
1. VK8NSB/P & VK8NGE - Groote Eylandt OC-141 (4 Visits)
2. VK8MI & VK8ML - Melville Island OC-173 (2 Visits) http://iota.vkham.com/
3. VK8CI - Croker Island OC-229 (1 Visit)
I have been active (used Ham Radio) in DXCC Countries:
Japan(JA), New Zealand (ZL), Germany (DL), England (G), Denmark (OZ), U.S.A, (W7) and Timor Leste (4W).
Countries I have visited but not operated Amateur Radio from are :
Indonesia (YB),Fiji (3D2), East Malaysia (9M6), Hongkong (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).
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 VK8DX and of course myself as team leader.
In September 2011 I had the honor of meeting a great bunch of guys and conducting this 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
4W6A Station Tour on You Tube done by Ant MW0JZE - Great Vid , must see
On behalf of the 4W6A team, 73,s.
4W6A Team Leader
Stuie VK8NSB (4W6SB)
QSL INFORMATION ** M0URX **
NO BURO IN VK8
Don't send QSL Cards to me in Darwin.
IMPORTANT NEWS : QSL VIA THE BURO IS FINE BUT ONLY VIA OQRS TO M0URX
NO LONGER INTERESTED IN PAPER QSL CARDS
PLEASE REQUEST A BURO QSL VIA OQRS AT M0URX HOMEPAGE.
Tim's homepage is - http://www.m0urx.com
QSL Request Form - easy way for you to request a QSL Card for VK8NSB is to visit Tims home page and electronically request one. Paper QSL cards are no longer required as I am not interested in them.
Thanks to Tim M0URX for taking over the role as QSL Manager after my long time mate and QSL Manger Neil VK6NE passed away Sep 2010. I am not interested in QSL cards any more except the DXCC or IOTA cards that I need. Tim receives my log updates weekly via e-mail & place's them on the online log service on his webpage, so you can check online to make sure you have actually worked me before you send a card. Tim is in complete control of my QSL side of Amateur Radio so please address your QSL issue's to Tim please
VK8NSB LOG SEARCH: Note Logs are updated Weekly : http://www.m0urx.com/logsearch.html
Past QSL Managers - Mates & Mentors
Henry VK8HA (SK) Amateur Radio Mentor & Legend CW Operator - QSL Manager from 1993 to 2000
Neil VK6NE (SK) great Mate - QSL Manager from 2000 to 29 Sep 2010.
Geoff VK8GP (SK) great Mate - showed me the way into Amateur Radio when first licenced.
Thanks Henry, Neil, and Geoff, you guys are always missed.
Since being licenced I have collected many awards and certificates, I have DXCC on 80m/40m/20m/15m/10m , WAZ,WAS,WAJA, many many more and have actually won a few contest's, but I am no longer interested in claiming any awards except for my IOTA upgrades.
With effect 24 Oct13, my current IOTA totals are:
IOTA: #658 Worked (#600 Award acheived, Now on the IOTA Honour Roll - 50% confirmed)
IOTA #600 Award
Amateur Radio Conventions attended
1995 - Tokyo Japan Hamfest
1996 - Brisbane (Australia) Hamfest
2003 & 2007 & 2011 - Wyong Field day (Australia) Only attend every 4 years, see you in 2015.
Myself with Dick Smith (VK2DIK) at 2007 Wyong.
2010 - Dayton Hamvention (USA) - Awesome experience - Must do for every Ham, I will go again
Couple of photos below of the Dayton Hamvention 2010.
What a weekend, thanks to my good 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.
OTHER INTERESTS :
Ok other interest, I class myself as very fit these days. Since August 2011 I have lost over 30kg'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 10 yrs & daughter Jamie-Leigh 8 yrs old & off course I enjoy spending time with my XYL (Rach) who puts up with this hobby off mine & all the towers and antenna's in the air over the house. In the last 6 Months I have started flying kites, and find I enjoy this, especially with my kids down the beach. I love my Rugby League Footy & support the Brisbane Bronco's. Queenslanders rule
Ok thats about it from me in Darwin in the Northern Territory (Outback Australia), I hope to catch you on Air one day and remember, Enjoy Amateur Radio & have fun.
Accommodation in Darwin.
If your planning on passing thru Darwin, drop me an e-mail or call the Mobile & if I am able too we can catch up for a coffee or a beer, or even put you up for a night or two at the QTH (1 x Queen bed available in guest room).
Please provide at least a weeks notice.
73,s & look forward to talking to you one day on Air, please take care and be safe.
Mobile Phone : 0408 423225