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Location: CQ zone 30, ITU zone 59, Locator QF22it, Shire of Macedon Ranges.

Awards: DXCC: CW, Phone, Digital, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, DXCC Challenge 1500, 5BDXCC+WARC. WAZ, WAC.

Member: Wireless Institute of Australia, Midland ARC, Macedon Ranges ARC, ODXG, Radio Amateur Old Timer's Club #1432, FISTS #9697, CTC #2803, 30MDG #2652, DXCC, ARRL, TAPR.

Located in the peaceful Benloch valley, 10km NW of Lancefield, 80km NNW of Melbourne.

About Luke Steele

First licensed in 1981, during second year of Army Apprenticeship as Electronics Technician. Served ten and a half years in the army Royal Australian Corps of Signals as a technician, working in workshop and field, fixed and mobile communications units, from line to UHF radio relay, HF and satcoms. Worked through the '90s in private industry, eventually as a technical writer. In 2000 took up professionally a recreational activity - endurance horse trainer, working in Abu Dhabi stables for a few years. Since 2004, built up business trimming horses' feet. So, a childhood hobby of electronics became a profession, and now a hobby again, and a recreational interest in horses has become a profession.

Callsigns previously held: VK5NLS (Jun 81-Oct 81), VK3DIC (Nov 81 - Nov 82), VK4CEK (Nov 82 - Jun 86), VK3CEQ (Jul 86 - Jan 90),VK5HJ (Jan 90 - ?94?). VK3HJ since Jan 1990. (Datesfrom memory.)

Check my HRD OnlineLog at the bottom of this page.

My horses, on top of the Great Dividing Range, which runs through the property


News:

23 March 2014 - leaving for Mellish Reef DXpedition VK9MT.

February 2014 - two new beams up. TE-43 four element triband (20/15/10m) yagi above the 2 element 40 m yagi. TE-33W three element triband (30/17/12m) yagi replaces the Hex Beam.

December 2013 - borrowed a four element 10m yagi, installed above 40m yagi, to take advantage of the good conditions on 10m over summer.

November 2013 - new tower in side paddock. Crank-up, tilt-over 15m. Two element shortened 40 m yagi installed.

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Currently operational on 160m-6m.

HF Station

1: Open High Performance Software Defined Radio (Mercury/Magister/Penelope), my primary station
2: IC-735
3: FT-901
4: FT-817
5: FT-102

Antenna:

160m long centre-fed doublet.
40m 2 element yagi, at 15m.
TE-43, 4 element yagi for 20, 15 and 10m, at 18m.
TE-33W, 3 element yagi for 30, 17 and 12m, at 15m.
W5GI multiband antenna.
80m dipole.
160m vertical; 18m top loaded, capacity hat 6 x 6.5m wires, elevated counterpoise.
4-way EWE low bands receiving array.

VHF/UHF Station: FT-726R and 3 el yagi for 6 m.

160 m top loaded vertical, 4 el 20-15-10 m/2 el 40 m, 3 el 6 m/3 el 30-17-12 m.

 

Operating modes: CW, SSB, Digital.

Main Operating bands: All HF Bands and 160m.

Current interests: DX, CW, SDR.

Next project: catching up on QSL-ing! Any direct QSLs received are usually answered immediately. In process of answering latest batch from Bureau.

Working on: Honour Roll, 160m DXCC.

Awards: DXCC- Current tally: 310 logged, 308 confirmed 26 February 2014.
DXCC; Phone, CW, Digital, 10m, 12m, 15m, 17m, 20m, 30m, 40m, 80m, DXCC Challenge 1500, Diamond DXCC, 5BDXCC + 3 WARC band endorsements. WAZ, WAC.
Country and Zone winner CQ DX Marathon 2010 (224/39, total 263 pts).
Runner up VK and Zone 30 CQ DX Marathon 2011 (261/40, total 301 pts).
Country and Zone winner CQ DX Marathon 2012 (262/40, total 302 pts).

DXpeditions: VK9LA Lord Howe I 2009, YJ0VK Vanuatu 2010, 2011 and 2012, VK4ILH 2012, VK9NT Norfolk I 2013. Coming up: VK9MT Mellish Reef.

Preferred mode: CW.

With few new DXCCs left to work, I'm playing with QRP, to fill in time. QRP tally 13 February 2014: 113 countries worked. All CW, using 5 watts or less. Qualified QRP DXCC, 27 August 2013.

My aim is to pick up new countries, band/mode slots, and Marathon points, but I do enjoy a decent chat. Not looking for short QSO, except for that rare new one! I'm happy to work several, or even just one nice DX each day.

I usually upload to LOTW, eQSL, QRZ.com and Club Log on a weekly basis. You can also request a Bureau QSL card by using my Club Log Log Search page http://www.clublog.org/logsearch/VK3HJ

Logbook of the World is my preferred QSL method, but Direct (please include 2GS to help with postage), or via the Bureau is ok too.

My eQSL profile is:http://www.eQSL.cc/Member.cfm?VK3HJ

See my on-air activity below!

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