Location: CQ zone 30, ITU zone 59, Locator QF22it, Shire of Macedon Ranges.
Awards: DXCC: CW, Phone, Digital, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, QRP, DXCC Challenge 1500, 9BDXCC. WAZ, WAC.
Member: Wireless Institute of Australia, 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 the second year of an 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. (Dates from memory.)
My horses, on top of the Great Dividing Range, which runs through the property
April/May 2015 - Norfolk Island DXpedition VK9NT.
September 2014 - Norfolk Island DXpedition VK9NT.
August 2014 - New 160/80 m trapped vertical. Elevated feed 3 m + 21 m high.
August 2014 - Received QRP DXCC certificate.
June 2014 - Oceania plaque winner for CQ DX Marathon 2013.
11 May 2014 - 160 m DXCC awarded, and 9BDXCC.
March/April 2014 - Mellish Reef DXpedition VK9MT.
10 March 2014 - 100th country worked on 160 m. Thanks SV3RF!
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.
1: Open High Performance Software Defined Radio (Mercury/Magister/Penelope), my primary station
160m long centre-fed doublet.
VHF/UHF Station: FT-726R and 3 el yagi for 6 m.
4 el 20-15-10 m/2 el 40 m, 160/80 m top loaded vertical, 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, 160 m WAS.
Awards: DXCC - Current tally: 321 worked, 318 confirmed January 2016.
DXpeditions: VK9LA Lord Howe I 2009, YJ0VK Vanuatu 2010, 2011 and 2012, VK4ILH 2012, VK9NT Norfolk I 2013, VK9MT Mellish Reef 2014, VK9NT Norfolk I 2014, 2015.
Preferred mode: CW.
My aim is to pick up new countries, and band/mode slots, 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 https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/VK3HJ
Logbook of the World is my preferred QSL method, but Direct (please include 3GS for postage) will get an immediate reply. Via the Bureau is ok too, but don't expect a quick return.
My eQSL profile is:http://www.eQSL.cc/Member.cfm?VK3HJ
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