I am situated approximately 10 kilometres (6 miles) north of Perth (the capital city of Western Australia).
My interest in radio began in the early to mid-1980's when I got involved in 11 metres CB (DX in particular) as well as Short Wave Listening. I have also always had a curiosity with the inner workings of electrical appliances and enjoy opening up old and deceased equipment to see what lies within. Looking and understanding are two different things though, but I am slowly getting there.
Amateur Radio was on the radar for me for a very long time and my first attempt to enter the hobby was back in November 2000 with a pass in the Regulations exam held at the then NCRG clubhouse in Carine. With the introduction of the Foundation License, I attended and passed the Foundation course held at Ham College in September 2008, holding the call sign VK6FAIF. My interest in AR strengthened and it was back to the books and Ham College again, successfully passing the Standard License exam in June 2011 (VK6VHF) and then the Advanced License exam in December 2011 (current call sign VK6AIF).
Amateur radio has so much to offer (modes, bands, experimentation etc.) - a privilege that is worth protecting and a hobby worth supporting.
Thank you for your interest - if you hear me on air, please give me a shout.
Member of the:
Locater - OF78wd
Here are links to some of our local AR Groups:
Update (Dec 2013)
RD Contest 2013 - another great contest with a terrific result for Western Australia (VK6). Personally, I did better than expected this year and plan further improvements in time for next year's contest.
Experimentation - earlier this year, I was pleased to hear from a fellow Amateur, from my days at Ham College. Matt (VK6TAM) and I were students in the same Standard and Advanced License courses. We are now having frequent QSOs on HF and also exploring 2m and 70cm (SSB) propagation between our respective home QTHs. He is situated on the opposite end of the Perth metro area and successful contacts have required perseverance (at times), some flexibility with band choice and sked times, as well as changing antenna locations and signal polarisation. I am learning a great deal from this experience (propagation, NVIS, DX, problem solving etc.) and also from Matt who has been building kits and experimenting with constructing and tweaking various antennas. His findings have proved most interesting.
Satellites - whilst waiting for an ISS pass recently, I came across a signal I have not heard before. I later found out that it was telemetry from UoSAT-2/OSCAR-11 (UO-11). Further investigation on this satellite and others, has sparked an expanded interest in this segment of Amateur Radio. I am now researching more about this topic, in the hope of one day making a voice contact through an appropriate satellite(s) as well as tracking AR birds in general.
HF Portable - living in a residential area tends to throw up some obstacles when it comes to operating on HF. To keep the neighbours happy, I have had to limit my HF set-up to just a few wire antennas at a less than ideal height above ground and reduced transmitter output power. In search of HF success, I am having a look around for some potential portable sites. On my first trip, I headed east approximately 60km and found a bush site, that was RF quiet and with a bit of height (altitude approx. 360m). My portable set-up was basic (HF radio, ATU, a 10m telescopic pole and some wire), I enjoyed the experience so much that I spent more time there than planned; which included some bush-walking. I also took advantage of a wide open sky (hill top) and successfully sent and received APRS packets through the ISS's digipeater on 1 of 2 passes (mobile 10W). All up, it was a rewarding experience and one I hope to repeat many times over.
The lessons learnt (there was a lot) will help prepare me for perhaps a 2015 attempt at the John Moyle Memorial Field Day Contest (VK).
VK6AIF/P - Mt Observation W.A. (OF88gc)
Digital Modes- JT65-HF, PSK31, SSTV....... Minimal exposure to these modes but more activity is planned.
Future (2014) - balancing family, work and AR. AR priorities - satellite, digital modes and portable HF ops.
Update (Dec 2012) - this past year has seen me active on some new bands and modes.
D-STAR - recent improvements to a local D-STAR repeater has meant that I now have gateway access to the extensive range of repeaters and reflectors the worldwide D-STAR System offers. I have really enjoyed using this mode and plan to be more active on it, in the near future. My local D-STAR repeater is VK6ROX B (courtesy of Ian - VK6SKY), situated near the port city of Fremantle.
Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS) - I have been active on the VK APRS frequency (145.175 MHz) as well as enjoying sending and receiving packets via the International Space Station's digipeater.
E.g. - a map display of a recent drive to one of my favourite locations for enjoying my other interests - 4WDriving, bush-walking and camping (situated approx. 110kms/68miles south of Perth)
Contest - I participated in the 2012 Remembrance Day Contest (VK, ZL and P2). It is a great contest to be involved in.
First - 160m and 6m contacts. National and international D-STAR contacts via VK6ROX B.
AR Clubs - I have enjoyed taking on some formal positions within clubs and also assisting whenever possible with working bees. It has been a great way to meet new hams and it has greatly assisted me in improving my AR technical knowledge.
Future (2013) - more contests, improving the HF antenna situation and tackling the various digital modes.
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