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VK0EK, Heard Island 2015

I was a radio operator on the VK0EK Heard Island Expedition during March/April 2016.  While on the Braveheart to/from the island, I was active as ZL/AE0EE/MM.


Upcoming operations:

2018 International Grid Chase from various grids, 2018.

K0B, 2018 Minnesota QSO Party, Le Sueur County (EN34), February 3, 1400-2359 UTC.


QSL Cards and QTH:

QSL info: LOTW strongly preferred for contests, and all contacts are uploaded within 1-2 weeks, often faster.  No preference about LOTW/paper for non-contest contacts.  Buro is ok.

ZL/AE0EE/MM QSL info: Paper QSL cards for ZL/AE0EE/MM contacts have been sent to every station in the log (many via the buro).  ZL/AE0EE/MM contacts are now on LOTW.  Paper QSL via home call.

QTH info:  Often in St. Peter, MN (HF) or Minneapolis, MN (VHF), but I do operate portable.  Give me a call and find out where I am!


Originally licensed Dec. 2012 in California as AG6RB, AE0EE since July 2014.


I'm most often found on HF, and enjoy a mix of CW and SSB (mostly CW).  I occasionally dabble in the digital modes (RTTY, JT65, JT9), satellites (including the ISS), and meteor scatter.  I have given several presentations to local clubs on topics ranging from simple portable antennas to propagation tools.  A presentation on the VK0EK DXpedition to Heard Island is being prepared, as well as a talk focused on the science done on the expedition.

For the first 18 months after I was licensed, I primarily operated the University of California, Berkeley club station, W6BB.  That gave me a chance to find out what parts of ham radio I am most interested in, and put the limited budget toward those interests.  Having an opportunity to use equipment without having to buy it was instrumental in getting me active in ham radio, as was the enthusiasm and advice of several mentors (K6JEB and K6EE).

Because of my apartment living situation, most of my operations are portable, either at the local park for a few hours (during good weather) or a cabin with electricity for a long weekend.  I have designed, built, measured, and modeled a resonant feedline dipole antenna [8 MB pdf] cut for 40 m, and it can be slightly modified to handle 15 m as well, though with a slightly higher SWR.  I have also built similar antennas for 20 and 10 m, as well as a standard/fan dipole for 80/160 m.  For 6 m I built a portable Moxon.

Places I have been with the portable station:

  • AE0EE and AG6RB/0, St. Peter, Le Sueur County, MN, EN34 (typical contest/winter operating location)
  • AE0EE and AG6RB/0, Minneapolis, MN, EN34
  • AG6RB/VE3, Northern Ontario, EO20
  • W1AW/0, Southeastern North Dakota, EN16, with K0BBC and W0ZF
  • AE0EE, Northeastern South Dakota, EN15, for SS CW 2014, 2015
  • AE0EE, Northeastern South Dakota, EN15, for SS SSB 2014 (using K0BBC's portable rig), 2015
  • AE0EE/R, Wisconsin QSO Party 2015, with K0BBC (using K0BBC's mobile rig)
  • AE0EE, Richland County, ND, EN16
  • AE0EE, Pike Island, MN, EN34, with K0BBC (MN100, US Islands)
  • K0BBC/R, VHF rover EN34 to DN75, with K0BBC and W0ZF (video from DN75)
  • AE0EE, Raspberry Island, St. Paul, MN, EN34, with K0BBC (US Islands MN007R; NPOTA RV04)
  • AE0EE, Nicollet Island, Minneapolis, MN, EN34 (US Islands MN006R; NPOTA RV04)
  • W0ZF/R, VHF rover June 2016, with K0BBC and W0ZF
  • W0ZF/R, VHF rover June 2017, with K0BBC and W0ZF to DN75, DN85, and other northern SD grids
  • AE0EE, Science Museum of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, EN34kw, for the Solar Eclipse QSO Party, Aug. 21, 2017
  • AE0EE, backpack portable on the Superior Hiking Trail (shake-out hike), EN57bv


My equipment:

  • Yaesu FT-857d (with W4RT CW and SSB filters)
  • Elecraft K3
  • Hendricks QRP PFR-3B CW transceiver
  • Feedline dipoles for 40 (and 15), 30, 20, and 10 m
  • Dipole for 80, 160 m
  • 6 m portable Moxon
  • Porta-paddle
  • Straight key
  • Vibroplex original bug
  • 20 W foldable solar panel
  • 10 Ah LiFePO4 battery
  • Tuner
  • HT for 2 m and 70 cm FM, APRS
  • HT for 220 MHz FM
  • Several small antennas for 144, 222, and 432 MHz
  • Antenna analyzer
  • QRPme Li'l Squall transceiver (80, 40, 30, 20 m crystals, 400 mW)


  • Pacificon 2015: Defeating The Apartment Curse
  • Mining ARC, Jan. 2016: National Parks On The Air
  • QCWA Minneapolis, Sept. 2015: VK0EK [Preview]
  • Bloomington [MN] Amateur Radio Assn: Simple antennas, propagation
  • Various venues: The VK0EK DXpedition


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