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I was first licensed in August 1961 in Stockport, UK as G3PEK.

I moved with my family to Sydney in May 1990 and obtained my current VK call sign.

My main operating interests are CW, DX, Contests and playing with antennas.

Over the years, I have operated from a few DX locations including 5B4, S79, 9M6, VK9L and YJ0.

My present station as at 29 September 2017 is shown in the photographs below and consists of a TS-990S, IC-7851, K3/P3/KPA500/KAT500 and a TS-2000X for VHF/UHF. I also have an IC-7100 which I use mobile in my Land Rover Discovery. 

My antennas consist of a small top loaded vertical for 160m (a Cushcraft MA160V) with 48 short radials between 20ft and 32ft, a dipole for 80m and an Ultra Beam 2element at a height of 16m covering 40m through 6m.  For VHF/UHF I have a dual 5 element yagi for 2m and 70cm  and a 22 element Myagi for 23cm both on a mast separate from the tower.

My main paddle is a Begali Sculpture bought for me by my wife, Margaret, as a wedding anniversary present a few years ago. I also have a ZN QRP paddle in orange and black together with a recently acquired solid state touch paddle made by 9A5N.  I have several electronic keyers built from kits including the Idiom Press Logikit CMOS-4 memory keyer.

After a lifetime of exclusively using electronic keys, I was tempted in mid 2016 to try my hand with a bug key and I bought a Begali Intrepid bug key. Having relatively quickly gained a degree of proficiency, I caught the bug, so to speak, and have since added a Frattini twin lever magnetic bug and a Martin Flash dating from around 1938. All three bugs are now used regularly.

I have been a member of Stockport Radio Society and the RSGB since about 1960. I am also a member of WIA, ARRL, CW OPS, A-1 Operator Club and FOC.

I QSL direct (SAE + US$3 or one IRC), via LOTW and eQSL. I do not QSL via the bureau.

I still work in insurance claims as a Loss Adjuster.

 

YJ0BJ Information - Please Read Carefully

I operated in Vanuatu as YJ0BJ during holidays with my wife in November 2014 and 2015. 

My preferred route for QSL's is via LOTW or eQSL. The log has been uploaded to LoTW, Clublog and eQSL.

All QSL's received have been responded to.

I do not QSL via the bureau and the price of international postage stamps in Australia requires US$3 to cover the cost or an up to date IRC.  Please ensure that you also enclose a self addressed envelope with an air mail sticker if you want a card direct. 

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