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Pete VK2PV John VK2FJ

TH6 just after it was erected. (Supervisors in the foreground! :) )


I am now living back in Perth, WA and using the callsign VK6SJ.

First licensed when I was almost 15 years old in early 1981 as VK6NSK, whilst living in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia. Since then I have held the callsigns VK2PVP, VK6UE, VK8DX, VK8SK, VK6RK and since 2008,VK2SJK.�The hobby has introduced me to a very fullfilling career in commercial radio.

On HF, I use a Yaesu FT-2000 transceiver, running 300W into a TH6-DXX triband yagi on 20,15 & 10m, 80m loop and a Windom for 40m. I also run anFT-100 HF/VHF/UHF transceiveron 2m and 70cmin the shack and an FT8900 Quad mode transceiverin the car.

My interests in amateur radio are digital modes, remote operation, rag chewing, DX (I have just received my first DXCC award - only taken me 30 years!), and home brewing as much of my station as is practical. I also enjoy operating a few contests each year with some good mates who all work on the local Girl Guides club station (VK2GGC). We have operated the last RD contest (top score overall)CQWW and ARRL 10m contests - as well as JOTA.

I also regularly sit on the VK2FJ Echolink node, both locally and when I'm travelling.

Most of my career so far including my current role, have involved overseas travel. I have worked on radio projects in Russia, Argentina, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Botswana and all over Australia. For work and a very few holidays, I have visited another 22 odd other countries across Asia, South America, Africa and Europe, and met fellow hams in many of those countries. I'd like to work Australia from 100 different countries! :)

My current projects are;

  • Building a DSP receiver to use as a panadaptor for the new FT-2000.
  • Remote operation via the internet of my FT-2000 so I can still play radio when I'm working away.
  • I am also constructing an EB104 600W amplifier from Communications Concepts Inc. It uses MRF150 MOSFETs and is housed in an old Stanilite KL450 transceiver chassis. I am frustratingly close to powering it up (only gone through two three MOSFETS so far!). Having some issues with oscillations now as well as finding time to actually finish the project. Next step will be the front end filtering.

Next projects on the agenda after these are finished are to play with a 10m quad I have had for ages,6m and 2m yagis, then a total remotely operated station- ready for the next QTH move so I dont have to live on a rural block to enjoy ham radio to the extent I'd like to!

I have already sent bureau cards to all DX stations in my log book. If you need a card direct, I'm happy to respond with a card on receipt (no USD/IRC required). QSL via VK6SJ. I also have an OQRS facility below where you can request a card. If you want me to send a card direct via OQRS instead of sending me a card in the post, there is a charge of $2.80 USD.

Hablo español tambien pero necesito practicar. :) Si me escuchas, por favor me llamas en español.

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