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I first got interested in radio from my father VK3GFS when I was 13 years old. At age 14 started Full call theory course after finishing I passed my novice theory. I stopped doing any radio study due to school work for a year and a half.

I then applied to the Air Force to do an apprenticeship as a Radio Technician which I started in 1991 and finished at the end of 1992.

In 1991 I Passed the Full theory at age 16 and was licenced VK3YAG till 1993 then moved to NSW and was able to get VK2YAG. In Oct 2008 I was able to get the 2 letter call of VK2YK in the WIA callsign ballot.

My radio interests are building antennas, and working satellites AO-7, FO-29, SO-50, AO-51(RIP), AO-52 & ISS. When I'm away on trips, I use a combination of APRS on HF (Outback) & VHF (Major centres). On HF I use mainly Digital modes, PSK & WSPR.

I've just started getting into Summits On The Air (SOTA) (Late 2013), World Wide Flora & Funa (WWFF) (Early 2015) including VKFF. Both of the programs work very well for me as my love of travelling and camping with my family helps to allow me to activate SOTA peaks and WWFF parks while showing my kids this great southern land of Australia.

Below are a couple of the VKFF/WWFF awards I've received so far.








Here a certificate for reception of SSTV from the ISS for the 40th Anniversary of Apollo - Soyuz program.


I also have the call VK6GA and use it when I'm over in Western Australia.


 Above is a map of all my major trips I've done across Australia.

Green Line: Travelled from Newcastle NSW to Perth WA via Dubbo, Broken Hill NSW, Ceduna SA, Eucla WA, Norseman WA and Hyden WA in January 2009. Trip length 14 days.

Pink Line: Travelled from Perth WA to Newcastle via Kalgoorlie WA, Laverton WA, Warburton WA, Uluru NT, Alice Springs NT, Cooper Peady SA, Broken Hill NSW and Dubbo NSW in November 2011. Trip length 14 days.

Blue Line: Travelled from Newcastle NSW to Bathurst NSW, Lake Cargelligo NSW, Minindee NSW, Broken Hill NSW, Flinders Ranges (Wilpena Pound) SA, Coward Springs SA, Oodnadatta SA, Lamberts Centre of Australia NT, Uluru NT, Kings Canyon NT, Alice Springs NT, Yuendumu NT, Tobermorey Station NT, Winton QLD, Blackall QLD, Condamine QLD, Glass House Mountains QLD, South West Rocks NSW then back to Newcastle NSW in September 2013. Trip length 30 days.


Above - The 4WD centre console (All home made) that houses all the radio equipment for my outback trips used with a Codan 9350 with 2.7m stainless whip for HF and Icom AH-32 for V/UHF antennas. 

Above - Great Australian Bight near South Australian and West Australian border in January 2009.

Above - 4WD at Mundi Mundi Plains in the back ground near Broken Hill, this is far west New South Wales in December 2011.

Above - West Australian and Norther Territory border on the Great Central road on the way to Uluru (Ayres Rock) November 2011.

Above - At the top of Uluru back in December 2011.

Above - End of the Oodnadatta track at Marla SA September 2013.

Above - Me and the kids at Lamberts Centre of Australia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centre_points_of_Australia September 2013.

Above - Uluru on trip in September 2013.

Above - Half way along Plenty Highway in the Northern Territory next a giant termite mound in September 2013.




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