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HI from Australia 

From Left to right

Riley VK3FRSK Self proclaimed owner of anything radio mentioned below

Samantha VK3??? but getting her call soon, and person most likely to sell Rileys radios to buy more scrapbooking equipment

Brenton, VK3CM, Poor struggling Student who begs for his meals daily and is fixated by Samanthas beauty every day, in short, a very lucky man with a great family.  Lifes mission, 10% income related, 90% happiness focus.....Oh, and to all stay healthy and well to a ripe old age.

Current shack is the 

Icom IC7850 (number 119 of 150) mmmmm Riley has his name on this one.  Hes already worked out what he inherits if sam and I die in a plane crash, I always told Sam that Riley is good with numbers...Microphone is an Electrovoice RE320, amazing sound, highly sought after by audiophiles.

Flex 6700 Signature Series with Flex radio Maestro Head for remote, 2 screen computer with 8 bands displayed, basically an incredible new learning experience.

Flex Maestro in the Bedroom, yep, broke my foot, and the Maestro hooked up remotely to the Flex 6700 ended up in there and has never left....Shhhh dont tell samantha.

2 x FTM400XDR C4FM base and mobile

Icom 765 with matching Sp20 speakers

Full Line ups Yaesu FT901DM FT102, FT101, FT101B, FT101E, FTDX400, FRDX/FLDX400, FL/FR100 FR/FL101 FT625/ FT225- 2 x FT301D with everything ever made to match. FT200 FTDX100 x 2  Vintage amps FLDX2000 FL2000 FL2100B FL2100Z

Full Icom VHF UHF Line ups IC275H IC475H IC575H IC1275H IC271H IC471A IC1271H

Kenwood full Line ups TS700 TS700S TS600 TS440 TS430 TS930 TS940 TS950 TS520s by 4 line ups TS820s TS830s Vintage amplifiers 4 x TL922

Acom 2000A Amplifier 

Acom A1000 Amplifier

Lumeg Amps 500w 144 Mhz RF Power Amplifier

Optibeam OB16-5

Optibeam OB4-40

Optibeam OB6-6 (stacked pair)

OB 1-80

Cushcraft 13b2 2m yagis

Rotators 1 x PST110D prosistel 1 x PST71 Prosistel 2 x Ultrabeam UB1 2 x Yaesu 2800XA 1 x Yaesu AZ/El and a load of smaller units.

3 heavy duty towers of various heights(some work very well, others will work better when not laying on the ground) a few smaller towers for utility workshop usage mainly.

And yes, a cleanout soon, especially on my multiples of older gear, love to keep oe good example of each.

Will try to get this page under control very soon, time is just a commodity that I would love to have more of, anyway, a few pix below of us here downunder...

Samantha and Brenton for the Titanic Charity Night


Obviously the better looking other half....Soon to be VK3????

Our pride and joy, Riley VK3FRSK, at 10 years old, he received his ham radio license, at 11, he built a table. Who knows, at 12, maybe he even will learn to wash a dish or two, nah, dreaming haha...Update, now turning 14....Time moves so fast. Too fast..

Icom Ic7850, fun and collectable.......


The TS990 in transition, revamping the shack, soon the new shack is finished and there will be 20m more desktop space to put the gear.....Going to try and get a blend of old and new all in the shack.  Love the old stuff as well as the new, its a great family hobby with even our extended family owning a but of the older gear as well.  Its all been left here to be used so soon the boat anchors will come to life...

 Winner of the first area award for 1000 points gathered.   See www.nevarc.net.au for node information  or www.awarc.org forlocal repeater information in the albury wodonga area.


Our beautiful Dam, 3 miniature horses and 2 alpacas regularly in there swimming away.  We get to watch this from the kitchen and Dining room, its never boring.

View from Samanthas new remote site, this spot is where the remote VHF and UHF antennas will reside. Its a good few hundred metres higher than where our HF antennas are below. More pix of tower and remote shack to follow.

Lets go mobile, 200 series Twin Turbo Landcruiser, Icom IC7000 with with one of Lees, 600w Skywalker amplifier and Black widow scorpion antenna from Ron at Scorpion Antennas.  Love the display on the rear view mirror, makes life much safer.

Shed where all the junk is stored...Blame Samantha, it used to be a huge shed with loads of room, mmmmmm, women and scrapbooking...To be fair to sam, there is a plethora of radios and accessories on various shelves, all old boat anchor stuff, but some new in the box dating back to 1953, once again, this is Rileys fault,he claims ownership of all of this.  

Sams Convertible, Riley says its his as from the day he turns 16...That will be interesting, VK3FRSK mobile, where does the HF antenna go?

OK, Finally, this is my bit of fun, enormous HP, fully Ruf kitted and fitted in Germany, every Porsche option known to man fitted, Ruf wheels, larger Ruf Turbos, Competition clutch, lightened flywheel, full internet capable deck including connection to Flex6700 SDR in the car using base by 4g connection, its a load of fast fun.


Old shot of a previous toy, I promise I have slowed down since.....He was great, got of with a warning driving a 2000km trip with no cruise control.  It was impossible to keep this twin turbo on 110kmh, it either wanted to idle at 95kmh or 120kmh, fitted cruise control the moment I got home after 2000kms of driving. Police officer was great to allow the photo.

Thanks to Lee VK2KRR, the car has a new home, ventilated 24/7 with a beautiful interior smell every tie you drive it and and intelligent charging system built into the carcoon system for when the caris stored for winter in N/E VK3.

Ham shack for visitors in a detached unit on the other side of the block, great for hams passing through who need a bed for the night and they can play radio as well.  Its Airconditioned and any ham ever in the area is welcome to stay and enjoy the local area and we always enjoy meeting new hams and their families.


As a family, we love collecting all of the old and new toys, its a passion, and its mainly Riley VK3FRSK who does the research, thank god his mum is the most generous soul, Dad is a full time student right now so I have to earn my keep in this household vacuuming floors when not back in South Australia with studies and responsibilities over the border in VK5. 


Another shot of the TS990, great radio...

Boat anchor collection that is a bit of fun.

OK, so I have a few cbs still from the 70's, mmmm, actually there is quite a few more racks of these, it could be a disease.


 1967 V8 Holden HR, built as a one off project by Holdens team members and what a beatiful piece of work for a 1967 car. 5 Litre Fuel Injected, 4 speed Automatic, 10 bolt rear differential, brand new interior, X2 Dash, Boyd Coddington Wheels from the USA, So many incredible modifications that make this car so super fast but its a real sleeper until the lights go green.   But seriously, this is a car that loves sunday family drives and taking the neighbours to the pub on a hot summers night.  Its a part of the family.

Those who have been to or worked in Holdens factory may recognise some of the next few photos.

Coming down the inspection line, VK5MRD, where are you for this photo, my good old mate Dave worked many years building Holdens. 

The guys were proud, the company never should have closed, truly the end of a great era.  Holdens will live on through those of us that will keep them restored whether its an FJ holden or a late model Commodore, Long Live Holdens and the great teams of hundreds of workers who bought us these cars for over 60 years.  The next pix is what was so special, Holdens crate motor 5 litre fuel injected V8.

Man its tight but it all fits, had to use a Pontiac brake booster to meet Australian regulations but all other bits Australian made and fitted by Holden crew.

The factory in the rear, suspected to become a housing development. What a waste.

Think Holden - Over 60 car Brands in Australia Today. How true, what a magnificent Australian Achievement.

And our slightly slower pace lets grab a sunday coffee, or if the top is down, and a tommy gun available, great gangster car, but seriously, this is our 1926 fully restored Pontiac Chief of the sixes, The first fully made in Australia according to the record books.  Funny driving this car, accelerator in the middle, clutch on the left, brake on the right, nothing confusing about that.


Classic old beast, a bit of history, the local farmers remember using these aroud our town area to herd the sheep, so really my 200 series landcruiser, just maybe a little more of a bumpy ride?

Fully upgraded leather just as it was new, upholstery done in Mildura and the complete interior and headliner replaced to exact standards as in 1926.  Amazing workmanship.

An amazing wedding, Father who was the restorer of this beautiful car who drove his son and bride on their wedding day back in the 80's.  Brother is driving the 39 next door in creme.

Pure style on the side foot plates, they just dont make them like this anymore.

and yes, real wooden wheels, beautifully restored and running true to form.

Restoration, this is where it always starts, what a huge job, but what a beautiful car we ended up with as a family here in Tangambalanga.

Just to show we are rural, here is the OB16-5 pointing through a bushfire heading our way.  I really did not have time to bother about the bushfire, 10m was wide open all over the world and specifically into South America, see, we get our priorities right here in Australia.  Luckily the wind was taking the fire away from us so we were very safe but the photo could be very different if the winds went our direction.  Tha really would have been a pain, the DX was so good that day so the DX gods were good to us.
Home Gym to try and keep fit at the property here.  Serves as a free community gym for our close neighbours as well.
Loads of ways to cause pain to yourself when in here.  Ham radios being added this week so the young ones can see ham radio in action when working out. Who knows, we may get a few new hams....Our 12 year old is out here regularly with his mates, so its a great way to keep them off the streets.
This wall we labled"Motivation", Works for me!!!!
Only a licensed ham radio operator could do this to a Massey Furguson tractor....
We are so close to Falls Creek Snowfields, so we have mental health days in the snow regularly in winter, so much fun and great for the soul.  My favorite hobby next to Ham radio is burying my 11 year old(now 14, they grow so fast, hes taller than mum now) in 5 feet of snow, his favorite hobby, landing a 10kg lump of snow aimed at my head.  Its always a fun day, we are so blessed by our surroundings and our family.
Sam and Brenton on the Dam rowing on a great summers day.
In short, what a great hobby to share with our family, and we have made so many great friends from this incredible hobby.
Catch you on air soon



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