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Location: CQ zone 30, ITU zone 59, Locator QF22it, Shire of Macedon Ranges.

Awards: DXCC: CW, Phone, Digital, 160m, 80m, 40m, 30m, 20m, 17m, 15m, 12m, 10m, QRP, DXCC Challenge 1500, 9BDXCC. WAZ, WAC.

Member: Wireless Institute of Australia, Macedon Ranges ARC, ODXG, Radio Amateur Old Timer's Club #1432, FISTS #9697, CTC #2803, 30MDG #2652, DXCC, ARRL, TAPR.

Station located at 147 Kitchenhams Rd, Benloch, 10km NW of Lancefield, 80km NNW of Melbourne.

About Luke Steele

First licensed in 1981, during the second year of an Army Apprenticeship as Electronics Technician. Served ten and a half years in the army Royal Australian Corps of Signals as a technician, working in workshop and field, fixed and mobile communications units, from line to UHF radio relay, HF and satcoms. Worked through the '90s in private industry, eventually as a technical writer. In 2000 took up professionally a recreational activity - endurance horse trainer, working in Abu Dhabi stables for a few years. Since 2004, built up business trimming horses' feet. So, a childhood hobby of electronics became a profession, and now a hobby again, and a recreational interest in horses has become a profession.

Callsigns previously held: VK5NLS (Jun 81-Oct 81), VK3DIC (Nov 81 - Nov 82), VK4CEK (Nov 82 - Jun 86), VK3CEQ (Jul 86 - Jan 90), VK5HJ (Jan 90 - ?94?). VK3HJ since Jan 1990. (Dates from memory.)

Check my HRD OnlineLog at the bottom of this page.

My horses, on top of the Great Dividing Range, which runs through the property


February 2017 - Moved just down the road to a much nicer property. Antenna farm to be improved.

May 2016 - Norfolk Island DXpedition VK9NT

April/May 2015 - Norfolk Island DXpedition VK9NT.

September 2014 - Norfolk Island DXpedition VK9NT.

August 2014 - New 160/80 m trapped vertical. Elevated feed 3 m + 21 m high.

August 2014 - Received QRP DXCC certificate.

June 2014 - Oceania plaque winner for CQ DX Marathon 2013.

11 May 2014 - 160 m DXCC awarded, and 9BDXCC.

March/April 2014 - Mellish Reef DXpedition VK9MT.

10 March 2014 - 100th country worked on 160 m. Thanks SV3RF!

February 2014 - two new beams up. TE-43 four element triband (20/15/10m) yagi above the 2 element 40 m yagi. TE-33W three element triband (30/17/12m) yagi replaces the Hex Beam.

December 2013 - borrowed a four element 10m yagi, installed above 40m yagi, to take advantage of the good conditions on 10m over summer.

November 2013 - new tower in side paddock. Crank-up, tilt-over 15m. Two element shortened 40 m yagi installed.

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Currently operational on HF.

HF Station

1: Open High Performance Software Defined Radio (Mercury/Magister/Penelope), my primary station
2: IC-735
3: FT-102


Presently only a single 43' remote tuned ground-mounted vertical.

40m 2 element yagi, at 15m.
TE-43, 4 element yagi for 20, 15 and 10m, at 18m.
TE-33W, 3 element yagi for 30, 17 and 12m, at 15m.
80m dipole.
160/80m vertical; 20m, trap at 19m, top loaded, capacity hat 3 x 9.5m wires, 3 m elevated counterpoise 8 x 40 m.
Multiple Beverage receiving antennas.

VHF/UHF Station: Nothing presently operating.


 4 el 20-15-10 m/2 el 40 m, 160/80 m top loaded vertical, 3 el 6 m/3 el 30-17-12 m.



Operating modes: CW, SSB, Digital.

Main Operating bands: All HF Bands and 160m.

Current interests: DX, CW, SDR.

Next project: catching up on QSL-ing! Any direct QSLs received are usually answered immediately. In process of answering latest batch from Bureau.

Working on: Honour Roll, 160 m WAS.

Awards: DXCC - Current tally: 322 current, 325 total (inc. 3 deleted) worked, 325 total confirmed April 2017.
DXCC; Phone, CW, Digital, 10m, 12m, 15m, 17m, 20m, 30m, 40m, 80m, 160m, QRP, DXCC Challenge 1500, Diamond DXCC, 5BDXCC + 3 WARC band endorsements. WAZ, WAC.
Country and Zone winner CQ DX Marathon 2010 (224/39, total 263 pts).
Runner up VK and Zone 30 CQ DX Marathon 2011 (261/40, total 301 pts).
Country and Zone winner CQ DX Marathon 2012 (262/40, total 302 pts).
Oceania, Country and Zone winner CQ DX Marathon 2013 (279/40, total 319 pts).

DXpeditions: VK9LA Lord Howe I 2009, YJ0VK Vanuatu 2010, 2011 and 2012, VK4ILH 2012, VK9NT Norfolk I 2013, VK9MT Mellish Reef 2014, VK9NT Norfolk I 2014, 2015, 2016.

Preferred mode: CW.

With few new DXCCs left to work, I'm playing with QRP, to fill in time. QRP tally to April 2016: 121 countries worked, latest VK0EK. All CW, using 5 watts or less. Qualified QRP DXCC, 27 August 2013.

My aim is to pick up new countries, and band/mode slots, but I do enjoy a decent chat. Not looking for short QSO, except for that rare new one! I'm happy to work several, or even just one nice DX each day.

I usually upload to LOTW, eQSL, QRZ.com and Club Log on a weekly basis. You can also request a Bureau QSL card by using my Club Log Log Search page https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/VK3HJ

Logbook of the World is my preferred QSL method, but Direct (please include 3GS for postage) will get an immediate reply. Via the Bureau is ok too, but don't expect a quick return.

My eQSL profile is:http://www.eQSL.cc/Member.cfm?VK3HJ

See my on-air activity below!

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - VK3HJ
Latest Contacts for VK3HJ at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
N7DD 2017-02-05 20m CW DM42lj United States LARRY PACE
S51KD 2017-02-05 40m CW JJ00aa Slovenia DUSAN KAPLAN
9H1TX 2017-02-05 40m CW JM75fu Malta DAVID CUTAJAR
S51V 2017-02-05 160m CW JN86cn Slovenia Silvo Knuplez
IK0XEZ 2017-02-05 160m CW JN61tg Italy SALVATORE BOVE
EA1DR 2017-02-05 160m CW IN83aj Spain Oscar Luis Fernandez Lanza
UA4CR 2017-02-05 160m CW LO31an Russia Vyacheslav ( Slav ) Konobeevsky
ZC4A 2017-02-05 20m CW JJ00aa Cyprus SBA Bob Henderson
UR4EZ 2017-02-04 20m CW KN77ap Ukraine Victor G. Leonov
TL8TT 2017-02-03 40m SSB JJ00aa Central African Repu IDT Italian Dxpedition Team
ZC4A 2017-02-03 17m CW JJ00aa Cyprus SBA Bob Henderson
VK3FY/P 2017-01-29 40m CW Australia
A35W 2017-01-29 160m CW JJ00aa Tonga Tonga and Japan Special Event
4S7VG 2017-01-26 17m CW MJ96wx Sri Lanka VASANTH GURUGE

Book Totals: 16237 qso's   3736 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#5381
Granted: 2016-12-02 03:56:01   (VK3HJ)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
World Continents Award#7522
Granted: 2015-03-26 13:35:02   (VK3HJ)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#6283
Granted: 2015-03-26 13:30:02   (VK3HJ)

  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    160 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
DX World Award#1561
Granted: 2015-03-26 12:25:02   (VK3HJ)

  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
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