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Welcome to my page!

If you're reading this, then there's a good chance we are either having, or have had, a QSO. In that case, many thanks for the contact, and I look forward to catching up with you again, a little bit further down the log!


My interest in ham radio started from an early age. I became an active SWL in my teens, and built up a collection of QSL cards from around the world, and that whetted my appetite to become a ham. I became licenced in 1977, with the call-sign VK3ZIK, and was active on 2m FM, particularly enjoying VHF contests.

I qualified as an Electronics Engineer, and joined Australia's telecommunications company. I worked as a field operations engineer, followed by stints as an operations engineer in the National Head Office, before moving into senior management ranks. I was involved in the selection and introduction of Australia's first public automatic mobile telephone system in the early 1980's, and then the introduction of centralised Network Traffic Management in the mid 1980's. During the 1990's, I was involved in the total digitisation of the Australian telephone network. After a number of senior management appointments, I left the telco in 2000, and took up a position as a Project Director with a multinational telco supplier, where my project team delivered 19 turnkey 2.5Gb/s Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) transmission systems across the length and breadth of Australia.

I retired from the workforce in 2004 and recently renewed my ham licence with the new vanity callsign. Looking forward to working as much DX as possible, and I'm also looking forward to participating in as many HF contests as I can. You can find me most days on the extremely friendly and well-run ANZA DX Net on 14.183 at 0515Z.

Radio activity however, is tempered somewhat by my love of the game of golf, which occupies a couple of days each week!

Following a "tree change", my QTH since 2011 has been Romsey, where as an owner/builder, my wife and I (with the help of a few contractors) built our new home. We are now on an acre of land where there is plenty of room for an eventual antenna farm. Romsey is a rural town, covering an area of about 7.5 square kilometres, and is located sixty-five kilometres north of Melbourne, (the capital city of Victoria). Romsey has a population of approx. 4,500.

73's and best DX


The Equipment in the shack is as follows:

HF Transceivers:-    Yaesu FTDX3000

                                 Yaesu FT-450D

Desk Mike is a        MD-100

Headphones are      Heil Pro-Set 3

Tuner is a                LDG Z100 Plus.

VHF Transceivers:- Yaesu FT-2900R

                                 Yaesu FT-270R

The Equipment outside of the shack is as follows:

HF Antennas are 6 band Hexbeam, and a G5RV, located on top of a 7.5metre mast. G5RV basically runs east-west.

VHF Antenna is an AR-2 Ringo for 2metres, and the Hexbeam for 6metres


I'm in the process of wallpapering the new shack, and here is a small collection of cards from the Oceania and African regions. (More areas will follow)


QSL either via the VK inwards Bureau, or Direct, or LoTW, or via eQSL, or ClubLog. (If you QSL direct, I will respond in the same manner. If you are prepared to post a QSL card to me at your expense, then the least I can do is reply with one at my expense - no SASE, IRC, green, black, blue or any other colour stamps are necessary!!!).

I upload LoTW and eQSL daily, and send all Bureau cards at the start of each Month. Direct Cards are replied to within 2 days.

For SWL's sending cards direct, as international postage from Australia costs 2.75AUD, please send USD2 for a paper QSL. Note you will need to provide the callsign of the station I was working with your report.


Completion of the tower and Hexbeam (27th October, 2014):-

All fabrication completed, Brake Winch mounted, and mast lowered for first time.


Installing the hexbeam onto the mast pipe.

Winding the mast and beam into their final upright position.

Renovating the shack (Oct/Nov 2016) from a cramped corner of the shed, to something much more comfortable, secure and desirable!!






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QRZ Logbook Summary for - VK3JLS
Latest Contacts for VK3JLS at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
3A2NL 2017-04-24 20m SSB JN33rr Monaco Paolo BAGNASCO
N6RFM 2017-04-14 40M JT65 FN41IQ United States ROBERT J MATTALIANO
K9QJ 2017-04-14 40M JT65 EN51ja United States DWIGHT E AUSSIEKER
WA3CAS 2017-04-14 40M JT65 EN90um United States JOHN E BRUSH
N9LJX 2017-04-14 40M JT65 EN60OJ United States SCOTT A STEMBAUGH
ZL3NB 2017-04-14 80M JT65 RE66IM New Zealand Bill Carney
T30TM 2017-04-13 20m SSB RJ60rf Kiribati Jack
YJOYM 2017-04-13 20m SSB Vanuatu
CO2YQ 2017-04-12 40m JT65 EL83 Cuba Joel Izquierdo Valdes
KM2S 2017-04-12 40m JT65 FN20 United States PETER A LEVINE
WD8CW 2017-04-12 40m JT65 EM88 United States DAVID E SNYDER
KI4FWD 2017-04-12 40m JT65 FM09 United States Roger D Morgan
KG5YR 2017-04-12 40m JT65 EM30 United States JOSEPH S DAVID, SR
W3MKG 2017-04-12 40m JT65 EM93 United States MICHAEL K GREGORY
RZ3AV 2017-04-12 20m JT65 KO85 Russia Alexander Ily'in

Book Totals: 6054 qso's   2337 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

Grid Squared Award#7191
Granted: 2015-04-26 11:35:02   (VK3JLS)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
World Continents Award#4436
Granted: 2015-02-17 03:20:02   (VK3JLS)

  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
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