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QSL INFORMATION as from June 2017:

1/  VIA EMAIL:
     Electronic printable cards may be sent directly to my internet email address,
 ultfire@bigpond.net.au
     (A printable QSL Card in JPG format will be returned to the email address you supply at no cost).
 
2/  VIA eQSL.cc:
     Cards may be sent via
eQSL.cc

 
3/   VIA POST:
      Sorry - NO CARDS VIA POST PLEASE.

PLEASE NOTE:  Cards/reports sent via the Bureau or LoTW or QRZCQ.COM will NOT REACH ME.
 
      For other QSL enquires please send me an email.                       

  

                

                                                                         

 

UPDATED Nov 2017.

Rob VK4ALL (ex VK4KUG).
Email:      ultfire@bigpond.net.au
Skype:     rob.green.vk4all
Lat: -27.606553      Long: 153.133132      Grid:  QG62nj      Height:  105m (315ft) above sea level.

Born in Brisbane Queensland in 1945.   Lived at Lota in the Redlands Shire (a Bayside suburb east of Brisbane CBD), then moved to Upper Mt.Gravatt (a south eastern suburb in Brisbane).   Married and moved to the suburb of Rochedale South (25km SE of Brisbane CBD) in the old Albert Shire and stayed for 18 years.   Then moved 0.5km to a higher location 315 feet (105m) above sea level in Rochedale South (150 feet from "Stegemann Lookout") - on the Northern end of the old Albert Shire which is now called Logan City, Queensland, where I am still living.

Career: After completing college (St.Laurence College, South Brisbane), I started work as a Trainee Radio & TV Technician with Tisco Television.  Four and a half years later, I moved into the Electronic Fire Protection Industry where my career extended to 47+ years as a Electronic Design and Manufacturing Technician.  After extensive study I reached Design Engineer classification and moved on to Electronic Research and Development Manager.  I started my own industrial service company but unfortunately after 10 years of operating I was forced to step down owing to a major health problem.   After a long recovery I accepted a position with General Electric as a Customer Support Engineer to look after their Brisbane and South East Asian clients from the Milton office.   I then went on to accept a position with Tyco International, Wormald.  I then retired in March 2013.

Callsigns: I started in CB on 27mhz around 1965, then obtained my Novice License VK4NBJ, then moved up to a Combined License VK4KUG, and now have an Advanced Licence VK4ALL.

Activities: Having a career in electronic design/engineering/manufacturing, I quickly found Slow-Scan TV in the late 60's and started designing and building lots of black & white SSTV gear (state of the art in those days), starting with early analogue home brew items such as, long persistance CRT Monitors, Flying Spot Scanners and the like. As more advanced designs came along I home brewed equipment like SSTV to FSTV Digital Converters, MXV-200 FSTV to SSTV Digital Converters, cloned a couple of Robot-400 units, etc. The first colour SSTV was done with red, blue and green filters over the lens of the CCTV camera sending one frame of each colour to make up the complete colour picture.  Then equipment started to go EPROM based before becoming real simple with the introduction of colour SSTV Computer Software via the computer sound card.  In the early years I put on displays of SSTV at a number of Radio Clubs and Hamfests around SE Queensland (including the local BARCFEST).

I then found Radio-Teletype which had a strong following at that time and purchased an old surplus "Siemens" M-100 Teleprinter complete with paper tape reader/transmitter which I mod'ed for 45.45 baud and went about building a SEQTY Modulator/Demodulator.  A short time later I was talked into accepting the position of VK4TTY News Editor responsible for compiling and transmitting the weekly SEQTTY VK4TTY Weekly News Service on RTTY using my early "MicroBee" computer with a home brewed UART interface. The news links at that time were via the Mt.Cotton 2m repeater in the Redlands area, also via HF, Satellite and ATV, plus commercial Channel 7 TV Teletext in Brisbane. I stayed in the News Editors position for a period of seven years.

As local RTTY was still alive and well at this time I decided to design, build and operate the first Dual Band VHF/HF User Selectable Multi-Speed RTTY Bulletin Board in VK under the clubs VK4TTY callsign which operated continuously for three years until packet radio finally took over the local scene with RTTY slowly fading away.

I then moved into the new Packet Radio mode building a basic computer driven TNC.  After a while I purchased a stand alone "Pacomm Tiny-2" TNC with more features and capable of operating as a PRBBS with a change of EPROM.  I was then approached by the local Packet Radio Network Group to start up a PRBBS from my high location at Rochedale South .  I modified the "Tiny-2" plus an old "Motorola" single channel 25 watt simplex FM ex commercial taxi transceiver to operate on 2m simplex to run the Packet Radio BBS link for Southern Brisbane and Logan City region packet users for a period of seven + years under the callsign of VK4KUG with over 120 registered daily users logging on.

Owing to heavy business comments I was forced to move away from amateur radio for nearly 20 years, but on retirement in 2013 I decided to come back to AR.   Two long term amateur radio friends have helped me to get back to this great hobby once again.

These days I mainly operate JT65 and PSK31 on the HF bands,  EchoLink (via the computer), SSTV (analogue) on 14.230 Mhz and KG-STV (digital error correcting SSTV) on 14.111 or 24.927 Mhz.

My other hobby has been motor sport (dirt track Speedcars/Midgets) and started racing at the age of 16 years - I am now restoring a 1969 genuine 300bhp Chevy II powered Speedcar Q95.

My modest "upgraded" station (Nov 2017).
"Yaesu" FT-450D HF 100watt Base Transceiver, (CAT using Ham Radio Deluxe software).
"VK-Powermate" 25A linear Power Supply (home brewed).

"Palomar" Elite-Line TX5500 HF Linear Amplifier (Mod with Low-Pass Filter 0-30mhz & cooling fans).
"Kenwood" TR-7800 2M FM Transceiver ( fitted Chinese CTCSS tone board inside with LCD readout).
"Kenwood" TM-201B 2M FM Transceiver.
"Baofeng" UV-3R UHF/VHF FM mini Handheld (Chinese Manuf). 
T2FD (6m to 80m) 65 foot slopping Folded Dipole, mounted 6/18 feet AGL omni-directional, (home brewed).
"Realistic" Pro-2006 AM/FM 400 Scanner.
"Realistic" MPS-5. 32-2031A Amplified Speaker System.
"Radio Shack" Vertical ground plane base Scanner Antenna.
"Cushcraft" ARX-270U dual-band base VHF 9db/UHF 12db vertical antenna.
2 x "Dell"` Latitude D630 dual-core Laptop Computers (used for the data modes).
"ALL-LINK" USB Data Interface Unit with soundcard & VOX for HF (PSK31, SSTV, RTTY etc. home brewed).
"Yaesu" SCU-17 USB Data Interface Unit (for PSK31, SSTV, RTTY etc).
"Vicom" VC-2 SWR - RF Power Meter.
"Vicom" Power Base Microphone.
"Nessei" RX-503 VHF/UHF SWR - RF Power Meter.

Home Brew Projects Under Construction:
1/ Mod old "StationMaster" vert CB Antenna to operate on ham bands (6m to 80m) with remote RF band change.
2/ Home brew a 13.8volt 100amp Linear Power Supply. 

Future Wish List:
1/ Find free or cheap bits to keep my DIY projects moving.

Software :
1/   FLDIGI ver 3.23.13 for Data modes, PSK, RTTY etc. ( on 14.070 & 21.070 Mhz).
2/   DIGIPAN ver 2.0 for Data modes, PSK, RTTY, etc. (on 14.070 & 21.070).
3/   CHROMAPIX ver 1.6.17 for analogue SSTV ( on  7.170, 14.230, 18.160, 21.340, 24.975, 28.680, 50.680 Mhz).
4/   Echolink ver 2.0.908 via the Internet.
5/   JT65-HF ver 1.0.9.3, HB9HQX-Edition 3.5.  2016. (on 7.076, 10.138, 14.076, 18.102, 21.076 Mhz)
6/   Ham Radio Deluxe ver 5.24.0.38
7/   KG-STV ver 1.0 build 004 Digital (error correcting FSK) Slow-Scan TV (on 14.111, 24.927 Mhz)

Catch up with me:
Look forward to catching up with some of my old ham friends (and new ones) on air soon - I monitor most of the VHF repeaters in SE Qld.  I can also operate on 6m to 80m (SSB), Echolink, PSK-31, analogue SSTV, digital KG-STV SSTV.
I am generally on air around 7.30am aest to 8.30am aest every morning on 14.230mhz analogue SSTV (can also respond to SSB voice calls).    I also transmit and stand-by on KG-STV Digital SSTV on 14.111mhz within these times.
I also monitor the Mt.Cotton FM repeater on 147.075mhz most of the time - Bye for now.

Links:
KG-STV Digital Slow-Scan TV Group:      https://www.facebook.com/groups/328568687559005/ 
Download free software from:                    http://www.wells10000.plus.com/m5aml/kg-stv.htm

Note: The NEW frequencies shown in the above logo are for operating KG-STV in Regions 1, 2 & 3.
These universal frequencies were adopted by the KG-STV users Group in 2017.
If you need further information on KG-STV please drop me an email.
 

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