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QSL: VK2BOB has moved north to VK4!

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My new home base in Kewarra Beach, on the northern beaches of Cairns, tropical North Queensland, is now operational. The transceiver is my trusty IC-7300 with Icom SM30 desk mike, feeding into a wonderful SPE Expert 1.3K-FA. Having a limited size of yard my antenna is a four band trapped vertical mounted six feet above the ground on a fence post. I am keeping my old call of VK2BOB as well but it will rarely be heard. I hope to work lots of locals and DX over the coming years.

 I was located in beautiful Palm Cove, tropical Far North Queensland, for a three week holiday 28 August to 15 September 2017.

My home call at the time was VK2BOB but fortunately I was able to also grab VK4BOB when it became available for just such adventures.

My wife and I stayed at "The Palms at Palm Cove" apartments (formerly called "Silvester Palms" if you are looking for it via Google). When I booked the accommodation I spoke with the owner and asked if he would mind me putting up a vertical antenna in the garden - no problem at all, in fact he got up on the flat metal roof two levels up and installed it up there for me. It is mounted on a pvc vent pipe with a clamp to the metal roof for earthing/ground plane.

Band noise at this QTH on 40 metres was anywhere from S5 to S9 most of the time due to a noisy power supply nearby. Noise on 20 metres was much less and 15 metres was quite good too.

Thanks for looking at this page and hopefully we've had a QSO too.




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