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(Please be aware I no longer hold logs for the YJ0DX operation in 1999 by VK4BKM, and am not associated with the operation in January 2010)

Active from 160m through 13cm - SSB/CW and digital modes. My activities are focused towards 6m and 10m DXing and contesting from QTH just to the north west of Brisbane city in grid QG62lp.

Antenna system includes: 160m quarter wave sloper - 75m full-wave loop - 40m dipole - 20m 5 element mono yagi - 15m 5 element mono yagi - 10m 5 element mono yagi – 6m 9 element 6M2WLC yagi - 2m 12 element DL6WU yagi - 70cm 28 element DL6WU yagi - 23cm 74 DL6WU yagi - 13cm 24dbi Gridpack - mounted across 3 towers.

Tower #1: 5 element 14MHz yagi @ 20mAGL and 9 element 6M2WLC 50MHz yagi @ 24mAGL

Tower #2: 5 element 28MHz yagi @ 20mAGL, 40m dipole, 2/70 dual band vert (5el 15m yagi to be reinstalled here soon)

Tower #3: 12el 144MHz LFA, 28el 432MHz and 74el 1,296MHz yagis@ 15mAGL & 2,403MHz 24dbi gridpack

Antenna layout (image from nearmap.com June 19, 2012).

The contest station is being designed primarily for SO operations, but a second operating position is available for M2 and potentially MM operation.

My 2.4GHz station being heard in ZL by Steve ZL1TPH via tropo.

In the last 5 years, my interest has again swung back to VHF plus operations, and enjoying the construction side of the hobby. Over that period I've built SSPAs for 6m, 70cm and 23cm, and transverters for 2.4. 3.4 and 10GHz. I'm currently completing a 144MHz SSPA and am about to commence the build of a 200W 2.4GHz transverter that will be dedicated to use from the home station.

Take off 210 degrees - VK5, short path ZS and long path W. - Take off 75 degrees - short path W, and for moon rise.

For Field Days and whenever possible, I try to operate remotely from 4x4 only accessible hill-top locations. The /P station is based around the FT-857D, FT-817ND feeding VHF/UHF yagi's, microwave gear (2.4GHz, 3.4GHz and 10GHz for field day and portable operation) and an Ozi-pole portable antenna - please listen out for me!

In May 2008 I was fortunate to operate as DL/VK4CZ from the Dusseldorf Contest Club Station - DL0DX (picture below left). I now have a new appreciation of the environment that the western EU operators face on a day-to-day basis -let alone during major contest events - as the QRM and QRN experienced in the middle of western EU was amazing.

DL/VK4CZ @ DL0DX - May 2008

First licensed as VK2XGM in the mid-1980s, then as VK2JSR, VK4JSR and finally as VK4CZ in late 2003.

VK2JSR circa. 1987

VK4CZ QSL Policy - direct prefered including a min. USD$2 (Postage ex VK typically $1.80 for JA and Asia and $2.70 for the USA and Europe). Contest QSLs via bureaus or card exchange services I can't guarantee that they'll be answered (I just get far too many!!). Logs are submitted to LotW.

Married (Wendy) with two children (Campbell [VK4YR] and Gemma).

I look forward to meeting you on the bands.

For live discussion on HF/VHF/UHF propagation in VK & ZL go to - http://www.vklogger.com/

Or join the VK & ZL VHF/UHF/Microwave community on Facebook at - https://www.facebook.com/groups/vhfuhfmicrowave/


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Last updated Feb 18, 2018 - Scott Watson VK4CZ

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