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I am a retired writer and have written 46 books, one of which is QRP - The Zen of Amateur Radio. Click on the picture below to read more about it.


I am a keen SOTA activator and chaser and love getting out into the open and working QRP. Have a look at my book, SOTA: Taking Amateur Radio to New Heights ​by clicking on the image below.

When the weather permits, I like to take my Elecraft KX1 or Yaesu FT-817 out to a summit somewhere. 

Here I am on Mt Tamborine with my KX1 and Pico Paddle.

KX1 and Pico Paddle on Mt Tamborine VK4/SE-059

I am getting to grips with a new mode, called DMR. The quality of digital voice is quite astounding! 

This is the hand held transceiver I use. I am impressed with the build quality as well as the sound.

I like CW and use German Navy Junkers Key that was used at Sydney Radio (Australian Maritime Coastal Station callsign VIS), situated in the suburb of La Perouse until it closed itś doors in 1996, as well as a 100 year old GPO straight key that was ex-navy (my Uncle, a career telegrasphist in the navy gave it to me years ago). I have also built a cw touchkeyer, which is a fantastic paddle. I have an MFJ-564B paddle which I find excellent, once I had sorted it out. My latest keys are is a Czech military straight key, which is so smooth to use, a Touchkeyer Model P3K and a Whiterook MK 44.

The picture (left) is of me operating in the wireless office of the RANs WW11 frigate HMAS Diamantina.

I operate QRP only and rely on my Elecraft KX1, a Yaesu FT-817, a Small Wonder Labs PSK20, a 2m Yeasu FT-250R and a Baofeng GT-3TP Mk111 for 2m/70cm work. For DMR I use a 70cm Vitai hand held. Antennas include a Buddistick Deluxe and a longwire with a UJM-150 End Fed Antenna Matcher that works very well.

I use a BLT tuner, an LDG Z-100Plus autotuner and a QRPOmeter to ensure my signals are good and clean and have the maximum chance of being received.

Check out my blog at http://vk4jaz.wordpress.com


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