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From July 1 2017 to the end of September I managed VI4SC50 for the Sunshine Coast Amateur radio Club so any email corespondance for QSL's & Certificates will be to my personal email as listed here on QRZ.com


I still QSL Direct if required, which is getting expensive @ $3.00 postage per card, EQSL or Bureau is ok, and all QSO's get logged and uploaded to LoTW, QRZ.com log, QRZCQ & Club Log.

If you want some mint Australian stamps for other posted QSL'S when you send your QSL to my Po Box include some extra Green stamps and I will buy you some and send them with the card or just email me if you want to organise some.

I have been using the new JT65 program FT8 which is so much faster and going very well so give it a try WSJT-X

10X International 62236 , Springbok 382, Shire SC4


Radios :

  • 2x Yaesu FT-950's with Heil Goldline GM5 boom mic as well as BM-10 headset with foot switches .
  • IC-910H 2m,70cm, 23cm all modes & Satellite incl 13cm with the AG 2400 satellite downconverter.
  • In my mobile is a Kenwood TS 480HX
  • Kenwood TMD-700A 2m/70cm with APRS, VK4KX-9

Tuners, Amps & antennas :

  • SG-230.
  • LDG- AT600 Pro 2.
  • Amps include:
  • Ameritron AL-811 160m-10m & ALS-500 HF 160-10m.
  • 2m /70CM amps are Microwave Modules 200w, Tokyo High Power 180w.
  • I enjoy making my own antennas where possible.
  • Double dipoles on- 40, 30, 20, 17m, 15m.
  • I have a vertically polarised diamond shaped quad loop corner fed with a 75 ohm RG 11u match, 2 verticals on 40/80, a Hygain AV-640 and a variety of wire antennas and I'm often trying new antennas so it changes often.
  • Cushcraft A-33, 3 el tribander on 10/15/20

What I like to do on radio

  • Working DX. & the occasional longer QSO
  • Especially enjoy working on low bands but also on 6m, 70cm and on 2m SSB & via AE. (Aircraft Enhancement Propagation)
  • A bit of Contesting as well
  • Working Digital modes more often now since propagation is down. FT-8, JT65, SSTV etc
  • 2 of my most memorable DX contacts were a 2m FM QSO with a ZL in Christchurch while I was mobile near Caloundra during a fantastic opening in 1993 a distance of 2565 k on 146.500 Unfortunately we never QSL'd as it would be a record. The current VK record for mobile is 2274.4k
  • I really enjoy the challenge of working DX in the 80 / 75m DX window and following "Grey Line DX" whatever the band that's open at the time.
  • The other memorable contact was working CN2R on 80m one late afternoon 07:30 UTC over the top of the USA, with my previouse callsign VK4KAC during a Russian DX contest as we were both surprised to hear any dx, he even recorded our QSO on his web site.           

My QTH is on the lower edge of the Blackall Range looking over Nambour and down the Bli Bli valley with a North Easterly through South Westerly 345 degree view.

The ground slopes away from my shack towards the sea about 25 kilometres away. (Ground Slope Effect)

Apart from my ground mat I have a counter-poise wire around the perimeter of my 3/4 acre property and multiple earth rods for station grounding.

I have 3 separate 1/4 acre blocks under 1 title with my shack in the back yard, and my house is an old Queenslander that we have slowly been renovating and have built verandahs on 3 sides, we have a pool and pool deck to relax on. In the yard there is enough room for a couple of towers with a variety of antennas.

I look forward to working you again, hopefully on 80m. or 160m

QSL via the Bureau, Direct mail or E-QSL, if you can afford it a couple of green stamps will help, I will just pass them on for the next DX-pedition card.

About Me.

I am the President of the Sunshine Coast Amateur Radio Club, of which I have been a member since November 1981. The club is one of the largest in Queensland, with a great Club House and station with towers and antennas.

Club web site - www.vk4wis.org

I am married with 3 kids and have lived on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland since 1981 but before moving here I spent most of my younger life in the Pacific islands region doing a lot of travel with my parents and older sister.

I have been a keen four wheel driver since I was 19 and have worked as a 4wd Tour Guide taking passengers to Fraser Island, Moreton Island and out West to places like Carnarvon Gorge,  I have toured the Simpson Desert & Outback Australia working with a Tag-Along Tour operator                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

I also enjoy fishing and can act as a guide if you come visit my area fishing for Tailor on the beaches between Teewah and Rainbow Beach as well as Fraser island in winter. During the summer months I like to head South accross the Qld / NSW border and raid the Trout streams of the New South Wales Northern Highlands for Rainbow and Brown trout, or the Northern rivers for Cod or Bass.

I lived in several countries since I was 4 years old and they include: (Not in chronalogical order)

Fiji (3D2) My dad was manager of Burns Philp in Suva, and later Manger of Naviti Resort

Vanuatu - Port Vila (YJ) Only stayed there about 4 months and left after I was stung by a Stonefish (that was painful)

Western Samoa - Apia, (5W1) My Dad & Mom managed the Tusitala Resort in Apia, I went to Samoa College.

Solomon islands - H44 Honiara Guadalcanal and Auki Malaita province where my Dad managed the Laulasi Peoples Business interests. The Laulasi People are known for worshiping Sharks and for making shell money on their man made islands in the Lenga Lenga Lagoon

England- Worthing, (G land) Mon & Dad ran a private business while I was schooled at St Andrews Boys College and then on leaving I worked for the Eurotherm Electronics company. I was also involved with the ATC 45F Worthing Squadran as a radio operator

PNG - Port Moresby(P29) After the UK Dad was asked to Manage Transport and Logistics for Burns Philp in Port Moresby PNG while mum ran the cafe in the Supermarket. I went back to School at Port Moresby Int Highschool. (no choice had to do something)

New Zealand - Whangaparoa & Rotorua (ZL) Mum and Dad had a B&B Hotel in Rotorua where we all worked and I also worked in town and acted as a fishing guide for our guests. Some of the best Trout waters are in Rotorua, NZ

Australia is my home and birth place and I have lived up and down the Qld Coast from Cooktown to the Gold Coast and settled here on the Sunshine Coast with my wife a local Nambourite. Love can do that to you; this roling stone has stopped roling and gathered a lot of moss.

Visited, Hong Kong, New Caledonia, USA /Hawaii, France, Belgium.

I have a much greater appreciation for life as a result of my travels and having lived in many countries; my schooling may have suffered but my education in cultures and geography would be hard to repeat. I really have my parents to be thankful for and if it wasn't for their lust for adventure and to see what was around the next corner I would not have had such great experiences.

Thanks for taking the time to look me up and I look forward to the next contact with you.

A snap of some radios in my shack (a bit old though so will update it soon)

DXCC thanks to Lotw

Also obtained WPX via Lotw


1 of My QSL designs from a photo near Marcoola here on the Sunshine Coast

In 1993 & 1995 - First place in the John Moyle Memorial Field Day contests as a single op 24hr portable all band with my previouse callsign VK4KAC. On the front of the Toyota Land Cruiser is a home-brew 6el - 6m yagi & a 10 el 2m Yagi at the top. Over on the fence is a 3el triband 10/15/20 with an 80m inv "V" at the top. To the rear of the van is a 2m 5/8th vertical with a 5 el vertical 2m beam below it. 

Bands of operation were 80m, 15m, 10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm.

Over the other side of the fence is a cliff going down to an old quarry, and I stood on that fence putting that antenna up, if I had fallen you wouldn't know...............!


Radios that were set up in the van, Kenwood TS 680S HF/6m with MC-50A desk mike, TR 751A 2m all mode, tuners & amps for 2m & 6m.

Thanks for stopping by, best 73 de VK4KX. Bernie

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