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WORLD, Thanks for dropping by my QRZ.COM page. I'll tell you a little about myself.

 
 
I am 65 years old and have had my Call since 1978. I have had 2 main interests in life outside of my every day job which is the installation of Floorcoverings, having been self-employed in that industry for the past 48years. I am now semi-retired. The 2 interests in my life have been Radio & Music. Regarding the first love RADIO :- As a child, I very early became very interested in Shortwave /Medium Wave and later Amateur Radio and, soon after getting married I sat for my Amateur Ticket and gained the above callsign VK4NGW. I spent the next 20 odd years chasing DX and buying all the latest new rigs and antennas from all corners of the world however, islowly went a little cold on A/Radio. I've completed an 18 year break from Amateur Radio however kept my yearly fees paid up so as to keep my license active and, only came back into the hobbie in the early part of 2011. It was great to see the extra spectrum and modes granted to the Amateur Radio Operator in the time I took the break from the hobbie. Since my return to AR, I've really got to love the digital modes of PSK-31 and JT-65 and in fact to date,I have only used voice about 6 times as all my time is spent on JT-65 & PSK.

My second love is Music :- I was playing in a Rock N Roll Band while still at school and on leaving school it was only a matter of weeks before I was auditioning for a local band as a Rhythm Guitarist come Vocalist. I've spent the rest of my life performing in the music industry here in Australia. For the first 20 years I played the Rock Circuit and toured and supported many International acts that came through Qld. eg:- "The Beach Boys" "The Hollies" "The Bee Gees" (Local Lads from Redcliffe, North of Brisbane) "Ray Charles" plus many Australian Top Acts eg:- "The Easybeats". The thing is, after you've finished in Rock & Roll, (and the "GROUPIES" that followed us around have all settled down all married with kids) the only place to go for a Muso is Jazz and for the past 25 years have been performing in Jazz & Blues. I've mainly worked in a Trio Format that has featured Piano / Double Bass / & Drums Percussion. The Instrument that I feel for in a big way is The Double Bass and, still find the monster instrument a challenge every time I perform! My latest Band "The GROOVE MASTERS" kicked off late in 2012 and continues to take up most weekends performing. This time, the guys and myself have gone back to where we started in the 60's and are doing all the great music from that era!!! eg :- "Kinks"- "Stones" - "Mick Fleetwood Blues Band" - "Poco" - "Yardbirds" - "Beatles" etc. to name just a few and, we still nail some good Jazz & Blues tunes on certain gigs as required! My collection of Jazz CD's, DVD's, Vinyl stretch to almost 3000 and, at one stage a few years back hosted my own Jazz Program on Brisbane Radio called "Jazz Notes" which ran for a period of 3 years till the music gigs got priority over the Radio Slot! and I gave it away.

Back to Amateur Radio, This time around, I have not gone for the 3 element tri-bander or the quad antennas like I did when I first received the call, this time, I,ve kept it simple and just gone with Dipoles and a couple of MOBILE Verticals stuck up on my Metal roof. The Dipoles are only 4 meters high above the metal roof but still never ceases to amaze me just how far you can communicate with these simple arrays. Since March 2011, I have already worked most ofthe world and,If you're reading this blog, I've probably worked your station and just want to say thanks and hope to put YOUR QSL up on the shack wall. Finally, I would like to give a personal BIG THANKYOU to Vlad UA6JD for setting up my QRZ.Page.... Best 73's ALL !!!

PLEASE ADD YOUR CALLSIGN TO MY WEB CONTACT ABOVE..... THANK YOU

 
 
 
 

ABOVE MY GATEWAY TO THE WORLD!

ABOVE . . . . MY ORIGINAL SHORTWAVE QSL FROM THE 1970's

ABOVE . . . . MY ORIGINAL QSL CARD FROM THE 1970's

ABOVE . . . . MY CURRENT QRP/QSL THAT I USE WITH MY FT-817D

ABOVE . . . . MY CURRENT QSL I USE FOR PSK-31 USING MY FT-897D

ABOVE . . . . MY RECENTLY PRINT QSL

ABOVE MY SECOND LOVE JAZZ AND DOUBLE BASS!

OUTSIDE TOKYO'S IMPERIAL PALACE

MY CURRENT BAND "THE GROOVE MASTERS" PLAYING 60'S MUSIC!

PLAYING MY 6 STRING ELECTRIC BASS ON A GIG !

MY WIFE & I GOING TO DINNER IN BALI

Son ADAM & Daughter MARNIE Hong Kong


MY BEST MATE "BUSTER"

BUSTER XMAS MORNING WAITING FOR HIS PRESENTS!


Another Shot of the Little Bloke!


Another Gig using my Ned Steinberger Stick Bass!

 

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