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Hello, and welcome to my QRZ page

I first got into radio way back in the 80s when I got a 4WD vehicle and did what you did in those days, fitted a bullbar and a CB radio! Back then 27MHz CB was still popular and I soon found myself involved in the local scene. I left radio behind when motorcycles took over my life and I did not have a car for many years. Returning to four wheels I decided to fit a CB, a UHF which is the thing here now. I don't use it much in the more populated areas as it is full of folk who, to put it kindly, have little idea how to use a radio responsibly.

 

 

The radio bug was not going away, so I decided to take my interest to the next level. I passed the tests and obtained my first amateur licence (VK4FMWY) in September 2014. Soon after this I got down to studying in a serious way for the standard level licence, getting this in February 2015 (VK4MWY). I kept at it and obtained my advanced licence (VK4SMA) in November 2015. I am a member of the Ipswich & District Radio Club, and the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA).

 

 

I enjoy being involved with my local club and participating in the WWFF program, both as an Activator and Hunter.

I log all HF contacts on LoTW. I also use the QRZ.COM Logbook but generally will not log QSOs from portable operations here as I find it is too much to do in addition to other logging. However, if you have had a contact with me whilst I've been operating /P and you log the contact on QRZ.COM I will be happy to confirm it.

I do not do any other form of QSL

 

My current amateur radio equipment is:

2m/70cm

Icom T-70A handheld

Yeasu FT-7900 in the shack, and a Yaesu FT-8800R in the car.

 

High Frequency

Home: Icom IC-7410 paired with a LDG IT-100 Autotuner, the antenna is a Diamond W-8010 Multi-band Trap Dipole.

Portable: Icom IC-7200. My main interest with portable operations is activating parks as part of the World Wide Flora & Fauna (WWFF) program. Antenna used is a home brewed link dipole for 40m, 20m, 15m, and 10m. The dipole is usually set up in an inverted vee configuration with the balun attached to a telescopic pole (squid pole) or suspended from a rope slung over a convenient tree branch. It's great to get out into nature and away from electrical noise. If you've not tried it, you should at least think about it. Click on the WWFF logo below for more information.

   

 

 

 

 

The shack (actually it's not a shack, but a spare bedroom in the house. It suits me just fine)

 

The antenna set up at home. Diamond 2m/70cm vertical on top of 8.5m high mast. Diamond W-8010 is suspended from a stand off mounted on the same mast.  I would have liked more height, but for my location this is as good as it gets.

 

My home QTH ~ QG62KI

Thanks for visiting. 73, Mark smiley

 

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