Due to the cost of overseas postage being $2.60 (US$2.75), I now require 3 green stamps for a direct card. It has become difficult to purchase and cash in IRC's, so I can no longer accept IRC coupons. Email me if perhaps you wish to use Paypal and I will send you the details.
From September 2014, you may hear me portable from our new power cat "Catchcry I". The shack and antennas at our home QTH in Capalaba were dismantled and packed away for some future QTH in November 2014. In the meantime I will be VK4GH/P from "Catchcry I". We have on board an Elecraft K3 and P3. The vertical aluminium antenna is about 5m. We also have equipment so that we can operate portable from islands.
August 2013 saw the end of the trial of 1kW for those taking up the option of the trial. For the time being, the maximum power in VK is once again 400 watts. Interested groups are working hard to lobby for the permanent limit to be 1kW.
In May 2013, my OM and I were part of the team who travelled to Norfolk Island to activate VK9NT. Norfolk is a beautiful island and we had the opportunity to see the sights when not dealing with the pile ups. Our location at the northern end of the island was ideal for short path to NA, EU & JA.
12 May 2012 portable in VK5 on Kangaroo Island OC-139 for the VK Transtasman 80m Contest. Just before the contest we tried out the squid pole vertical with some of the radials joined to the fence. About 40 contacts were made in an hour on 20 metres with 100 watts, including about 20 Europeans.
Setting up the squid pole on the corner fence post. The K3 was set up inside the van. Clear take off 360º, this view to the north.
Even though we were very happy with the Broadband Hex Beam (see below) and made fantastic contacts, in April 2012, we replaced it with a SteppIR DB18E Dream Beam at the home QTH.
2012 CQ WPX Contest from home QTH. Using 1k power for the first time in a contest. ACMA has allowed a trial of 1k from 1 March 2012 for Advanced Licence holders in VK.
2012 John Moyle Field Day 17 March, we are on Russell Island OC-137 using di-pole antennas, facing North.
My OM John (VK4IO) and I are lucky that we live on a couple of acres and have room to play with antennas, which include the broadband 40-30-17-12m hex beam and the TH6DXX for 20, 15 & 10. Our main 80m antenna is a horizontal 160m full size loop, fed with ladder line, which works extremely well.There are various other dipoles and loops.
Broadband Hex Beam
TH6DXX beside the shack in the down position.
We also have a home brew 20,15 & 10 spider beam for field days and have experimented with 40m verticals and 2 sets of 2 x 40m dipoles arranged at right angles, feeding into a remote switch box.
I enjoy the contests, so even though the station is very basic it is set up to be easy to work in a competition. Station consists of an Elecraft K3 driving a home brew solid state amp and the new Palstar HF-Auto Tuner. We enjoy portable operations and usually try to go camping for any field day or contest that lends themselves to portable operations. The backup radio for portable is another K3 with tuner, and when in a serious competition we use a KPA500 amp. We took part in our first dxpedition to Lord Howe Island (VK9LA) in March 2009 and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Summer portable set up during John Moyle Field Day 2010
Winter portable operation in the same location for the VK Shires Contest 2010.
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