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Hi - welcome to my page - you can read more about me and my life on my personal website at http://www.davidoates.com

I was first licensed in 1976 as a novice and upgraded to a full call (advanced) in 1977. I am located in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia on a small suburban block which doesnt give me much room to experiment with antennas - however i manage to make do with what i've got and get out quite well, despite being in a bit of a gully

I returned to active operations on the airwaves in mid 2012, after a 25 year hiatus with very few contacts. I am absolutely loving being back on the air and I enjoy all my QSOs, the quick signal exchanges and rag chews alike. Ham radio has been very good to me over the years. I have met many new friends and i made an amazing discovery in my radio shack in 1984 which turned into a full time profession and my life's work - see my personal website for further details.

I am active most days on the HF bands and also monitor 50.110 and 144.100 continuously. On HF i am running an Icom IC-7600 into a Tokyo HY-Power HL-1.5KFX  amplifier which runs at 400 watts. On 2 meters I use an Icom 910H, fitted for 70 cms and 23 cms, into TE systems 1452G power amp which gives me 350 watts SSB on 2 meters. My antennas are a 3 element SteppIR, covering all bands 20m-6m, up at 10 meters in height, and a G5RV for 80-30 meters. On VHF/UHF i use vertical antennas mounted on top of my roof plus a 13 element 2 meter beam mounted above the HF beam.

I was awarded my DXCC in November 2014 after keeping logs again since July 2012 and i currently have 188 countries (182 confirmed). I was also awarded my Worked All States on VHF award (6 meters) on February 2nd 2017.

I upload my logs every month to Logbook of the world. I also QSL using eQSL and via the bureau. However if you want to send me a paper QSL via direct mail, I will return the favor at my cost!

UPDATE: Due to my regular business trips to the United States I have established a station there in Southern Oregon and operate as W7/VK5ADO when I am in America. QSL via VK5ADO for US contacts.

73s and I hope to catch you on the bands.



When I returned to the air in 2012 I purchased a 10 meter high tilt over, winch up, free standing mast for my small backyard. This turned out to be an invaluable investment and it has been up and down dozens of times since for various issues - maintainence, new antennas etc   Here are some of the stages of erection.


Digging the hole for the foundations - its 2 meters deep.


Foundations poured - base installed


Pedestal, hydraulics and winch installed


Telescopic section installed, tilted over to attach the antenna (antenna shown is a TET Emtron tribander)


My current antenna - SteppIR 20m-6m - with 13 element 2 meter beam stacked on top


My rooftop antenna farm - Fiberglass pole mounted in the middle of my roof supporting a G5RV (which runs diagonally across my block and only just fits!) and vertical antennas for 2 meters / 70 cms / 1.2 gigs plus a 1.2 gig beam



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