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I was first licenced in 1987 and didn't find my 'niche' in amateur radio until about 10 years later.  I had dabbled in HF and VHF, the odd contest, homebrewing and so on, but wasn't hooked until I heard a buzzing noise around 145.8 MHz.  That started my involvement with the OSCAR satellites.  Since 1997 I have heard just about all of them, talked through most and occasionally used the digital birds.  My biggest highlight was hearing the S-band beacon on AO-40 for the first time - 55000km away and I was using a discarded BBQ grill type antenna and MMDS downconverter that was less than useful at hearing the local transmitter a mere 35km away.

With solar cycle 24 I decided to get a bit more serious on the HF bands. I finally achieved phone DXCC in 2012 and digital in 2014. This was spurred on by also achieving the ARRL's Diamond DXCC challenge.  In 2013 I was introduced to JT65-HF and have been actively persuing some more wallpaper.  So far I have earned WAS, WAE and WPX but pride of place on the shack wall is a QRP-DXCC (in 2013).  I have now contacted at least 100 countries on 30/20/17/15/10m to earn the WIA's 5-band DXCC award.  Not bad for such a  'lousy' solar cycle.  You will mostly find me using the digital modes - JT-65, JT9 and FT8.

But enough of me, onto the station details.

Antennas: TET-EMTRON TE-46 for HF at a height of 10m (3 element trapped yagi on 20/15/10 and trapped dipole on 30/17/12m). 5 element yagi on 2m, 8 elements on 70cm, LVB tracker for the satellites.

Radios: Elecraft K3 with XV144 for HF.  A recent addition of a TS-790G (2m/70cm/23cm) has got me back on the satellites while still pursuing DX on HF.  I now have antennas and radio fully computer controlled for the satellites.

QSL via LOTW and/or eQSL is preferred. QSLing direct or via bureau is also OK.

AX5DG

Amateurs in Australia have the priviledge of using the AX prefix on three days per year: 26th of January (Australia Day), 25th of April (ANZAC Day) and 17th of May (World Telecommunication Day) (using local date/time, not UTC). Please QSL for AX5DG via LOTW or eQSL.

73 de David VK5DG

 

 

 

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United States Counties Award#3118
Granted: 2016-07-23 09:28:02   (VK5DG)

Endorsements:
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
United States Award#239
Granted: 2015-01-22 23:33:39   (VK5DG)

Endorsements:
  • 30 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Digital
DX World Award#298
Granted: 2015-01-22 23:33:35   (VK5DG)

Endorsements:
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • Mixed Digital
World Continents Award#929
Granted: 2015-01-19 07:04:09   (VK5DG)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 10 Meters Digital
    15 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
Grid Squared Award#868
Granted: 2015-01-19 07:04:04   (VK5DG)

Endorsements:
  • 5 Band Digital
  • 10 Meters Digital
    12 Meters Digital
    15 Meters Digital
    17 Meters Digital
    20 Meters Digital
    30 Meters Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
  • 10 Meters Phone
  • 15 Meters Phone
  • 20 Meters Phone
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