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Hello! One of my new things that I am enjoying is IOTA activations. If you have worked me portable from OC139 as VK5GR/P please check the following QRZ.com page: http://www.qrz.com/db/vk5gr/p for details of that actrivity and for searching the IOTA log for confirmation details.

Hello and welcome to station VK5GR. 

I was first licensed in Sept 1986 as VK5ZWI whilst in Year 10 in High School and primarily operated ATV, VHF RTTY and AX.25 VHF Packet radio as well as Amateur Foxhunting from 1987 to ~2003.I took a break from the hobby, maintaining only a basic 2m/70cm mobile station between 2003 and 2008. 

In 2008 I upgraded my callsign to VK5GR.

Today I am a committee member for the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group (AREG) (www.areg.org.au) based in Adelaide, South Australia.

I enjoy:

  • contesting (John Moyle Field Day, Remembrance Day Contest, Oceania DX Contest (through AREG) and several digital contests
  • High altitude balloon flights - doing flight operations and tracking/recovery
  • community event communications - RPM200 Canoe Marathon event comms network design and coordination (with AREG)
  • HF Digital Mode Operation (the more exotic, the more fun!)
  • VHF/UHF Mobile (find me on VK5RSB in Adelaide on 439.900 -5MHz 91.5Hz CTCSS)
  • APRS (I run VK5GR-9 mobile and VK5GR-1 as a weather station)
  • Foxhunting (vehicle based variety)

After being licensed for 29 years I finally established a modest HF station at home in 2016 and am having lots of fun trying to work out how these HF bands work. I already have returned to my first love of RTTY, but have also played with PSK31/63/125, MFSK16, THOR16/22, Helschrieber, SSTV, Olivia, JT65/9 and others. I am chasing a digital DXCC at this time - will see how we go.

You can query my Clublog log here. I will answer OQRS requests via Clublog


I am also starting to think of HF portable ops more often and may join the merry band of Parks 'n' Peaks operators on weekends (a good excuse to get the family out for a picnic and to combine that with some radio). Long term I want to try my hand at IOTA activations - with the bucket list goal of going somewhere exotic and sought after. (Will see how that pans out).

So look out for VK5GR on HF Digital calling CQDX!

On VHF/UHF I run a packet radio BBS and a DXCluster. The details are:

  • 147.575MHz 1200bps - VK5GR - FBB BBS, VK5GR-2 - DxSpider DXCluster, VK5GR-10 - NET/ROM node

The packet BBS runs the following services:

The DXCluster is available on the Internet as gate.vk5gr.id.au - port 7300

AXUDP Gateway - links available via the Internet. Contact me if you wish to setup a link.

F6FBB Packet BBS with mail forwarding is also running

Other sites of of mine that may interest you:

The following are some of the photos of my antennas currently.

20-6m Hexbeam @ 10m

My lowband antenna currently is a 6 band fan dipole - 80-15m - used today only on 80-30m. This is home brewed and is 12m high at the centre, about 16m high at one end and about 8m high at the other. It is built out of irrigation parts and some twin flex from the local hardware store. This has given me a resonant antenna now on 80/40/30/20/17 and 15m - and is working a treat! My 80m DX chasing is now taking off on JT65 with about 4 new countries worked on 80m in the past 2 nights. I am also now getting pileups on 15m and have added 3 new DXCC countries to my list across all bands (this was prior to the HexBeam going up). Not bad for an "experiment". The following are photos of the dipole antenna.


Prior to this I used a TF2D Buxxcom Dipole 55ft up a gum tree! The rope holding the BuxComm T2FD broke after a series of vicious storms blew through Adelaide this spring (2016). I woke one morning to the antenna being on the ground. 

Here is another view

If you worked me portable in the earlier half of 2016 I probably was using this:

4 band dipole and 10m fibreglass support pole (160/80/40/20 + tunes ok on 15m (via 40m).)


I am working on my IOTA Awards now and also my DXCC. I also love contesting. Here are some of the awards I have attained in 2016/2017.



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QRZ Logbook Summary for - VK5GR
Latest Contacts for VK5GR at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
N6ER 2017-06-24 20M SSB DM13bv United States KEVIN D BALMFORTH
N7RY 2017-06-24 40M SSB CN85th United States MICHAEL A MOORE
AF6TC 2017-06-24 40M SSB DM13kd United States Mark E Magdaleno
R17DEU 2017-06-24 20M SSB Russia Dmitry Sokolov
9A9A 2017-06-24 20M SSB JN75ws Croatia ZDRAVKO - "EMIL" BALEN
VE6MRV 2017-06-24 20M SSB DO33dl Canada Marvin Haagsma
VK7FOLK 2017-06-24 40M SSB Australia Helen R. Thompson
VK3CWF 2017-06-24 40M SSB QF22ke Australia Charles W Field
FR4OO 2017-06-23 40M JT65 LG79RC Reunion R-PAUL / RP PAYET
VK9MAV/4 2017-06-23 40M CW Mellish Reef
VK9MAV 2017-06-20 20M CW QH72vn Australia Andrey Mikhaylov
JA3CKA 2017-06-19 20M JT65 Japan
G4PQP 2017-06-19 20M JT65 England Philip Malme
UA3RLE 2017-06-19 20M JT65 LO02RR38 Russia Vasily
JN2AMD 2017-06-18 40M CW Japan SATOMI YAMAUCHI

Book Totals: 4266 qso's   2003 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

World Continents Award#17226
Granted: 2017-04-12 14:08:02   (VK5GR)

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