Greenwood Primary School (1976 - 1981)
Greenwood Senior High School (1982 - 1986)
W.A.C.A.E. Nedlands: Bachelor of Arts (Education) (1987 - 1989)
Edith Cowan University: Bachelor of Education (Physical Sciences) (1990)
VK6JIP (1987 - 2005)
VK6ZBP (1999 - 2005) (ex my late Father, Philip Beck)
VK6WPX (2005 - 2008)
VK6WX (2008 - present)
Science teacher (specialising in Physics and Chemistry)
Woodvale Senior High School, Perth, W.A. (1991 - 1992)
Mount Barker Senior High School/Community College, W.A. (1993 - 1996, 1998, 2007 - present)
Glenala State High School, Queensland (1997)
Bray Park State High School, Queensland (1998)
Merredin Senior High School, W.A. (1999 - 2006)
Wireless Institute of Australia
Northern Corridor Radio Group.
Southern Electronics Group.
Mount Barker Volunteer Fire & Rescue Service (1994 - 1996, 1998, 2007 - present)
Merredin VFRS (1999 - 2006)
Narpyn Bush Fire Brigade (2013 - present)
Executive Member - WA VFRS Association (Great Southern Zone)
Secretary - WA VFRS Association (Great Southern Zone)
Married to the lovely Jane since 2010 and father to the equally lovely Felicity as of 2010 and Matthew as of 2012.
I am active on HF when I get the opportunity and love going in contests. I'm not very good at CW but do try and have a bash at it. The only way I do CW (apart from when I use the NCRG remote station) is with a straight key.
Occasionally on PSK and have had a few QSOs on RTTY. At the moment I am mainly concentrating on DX from South America and Africa so I can attain some awards.
Speaking of which, these are some that I have attained:
- WIA: DXCC multi-mode open (246 + 1 deleted entities), DXCC multi-mode phone (212 + 1), DXCC multi-mode CW (180), DXCC multi-band 20m open (199), DXCC multi-band 20m phone (159), DXCC multi-band 20m CW (122). (Also achieved 132 entities for 15m open DXCC)
* = awaiting confirmation
- IARU: WAC basic open, WAC basic phone, WAC basic CW
- eQSL: eDXTM (100), eDX 100TM Mixed (139), eDX 100TM SSB (116), eDX 100TM 20m (106), eAustraliaTM (10), ePFX300TM (550), eJapan (12), eEurope (50)
QSL is 100% via the VK bureau, direct (QTH-R), e-QSL and LoTW. 3 Green Stamps (or AU$) and a self addressed envelope will be greatly appreciated to pay for mailing costs, production of QSL cards etc. (Australia Post recently removed their cheaper "card only" rate and it sits at $2.60 to send cards overseas to most destinations.)
Some notable contacts from 2016:
SSB: 9Q0HQ/3, MU0WLV & VQ9SC.
CW: VP8STI & OA1F.
Some notable contacts from 2015:
SSB: TI8II, T32RL, CE0Y/RW3RN, 3G7R, VK0EK & HP3AK.
CW: S79AC, 5Z4/DF3FS, E51UFF, 7QAA & GP4BRS.
Some notable contacts from 2014:
CW: FY5KE, XW2BM, FT5ZM, CE7/UA4WHX & D3AA .
PSK: HK6DOS & LY1CZ.
SSB: VP8LP, 1A0KM, FT5ZM, C5WP & OX3KQ.
Some notable contacts from 2013:
CW: VP9/G4CWH & TZ6BB.
SSB: TZ6BB & VP5DX
Just a note about TZ6BB and VP5DX.
TZ6BB couldn't quite copy me and, with help, we changed from SSB to CW. He worked me on CW ok. A little while later band conditions got better and I was able to work him on SSB.� I really appreciated the relay help given to me that day.
VP5DX was operating during the 2013 CQ WW DX Contest. I gave him a call and he was able to copy my suffix. After many attempts, around 5 mins I guess, he was able to copy me. A big thanks for that! Taking the time out to listen for the "little pistols" in a contest is very much appreciated.
I try to get onto the ANZA net on 14.183MHz when I can. Fantastic, well run net. Same as the Southern Cross DX Net on 14.2385.