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Welcome My Dear Friend

Greetings From The Island Of Tasmania


Thank you for taking the time to look up my callsign.


I live on a small acreage in a rural area of North West Tasmania, about 30 kilometres south west of Burnie.


My interest in radio and communications goes way back to my younger days and was further inspired after I enlisted in the Australian Regular Army in 1981. During my career I served proudly as a member of the Royal Australian Corps of Signals for 20 years. 


I was first licenced in 1995 and my previous calls were VK4EMS and VK8AM. Between 1999 and early 2001 I made two separate trips to Bougainville where I was very active as P29BI (Bougainville Island).


Due to unforeseen circumstances and work commitments I was off the air from late 2001 until early 2012. In 2011 I relocated from the Northern Territory to the beautiful island of Tasmania, where I was lucky enough to obtain the VK7CW call.



My main station consists of an ICOM IC-7300, a Palstar AT2K manual antenna tuner and an Ameritron AL-811 amplifier. My antenna system consists of a KIO Hex beam for 20m - 6m, a fan inverted vee for 160m/80m/40m/30m and a monoband ground plane for 30m.



For portable and QRP operations I have a Youkits HB-1B MK3 CW transciver, an MFJ-9020 20m QRP CW transceiver, a Yaesu FT-857D and a Yaesu FT-817nd.


My main passion and interest in this great hobby is CW and I really enjoy using one of my bugs (semi-automatic keys) or one of my sideswipers (cootie key). Including my Alabama Vibroplex Blue Racer (circa 2000) pictured below.



Or my 1953 Vibroplex Presentation model with La Hiff adjustable main spring pictured below.  



Or my World War II Australian Buzza No. 100 Double Lever key pictured below.



Using a sideswiper is very natural and it is very easy to homebrew a key as you can be seen by my steel ruler sideswiper below. I truly cannot believe that they are not more popular! You can view all of my sideswiper keys on the Sideswiper Net (SSN) page found here.



A classic sideswiper 'The Twanger' made by Tom G3HGE (pictured below).



My interest in CW has led me to gather a small but ever growing collection of keys. Collecting keys is very addictive and I am always on the lookout for more, especially vibroplex bugs and sideswipers.



Having so many keys with different sending styles can get confusing. For that reason I use my left hand to send with a straight key and sideswiper. For single lever and dual lever (iambic) I use my right hand. For semi-automatic bugs I can use either a left handed or right handed version. I do try and use all of my keys on a regular basis, including my left handed 90 degree Vizbug (pictured below) which was made by Tom K4VIZ.



Being very passionate about CW I continuously strive to improve both my sending and receiving skills. I do hope that this great art is never lost and would encourage anyone of any age to take the time and effort to learn this very rewarding and enjoyable skill.



I do support and comply with the DX Code of Conduct and strongly encourage others to do likewise. For more information please visit here.



Contesting and chasing DX is another challenging and enjoyable aspect of the hobby which I thoroughly enjoy. I do try and participate in as many CW contests as possible.





First Class CW Operators' Club (FOC) # 2085 

The CW Operators' Club (CWops) # 1196

Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) # 10820S

FISTS # 14164

A1 Club (Japan) # 2199

NAQCC # 8500

VK QRP Club # 892

Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA)




*** QSL POLICY ***

*** Important - Please Read ***


LOTW is my preferred and main QSL method, however see below for other means. 

If you believe you have worked me and would like to exchange QSL cards, please take the time to do a search of Club Log to ensure that you are in my log. If you are still unsure send me an email and I will gladly confirm if you are in the log.

This will avoid any disappointment!



LOTW: My logs are uploaded to LOTW on a regular basis.


DIRECT: If you would like to exchange your QSL card direct, please ensure that you include a SAE with $3US to cover postage. Please note that Australia Post has just increased their prices, hence the rise to $3US.   (PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME AN IRC)

*** Due to the large amount of cards I receive, and the high cost of postage, if you do not follow ANY of the instructions above or you send me an IRC YOUR CARD WILL BE RETURNED VIA THE BURO!

Just to clarifyNO more IRC!

eQSL(AG): My logs are uploaded to eQSL on a regular basis.


BUREAU: I do not regularly send cards via the bureau, and only answer cards that I receive. Please be aware that it does take an extremely long time for bureau cards to arrive at my QTH and even longer to be dispatched by me as they are only done in bulk lots by mail. Buro cards are not my main priority but I will answer every buro card received 100%. So if you are patient and not in a desperate hurry to receive my card then this method will be fine.


MOST IMPORTANT: If you worked VK7CW prior to March 2012, please do not send your card to me as I was not the holder of the callsign prior to this date and your card will not be answered by me.


ONLINE LOGBOOKS: My logs are regularly uploaded to both CLUBLOG and HRDLog.net 

Please note that both logs contain QSO's for AX7CW and my previous VK calls (VK4EMS/AX4EMS and VK8AM/AX8AM).



Hope to work you on the bands soon.

73 de Steve


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QRZ Logbook Summary for - VK7CW
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VK2AKB 2018-03-17 80m CW QF56OR Australia Karen
VK1AD/2 2018-03-17 20m CW QF44FT Australia Andrew
JP3DGT/3 2018-03-17 20m CW PM74OW Japan Katsushige Oiji
XX9B 2018-03-16 40m CW OL62RF Macau Brazil/Macao XX9 DXpedition Team 2018
XX9B 2018-03-16 30m CW OL62RF Macau Brazil/Macao XX9 DXpedition Team 2018
ZL2BLQ 2018-03-16 20m CW RE78RW New Zealand Stan
VK2NU/P 2018-03-15 40m CW QF44HC Australia David
9K2HM 2018-03-14 40m CW LL49AH Kuwait Hamad
LY8O 2018-03-14 40m CW KO24OP Lithuania Remi
GW2CWO 2018-03-14 40m CW IO81FQ Wales Stew
MI0VKO 2018-03-14 30m CW IO64JF Northern Ireland Dave
VK2NU/P 2018-03-14 40m CW QF43EO Australia David

Book Totals: 43264 qso's   21876 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Counties Award#468
Granted: 2016-07-19 05:45:03   (VK7CW)

  • 100 Counties CW
  • 250 Counties CW
  • 500 Counties CW
  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
United States Award#2308
Granted: 2016-07-15 11:55:02   (VK7CW)

  • 17 Meters CW
  • 20 Meters CW
  • 30 Meters CW
  • 40 Meters CW
  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 30 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
DX World Award#2773
Granted: 2015-10-30 17:48:59   (VK7CW)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed CW
World Continents Award#6391
Granted: 2015-03-07 05:05:02   (VK7CW)

  • 5 Band CW
  • 10 Meters CW
    12 Meters CW
    15 Meters CW
    17 Meters CW
    20 Meters CW
    30 Meters CW
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#5309
Granted: 2015-03-07 05:00:02   (VK7CW)

  • 5 Band CW
  • 10 Meters CW
    17 Meters CW
    20 Meters CW
    30 Meters CW
    Mixed CW
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 10 Meters Mixed
    12 Meters Mixed
    15 Meters Mixed
    17 Meters Mixed
    20 Meters Mixed
    30 Meters Mixed
    40 Meters Mixed
    80 Meters Mixed
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