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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 interest and passion in this great hobby is CW, however you may hear me working in other modes occasionally. I have just recently started chasing SOTA and WWFF stations which is another interesting and fun aspect of the hobby that I also enjoy.


My main station consists of a Yaesu FT-1000, a Palstar AT2K manual antenna tuner and an Ameritron AL-811 amplifier. My antenna system consists of a KIO Hex beam for 20m - 6m, an inverted vee for 40m/80m and a monoband ground plane for 30m. I also have a Yaesu FT-857D which I utilise for 6m and as a back up transceiver.


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


If you hear me or work me on the bands I will probably be using my Begali HST II single lever key or one of my sideswiper/cootie keys. The Begali HST II sure is an ugly duckling but it is by far the smoothest and most elegant key that I have ever used and is excellent at high speed sending.



I am a big fan of the sideswiper/cootie key, and when not chasing DX or contesting I have great fun sideswiping. Using a sideswiper is very natural, with a rhythmic motion, which is much less tiring than using a straight key or bug. I truly cannot believe that they are not more popular! You can view my sideswiper keys here.


My interest in CW has led me to gather a small collection of keys which is growing steadily. Collecting keys is very addictive and I am always on the lookout for more, especially sideswipers and single lever paddles.


Quite often I will use one the keys out of my collection on air . Having so many keys with different sending styles can get confusing. So 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. 



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) # 10820T

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 and either $3US or 1 new IRC to cover postage. Please note that Australia Post has just increased their prices, hence the rise to $3US.

*** Due to the large amount of cards I receive, and the high cost of postage, if you do not include ANY of the above YOUR CARD WILL BE RETURNED VIA THE BURO!


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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N7XM 2017-05-22 40m CW DM09FG United States Josh
VK2FGBR 2017-05-22 80m CW PG66PA Australia Philip
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VK4AAC/2 2017-05-22 40m SSB QG62MQ Australia Rob
W4FOA 2017-05-21 40m CW EM74IV United States Tony
VK4SC 2017-05-21 160m CW QG62OG Australia Stew
VI5WOW/P 2017-05-21 80m SSB PG66PA Australia North East Radio Club
VK1MBE 2017-05-21 40m SSB QF44MP Australia Andrew
VK1AD/2 2017-05-21 40m SSB QF44HD Australia Andrew
VK4AAC/2 2017-05-20 40m SSB QG62MQ Australia Rob
RU0LAX/P 2017-05-20 20m CW PN53XD Asiatic Russia VITALY YAKOVLEV
K1ARR 2017-05-20 40m CW FN34SD United States Art
CF2CZ 2017-05-15 30m CW FN04JM Canada Pierre
ZL2AGY 2017-05-15 30m CW RE78KP New Zealand Tony
K1ZM 2017-05-15 80m CW FN51AS United States Jeff

Book Totals: 38752 qso's   18583 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
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
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