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Stuie in his shack (Jan 2017)


G'day mate, thats the way we say hello in Australia. Welcome to Darwin Northern Territory Australia (Outback Australia). My name is Stuart, but prefer to be called Stuie. I hope you enjoy the info & pics here on qrz.com. If you have any Questions about any information on here please don't hesitate to e-mail myself. I don't bother with web pages any more, and now just keep this qrz.com updated with all the information about myself.

Remember, It is not the class of license the Amateur holds, but the class of the Amateur that holds the license.

VK8NSB/P Picture above right on the main menu is myself on Groote Eylandt OC-141 in 1994, See I did have hair once.

My Elmer's (Mentor's)

I would like to thank 3 great mates who are all now SK, Henry VK8HA (SK) my CW Mentor & 1st QSL Manager. Henry was just a legend Dxer. Neil VK6NE (SK) Great mate & 2nd QSL Manager, and Geoff VK8GP (SK) for his help in getting me into amateur radio and showing me the way when I was first licenced. Without the help of these guys I would not be on air today to enjoy this great hobby.

Over the Years both Mark VK8MS and John VK8JM have been great mates and helped me out when required.

I believe in the DX Code of Conduct & adhere to all its rules, please take the time to look at the DX Code of Conduct at http://dx-code.org/

All I can say about the Code of Conduct is '' LISTEN , LISTEN and then LISTEN again .....

Radio Station

HF : Yaesu's FT-2000,(Audio Equipment - W2IHY 8 band Equalizer with Heil Pro Set Elite) - Main Dx Rig.  FT897D ( Digital) & FT890 (spare radio).

VHF/UHF : Icom IC910H (with 23cm UX-910), Icom ID-800H (Dstar Dualbander) & Icom IC-T90A 6m,2m,70cm HH - Use with Hand Held Arrow Antenna.

Towers & Antennas:

Tower 1 : (12m high) : 80m/40m 1/2 wave Dipoles.  6 element long spaced Werner Wulf Dualband Yagi for 15m / 10m, Rotor is Kenpro KR-400

Tower 2 : (10m high) : 3 element Coman Monobander for 20m, Rotor is Kenpro KR-400, GP-50 2m/70cm base vertical & discone (Rx Ant for Netset scanner) & the 10m Vertical for SSTV Repeater.

Tower 3 : (8m high) : Cushcraft A503 3 Element Yagi for 6m & above the beam is a 1/4 wave vertical for 6m.

Satelite Antenna's : 6m telescopic mast on the roof of the house (8.5m total height) with a Yaesu G-5500 AZ/EL rotor with (All Yagis are Horizontal) 1 x 10 element high gain yagi for 2m & 1 x 17 element high gain yagi for 70cm & 18 element yagi for 23cm, mainly used for Satts (RX mostly) but interested in VHF/UHF DX/EME also using WSJT Modes.

Portable Equipment : (Used for field days / Dxpeditions)

Radio:  Yaesu FT-450D & 30 amp portable pwr supply.

Antenna's: 2 x Coman Multiband Verticals 80-10m & Hygain Dipole - 160-10m

Misc Equipment: 1 x 18m & 2 x 12m Spiderbeam poles. 2 x 10m squid poles. Coax - 4 x 25m RG58 & 5 x 30m RG213.

Power:  1 x Honda EU20I - 2KW

Camp Equipment:  Enough to accommodate team of 6 Operators if required.

I have enough equipment to put together a nice portable operation, I love operating portable, problem is getting the time to do so.

I don't know how my XYL puts up with all these Antenna's up in the Air over the house, she has said no more, but there is room for 1 more tower (3 elements on 40m or 2 elements on 80.. Might need to buy the house next door to do this), just have to put it up without telling her, she won't notice the crane in the front yard will she .. My retirement plan is to move onto 10 acres on a mountain over looking the ocean and grow antenna's for fun.


Systems I ran in the past

Over the last 20+ years I ran a Packet APRS Repeater on 2m, Dxcluster and also a SSTV Repeater on 10m.  I also played with WSPR and had a beacon running for over a year on 10m, but due to low activity for these service's, I decided to shut the systems down. All remain operational but will remain QRT for now.


I have been involved in Radio since I was about 12 years old and have always had a interest in Radio, I love operating and working DX, talking to people all over the World. I am not really interested in the technical side of the hobby, except for I enjoy making wire antenna's, basically you won't find me building power supplies or fixing radio's. I was not licenced until I was 23 years old in Oct 1993, after I had sorted out my life career, and yes I was a CBer in the 80's, I had a ball. I have always held the Callsign VK8NSB (Don't think I will ever change it) & even held the call sign VK4NSB for 1 year in 1994 when I was studying in Queensland.

As you can tell by all the Radio's / Antenna's the XYL allows me to have up over the house I am a very active Amateur & am active on 80m,40m,20m,15m,10m, 6m, 2m, 70cm & 23cm (No 160m or WARC bands)  on all modes these days, I do favour CW (using a real key/paddle and your ear and not the computer) and Digital modes more these days & for most my Digital mode operating I use MixW and WSJT, playing FT8, JT9, JT65, and all the other digi modes. I use Orbitron for Satellite Dxing where I enjoy listening to the beacons on the Satellites and sometimes work them, I was also very lucky and have had a QSO with the International Space Station (NA1SS) on 2m.

On HF I love chasing DX, and my main interest is IOTA (Islands on the Air). VK8, Zone 29 seems to be rare and there are not many active Amateurs in the Northern Territory who work DX. I understand that a VK8 QSO is required for many DX Awards because of the zone I live in ( Zone #29 ) so I try and be as active as I can. But I do enjoy a chew rag on radio these days, which means I am getting old and just love to chat.

I have never really got into contest's, but now and then I appear on air and give out a few numbers, but when I do enter a contest I believe in giving it 100%. I have actually won a few major contest's over the year's , CQ WW & OC DX, but to be honest I just can't dedicate the time over a weekend with my wife and 2 kids.

10 things I have done in my life that are really special to me ..

1. Watching the Birth of my 2 children & continuing to see them grow each day.

2. Meeting my XYL,  Amazing Woman, I am a very lucky man - She allows me to play this great hobby.

3. 2010 taking my kids to Disney land USA.

4. Using the Call sign VI8ANZAC during 2015 (100 Yrs of the Anzac's) and talking on 15m SSB to TC100GP in Gallipoli Turkey on Anzac day 2015.

5. 4W6A Dxpedition to Atauro Island OC-232 Timor Leste - Sept 16-26 2011 (Great bunch of Guys.  42k QSO's - Awesome fun).

6. Attending Dayton USA for the Amateur Radio Convention 2010 ( Awesome experience - Thanks Matt VK2DAG ).

7. Hiking to Base Camp Mount Everest - 1996 ( Great experience - amazing place ).

8. Guest Operator on Ramsey Island EU-124 (MC0SHL) 1-2 Jul 2014. (Awesome trip to the UK / Wales, great bunch of guys).

9. Attending the 50th IOTA Convention in London UK - July 2014. (once in a life time event - great weekend).

10. Conducting back to back IOTA Dxpeditions in 1999 to OC-173 & OC-229 with Alan VK2CA and Steve VK2SRN (SK - Jan 2016).


Special Call's / IOTA / DXCC I have done over the years... 


Since being licenced I have been involved with many Special callsigns such as:


VI8LH - August 2003 - AUS -071 Emery Point Lighthouse - First Amateur Radio activation from a Northern Territory Lighthouse.

This lighthouse has now been re-numbered , and is now AU-127.


  Myself Operating VI8LH, Emery Point Light House in 2003.


VI8ANZAC - Portable operation 26 Apr 15 (Anzac weekend) from the North Darwin RSL.


                                                                      Myself Operating VI8ANZAC portable from the North Darwin RSL  - 26 Apr 15. 

The call sign VI8ANZAC is to commemorate the 100 years of the Anzacs,  It was a great honour for me to hold this call sign on 3 occasions during 2015, first was for 7 days over the Anzac day week, operating portable over the weekend from the North Darwin RSL was a real honour. It was a honour for me to work Gallipoli (TC100GP) on 15m SSB on Anzac day using the VI8ANZAC Call Sign. I also held this call sign for 8 days over the rememberance week (11 Nov 15), which again was a honour, I mainly concentrated on CW during this week of operations as that would have been the mode mostly used by WW1 Anzacs at Gallipoli.  The last time I held the call sign was 12-20 Dec 15, this is when the Anzac's evacuated Gallipoli in WW1, 20th Dec 1915 was the last day of the Gallipoli war in Turkey. As a Defence member myself, who has served overseas, and been to Gallipoli,  I have been very honoured to have activated this call sign in 2015 to commemorate the 100 years of the Anzacs. 

Rowan (VK8RD) and myself working DX from Charles Darwin National Park Darwin Northern Territory (VKFF-0095) 20 Dec 2015 to commemorate the evacuation of the Anzacs from Gallipoli in 1915. With only 100w (FT450D) with 15m/20m wire verticals we managed to work 50+ QSO's, which included 10 DXCC and all VK call areas 1-8 in the 5 hours we spent in the National Park. You might notice we are wearing long pants and long sleeve shirts in tropical Darwin (30+c most days), thats because of the 5 + Million mossi's we experienced the week before when doing the recce ... On the Day there was a nice breeze , so very lucky for us on the day, there were no mosquito bites on the day ... 


Northern Territory IOTA DXPEDITIONS : 1993 - 1999 ( 7 IOTA Dxpeditions )

1. VK8NSB/P & VK8NGE - Groote Eylandt OC-141 (4 Visits - over 9000 QSO'sMuch thanks to my mate Terry VK8KTC

2. VK8MI & VK8ML - Melville Island OC-173 (2 Visits - over 8000 QSO's) http://iota.vkham.com/

3. VK8CI - Croker Island OC-229 (1 Visit -  4800 QSO's ) - First activation of Amateur Radio on Croker Island


IOTA DXPEDITION - *MC0SHL* - EU-124 Ramsey Island - 1 Jul 2014 (24h Dxpedition)

Tim (M0URX), Charles (M0OXO), Ant (MW0JZE) and Rob (MW0RLJ) suprised me with this Dxpedition, I was at Ant's QTH in South Wales and had planned to travel up to Rob's QTH in West Wales (about 1.5Hrs West of Ant's place) to spend a couple of days on Rob's farm. I was stunned when we actually turned up to the boat to go to Ramsey Island and told that I would be doing a 24h Dxpedition as a guest operator using the Strumble Head DX & Contest Clubs call sign, MC0SHL.


Being meet by the Royal Society Protection of Birds (RSPB) Island Wardens Greg & Lisa, who welcomed the MC0SHL team with open arms.  Conditions were amazing, both weather and the bands, in just over 14 hours of operating holiday style we made over 1000 QSO's into 50 + DXCC. The pileups were great. I am very honored and privileged to have been allowed to have a overnight stay on Ramsey Island, as special permission is required. 

Ramsey Island will always be a very special place to me, I am very lucky to be allowed to visit such a place and be a guest operator of the MC0SHL club station. 

I will never forget this place, the Dxpedition, and the guys that shared this experience with me. Thanks Lad's....

MW/VK8NSB Qsl Card -- EU-005 IOTA

While I was traveling around Wales I made about 500 QSO's. Tim (M0URX) has made me a special QSL Card for those who were lucky enough to work me on my 2014 Wales holiday.


                                              DXCC:  WEF 22 July 17 - ARRL DXCC HR Award.


                                                                                                    ARRL DXCC Honor Roll Certificate & Plaque

I first applied for my DXCC award with the WIA award system in 2002, when I was on #256 confirmed, since then I have continued to work and collect a QSL card from each DXCC country but have never bothered with updating the Award. But in May 2017 I decided to apply for the DXCC Honour Roll (HR) with the ARRL. So thanks to Paul VK5PAS who helped me out with checking all my QSL cards, the ARRL informed me on the the 22 July 17 that I had been successful with my DXCC HR award application. Now hold HR in both DXCC & IOTA, its taken many years of blood sweat and heaps of tears, but I made it.  


In no real order listed below are the Countries on this great planet of ours that I have visited, some of which I have operated Amateur Radio from (Total #30 so far)

Japan (JA), New Zealand (ZL), Germany (DL), England (G), Wales (MW), Denmark (OZ), U.S.A, (W/K)  Timor Leste (4W), Indonesia (YB),Fiji (3D2), East Malaysia (9M6), Hong Kong (VR2),Canada (VE),Turkey (TA),Thailand (HS), Singapore (9V),Brunei (V85), Xmas Island (VK9X), Maldives (8Q), Taiwan (BV), France (F), Sweden (SM) ,Belguim (ON), Nepal, (9N), (Base Camp Everest - 1996),Iraq (YI), Kuwait (9K), Qatar (A7) & the UAE (A61), Spain (EA) and Tenerife, Canary Islands (EA8).

Where to next ?

Multi-Team Dxpedition - 4W6A

4W6A Team on Atauro Island OC-232 Timor Leste - 16-26 Sept 2011 (41361 QSO's) - 4 x Stations

Team members: Steve 9M6DXX,Ant MW0JZE,Bernd VK2IA,John 9M6XRO (SK),Tim M0URX, Oliver MW0JRX and of course myself as team leader.

In September 2011 I had the honor of meeting a great bunch of guys and conducting this Dxpedition. After 12 Months of planning the dream to activate a very rare DXCC / IOTA came true, and it turned out to be a fantastic Dxpedition. The highlight of the Dxpedition for me, was working DX on CW next to a couple of real CW legends, John (SK) (9M6XRO) and Bernd (VK2IA), both are amazing CW operators. I hope you made the log. 

Couple of Photo's of myself on Atauro Island OC-232 Timor Leste. I get good pileups as a VK8 but nothing compares to having the call sign 4W6A..

4W6A is proud to be a member of the Mega Dxpedition honour roll http://gdxf.de/megadxpeditions/

4W6A Station Tour on You Tube done by Ant MW0JZE - Great Vid , must see ..


4W6A Team Leader - Stuie VK8NSB (4W6SB)



QSL Rules: This is important if you want my QSL Card

 I will not be sending you a QSL Card unless you request one from my QSL MGR.



Don't e-mail me requesting a QSL Card.

Don't send QSL Cards to me in Darwin - I don't have any here and am not interested in paper cards.



PLEASE make a Donation to Tim for his QSL BURO, even $1 per request for my QSL is cheaper then getting it direct, without Tims Buro you would have to pay up to $5 for my card.

Tim's homepage is - http://www.m0urx.com


           LOTW:  Tim has set up my LOTW Account.    



Past QSL Managers

Henry VK8HA (SK) Amateur Radio Mentor & Legend CW Operator, Without Henry's help when first licenced I would not be on air today to enjoy this great hobby. - QSL Manager from 1993 to 2000

Neil VK6NE (SK) great Mate - QSL Manager from 2000 to 29 Sep 2010.

Thanks Henry, Neil, you guys are always missed.


For the first 10 years of being licenced I collected every award and certificate there was, I was young and eager back then. There are too many to list here, as I have a couple of box's full of paper awards from over 20+ years of being an Amateur.  IOTA Awards are my only interest in obtaining now, not interested in any others.

Contests : As stated not really interested in contesting, but over the years I have actually won a couple.

2009 CQ WW Dx Contest - 1ST Place Australia, SO LP ALL BANDS - NR #5 Oceania & Set a new Zone 29 World Record

2010 Oceania DX Contest - 1ST Place, SO LP ALL BANDS.

2013 Oceania Dx Contest - 1ST Place,  SO LP ALL BANDS & Set a new Australian Record in the 2013 Oceania Contest.

WEF January 2018 - IOTA confirmed & credited  #808


Oceania Dx Contest Award - 2013                    IOTA 750 plaque of excellence (Also hold IOTA Honor Roll Status)


Amateur Radio Conventions attended

1995 - Tokyo Japan Hamfest

1996 - Brisbane (Australia) Hamfest

2003 & 2007 & 2011 - Wyong Field day (Australia)

2010 - Dayton Amateur Radio Convention - USA

2014 - IOTA 50th Anniversary - Windsor London UK


Myself with Dick Smith (VK2DIK) at 2007 Wyong.


Awesome experience - Must do for every Ham, I will go again.

Couple of photos below of the Dayton Hamvention 2010.

Myself with K0IR (Ralph)

Myself Operating W8BI (Dayton Club)

Myself with W0GJ (Glenn)

Myself with WP4U (Carlos)

Myself with N0AX (Ward)

Myself with VU2PAI (Pai)

Myself with WA1S (Ann)

Matt (VK2DAG) & Myself with Mike (K7IR) Mr SteppIR

Matt (VK2DAG) Richard (KL7RA)(SK) & Myself

Jim (AA0JM) & Myself

Mr Heil '' Bob K9EID & Myself

Double Trouble from VK - VK2DAG (Matt) & myself in the flea Market at Dayton 2010

What a weekend, thanks to my great Mate Matt VK2DAG I had the experience of a lifetime (AWESOME). From the flea-market to the people, the entire weekend was just amazing, G'day to everyone I meet (I shook hands with allot of Amateurs) - Too many to name you all but look forward to seeing you next time or working you on the bands.


2014 - IOTA 50th Anniversary (London UK) - 4-6 Jul 14

Great weekend, I Love chasing Island's on Air around the World. 

As I have been a IOTA Chaser / Dxpeditioner since being licenced and I had been planning to visit my sister in the Canary Islands this year (2014) I decided to attend this once in a lifetime event.  I had always wanted to visit the UK again and visit with a couple of the 4W6A team mate's, Ant MW0JZE and Tim M0URX. Only Tim and Charles (M0OXO) were able to attend the weekend with myself in Windsor London. It was a great weekend, I was able to meet with many famous Dxpeditioners and Chasers from all over the World that I had spoken to over the years and was very happy that I made the decision to attend this very special IOTA Anniversary.

                                                                                                 Couple of Photo's from the weekend


  Col (MM0NDX-DX-World) & Me   Roger (G3KMA-IOTA Pres) & Me  Charles (M0OXO),Tim (M0URX) & Me   Klaus (DL7UXG) & Myself

I would like to express a very big thank you to my great mates, who are like family too me,  Tim M0URX, Charles M0OXO (Driver), Ant MW0JZE, Ant's XYL Laura MW6INK,  Rob MW0RLJ and Rob's XYL Jane for looking after myself on my visit to the UK and Wales in Jul 2014. I had a amazing time and I loved the suprise Dxpedition to Ramsey Island EU-124.


WB6RQN/AM Visit to Darwin Northern Territory Australia - 30 Jun - 2 Jul 2017.

During the period of 30 Jun - 2 jul 2017, I hosted a very special Amateur Radio Operator, Brian, WB6RQN who is Recreating Amelia Earhart's around-the-world flight on its 80th anniversary. Brian is flying solo around the World in his single engine plane called Spirit. I was very honoured to have been able to support Brian's stopover in Darwin.

For more information and to follow Brian on his travels, please look at http://projectameliaearhart.org/

Recording of Brian (WB6RQN) on 14346 Sunday 2 July flying Darwin to Ularu (Ayres Rock) working myself and other VK's.


Couple of photo's during this stay in Darwin.


                      Brian's farewell.                                  My Welcome & call / signature on the wing of spirit             Just before he fueled up to leave.          



 I enjoy Gardening (I have a very large garden too look after here). I also love playing with my 2 kids, son Ashley 13 yrs & daughter Jamie-Leigh 11 yrs old & off course I enjoy spending time with my XYL Rach who puts up with me and this hobby off mine & all the towers and antenna's in the air over the house. I have started up on another hobby, which I enjoy very much, flying kites, and find this very relaxing,  kite flying with my kids down the local park or beach is great fun. I also enjoy listening to music and love my Rugby League Footy & support the Brisbane Bronco's, and of course Queenslanders rule ....

What I do for a living:

Enlisting in the Royal Australian Airforce (RAAF) on the 24th Sep 1987, I served my Country for over 30 years before separating on the 8 Jan 2018. I continue to serve in a reserve capacity and am proud and honored to have represented my country for over 3 decades. I won't go into what I did  in the RAAF as I worked in many different location's around Australia and the World in various jobs. I have had many awards & highlights during my RAAF career, but below is the most outstanding Award that I acheived in 2014 while Deployed on Operation Resolute - Border Protection at HQ Joint Task Force 639 (HQJTF 639), receiving a Silver Commendation from the Commander of Border Protection Australia for exceptional support to Operation Resolute & HQJTF 639.

( I am the one in the Blue uniform - The handsome one on the right. )



Accommodation in Darwin.

If your planning on passing thru Darwin, please feel free to drop me an e-mail or call the Mobile (0408 423225) as I love hosting Amateur's at my QTH for a BBQ dinner with a few drinks,  or even save you a few bucks and put you up for a night or two at the QTH (1 x double footon bed available in guest room).

Please don't just show up and expect accommodation, please provide at least 1 weeks notice.

Final :   

Well,   what more can be said, as you can tell from above I am, and continue to be very active in this great hobby, and tho I only hold a Standard Licence and not a Advanced class licence it has not stopped me from enjoying this great hobby over the years.  If your wondering, I need to do the Extra Electronic's Theory (CW Done) exam,  but have never been interested in the technical side of the hobby, and spending the time to study it. I had a great mate many years ago who spent about 8 Months studying the theory ( he struggled with it) & was only interested in operating CW (ex Military OP) and he become SK before he could sit the exam and obtain his licence, he was never able to actually enjoy the hobby.

I did the standard exam and I am happy with that for now... I am a Dxer,  love talking on the radio and am not interested in the technical theory side of the hobby,  You won't see me building power supplies, or repairing my own radios. Will I ever upgrade, my answer is maybe one day, or maybe not, I enjoy this hobby very much and one day if I do feel like doing the extra study, which can take up to 6 + Months, I will , if not so be it,  at the moment in my life I can't be bothered with the technical study side of this hobby. Basically if I was to upgrade I would not actually use anything that I studied for, because I still would remain a DXer and not a tech, and I am enjoying myself too much to stop and study for something that does not interest me. Its amazing how I hear people say to me, but Stuie your missing the WARC bands, you can't miss what you have never had, and I have listened on the WARC bands and honestly don't hear much on them. After the last couple of years with some family hardships, life is for enjoying and having fun .. Not wasting my time studying for something that does not interest me..

Remember it does not matter what licence level, or how big your station is, as long as your having fun, thats all that counts ... Don't worry about what others say,  ignore the bullies and just enjoy the hobby as much as you can.

Please take care, be safe and most importantly,   Enjoy yourself on Radio and have fun. 

73,s & look forward to talking to you one day on air.

Stuie VK8NSB


Mobile Phone : 0408 423225


Northern Territory

Zone - 29
ITU - 55
GRID Locator - PH57KP

Organisations / Clubs
I support :

Radio Society of Great Britain Islands On the Air (IOTA)


MC0SHL - Strumble Head DX and Contest Group


              DXWORLD                   Were great Dx News is read

The European Phase Shift Keying Club (EPC) - #996

World Slow Scan Television Club WSC #319

Digital Modes Club

(DMC) #06494

Northern American QRP CW Club (NAQCC) - #122

Love Operating CW mode


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