I am a little active on 50MHz/ 6 metres some of the time and HF occasionally - dating back as far as 1967 ! I have portable gear running from HF to 10.368 GHz so that I can operate during field days like the VHF/UHF ones (3 a year) and the John Moyle Memorial Field Day, occasionally trying some data modes on HF or VHF - andf who knows what next ???? 

 

Back in 2007, I ran 5 Foundation Licence Coaching Courses under our business name, OzGear, from our shop's premises and in support of amateur radio in Australia. I had anticipated doing this after I retired from the work force but it appeared AR needed that resource before that. Very few clubs in the Brisbane area are running courses so are not providing ready venues for newcomers to enter the AR hobby or to attempt assessments. 

File Note : ALL of my 'students' over 5 courses held early to mid-2007 passed their assessments.

 

I currently hold WIA-accredited assessor status and hold papers for most amateur licence grades locally. I also have a practical asessment kit packed and ready to go at short notice so could (at least theoretically) provide examinations without undue delays. 

 

(Note that there must essentially be 2 WIA assessors present (or an assessor plus a Learning Facilitator) for any theory, regs or practical assessment.). 

If you are in the Brisbane south, Logan or south-west or near Brisbane areas, email me with details of your assessment requirements. ( Use the Contact Me function from the LHS menu).

Search WIA List for approved assessors for all classes of licence assessments.

(Assessors are listed for all Australian states and the list is current data based on Silvertrain's list - and Silvertrain are 'the' registered training organisation for the WIA. { The Wireless Institute of Australia} The published list contains email addresses, phone numbers, localities etc..)

 

2009 : A bit of "field day- related" activities this year ( eg. Summer Field Day, John Moyle FD - see individual pages on the main menu...) , some bench work in the shack and/or the dirty workshop, plus all the things necessary to keep the XYL happy ! Doing a few trips in the camper-trailer, mainly to seaside locations for a few days at a time.

A side issue from operating in the 2009 John Moyle Field Day was the fact that some operators - particularly home stations - did not know their (maidenhead) grid squares. To make it easier for any future field days, I wrote GridLocW / GridLocWM - Grid Locator (for) Windows. That way, provided they can give me a latitude and longtitude, I can calculate it for them via software loaded on the logging PC - and then tell them as well - as using it in the log itself. Of course, it has a side benefit for any field day operators in that it has internal GPS support that can tell them exactly what grid square they are in - all they need to do is connect a suitable GPS to the PC via a serial port -and run GridLocW ! Best of all, it''s free !

 

2010 + : 

The technical aspects of these last few years started with the building of a new 70cm transverter, VHF PLL synthesiser development, info on creating positive resist based PCBs. Many things have followed that start. Most relevant details are listed above.

Operationally, a few of the more exotic 6 metre contacts have been added to the logbook plus being active in the various Field Days, with more to follow...I also usually participate in the John Moyle Field Day and the Remembrance Day, portable when I can.

The workshop is getting used more this year with various projects using PICAXE microcontrollers and surface mount parts, microwave gear... 

 2013:

This was a big year what with a near-cyclone demolishing the rotator plus the 6 metre and HF triband yagis back in late January through to packing up the house (with many years of "acquisitions") and moving QTH to a 4350 SQM block in semi-rural New Beith, 4124 in June.

There was some time for field day activities but not a lot.  The new QTH threw up many new non-AR challenges but I did manage to obtain a 6m x 3m transportable building to use as a shack and electronic workshop and placed it parallel to the main shed (9m x 7m with a 6m x 7m awning).  The antennas were temporary - a multiband HF dipole on a 6m high pipe, which also mounted a 2m/70cm whip - plus more permanent 6m j-pole and a 70cm collinear at the back of the main shed.

It became obvious that I was going to need a 6m yagi so one was quickly fabricated, and the mounting pipe simply tied to the back corner of the shack building with galvanised wire.

There were some projects done in the shack but a lot of the time was spent working down the XYL's to-do list of things that HAD to be done on the property. Water tanks, vegetable gardens and painting were given higher priority than AR.

2014: 

More of the same although I did manage to participate in the FDs and do more projects in the shack. The "temporary" antennas remained in place.

2015:

The to-do list was decreasing and there was a window of opportunity mid-year to get some holes for tower bases augered while other bobcat work was being undertaken. The result was two 450mm diameter holes about 1.7 metres deep, the depth limited only by striking sandstone. Into those holes went two 150mm diameter galvanised pipes (150NB) with 5mm thick walls plus about 600Kg of concrete per hole.

The two pipes protrude 3m above the ground and have been fitted with home-made tiltover mechanisms so that two triangular towers could be attached. Brackets were also made to allow Yaesu G1000DXC rotators to be mounted off one side of each tower and have the rotating scaffolding pipe pass through a GS50 thrust bearing and beyond.

The tower at the eastern end of the building is the "HF tower" and has a Cushcraft A3S triband yagi plus a 6 element 50 MHz yagi, and then an Icom AH-7000 discone right on top. The other antennas fitted are a 2m side-mount dipole and a multiband HF dipole mounted from an outrigger arm. The half wave dipole covers 1.8, 3.5, 7 and 10 MHz, all full size.

The tower at the western end of the building is the "VHF tower" and mounts a 10 element horizontal yagi for 144 MHz, a 16 element horizontal yagi for 432 MHz, a 22 element horizontal yagi for 1296 MHz plus a grid-pack with a microwave Log Period Yagi feed. A second multiband HF dipole is mounted from an outrigger arm at almost right angles to the one off the HF tower, this one covering only 3.5, 7 and 10 MHz, again full size..

Most of the feeders are pre-loved LDF4-50 heliax, the HF dipoles and the 2m SMD excepted at RG213. The flexible tails at the tower tops are all LMR400.  

 

 2016: 

 

What next ? Who knows. I have lots of projects in mind but not enough time to implement them.

 

2019 :

I passed the FCC Tech, General and Extra Class exams and now also hold the call KX4SX.

 

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