!(c) David L Smithdale 2004>
Perth +8 WAST
Los Angeles -7 PST
Burlington -4 EST
V K 6 D X Parkwood. Western Australia WA ~ Ex G3UJS
Over 50 Years in Ham Radio 1965-2018
| QSL INFORMATION
QSL card information. All Canadian and North American QSL cards are handled by NN4I only.(ARRL or direct) All other cards Direct with IRC to me. QTHR QRZ.com (No $US1 bills!) Air postage (card only) from Australia is $AU1.60
All QSL cards received are confirmed 100% if the information is correct and contained in my logbooks
If your QSO is not confirmed. I normally send an email stating reasons why. Any postage enclosed is then donated to a charity of my choice.
Please note I do not work contests under any circumstance and if you worked me on SSB on frequencies 14 Mcs and above it was probably a pirate!
July 2009. I have returned back on the air on HF on CW. Bob Dalton NN4I QTHR, is my QSL manager for Canada and the USA.(Bob has changed his called from AA4C)
With a new Yaesu 450A rotator replacing the Daiwa 7500 which was not faulty anyway! The upper mast bearing had seized during my inactivity following medical problems and thanks to VK6MS Trevor, for his assistance in getting the job done. I also celebrated my 75th year by ascending the mast to recover the control cable and re-terminate it.
Nov 2013. I have received DX cards for SSB contacts on 80 and 40M Note: I do not work DX SSB on any band only CW.
As the sunspot cycle improves hope to meet up with a lot of old friends around the world on the CW section of the bands I still do not have access to the WARC bands as all my gear is vintage and steam driven. The way to go
Latest News: New addition to the shack an RCI 5450DX-100 6M all mode rig.-
Coming soon new photo gallery and 50 years in Amateur Radio. Shack is in process of undergoing major overhaul.including up grade of FT101E to digital dial read-out. Watch here for new updates. Recently added to shack Icom IC751A. 09/10/2013.
Fifty three years in Ham Radio: G3UJS 1965 VK6DX 1968
The first photo is of my most recent setup indoors, originally the "shack"was a brick and tin shed outside which became a furnace in summer and a freezer in winter. left click to enlarge photos.
No1. shows FT101E and Drake Twins, main transceivers. The SB200 linear is to the left out of sight in a specifically designed unit with antenna switching unit and PWR/VSWR metering. One of three transceivers may be selected. Above the Drakes is a Realistic DX200 RX and above that is a home brew mobile unit SSB/CW 100w out 12v operation. Originally this was a Royal Flying Doctor radio. Completely rebuilt with internal VFO on 80/40m, an internal CW keying CCT with side tone. Far removed from the original Codan 6801 made 20 years ago. CPU is a Commodore C64 used with the MAP64 program for CW/RTTY. I have yet to find a PC program as good as this program, which is on an eprom module plugged into the serial port. Central is an Icom 28A VHF unit accompanied by a homebrew vox/keying unit, rig selection control and a four stage audio/notch filter and amplifier for CW. This can totally control any of three rigs at a flick of a switch. Far left is a homebrew VHF rig and modem used for packet. Next to the dummy load is the RTTY coder/decoder.
No2. Shows yours truly. The SB 200 Heathkit Linear is just to my right in a separate unit, with the antennae distribution box.
No3. Photo of Tribander Hygain Antenna with the 40 metre Inverted V on outrigger.The Tribander is 35ft above ground level - extended mast has pulley for servicing antennae and is also used as a "gin Pole" to erect/disassemble mast. The rotator is contained in a home constructed cage with additional upper bearing. The new Yaesu 425A rotator is working well and at present I am constructing a mast for a home brew 6M 4 el yagi which wil;l be also controlled by a second 425A rotator.
This page is undergoing modifications will new information and photos. I need one of those round tuit things :) .
In 1950, I joined the Royal Navy, training at H.M.S.Ganges in Communications, passing out as a boy Telegraphist. First ship H.M.S. Loch Killisport 6th Ulster frigate flotilla. I also served on the HMS Triumph, HMS Neptune and HMS Hardy F54. I was also shipwrecked on the MFV 1089 on Chesil beach, Nr Portland. Spent much time on shore installations in the Middle East handling high power transmitters. -
Gained amateur licence in June 1965 (G3UJS) whilst at King's Lynn,in Norfolk...
VK6DX call issued in 1968. In Western Australia have been employed in Broadcast and Marine Radio engineering. Marine Electronic instalations of Radars, Scanning Sonars and Auto Pilots. I also hold a Marine Operators certificate.
I was the last Radio Ham to operate out of East Timor under the call CR8AB (Call held by Manuel Rios - Portugese Government 1970s)
Activity has been virtually not existant over the past couple of years due to low activity on the bands plus a few medical issues. (2017/Jan)
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Updated July 2018