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VK5GR IOTA News - next Activation E6AG (Niue)

NEWS UPDATE - New IOTA Expedition Planned! I will be operating as E6AG from Sept 14-25th from Niue (IOTA OC-040) in the South Pacific. Head over to my trip website for more information - http://e6ag.net/ 

Hello! One of my new things that I am enjoying is IOTA activations. If you have worked me portable from OC139 as VK5GR/P please check the following QRZ.com page: http://www.qrz.com/db/vk5gr/p for details of that actrivity and for searching the IOTA log for confirmation details.

 Lima Pools on Niue near our accommodation on Niue









Welcome to VK5GR - South Australia

Hello and welcome to station VK5GR. 

I was first licensed in Sept 1986 as VK5ZWI whilst in Year 10 in High School and primarily operated ATV, VHF RTTY and AX.25 VHF Packet radio as well as Amateur Foxhunting from 1987 to ~2003.I took a break from the hobby, maintaining only a basic 2m/70cm mobile station between 2003 and 2008. 

In 2008 I upgraded my callsign to VK5GR.

Today I am a committee member for the Amateur Radio Experimenters Group (AREG) (www.areg.org.au) based in Adelaide, South Australia.

I enjoy:

  • contesting (John Moyle Field Day, Remembrance Day Contest, Oceania DX Contest (through AREG) and several digital contests
  • High altitude balloon flights - doing flight operations and tracking/recovery
  • community event communications - RPM200 Canoe Marathon event comms network design and coordination (with AREG)
  • HF Digital Mode Operation (the more exotic, the more fun!)
  • VHF/UHF Mobile (find me on VK5RSB in Adelaide on 439.900 -5MHz 91.5Hz CTCSS)
  • APRS (I run VK5GR-9 mobile and VK5GR-1 as a weather station)
  • Foxhunting (vehicle based variety)

After being licensed for 29 years I finally established a modest HF station at home in 2016 and am having lots of fun trying to work out how these HF bands work. I already have returned to my first love of RTTY, but have also played with PSK31/63/125, MFSK16, THOR16/22, Helschrieber, SSTV, Olivia, JT65/9 and others. I am chasing a digital DXCC at this time - will see how we go.

In 2017 the modest HF station grew as I became more fascinated by the workings of HF. The station now has 400W, a new antenna array and new transceivers. There is more work to do to gain access to more bands such as 476kHz and 1.8MHz (and regain access to 3.5MHz which failed in a storm a few months ago) and more DX to chase :-)

I am also starting to think of HF portable ops more often and may join the merry band of Parks 'n' Peaks operators on weekends (a good excuse to get the family out for a picnic and to combine that with some radio). Long term I want to try my hand at IOTA activations - with the bucket list goal of going somewhere exotic and sought after. (Will see how that pans out).

So look out for VK5GR on HF Digital (and now CW and SSB) calling CQDX!

Logs & QSLing

You can query my Clublog log here. I will answer OQRS requests via Clublog. My QSLing is a little behind as I started out not quite being ready to process them as I worked them. I am catching up slowly and will send a big mail out via the Bureau and answer the few direct card requests I have in the next 2 months (by Sept 2017). I hope after that to keep on top of it, so please be patient - I am nearly there :-)

I also do Logbook of the World, eQSL.cc and Clublog so electronic confirmations are available via those means.

Antenna Array

The following are some of the photos of my antennas currently.

20-6m Hexbeam @ 10m

My current lowband antennas are a pair of 40/30m Delta loops strung 15m from a gum tree. (Photo to follow). Still looking at what I can do with 80/160m here.

Previously I have used  currently is a 6 band fan dipole - 80-15m. This is home brewed and is 12m high at the centre, about 16m high at one end and about 8m high at the other. It is built out of irrigation parts and some twin flex from the local hardware store. This has given me a resonant antenna now on 80/40/30/20/17 and 15m - and is working a treat! My 80m DX chasing took off on JT65 with about 20 countries worked until it fell out of the gumtree in a storm. I havent put it back yet. The following are photos of the dipole antenna.
















Prior to this I used a TF2D Buxxcom Dipole 55ft up a gum tree! The rope holding the BuxComm T2FD broke after a series of vicious storms blew through Adelaide in the spring of 2016. I woke one morning to the antenna lying on the ground. 

Here is another view before it fell down.

If you worked me portable in the earlier half of 2016 I probably was using this:

4 band dipole and 10m fibreglass support pole (160/80/40/20 + tunes ok on 15m (via 40m).)

This photo was taken from Kangaroo Island while I was operating as VK5GR/P IOTA OC-139


I am working on my IOTA Awards now and also my DXCC. I also love contesting. Here are some of the awards I have attained in 2016/2017. I also am on eQSL.cc





Other Activities

On VHF/UHF I run a packet radio BBS and a DXCluster. The details are:   [BBS is OFF AIR CURRENTLY waiting new antennas]

  • 147.575MHz 1200bps - VK5GR - FBB BBS, VK5GR-2 - DxSpider DXCluster, VK5GR-10 - NET/ROM node

The packet BBS runs the following services:

The DXCluster is available on the Internet as gate.vk5gr.id.au - port 7300

AXUDP Gateway - links available via the Internet. Contact me if you wish to setup a link.

F6FBB Packet BBS with mail forwarding is also running

Other sites of of mine that may interest you:

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - VK5GR
Latest Contacts for VK5GR at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
R7AB 2017-10-15 20M RTTY KN95lc Russia Alexander (Sam) Dubovtsev
ZM2B 2017-10-15 40M RTTY New Zealand Frank Hunt
WB5TUF 2017-10-15 40M RTTY EL29cn United States GLENN A ANDERSON
WB9KPT 2017-10-15 40M RTTY DM79ip United States WILLIAM L THOMAS
W5AP 2017-10-15 40M RTTY EM12kv United States JAMES T SHARP
W7OM 2017-10-15 40M RTTY CN87tn United States RODNEY L LINKOUS
V31RJ 2017-10-15 40M RTTY Belize RAJ SINGH
KF7U 2017-10-15 40M RTTY DM43gj United States Charles C Zanella, Sr
N1ADM 2017-10-15 40M FT8 EM83VK67 United States Dan
K5CD 2017-10-15 40M FT8 EM10ek United States Zijad Hadziselimovic
NS9I 2017-10-15 40M FT8 EN64AS United States DWIGHT G BOSSELMAN
WB4MNK 2017-10-15 40M FT8 EL99lc United States ARTHUR E PETTEWAY
KG4HF 2017-10-15 40M FT8 FK29kv Guantanamo Bay QSL to Al Danis W6HGF
DU3LA 2017-10-15 15M CW Philippines Larry Arneson
JH8GEU 2017-10-15 20M CW QN03xj Japan SHIRO KIKUCHI

Book Totals: 5840 qso's   2672 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

World Continents Award#17226
Granted: 2017-04-12 14:08:02   (VK5GR)

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