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Welcome to the VK3 & VK2PNH Amateur Radio Station

Formerly VK2FABN

 

 

 

I currently use an Icom IC-7000 HF/VHF/UHF radio. I also have many other radios in my station like a 27MHz Cobra AM/SSB CB radioTait 8115 UHF radio which is programmed for use on the UHF CB band. I also have many other radios setup for listening to other service. I'm currently the holder of 5 radio licences plus I also have 3rd party authority to use 4 land mobile (commercial) frequencies.

For when I'm away from home I have Wouxun KG-UV8D and a couple of Baofeng UV-5R dual band VHF/UHF handheld radios. I also have a Wouxun KG-UV920P dual band radio fitted in my car. These Wouxun radios are the Australian version so they will only work on the Australian amateur radio bands, unlike the models you can buy on places like eBay that can transmit outside the amateur bands. 

I am always changing and building things for my station as new equipment come in. I'm also currently waiting on a licence to run and stand alone IRLP node on the 70cm band. This project I'm hoping will be completed in the first half of 2017. I was working on getting a 2m repeater for Balranald but this project has been canned and I'm now putting all my time into getting my IRLP node on the air instead.

I now have a 10 element yagi's for use on the 2 metre band. I'm going to make a second one so I can have one for SSB use and the other for FM (repeater) use. These antennas will end up on my tower once I get the mounting of it fixed and installed. The tower project is a slow on and hopefully some time in 2017 I'll have this project completed. 

On the tower I'm also going to be installing a FM broadcast antenna so I can recieve FM broadcast services directly from either Swan Hill or Mildura. I have a 8 element yagi for that band. If plans go right I will have one 10 element yagi mounted horizontally at the top of the tower and another mounted vertically below it. The horizonal antenan wil be for SSB (Single Side Band) and the vertical one for FM (repeater) use. The tower will also hold the antenna for the repeater's linking radio also. All has to be done so it can easily be removed if I move out of the house where I am now. The down falls of renting. Like everything else, it's a work in progress.

 

 

The IC-7000 is contacted to a G5RV antenna via a MFJ-993B automactic antenna tuner. The G5RV has been installed to cover the backyard. The centre of the antenna is mounted out at the nut tree in the backyard. Being a full sized G5RV it needs about 32 metres from end to end and this can only work if I keep it in the current "L" shape like the old random wire antenna I had up. I also have a Diamond X-200M dual band VHF/UHF antenna which you can see in the middle of the house roof. Again, like my station, it's a work in progress.

I have been able to work stations around the world with my current setup and this includes the USA, Europe and even in around Australia.

 

I'm a member of the WIA, the World’s Oldest National Amateur Radio Society and a member of Amateur Radio Victoria. I think it's very important to support those organisations as without amateur operators support they wouldn't be able to maintain their extensive repeater network around Victoria.

 

So if your ever travelling around Northern Victoria or Southern NSW please give me a call on 146.500MHz (2 metres). If your not an amateur radio operator you can get me on either UHF CB channel 40 or you can try me (Echo Mic 257) on either channel 16 or 35 LSB on HF CB. Yes the old 27MHz CB band is still in use these days.

 

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