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Im a 37 year old telecommunications engineer from Melbourne. I grew up in greensborough, not to far from the simpson army barracks at watsonia, back in the early 1980’s they had a large norad dish on site, and many antennas as the base is a key signals training site for the australian army.

I think this is a picture of the dish!


This got me interested in radio, along with a short wave radio, I spent many nights listening to signals form all over the world.

My high school had an active ham radio station, vk3ie and I helped run this over the years. I acquired an old yaesu FRG7 receiver and moved into CB before getting my Limited class license in 1994. I became vk3xas.

It also lead to my career. Designing and Optimising mobile phone networks.

In 1999 I moved to Sydney for work and became vk2two and then in the late 2000’s vk2xe. I moved back to melbourne with work in 2010 and am now vk3bq.

My main interest is VHF/UHF weak signal ssb activity, though my station currently is very modest. One day ill get a big yard and a tower and put up a decent antenna 🙂

And I am a 6m (50mhz) tragic, having worked from vk2 to. V31pc in Central America from the car in 2001!!

I have made sure my car/mobile set ups always work well, as I spend most of my radio time in the car!

I enjoy contesting and field days, and am discovering the digital modes, as they seem to give me the best bang for buck for my limited antenna setup!

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  1. Hi Andrew, I followed your link from the HFRC members forum. Nice website.

    I was wondering. I am about to travel from SA to Melbourne this month and would like to program all the VK3 2m, 70cm and IRLP enabled repeaters into my Icom ID880. Do you know of an up-to date listing of VK3 repeaters and their frequencies/offsets/tones?

    Allen 4453, VK6FLUX

  2. Hello,
    congrats for nice web pages.
    As I am waiting for my first new Codan radioset > NGT VR 2011 I would like to ask if you could help me where to find someone or source for Free Tune TRX modification (FIR to buy and code entr to upgrade RF unit) please. I know that VR model is highly limited in many ways compare to other models like SR etc. but I believe I will enjoy it on the air…
    Many thanks,
    73 – Petr, OK1RP

  3. I have found some good stuff on your site, so keep it up.
    Love your mention of Simpson barracks. I was in the Signals Corp in the Army and did a few courses there in ’93, ’95 and ’96, so i know it well. I was already a ham when I joined the Army, hence why I was in the Sigs corp. hp cu on air. 73

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