VE3IPS/VK3 Australia Beach Operations

I had the great luck to be in Melbourne this year and I decided to bring a small go bag for some operations.

For D-Star to chat with lads back home I brought my DV Dongle. Small and light and uses my PC and hotel wi-fi for connections to the D-Star network.

I had no luck with contacts back home dude to the 14 hour time difference.

For analog and mobile D-Star i brought my Icom 92AD. Lots of local FM activity was had but the D-Star coverage was spotty so it didnt work out. They have a very active CB band that is in the 467 Mhz range.

http://uhfcb.com.au/80-Channel-UHF-Information.php

HF comms was managed with the trusty FT-817ND. I have mine fitted with the internal Windcamp Lion battery, an Elecraft T1 pocket tuner and the trusty Norcal Doublet. I brought a 20m telescopic whip (base loaded) and a long dual band whip for added gain.

What a treat it was to DX the asian broadcast stations and get a glimpse of sw conditions down under.

My early morning beach ops at Brighton Beach near the Yacht Club  was a success but only on 40m. The antenna was NVIS was range was limited but I managed to make contacts into Tasmania and up and down the ausie coast.

Bruce VK7AKX in Port Huron, NSW was worked on the 7087 Khz Comedy Net Maritime Mobile. Follow him on http://www.yachttrack.org/yacht_info/getShipInfo.php?MyCallSign=VK7AKX-8

It was a challenge to carry everything on a simple carry on bag and a Think Tank Camera Bag but it was worth it

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I had a chance to feed the Kangaroos!

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A view into Melbourne from the beach at the Yacht Club

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Close Up view of the Norcal Doublet with some paracord and a Button insulator. The wire is just 50 feet of speaker wire split down to 22 feet with a loose knot and the rest is feedline to the T1 tuner. I think the impedance is around 200 ohms for the speaker twinlead. Not bad. Antenna works great and the length is decent enough for 40m and 20m. Very light antenna

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This is NVIS when its only 4 feet off the ground to the closest support

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Set up on the breaker wall…QRZ QRZ

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Just steps away from the Yacht Club. Enjoyed a real Australian beach BBQ the night before

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Was also down at Surf Beach on Phillip Island and the local surf boys love their bull bars on their 4wd trucks. Typical antenna is always mounted on the front. UHF CB is great with no skip to worry about means reliable communications but there are those using the CB Freeband with Trio-Kenwoods

 

vk7akx bruce2

 

 

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