G'day Everyone. Wherever you may be on planet Earth, Welcome to
this Australian Amateur Radio website. vk5sw.com
The background picture shows the
Radio CQ Zones and Callsign Prefixes map.
I really like building website pages and I hope
that you find some
of these pages to your liking. Ham Radio is a great hobby and my hope is that this
website goes some way towards promoting it. Amateur
Radio has been a terrific friend for me for almost 50 years now. Without it, I
doubt that my life would have been as enjoyable. Radio communication for me and
many others, is a wonder and an exciting phenomenon founded upon natural and
scientific laws. As our reach throughout the Universe expands, so will our
reliance on radio communication become ever more important. This hobby can lead
you to an exciting career in this forever evolving field of electronics and
communications. An introduction to Amateur Radio is given on the 'Introduction' page'.
Whether new to Amateur Radio or not, this website has been built to help you,
and me, for that matter, and hopefully inspire you. Information can be found here about setting up a solar powered Ham Radio
station, remotely controlling your station, constructing a
20 foot tower, putting together a Cubex quad antenna as well as building vee
beam, ground plane and loop antennas. You may find the Worldwide Times Map useful and you
can also view videos and download Ham Radio Wallpaper. The VK3MO and VK3YE pages give
information about inspiring Australian Amateurs.
You may also be interested in
YouTube channel and
Due to nearby radiation from TV's, power
lines and various other sources of electromagnetic interference, the
background noise level on radios at the home Qth here in suburban
Adelaide is horrendous - strength 9. Nothing can be heard here. The
background noise level on the radios at the remote location at our
property is strength zero. Depending on Qrn and over the horizon radar,
you can basically 'hear a pin drop'. This is the beauty of remote
operating. Also, in this case, there is plenty of room for antennas.
The station is 150 klms away from home, located on our
remote radio link uses the Remote Rig system and a Wireless Internet
connection (4G, 2.4Ghz) at the Radio End as the nearest town is about 10
klms away from the property. In my case, this has meant being able to
operate remotely from the home Qth as opposed to not being able to
operate at all. Thanks to the information given to me by Matt, VK5HZ,
this system is once again operating properly. For information about
setting up remote capability, click on the icon. Youtube videos about the system
here can be seen below. The Internet has absolutely revolutionized and
transformed our lives and our hobby.
If not for the Internet, you wouldn't be reading this. I hope this
website, in some way, is able to add to your enjoyment of Amateur Radio.
73, Rob, VK5SW.
Remotely controlling a Ham Radio station via the Internet is
often desirable nowadays because of electromagnetic interference to radios in
the cities due to power lines, TV's and many other sources. The 2 videos above show my setup using the Remote
Rig system and Ham Radio Deluxe. The radio station is about 100 miles away from
home out in the Bush, in the middle of nowhere, and about 10 miles away from the
nearest town. The station is unattended and runs on solar power. A wireless 4G
Internet connection is used between the property where the station is located
and the town. A fibre optic Internet cable is used from home here in Adelaide to
the town of Morgan in the Riverland district. These 2 youtube videos were recorded on my
mobile phone. The 4 minute video on the left shows the reception from the IC-7300 remote
radio, and the 10 minute video shows the reception from the IC-7600 remote radio
at the home Qth.
26th December, 2018. I was very pleasantly surprised
to receive an email from Matt, VK5HZ, without whose help this remote system
would not be working, because of the CGN problem.
It was sent from the Australian Davis Research station in Antartica where Matt
is working. He is about to use the RemoteRig system down there. With Matt's
permission, his email is reprinted below. As I type this, the expected maximum
temperature here in Adelaide Australia today, is supposed to be 41 degrees Celsius, that's
well over 100 F. I can only imagine what the weather is like where Matt is
I just read on your website that you have your RemoteRig up and running
again, fantastic! Glad to hear that writing to Telstra to plead
your case helped.
I'm in Antarctica working for the next year and purchased a set
of RemoteRig boxes to use locally on the station LAN (no NAT
issues thankfully..). The two huts where the transceivers and
antennas are located are a bit of a walk from the main station
so I bought the boxes to allow me to get on air a bit easier,
particularly in the winter. The main antennas we have are
similar to your terminated vee, being terminated triangles.
Unfortunately they're not a very flat VSWR and most of the ham
bands are around 2-3:1 or even more so I'll need to get a tuner
going to get best performance out of them. I have an SPE
amplifier coming down at the end of January that has a tuner
good for up to 3:1 so hopefully this works well. During summer
the antennas are used for aviation operations, but in the winter
I'll be able to use them more regularly.
I have the call VK0HZ for down here, hopefully catch you on air
sometime in 2019. I have a blog that I'm slowly putting up a few
posts on, vkzero.com
if you want to check it out.
All the best,
VK0HZ / VK5HZ
Davis Station, Antarctica
This youtube video was made in 2011 before remotely controlled.
the solar system and runs for
I'm certainly no expert, but these 2 pages may help in setting up
solar power / remote control,
Just imagine this world of ours without
Radio Communication. This world as we know it would be
nothing like this. Communications nowadays, like most
things, I think, is taken for granted.
Our worldwide scientists, experimenters and radio predecessors,
through creativity, perseverance, hard work and never say die attitudes,
have given us a hobby which, nowadays, has capabilities beyond their
wildest dreams. Amateur Radio Operators of today stand on the shoulders
of those who have gone before us. Of course, those who have fought for
our countries to give us our way of life, have given us freedom to
follow our interests, like Amateur Radio. We are on the forefront of
expanding our reach into the Unknown. In order to do that, Radio
Communication is vital. Many people who are employed in the scientific,
communication and various other technical industries, can trace their
spark of interest to Amateur Radio. Our hobby always has been, and
always will be, I believe, an introduction and catalyst to radio
communication and its advancement.
With the relentless march of
technology, in this case the Internet, our hobby of Amateur
Radio is becoming more and more sophisticated, but the
fundamentals will always remain the same for us.
The wonder and
excitement of radio communication.
73 from the land of the kangaroo -