13 thoughts on “Licensed – VK9VKL”

  1. Welcome to Ham Radio!

    My first exposure came after building a Radio Shack “P-Box” kit Shortwave Reciever” when I was 9 yrs old. That experience was so powerful that I began studying Electronics, Mechanics, Metal/Wood Working, and Drafting in and out of school.

    A local Amateur Radio dealer in 1978 had a sign on the door announcing classes in both Electronics & Morse Code were forming soon so I called them up and made sure they had them on a Saturday so I could attend. My novice ticket arried early in 1979. Back then the internet didnt exist. I knew no one involved in Amateur Radio. All of my training in electronics is self taught from books and listening to hams with my short wave reciever.

    Having no money to spend I built everything I could from stuff I scrounged from anywhere I could.

    By this time (1977) I was heavily involved in CB radio and made many friends including a Electronic Tech who helped me to understand the more complex aspects of Electronics.

    I sent off for my Novice test which was given to me by the guy who ran the classes and I passed becoming KA7EBG in process.

    Its been a long twisted road to get to where I am now, an Extra class operator heavily involved in DXing & Contesting using CW, SSB & Digital Modes.

    Along the way I also became facinated by working long distances on 50 & 144 MHz CW/SSB uzing Sporadic E, Aurora, Tropo, EME, & Meteor Scatter.

    There is alot to do in Ham Radio and I would be happy to help you get started in a way thay makes sense yet keeps it within your budget.

    Welcome to Amateur Radio! Your going to have a fun time!

    73s de Tim – K7XC… sk

  2. Cliff, nice to have a HAM ihabitant on VK9X Christmas Island.

    Hoping to listen U on the bands.


    Sal IZ8CLM

  3. Glad you are on the air! I need ATNO as so many do. G5RV is an okay start, but read the stuff on web by W9YC. If you could get 32 feet of wire hung vertically (I use an MFC telescoping pole) and put two 32 foot radials off the bottom (elevated vertical, elevated radials, you would have a fantastic 40/15 meter antenna with all the seawater around you! Less efficient would be a 270 foot OCF, 180 feet on one side, 90 feet on the other, with a home made hand wound 4:1 balun at the OCF feed point and use RG8X to feed it… will get you several bands and be more efficient than G5RV. Looking forward to working you!

  4. Sir: There are two Christmas Islands. I was on Christmas Island: 1100 miles due south of Hawaii. This Island was used in the 1960′s for Nuclear bomb testing and I’m sure it is still very HOT from fallout. Can you verify which Christmas Island you are on!! Thank you…. 73, KD9AYP lebert@centurytel.net

    1. Hi,
      Christmas Island, Indian ocean (Hence the VK9 call)
      Christmas Island Pacific Ocean would be a T32 callsign.


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