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Darren Johnston

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Hi Radio Friends,

Thanks for visiting my profile.

I'm based on the Gold Coast asVK4FEDXand active on 40m, 80m, 15m and 10m bands, mostly as a listener but occasionally to chase IOTA or "Most Wanted DXCC".

My station currently consists of a Yaesu FT950 transciever, Heil PR40 microphone, W2IHY audio equipment, Bushcomm SWC100S dipole and ahome made 4 element Moxon. I'm also a collector of old CB base radios and have a Washington and a Navaho on the shelf.

Away from the hobby, I'm a father of 5 children, a high school teacher, senior rugby league coach, qualified coast guard and emergency radio operator and former writer for CB Action, ESR and Radio & Communications magazines.

I owe my interest in the hobby to my dad who was a radio operator (and jungle warfare expert)in the Vietnam war, something I'm extremely proud of.

These daysmy passion in radio comms is dx adventure (i.e. travel + radio) and I'mactive from time to time as a 'holiday' station from other countries:

  • C21DAfrom Nauru Atoll (OC-031)
  • H44DXSolomon Islands (Guadalcanal Island)(OC-047)
  • H40DATemotu (Nendo Island) (OC-100)

I've also been QRV from Timor Leste (OC-148), Christmas Island (OC-002), Cocos Keeling (OC-003), Fiji (OC-156, OC-121, OC-016), Vanuatu (OC-035) and at least 20 RSGB recognised islands around Australia (OC-138, OC-136, OC-142).

These unique dx adventures have provided me with some of the most unbelievable experiences of my life...

I've fishedwaters off the Tanakula volcano in the Santa Cruz islands as it spewed green lava into the sea, evadedbillions of migrating baby red crabs ona Christmas Island beach, spentan evening with Syrian refugees on Nauru listening to horrifying tales of human rights attrocities in their homeland, caughtand killed wild boar for food in a Nendo Island rainforest, fought off machete wielding thieves in Dilli and so much more...

For these opportunities, I owe a massive thanks to my friends in the Dx Adventure Radio Club (DA-RC) whohave provided me with extensive recon support over the years.

As amember of the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS), I have a strong interest inLighthouses On the Air (LOTA) and have operated from the grounds or within visual sight of more than 15 lights for the ILLW and other events.

I'm also a financial'Friend' of the RSGB IOTA Program and a massive supporter of the work those guys do in providing systems for island dx enthusiasts like myself.

Please note that a QSL card forall activitiesisavailable via direct only.Standard contribution plus SAE or address label is required for all confirmations thanks.

I'm also happy to send a postcard direct from the islands if postage costs are covered.

Finally, if anybody is interested in travelling to any of the above countries for the purpose of ham radio then I'm more than happy to pass on any reconnaissance info around licensing, ham-friendly accommodation and contact persons.

Thanks again for visiting my profile,



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