VK2KRR - An Introduction

Welcome to the VK2KRR website. 

Station VK2KRR is located at The Rock Hill, southern NSW, Australia. The house is located 222 masl.

The maidenhead grid square locator is QF34mr. The Rock Hill summit towers 350 meters above the surrounding ground level (554 masl) and is visible for many many kilometers around.

The owner/operator of the VK2KRR callsign is Leigh Rainbird. 

I have been a licensed amateur radio operator since 1991 when I was in High School year 10. At the time, licence qualification included a 5 word per minute Morse Code test, basic radio and electronics theory and regulations. Later upgrading with advanced theory.

At my site at The Rock Hill, I conduct Tropospheric radio wave propagation research in conjunction with Meteorology Observation studies. As of year 2011 im also looking further into Ionospheric propagation also, having previously only conducted studies around Sporadic E in this field. This is mainly done with the extensive use of the Weak Signal Propagation Reporter program, or WSPR for short.

My main area of research is Tropospheric Propagation, especially the rare ducts across the Great Australian Bight to Western Australia. I have put many hundreds of hours into the research and study Tropospheric conditions both in theory and in practical 24 hour a day monitoring at times. I also run the World Tropospheric Ducting Network on Yahoo groups, which has some of the legends of tropospheric ducting from around the world exchanging information and observations.  

Photo above : Set up from approx 2005 to 2011. North tower 4 x 17 ele 2m yagis, 1 x 38 ele 70cm yagi, 12 ft dish 23cm. South tower (set up from approx 2003 to 2011) 4 x 13 2m FM yagis.

The VK2KRR station holds a number of VHF/UHF records due to its favourable location and being on air at the right times.

I have an interactive page on facebook for my station.

Station VK2KRR is always on stand by to assist with emergency communications. Due to our large coverage area on 144 MHz the station can provide a valuable link in conjunction with WICEN - Wireless Institute Civil Emergency Network during times of disaster.

For a number of years around the year 2003 to 2006, I contributed notes (along with David VK3HZ) for the VHF/UHF column in the WIA Amateur Radio magazine.

I hope you enjoy the VK2KRR site.  Leigh Rainbird. VK2KRR.


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