*MEET* 43DA642 Ross

The Dx Adventure Radio Club is happy to introduce to you staunch 11m DX Hunter 43DA642 Ross from the “Great Southern Land”.

A friendly and professional guy, Ross connects with our club in November 2020, at a time when conditions on the world’s best HF band are threatening to take-off on the jet streams of Cycle 25.

With 40 years’ experience in the hobby of radio communications, Ross qualifies for DA-RC membership via the DX Hunter category with more than 100 Divisions achieved on 27 MHz frequencies (See http://www.delta-alfa.com/about/membership/)

According to the DA-RC Directory, 43DA642 Ross resides in the Australian state of Queensland.

Known affectionately as ‘the Sunshine State’, this momentous chunk of land is situated in north-eastern Australia, and is the second-largest and third-most populous state.

The map of Oz shows that Queensland is bordered by the Northern Territory, South Australia and New South Wales to the west, south-west and south respectively.

To the east, this beautiful part of 43 Division borders the Coral Sea and Pacific Ocean, homes to some of the picturesque IOTA dxstinations on the planet.

More specifically, 43DA642 Ross resides in the region of South East Queensland, in the western portion of the Brisbane Metropolitan Area.

To the east of his home is the City of Brisbane, Queensland’s capital, and to the west are the rural and agricultural areas of the Brisbane, Lockyer and Fassifern Valleys.

It’s a part of the state that’s made for someone like Ross — a guy with an adventurous spirit who craves the outdoors.

On this note, 43DA642 Ross lists fishing and camping as some of his major interests, outside of radio comms.

There’s plenty of awesome fishing spots alongside the Bremer River and in local freshwater dams, close to his QTH too, to pull up a tent or throw in a line, chasing species such as bream, threadfin salmon, Australian bass, catfish, eels and bull sharks.

In addition to being a fan of rugby league, a sport in which he supports the Canterbury Bulldogs in the NRL competition, 43DA642 Ross also loves motorsport and rides a Suzuki Marauder 800 (See pictured above and below)

Not far from his home is one of Australia’s best-known drag racing facilities — Willowbank Raceway.

Pictured right, this world-class raceway is part of the Ipswich Motorsport Precinct, which includes a kart-racing track; Ipswich Sprint Racing Circuit, a short circuit dirt racetrack; Ipswich Motor Sport Complex and bitumen racetrack Queensland Raceway.

The evidence suggests that 43DA642 Ross is perfectly established for serious armchair DX work.

An Anytone 6666 AM/FM/SSB transceiver, one of the most popular mobile rigs on the market, is just one of many radios that adorns his radio shack benchtop, along with a host of high-end DXcessories.

Outside on a mast, high above his family’s residence in SEQ, sizeable dB gain is generated from a Sirio 5/8 vertical and 4 element yagi which makes him one of the East Coast’s most audible 11m DXers.

43DA642 Ross is QRV on all of the recognised 27 MHz call frequencies, most often chasing Freeband DX but also enjoying ragchew QSOs with local guys on the citizens band.

He’s also active on Cluster DX and social media, where he’s always keen to network with other radio ops.


“Will QSL First”