I greatly enjoy the world of amateur radio of which I have only recently delved into, whilst playing the odd video-game on the side or doing some programming. The transceiver I use is a Yaesu FT-450D which operates on the HF range along with the 6 m band, and the antenna is a MFJ-1836H cobweb, of which may be seen below. My current QSL card is also visible and is a representation of me as a Dragon :) The final picture is a photograph of my beloved Bearded Dragon, Iggy, whom I adopted in the month of September, 2017. He was approximately five months old at the time and not cared for too well by the pet-store but quickly became spoiled in the care of my family. He had to undergo a number of visits to a specialist veterinary clinic who dealt with reptiles but soon enough, after the passing of some months, quickly became a healthy and feisty little bugger. The photograph below was taken on 11th September, 2018.
My primary call-sign is VK3VKK and I'm a Standard licensed amateur as a citizen of Australia. The Foundation License comes before and the Advanced comes after, of which the latter I am strongly seeking and studying for currently. Sadly, the licensing fees in this country are exorbitantly expensive and I've already spent AUD$500+ so far in my quest for an Advanced License, of which the fees are divided up between the Wireless Institute of Australia (WIA) and the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA). It's a disappointment that any of those fees go to the assessors who guide you through the licensing exams, of which two are required in order to prevent any cheating or corruption. The two assessors I had for my exams are some of the most wonderful individuals I have ever met, going completely out of their way to make me as comfortable as possible despite the fact that I was in the presence of an exam environment (and therefore quite anxious). They well and truly took into consideration my anxiety disorder, going above and beyond in order to cater to my needs. I just wish to personally thank Graeme Brown (VK3BXG) and Graeme Lewis (VK3GL) for all this!