My interest and passion in radio communication began at the age of 12 when I built and listened to a number of basic crystal set receivers. The antennas for these were various and included the metal frame and springs of my bed, a wire antenna attached to the eaves of the house and a long wire to a pole erected in the garden of my parents' house.
I obtained a R107 receiver and, eventually,a National HRO with a full set of plug in coils, and progressed to using a RCA AR88LF receiver, which whet my enthusiasm. Many happy years were spent as a SWL on the shortwave BC bands. This taught me to listen, listen and listen again when working a DX station.
After passing the written and morse examinations, I obtained my licence in 1964 and received the call sign G3OLU. My equipment consisted of a homebrew Tx built round an 807 tube. Licensing conditions of the day required operators to transmit on Top Band with a limit of 10 watts. ( I am pleased to still hear some of the calls familiar to me from those days on top band)
At first, I used only CW using a Heathkit DX-40U transmitter with separate VFO the VF-1U. One of my first DX contacts with this 40 watt setup was when I put out a CQ call on 20meters on CW and I was called by a station in FT5X Kerguelen Island !
At that moment, DX-ing became my main interest!
I have met some really great people through my hobby of amateur radio. These include HI5JH and SV5OX who both allowed me the priviledge of operating from their home stations.
After retiring, I moved to Spain and obtained my EA5 call sign in February 2005. With the encouragement of local amateurs, like Hal EA5GNI and Eugene EA5HPX, I now have a station that holds my interest in HF Dx, which is stronger than ever!.
I deplore DQRM (Deliberate QRM ) which is now heard daily on the HF amateur bands.
TOGETHER WITH PHIL G3SWH, I WAS QRV FROM SWAZILAND. DURING THE PERIOD 21 to 29 FEBRUARY 2012.
THE CALL USED WAS 3DA0PW. FULL DETAILS, INCLUDING QSL INFORMATION, AT.WWW.G3SWH.ORG.UK.
HASTA MAS PRONTO !
(Member of Chiltern DX Club...www.cdxc.org.uk))
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