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My QRA locator is IO53pw, WAB book #s are: 2958/2959, my WAI square G50, and WAI book # 511.and SKCC # is 11282, My XYL' Pene's (SWL) book is 512.

I am a vintage radio ham, and retired Militery and Marine Radio Engineer, I have been involved with radio since around 1947.

First Rx was an HRO Senior belonging to my dad (G5ZQ now SK).

I have been licenced since the 1960s with various exotic calls around the world such as VP8, then G4 and with this EI call since the early 1970s.

Mainly active now on 60 meter SSB, and occasionaly on 80,40, 20, 15 and 10 and slowly back into CW.

Reactivated here in EI in 2011 and current setup is very muchl "work-in-progress".

Primary Station is all Yaesu of 1978/9 vintage, two FRG-7700s, FT-901DM, FV-901, FC-901 and YO-901, FL2100Z (rarly use),, a FT-225RD, and the HRO plus an R1155. The latest additions are MEL Clandman green sets, PRC-319 for /M, /P and /PM hill-top hopping, once the rain stops and the sun start to shine  hi! And a VRC321 with mains unit, primarly for 60 meters (5405,5400, 5300 and 5280 kHz) operation into the UK, 5348 and 5332 for DX

Main Aerial has become a 15%  off-center dipole, with a 4:1 BALUN at the feed point mounted at 13 feet, fed with coax via the FC-902 tuner.  Due to site constrains the two "legs" of the dipole have been bent to form a lopsided U in plan. with both legs pointing East towards the UK and running down each side of the House. and a counterpoise wire.

The second aerial, a Buttenut HF6V vertical with a single six foot' ground spike. Is still up  although slightly off vertical having servived  110 MPH winds during the winter of 2013-14.

  Being out in the country and in a high rainfall area, the HF6V is working well, producing consistant low angle radiation for working into Eastern US (W4, W5) helped by low background noise here, when the local source of QRM (Electric Fencers) are removed!

This is the third year of operation on 60 meters on the three UK channels Foxb Bravo,Echo and Mike with a Clansman UK/PRC319 50W PEP USB/LSB and a Clansman UK/V R321 + AMP withup to  200 Watts driving the main aerial. Regular skeds have been worked now for the majority of this time with the Nottingham/Derby area on a daily and in summer twice daily basis.

Have recently aquired  a PRC316,  it is  currently in the process of being re-crystaled, and is  intended for hill-top operation.


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