(Had a crystal set in the 1960s, was on legal FM CB from around 1981 for a few years,then a shortwave listener for a time.(YAESU FRG7)
First licenced in 1985 as G1PBZ, then in Sept 1986 passed the Morse test at the Harlow rally, and obtained my current callsign. I joined FISTS last year, and was slowly trying to get my morse back up to a reasonable speed, (and had a few shaky contacts) and some practice sessions with Erkki (OH7QR) but we moved from Herts to Dorset on 30th November 2012, and have been busy with new house / garden! But I am practising CW again, so if you hear me, be gentle, and try and work me !! (I NORMALLY USE THE QRP / FISTS FREQUENCIES ON HF, BUT SOMETIMES PUT OUT CQ CALLS ON 2m CW - 144.050 / Fists (144.058)
Have now bought one of those very nice ex Czech army straight keys, for use with the FT950. (DEC 2013)
MAIN STATION EQUIPMENT: YAESU FT-950 FOR SSB / CW USING OCFD IN ROOF SPACE. PLUS A YAESU FT-897D + MFJ 993B AUTO TUNER, USED MAINLY ON DIGIMODES, OUTSIDE ANTENNA IS END FED 132ft WIRE SQUASHED IN TO THE GARDEN, THE MAIN PART UP AT AROUND 25-30ft.
I ALSO HAVE a 2m / 70cm COLINEAR IN THE ATTIC.
MOBILE EQUIPMENT : ALINCO DX70TH -HF+6m,plus a TR-715E FOR 2m. I HAVE 11 MOBILE WHIPS COVERING 160m to 2m. VEHICLE MOUNT IS A WATSON TRI-MAG. 7 WHIPS ARE HUSTLER, 2 ARE AMPRO (160m / 80m) 6m ANT is WATSON HELICAL, AND 2m IS MOONRAKER. I ALSO HAVE A 5 ELEMENT ZL SPECIAL (MOONRAKER) 2m BEAM, AND A 6m HALO (ALSO MOONRAKER) FOR MY PORTABLE OPERATIONS. (WAB CONTESTS)
MOST OF MY SHACK ACTIVITY IS ON PSK and JT65 /JT9. BUT I ALSO USE : RTTY / OLIVIA / FELD HELL / CONTESTIA ETC. POWER IS NORMALLY 5w - 20w. (I ALSO LIKE TO RUN WSPR WHEN I CAN) I AM CURRENTLY EXPERIMENTING WITH DIGIMODES ON 60m.(JAN 2014)
On Digimodes (PSK / RTTY etc) software is HRD+DM780 v126.96.36.199 with an SB-2000 interface. PC is Compaq CQ 58 notebook. (On JT65 / JT9 I use WSJT-X v1.1 r 3496) I AM ALSO ON THE W.A.B. NETS MOST DAYS (40m / 80m) WHEN BAND CONDITIONS / TIME ALLOWS ? I ALSO LIKE TO GO OUT MOBILE / PORTABLE AND ACTIVATE SQUARES / NATS. OTHER EQUIPMENT QUANSHENG TG-UV2 2m / 70cms HANDHELD.
MY XYL SUE AND I TOOK EARLY RETIREMENT FROM DE-LA-RUE (DUNSTABLE) IN MARCH 2009, AFTER COMPLETING A COMBINED TOTAL OF 73 YEARS SERVICE.
Worked all Britain AREA : SY99. Book Nos-7673, 12310, 12343,18361,19377, 19378,19379,19381,19382,19383,19384,19776,19902, 19969, 20260, 20261, 20262, 20263, 20264 20265, 20346 (WORKED ALL IRELAND BOOK - 521)
ALSO ADMIN FOR GQ0FVH. GR0FVH. GO0FVH. GV0FVH (EQSL ACCOUNTS CHECKED TWICE A DAY, BUREAU CARDS SENT ONCE A MONTH) DIRECT CARDS SENT RETURN POST ! (SEE SEPERATE QRZ PAGE FOR GV0FVH)
Other hobbies - fishing, but only if it's dry, and not too cold, and I can wear shorts !!! (Sue and I also go to the local gym, 4-5times a week !)
RSGB MEMBER SINCE 1985.
EPC - #12279
FELD HELL MEMBER -3317
30 MDG - 5129
FISTS - 15954
MEMBER OF FLIGHT REFUELLING AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY (FRARS). BASED AT THE COBHAM SPORTS GROUND MERLEY, NEAR WIMBOURNE DORSET. (WAB - SZ09)
QSL VIA EQSL,BUREAU,OR DIRECT IF YOU PREFER. Green stamps not required but SAE would help :-)
73s de DAVID.
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