(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. Still playing with CW occaisionally ! so if you hear me, be gentle, and try and work me !! (I normally use the QRP / FISTS frequencies on HF, also 2m 144.050 and 6m 50.090.
MAIN STATION EQUIPMENT: YAESU FT-950, ANTs - G-WHIP 40m dipole outside. Plus an HW40HP OCFD in the attic. I also have a YAESU FT-897D + LDG AT-897 PLUS, USED MAINLY ON DIGIMODES, ant used is the indoor M0CVO HW40HP OCFD. I also have a 2m / 70cm vertical 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 JT65 /JT9. BUT I ALSO USE : PSK / RTTY / OLIVIA / FELD HELL / CONTESTIA ETC. POWER IS NORMALLY 5w - 20w. (I ALSO LIKE TO RUN WSPR WHEN I CAN) I ALSO TAKE PART IN THE RSGB UKACs, EVERY MONTH ON 2m / 70cms and 6m, for FRARS my local radio club.
On Digimodes software is HRD+DM780 v220.127.116.11 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) 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 72 YEARS SERVICE. MOVED TO POOLE IN NOVEMBER 2012.
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 EVERY MORNING and EVENING, UNLESS I AM FISHING :)
Other hobbies - fishing, but only between April-October, I like to wear shorts if possible ??
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 have sent me a card and not had a return, please let me know via e-mail ! )
73s de DAVID.
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