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                                         GEORGE Zero GUIDE DOG ASSOCIATION

 Raising awareness of the Guide Dog Association and the excellent work thay do. - Every hour someone goes blind !!!                                                                and thanks for stopping by

Decided work didn't agree with me so I retired around eight years ago -- well you're only here once - and in May 2008 left Lancashire to move south to Kent - the county lies SE of London and covers an area of over 1400 sq miles or 2255 sq Klms with a coast line of over 350 miles or 565 klms. This is where the ancient Canyiaci people used to live pre Roman times - the garden of england and where Oast houses are found.. These buildings were used for drying hops prior to making beer but as the drying process has been changed now they have nearly all been turned into private homes ( Example Pictures At the end - unfortunately none is my home as I didn't have enough gold doubloons - starting prices are about 650k GBP ). I bought a run down cottage ( similar to the houses on T.V. programmes ) and spent 2 1/2 years renovating & extending it. The QTH is on the top of a small hill about 65m above sea level approx 5 klms from the north sea and 40 miles 65 klms south east of London.

The cottage has 16 Solar Panels generating 4kw of power which makes us self sufficient in electricity during daylight hours and exports the excess to the national grid - it helps with the bills and pleases the tree huggers. Therefore the rig is being powered by the sun during the day - VERY ECO The Solar Panels face South East - 127 deg. ....Not the best orientation but can't be changed as the cottage is kind of grounded. There is a big increase in generating power when in sunshine which is great as we had to pay for the installation first. We receive 50 pence per Kw ( half a GBP ) generated plus the use of the electricity while it is being produced - so a little free power. It's estimated that the system pays for it's self over approx 7- 8 years then it's into profit . The payment is index linked and guaranteed for 25 years Yeh !


I live in a village where some houses were built as early as the 16th century so unfortunatly an aerial array wouldn't go down too well. We don't have any shops, pubs or even street lighting - If we go out walking at night we have to take a torch ( spooky ). We do however have an architect designed village hall, a phone box and a 13th century church made from flint.

I have been off air due to work commitments and other things since 1996 and only came back on when the cottage was finished in October 2010 - quite a break.

In my very green station I use the new FTdx 3k - amazing rig - picked it up in Nov 2012 on the way to the Kempton Rally - and I believe it's the first one in captivity in the U.K. I chose it because it uses the receiver and filters of the 5000 at a more affordable price A couple of operators on Eham have complained about the small panadapter but with not a lot of space on the panel there is a physical limitation but since software upgrades It is fine. Personally I don't use it anyway as one spends more time chasing signals than operating. I use a Heil PR-781 mic and the rig is connect via a Palstar AT-500 ATU to the aerial - I only use the 100w pep ( 99.99w recurring ) and never run any power -. The antenna is a home made full size Windom Antenna - I miss my Cushcraft A3 tribander since moving but this bit of wire is doing me proud. --- Leaves a G5RV for DEAD - well it would. 

Data is run through an A-B cable from the laptop using the rigs built in interface.

I am informed the Carolina Windom was 1st designed and made in Elizabeth City N/Carolina. There are many versions of the Brilliant Windom Antenna and this is the one I chose. - - to the antenna aficionardos the following is probably up a gum tree .. but I can assure you it works exceptionally well on all bands - not just a couple --- Westflex 103 coax feeder to the base of a tree into a 1:1 balun - home made with FT 240-61 ferite ring - to make it work on 80m & 160 - then 22ft (6170mm ) measuered coax up the tree to a 4:1 current balun purchased from The USA connected to an off set wire of 44' ft (13411 mm ) and a 88' ft (27127mm ) legs. One end is held up by another tree at the bottom of the garden and the longer leg by the cottage chimney - the highest point is about 24' ( 8m ). Just before the wires attach to the top balun they go through their own egg insulator which is attached to the tree each side so as to take the weight of the wires. The wire used is .25 plastic coated multistrand ( bought from a rally ) and the coax feeder needs to be about 80ft ( 24800 mm ) The aerial works on all bands except 6m including warc with only a little adjustment of the external atu - the aerial lies in a north east and south west direction decided by the garden layout.

2M is a Yaesu FT857 through a Watson 50 on the chimney - works quite well with the open views to the east, north and west. The rig also doubles as a 40m portable station running off a car battery from a scrap yard, the aerial - coax into a connector block of a straight cut centre fed dipole - 33ft each leg ( 10044mm ) in an inverted V configeration held up in the centre by a fishing pole and tied off via egg insulators to what ever is available.

I am a member of  MARTS - Medway Amateur Receiving and Transmitting Society G5MW.  I enjoy DX hunting, the most satisfying so far being South Cook, Tristan da Cunha, Ascension  & Hawai Islands - which ain't bad using a mic with a dipole. I like SSB competitions, data dx - PSK31, HELL, ROS & RTTY - unfortunatly my favourite mode AMTOR is no-longer heard on the bands and is Sadly missed,  I have also been known to partake in local rag chewing in the evening on 40m when the station manager is watching soaps. I gave Morse up as a bad job - much to the relief of the CW lads.

I do some volunteer driving taking people on hospital or doctor appointments. I also like sea fishing, photography, cycling and playing my electric USA Fender bass guitar > badly



George Zero Good DX-ing Amateur

Remember - If you're not living on the edge you are taking up too much room




Windom Antenna disappearing into the middle tree from the cottage chimney - it then carries on to another tree in the bottom of the garden. Cracking Signal Gromit

                           Same shot - but should be on a christmas card


Portable station FT857 running off car battery- 40m Home Brew antenna tied to post - Height about 7m - Location Bluebell Hill Between Aylesford Maidstone and Walderslade Approx 200m ASL  JO 01 GH  Wab TQ 76


I also try a bit of SOTA Portable from Thurnham Castle Ruins G/SE - 013   JO 01 HH   WAB TQ 85 about 180m ASL at Detling Hill near Maidstone Kent using my Home Modified Trans World Antenna TW 2010L making it run on 40m.

Below some local properties around the area

Many old properties in Kent - this is one on Rochester high street > Yes it is right hand down a bit - Part of Rochester Castle in the background. This is the writer Charles Dickens territory.

                      Crooked cottage in Wingham . a Kent heritage property


                            Another heritage property in Charing

                         HIC ... Where is my spirit level - another Charing property

                            Not a joke - below is a genuine shop door in Canterbury, Kent


                      Below are two examples of Oast Houses


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QRZ Logbook Summary for - G0GDA
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ZD9ZS 2014-09-18 20m MFSK16 JJ00aa Tristan da Cunha and Paul R Johnson
UY9IO 2014-05-01 15m MFSK16 KN98bb Ukraine Victor V. Maryutin
KG1E 2014-03-28 15m SSB FN42mk United States ALEX M JOZSA
BG8GAM 2014-03-24 15m PSK31 OL39gm China Qiu Tao(Q.T)
TA4ARB 2014-01-31 10m SSB KM37vu Turkey RIZA ARDA BAYIRLI
OM0AMB 2014-01-19 15m PSK31 KN08xw Slovak Republic Martin Beres
LA7UPA 2014-01-14 17m PSK31 JO59kx Norway Ole H. Stavem
OM0AMB 2014-01-14 15m PSK31 KN08xw Slovak Republic Martin Beres
LA7UPA 2014-01-12 17m PSK31 JO59kx Norway Ole
M6ECG 2014-01-08 20m SSB JO01mt England Lucy 'East Coast Girl'
XP2XP 2013-12-30 20m PSK31 GP44de Denmark Udo Helm
XP2XP 2013-12-30 20m PSK31 GP44de Denmark Udo Helm
N8XLJ 2013-12-25 15m PSK31 EN81er United States TIMOTHY D VIERLING
PU2OAJ 2013-12-22 15m PSK31 GG66nk Brazil Adriano Oliveira
PY2DPM 2013-12-16 10m PSK31 GG66ta Brazil DAVID PAULO MAGALHAES

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