Originally licensed as G8OYW in 1978, i first became an swl in 1974 at the age of 11. It was here that i gained a taste for 80m dx! 2m and 70cm ssb were used until G0JJG was issued in April 1988. Active all bands from 160m to 23cm, mainly 144 and up now as hf from this location is now compromised by switchmode and powerline (plt) noise.
80m Grey line propogation is a fascinating mode when the qrm is low enough, and at present a 2 element short vertical array is being used in a small garden, quarter wave spaced oriented ene=wsw.The ground system comprises some 2km of radials plus 60 square metres of wire mesh.
VHF and up comprises of an HF transceiver with G4DDK 'Anglian' transverter driving a legal limit homebrew solid state amplifier, to a G4CQM 8 element Yagi on 144MHz. For 432MHz an IC910 drives a modified Tetra unit to around 200W, then an 18 element G4CQM Yagi. For 23cm the Anglian also drives an SG-Labs transverter and valve PA to around 90W, some Ecoflex 15 connects this to a 36 element YU1EF Yagi.
Additionaly, I enjoy contests (both SSB and CW), and can often be found participating on the VHF, UHF and Microwave events with the Colchester Contest Group from the Essex coast. Perhaps from time to time also in disguise during CQWW and CQWPX too.
The shack is shared with my younger son (when he is at home), David, who has the callsign 2E0XDD.
QSL by paper, Eqsl or LOTW validation welcome!
73 and enjoy the hobby! Joe
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