Grid :- IO93ga
Worked-All-Britain (WAB) :- SK34
Licensed in 1989 as G7ENF and then G0ORC in 1990 initially working 2m and 70cm SSB & CW moved to HF in 1992. I am on the air daily on HF using mainly CW and RTTY with the odd SSB and PSK31 contact on all HF bands.
At the moment I am using the wonderful Yaesu FT-5000MP as my main station radio - certainly by some distance the best radio I've ever had and I've had a lot over the years. Backup is provided by a Yaesu FT-2000 and what great radio that is too. An Acom 1010 amplifier is available when needed.
I still use the excellent full-size Carolina Windom as my main antenna for the low bands. For those that think these antennas don't work - well this one has now worked 300 DXCC countries (including deleted) over the time it has been up.
For 24mHz I use a simple fixed dipole and have acquired a rotary dipole at 35 feet for 10m, 15m and 20m which provides a little directivity. For all other bands I use the windom although I find it quite poor on 30m. I'm trying to find room for a dedicated 30m dipole and I will probably have to sacrifice the top band sloper to do it.
I'm not allowed to erect towers here so I pride myself on doing the absolute best I can given the small area that I have to work in so the windom and wire dipoles have proved their worth over the years. I managed to work 255 entities in 2014 and I aim to go better this year. I try to prove that a small garden and limited antennas are no barrier to working DX and I have a lot of fun entering the various DX marathons as I find my station and operating style better suited to them than contests.
I am very proud to own an N3ZN key - see the picture below. In my opinion they one of the very best on the market. I also use a standard Bencher key - the same key I started out with 30 years ago.
My main interests are in HF and VHF propagation in relation to weather, solar activity and seasonal effects. I spend a good deal of time listening to the NCDXF beacon network, and, in conjunction with data taken from the UK Solar System Data Centre, VE3EN's excellent Solarham site and the Space Weather site I try to work out what is happening in the ionosphere.
European stations, please, please do NOT send your card via the bureau. I already have many, many thousands of them. If you require a card from England then please e-mail me at email@example.com with the details of our QSO and I will be very happy to put a card into the bureau for you and I will acknowledge your e-mail. I repeat, I do NOT need any more cards from European stations.
I also get many hundreds of cards for QSOs which have already been confirmed by LOTW - please do not put a card in the bureau if you have confirmed by LOTW. If you need a card from England please send your card directly to my home address (see below) or use the OQRS facility in ClubLog.
I am happy to accept OQRS requests via Club Log - see here https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/G0ORC Please note that there is no charge for bureau cards but please request them direct to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am happy to provide an OQRS Direct card for you for £1 (approximately $1.50) to cover the cost of post and packing.
I will also respond very quickly to QSL and SWL cards sent directly to my home address - please enclose $2 and a self-addressed envelope.
I will respond to all bureau cards but please use OQRS, LOTW, eQSL or direct if you can. Remember that it takes a very long time to get your card via the bureau. A round-trip time of three years is not exceptional . I upload daily to LOTW and eQSL although LOTW is preferred.
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