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 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.
I will respond very quickly to QSL and SWL cards sent directly to my home address - you DO NOT need to include dollars or IRCs as I will pay the the return postage costs but a self-addressed envelope is appreciated. This way is much cheaper for me and you will get your card much quicker than via the bureau.
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