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 venerable fully loaded Yaesu FT-1000MP Mk V. I sold the original one I had, but this one became available for a good price because the power supply had died, but my good friend Mark G0MGX sorted that out and really enjoy using it. When compared to the full DSP radios like the 5000 its analogue filtering make it sound so very mellow and easy on the ears. There is no better CW radio around now that the click problem has been solved, except perhaps for a Kenwood TS-870.
Just for fun I have also acquired a Yaesu FT-450D and what great radio that is too - nice and uncomplicated just to switch on, call CQ and make a few easy contacts without fiddling around too much.
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.
As the old full size Carolina Windom multi-stranded copper was beginning to show signs of wear having been at the mercy of the elements for 10 years, I re-strung it with some military specification multi-stranded, plastic coated steel wire (which is astonishingly strong but very light and doesn't tangle - on eBay UK it is advertised slightly oddly as "high power antenna wire" !!). The antenna wire has survived very strong winds and, due to the way in which it was put up, it actually helped to stop the supporting pole moving excessively in the 50 mph winds.
I have then progressively replaced the 4:1 balun, the vertical radiator and the RF choke on the Carolina Windom - it is a bit like Trigger's Broom (or Theseus' Paradox!!) the brush that has had 17 new heads and 14 new handles - it is the same one that I started with but, well perhaps not!
For 28mHz and 24mHz I am now using a simple dipoles attached end to end with one another to save space and on 6m I have a simple 3-element yagi only about 30 feet off the ground.
As of August 2012 and after all this time I have a signal on top band - its not going to work the world and is very much a compromise because of the small size it is crammed into - but it gets out around Europe. Its based on the work of Mike M0MTJ and his design for a short sloper. Thanks go to my good friend Mark G0MGX who managed to secure the roach pole in a tree, braised several copper pipes together to improve the grounding and also built a number of inductors until we found one that was exactly what we wanted - an SWR of 1.1 at 1825kHz.
For similar antennas I acknowledge the excellent website of K7MEM- a fantastic resource for those interested in building short antennas into small spaces.
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 more quickly than via the bureau.
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