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.
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 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 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.
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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