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gd de Steve G1XOW. If you hear me on the air please give me a call. Scroll down for information on my station and images of my local area.
I follow the DX Code of Conduct - best practice in Amateur Radio matters to me, and it should also matter to you! Please don't QRM or use partial callsigns - you won't get in my log. I WILL NEVER work contesters in DX Window - you must play fair to get my points!
My work means that you'll often find me working HF DX at sunrise / sunset. I also like 6m contests.
I hold an NOV (Notice of Variaton) to my UK licence which allows me to operate on 472-479kHz (600m band) and also the 5MHz (60m) band.
QSL?? I use eQSL and LotW. If you want a printed card please email me email@example.com
Check the QRG below to find where I am listening right now.
ABOUT MY RADIO STATION
Licensed for over 28 years. I mainly work the DX segment of 80m, 17m, 10m and 6m bands.
I am an obsessive DX'er. I'm QRV on all bands from 160m to 6m using a Flexradio 5000a with dual receivers for diversity mode reception on LF.
I spend lot of time designing and building my own antennae. When I am on-air you will often find me DX'ing in the 17m, 10m or 6m bands in the summer, or 80/40m during the Winter months.
Alpha 76a with 3 x 8874 (3cx400a7) triodes. Can easily run legal limit from 160-10m, around 1.5KW max o/p keydown.
Homebrewed conversion of Heathkit SB-220 (2 x 3-500z) - now a dedicated 6m amp, around 1KW max o/p keydown.
HF: 3 Element x 6 Band Quad
my upper HF antenna is a homebrewed hybrid of cubical-quad and lazy-H broad-side array (2 dipoles fed in phase). It is a 6 band 3 element full wave quad in the diamond shape and works on 20, 17, 15, 12, 10m as a 3 element beam. As an extra benefit it also tunes and works like as a full sized dipole on 40m.
It has two driven elements (pair of dipoles in the Lazy-H / bi-square style), with parasitic reflectors and directors on a 6.1m long boom. Mounted on a telescopic lattice tower at 24M The overall size is 8M tall x 8M high x 6.1M long, but somehow it looks kind of small when viewed from the ground! It's fed with 2 x parallel runs of LMR400 coax as a 100R balanced sheilded feeder. I get up to 14.3 dBi gain and 26dB f/b ratio - way better than a 3 element SteppIR !!!
80M: VERTICAL ARRAY
My 80m antenna is a 3 element sloping parasitic array for 80m DX. These antenna design and drawings are from the most excellent ON4UN low-band DXing book.
12 element 6/10m dual-band yagi (9m boom). It has 7 elements on 6m, and 5 elements on 10m. This is at 23m over ground. I also run a pair of M2 long-boom yagis (5 over 5 stacked) at 20M and 24M AGL.
I'm a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) and have been in the computer industry since 1982 (that's pre-Windows and even pre-DOS operating systems to you). I remember well the green-screen days of CP/M and MP/M on z80 CPU with an S100 bus.do you?
IMAGES OF NORTH EAST NOTTINGHAMSHIRE
***Click on the images for more information about these historic places***
Below is Southwell Minster. This is 4 miles north from my QTH. 'The Minster' is the Cathedral and Diocese of Nottinghamshire. It was build in 1884, and is open to the public daily. If you are ever in the East Mindlands at any time you must make a visit.
Below is a very frosty morning over the Mighty River Trent. 'The River' is one of the largest in England and is just 1 mile South East of my QTH. The River rises in the Staffordshire hills to the West and snakes its way East through Staffordshire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire before joining the Humber Estuary near Hull, which carries it out to the North Sea near Grimsby on the East coast.
Below is the Priory Church of St. Peter. our local parish church in Thurgarton Village. This church is 270 metres from my QTH (just behind those trees to the left) . The original monastery stood here from around 1119. the current church was rebuilt on the same site around 1853.
Below is what remains of Newark Castle, about 8 miles North East of my QTH. Thought to date back to around 1135 it was built under a grant from King Henry 1st to the Bishop of Lincoln.
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