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Hello from Steve G1XOW.Scroll down for more information on my station and images of my local area.
I'M A COMPUSIVE DX'er, but I also like to have a good ragchew. 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 make QRM or use partial callsigns - you won't get in my log like that. I NEVER work contesters in a DX Window
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) which allows me to use 472-479kHz (600m band) and also the 5MHz (60m) band.
I am a proud member of the Chiltern DX Club (CDXC) and the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB).
Need a QSL? I use ClubLog and LotW for QSL confirmation. If you would like a printed card from me then please send $2usd and SASE to my QRZ address and I will QSL direct with you.
ABOUT MY RADIO STATION
Licensed for over 28 years. I now mainly work DX on 80m, 17m, 10m and 6m bands. I'm an obsessive DX'er.
I am QRV on all bands from 160m to 6m using the superb Apache Labs Anan-100 SDR as my radio.
Apache Labs Anan-100 SDR transceiver
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 3 element cubical-quad. It cover all band from 6m to 20m as it mounted in a diamond shape. It has two driven elements (pair of stacked dipoles in the Lazy-H style), with parasitic reflectors and directors on a 6.1m long boom. Mounted on a telescopic lattice tower at 24M The overall size of the quad 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.
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 is3 miles north of 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. It is 1 mile South East from 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 250 metres from my QTH (I'm just behind the trees left of the church). 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 7 miles North East of my QTH. The castle is 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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