Accomplished all-round Amateur Operator, my achievements surely speak for themselves — albeit quietly. WAC on AM 'phone; more that 50 QSOs on 'phone, in fact; two on RTTY, 23 countries on 50 MHz CW - well over 50 QSOs on VHF; the rest on HF using the Proper Mode for Real Hams. DXCC (300-odd), DUF4, OHA, WASM2, WAE, WAZ, WAS (well inside 20 years; WAZ came before WAS !). Have partaken in several contests, and, appalled by "5NN 716 UR RST/NUMBER/NAME/CALL AGN" gave up in utter disgust. I loathe 'pile-ups', too.
Born 1933; Licenced 1954; military service in VE, learning to fly. 'Worked' for the Government in physics for 40+ years. As A. Einstein said: "Science is a wonderful thing, so long as you don't have to make your living at it". He certainly knew what he was talking about. Raised those just over 300 countries from an inner-city slum with a 20-foot back garden, then retired in 1993 on an allegedly "inflation-proofed" pension. Yeah; I believe in fairies, too. New (re-cycled) call, 2002. Also from GU, GW, VP6, ZB1, ZB2, & now as SV5/G2JL for 6 months of the year in two trips, on Lipsi - KM37jh, where the power-line noise was appalling. Then in May 2010, They*** replaced the insulators. [***Here lurks a bilingual pun; Delta Epsilon Eta is the Greek National Electricity company, pronounced like "they-ee".]
The bands are now far quieter on Lipsi than in G where these foul power-line Internet-+-QRM spreaders abound, owing to the mindless, vandalistic corrupt stupidity of our regulating bodies. Only 169 for DXCC from SV5 in ten years -my first SV5 from therewas in March 2010. QRM there is astonishing ! Russians & Italians call me even while I'm sending to another station. What must go on in their minds ? Do they expect me to stop my QSO to work them ? IC-7000 feeds (or what's left of it after the LDG IT-100 ATU, ) 100W of retsina-induced QSD to a 45-metre doublet up ten metres. Then, September 2010, I shoved up a 5-band Spider-Beam just 4 metres above the roof. A vast improvement on HF, it was. Spider-Beam shredded by record high winds, December 2010. Rebuilt, using extra guy-lines, 24 in all, June 2011. Keeping fingers crossed; - alas, more QSD.
The island of Lipsi, population 700, lies (no, not as a politician does, I mean it is located), between Patmos & Leros. WX is good; I don't miss English gloom. The food is good (although I do miss traditional English curry), the wine is good (I love retsina, but I really miss the odd glass of rip-off traditional Real Ale). The people are good, (I don't miss traffic wardens; we can afford only push-bikes here, anyway). The Hyper-Expensive Euro & the Greek economic stringencies make everything ruinously costly for Gs, though; how long can we carry on coming ? (As the Bishop said.) That reminds me; the, er, scenery on the beaches is magnificent, and this keeps my oculomotor muscles fighting fit. Hmmm. Is DX everything, one wonders?
At home in Hayling Island in Old Hampshire, a TS-950SDX (lacks an XYL QRM filter, though) feeds 100W of senile, arthritic QSD to a pitifully low 100-foot stealth (16 SWG !) doublet up a mere 25 feet. The local council ( IO90ms/SZ79) is among the top few rabidly anti-ham local authorities in England, & seemingly, vying for top place. They even made a chap with an acre, surrounded by trees, take down his TA-33jr on a 40-foot mast, invisible from the road. He was only a 'phone man, though. Local noise is very bad; appalling, in fact - S5 on 80 metres - with these obnoxious mains-borne internet monstrosities, plasma TVs, very poorly-maintained overhead power-lines & God knows what else. It is galling to hear relatively nearby Rural Barons giving RST 589 to people I can't even detect under the dirt. The equally poorly-maintained pot-holed roads make cycling, another favourite occupation, exceedingly dangerous. Even walking is, what with a lack of pedestrian footways on the one narrow, winding main road in and out. Had a cardiac pacemaker inserted August 2014. Good news: the surgeon saw me reading QST while I was QRX, & assured me that the machine was RFI/EMC safe. I haven't collapsed, despite chasing DX,- fruitlessly. Bad news: I was banned from driving for nearly 3 months by DVLA, who must've misinterprested when I informed them (a legal requirement). Normally, it's only a week, but after a lot of writing, my permit to pollute the road was restored. Were I wealthy, I'd sue the blighters. It's very inconvenient not being allowed to use a car. The buses are infrequent, unreliable, and stop early. AT least I don't have to pay the incredible fares. I think the buses must be run on inkjet printer ink.
Member of Hayling Island Residents' Association, holder of 'Bus Pass, free TV licence, frequent signatory of The Official Secrets Act in my younger days, frequent visitor to The Yew Tree (where the Timothy Taylor's is FB) & the excellent Gandhi restaurant in Hollow Lane. Member of: TOPS (#785), RNARS (#55), FOC (#1223), FISTS (#8970), CWOps (#32), RSGB, ARRL - and, of course, the South Hampshire International Telegraphy Society, whose call I hold - G3DIT. This is surely the shortest possible G3 call - just the one DIT. My own call is inaudible most of the time. Though not religious, I do pray - for sunspots, and what do I get ? Sun-tan; condx have been dank, lately late January 2014). Thanks to help from George, SV1AOW & the rapid, helpful work of the authorities in Athens & Kalymnos, I was disguised as SW5FOC during May, to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the organisation. (See G4FOC.org for more gen.) I am poor, especially with several recent unexpected expenses, like helping out the destitute, starving bankers, but I will try to make QSLs for SW5FOC later in the year. I cannot fathom LOTW, so it's mail only, I'm afraid. I DO NOT COLLECT QSLs - OR 'GREEN STAMPS'. I simply need UR address, & so, if it's up-to-date on QRZ.com, fine. Otherwise, E-mail me towards the end of the year. If you want a card with a foreign stamp, my SV snail-mail address is simply T R Mortimer / Lipsi / 85001 Dodecanese / Greece [Roman script is adequate]. No street-names, house numbers or letter-boxes; one goes to the post-office (when it's open) to QRX in the queue to collect one's mail (mostly bills.)
Retsina bottle's exhausted, as am I; The Yew Tree's 1,502 miles away, & it's raining there, anyhow. If you can't hear me, perhaps it's because I'm not pressing hard enough on the key ! If you do hear me and call, here's hoping (a) you exceed my noise-level & (b) I'm not sozzled = QAC — Mort +
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