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 [very fast]5NN 716 UR RST/NUMBER/NAME/CALL AGN given up in utter disgust. I loathe'pile-ups, too. Why don't they shut up until you are QRV ?
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 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, has initials that are pronounced as an acronym, like "they-ee"...]
The bands are now far quieter on Lipsi than in my G QTH where these foul power-line Internet-+-QRM spreaders abound, owing to the mindless, vandalistic corrupt stupidity of our regulating bodies. Only 196 for DXCC from SV5 in ten years -my first SV5 from there was 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 really 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; so how long can we keep coming ? (As the Bishop said to the actress...) That reminds me; the, er, scenery on the beaches is magnificent, and this keeps my oculomotor muscles fighting fit. Hmmm... Is DX everything, one sometimes 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, solar electrical panels & their raucous inverters, & 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 yet, despite chasing DX,- fruitlessly. Bad news: I was banned from driving for nearly 3 months by DVLA, who must've misinterpreted when I informed them (a legal requirement). Normally, it's only a week, but after a lot of writing, my permit to pollute and obstruct the road was restored. Were I wealthy, I'd have sued the blighters. It's very inconvenient not being allowed to use a car. The 'buses are very infrequent, unreliable, and stop running early in the evening. Also, as stated, cycling is dangerous. At least, I don't have to pay the exhorbitant fares nowadays. I think UK 'buses, and the railway-trains, must be fuelled by inkjet printer ink and 1945 Chateau Lafitte, mixed by royal families.
Member of Hayling Island Residents' Association, holder of a Free '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 November 2014). Thanks to help from George, SV1AOW & the rapid, helpful work of the authorities in Athens & Kalymnos, I obtained a disguise as SW5FOC during May 2013, 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 use LOTW; my log-prog is too primitive, so it's snail-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. If you want an SV5/G2JL card with a foreign stamp, E-mail whenever U like. My SV5 snail-mail address is simply T R Mortimer / Lipsi / 85001 Dodecanese / Greece [Roman script is quite OK]. No street-names, house numbers or letter-boxes. One goes to the post-office (when it's open) to look in one's mail-box 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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