First licensed in August 1957 as G3MWV/T and a member of RSGB for more than 57 Years. I have been active on all bands up to UHF for 58 years . My location is less than .5Km from the North Sea at 33M ASL. Over the years I have done a lot of home construction, my first EME was on 144 Mhz in 1980 using 2-12 element quads. I was using 1Kw with NOV permission. 2010 was the first EME on 50MHz. I operate 1.8 thru 432 Mhz with up to 400 watts using an EXPERT 1K-FA amplifier to obtain a very linear output with very low drive power The transceivers in use are all Icom.
My extra heavy duty mast has a mini antenna farm at 22 Mts supporting a 34 Mt long doublet with 600 ohm open wirefeeder for the LF bands. The main HF beam is a 7 element coupled resonate array for 14+18+21+28 Mhz my own design + 5 element LFA Yagi on 50MHz. All beams are home built. The beams use some carbon fibre in the construction. For VHF 2 - 5 element LFA Yagis on 145 MHz and Vert 9 element on 432 MHZ all with balun systems. The antennas have ultra low loss coax cable with feeders underground. I also have a 5mt tall Moxon beam for 6 mts. My mast has a delta feed for 160 mts. Under the mast is a extensive earth mat with some 230 Y radials some out to 150 meters. Raising the mast is done with an electrical winch system by Goodwinch Ltd UK.
I worked for the British Government in telecoms for a total of 34 years, retired in 2000 when I was made a member of the Imperial Service Order by HM The Queen.
My other intrests includes my Border Collie Dog called Radar and travel. In 1980 I went part way up Mt Everest. I love long distance train travel, having travelled on most of the worlds famous trains. In 2013 for the second time I went round Australia on the rail network. I have visited Antarctica several times,in 2009 crossing the Antarctic Circle to 68 S to the British E base at Stonnington. In 2011 I went to the island of Jan Mayen then on to Svalbard. I then went north in the High Arctic and close to the North Pole.
Last year 2014 I went on a Great Rail Journey Ltd, tour from my home QTH to Beijing all by rail across Europe then via Belarus to Moscow and across Russia and though Mongolia to China mostly on the Tsars Golden Private Train. This was my second Trans-Siberian trip having done it once before in 2005.
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