I support the DX Code of Conduct
I deplore deliberate QRM (DQRM) of all types - including the DQRM caused by European stations persistently monopolizing frequencies in the band segments 14.190 - 14.200 MHz and 3.790 - 3.800 MHz.
Firstly, thank you for looking me up on qrz.com!
Although these days I normally only initiate exchange of QSLs if you are a "new one" for the band or really rare DX, I do reply to all QSLs received, via the bureau if your card is received that way, or direct if you send me yours direct - and there is no need to enclose IRCs, etc for return postage!
I have been licensed since 1963, although only active since 1971.
My equipment currently is an ICOM IC-756 Pro III with an ICOM PW-1 linear running 400W pep into an Optibeam OBW10-5 at a height of about 17m, or a trapped inverted-V for 40 and 80m.
My interest has always primarily been in DXing and I am currently stuck at two positions below the top of DXCC Honour Roll with 339 current entities confirmed and 361 confirmed all time, all on SSB.
I did in fact reach the top of the Honour Roll in the mid-1990s but slipped back down due to a period of inactivity 1997-2003. I have been struggling back up towards the top and currently still need P5 North Korea and H40 Temotu Province.
Of course, we all have no idea if or when there might be activity again from P5!
In the case of H40, I just seem to have been unlucky in not being able to work any of the recent operations. I´m sure it´s just a matter of time for me to be lucky with a good operation from H40 which pays proper attention to the needs of EU operators, together some reasonable propagation!
If you are currently planning a dxpedition to either of these places be sure to let me know!!!
Professionally, I worked for many years at the University of Birmingham in UK teaching astronomy and astrophysics, together with research activities developing scientific instrumentation for satellites, most recently in the field of solar physics research.
I have now taken early retirement from the university but continue to work as a consultant in this research area.
I also have a part-time research post at the University of Valencia in Spain, where I also work on developing scientific instrumentation for satellites (though not active as an EA5 at present).
Apart from DXing my other great passions in life are windsurfing, travel to interesting and exotic places, and good food and wine, and I have recently started learning kitesurfing!
I will try to uplink some photos soon but for now thank you for reading my profile and see you on the bands (or in the pileups).
73's de Chris
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