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I started off in ham radio in 1956. I then lived on a farm and we had no electricity so my first  radio was the family radio with shortwave on. It was a  battery operated Cossor.  I used to listen to the AM nets on 80 metres. Once a week the radio battery went to the local car garage to get recharged!  I still remember the first station I heard and that was G3CED (now SK).  I found a ham magazine in a local book shop which had his address in and my first QSL card was received. What an exciting time that was!  When I left school I joined the Royal Air Force and was trained as a wireless mechanic.  Got my license and started my overseas postings with a year in the Maldive Islands!  A years Dxpedition and it was all for free and I got paid too! I left the RAF in 1968 and became a radio communications research engineer.  After a few years I started globe trotting again when I moved into management. I spent most of the next 10 years or so in South East Asia, however I was so busy with work that I never had the time for ham radio until I moved to Australia and operated as VK2GAL from near Sydney.

I find today, over 50 years later, ham radio is just as exciting as it was all those years ago when I tuned in to my first radio ham.

First licensed in 1962 at the age of 17.

I have also operated as EI2VCE, F/G3VIR, GC3VIR, GI3VIR, GM3VIR, GO3VIR, GQ3VIR, GR3VIR,GV3VIR (July 2013), GW3VIR, HB9/G3VIR, MP4BFV (65-66), VK2GAL (89-91), ZC4RB (67-68) and VS9MBop (62-63).

My wife, Soon-Young is M3VIR, she doesn't operate but she does give me great support in my hobby!

My son, James is G4CDH, my brother Bill is G8ESW and my nephew Neil is G1PWQ, however none of them are active at the moment.

I am interested in all modes but currently I am using CW, PSK, RTTY, JT6, JT9, JT65 and WSPR.

My equipment is a Yaesu FT-950 with LDG YT-450 auto ATU and antennas are a home made W3DZZ type trap dipole and also a Butternut HF9V (160 to 6 metres), ground mounted with a selection of wire radials buried under the lawn . For 6 metresI have recently replaced my dipole with a 5 element yagi and a home brew ATU.

Member of the Radio Society of Great Britain - RSGB

Member of the American Radio Relay League - ARRL

Member of the Dover Amateur Radio Club - DARC

The beginning!

         

The early days. This photo was taken around 1956/7 and shows my BC-348Q with RF-25 converter, home brew PSU and a few other things. By this time I had joined the International Short Wave league and managed to collect quite a number of QSL cards. It would be a few more years before I got my licence.                                                             

This is my wife Soon-Young M3VIR and our daughter Rose So-Won. This photo was taken on the Han River in Seoul, South Korea 2010                                                                                        

 

Photo of my Butternut HF9V with the trap dipole on the telegraph pole to the left. I wish my neighbours tree would fall down!! Well a large part of this tree has just come down in the latest gale. It took out my W3DZZ but just missed the vertical! Now waiting for it to be cut down and taken away. My vertical might work better. I also plan to extend my W3DZZ for 160 in the short term. I am in the process if making the G3VIR Trap L for  80 & 160. At the moment is has a vertical leg of 33 feet with a 40 metre trap.  The next stage is to increase the height to between 40 & 50 foot with the addition of an 80 metre trap to cover 160 metres. I might be able to work a bit of the real DX on 160 then. The Butternut is really too short for the low bands.

My greatest claim to fame! World Champion CQ WW DX Contest 1967. Single operater and hand written log etc. Could never do it in today's world. My equipment was a KW2000 running 10 watts to a half wave dipole at 80 feet. This was fed with open wire feeder. My only local contact was with ZC4GM. Gordon Moore who is sadly now a SK. Gordon, I dedicate this win to you. You gave me so much help and encouragement when I was living in Cyprus.

Thank you for viewing my web page and may your god bless you all.

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