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Licensed Sept 1970

Merchant Marine Radio Officer 1971 - 78

the photos are of AFRIC STAR/GUPX Blue Star Line and ACT1/GYXG, I had several trips on the A.C.T container ships from U.S East Coast to ZL/VK land, the ACT1 was on the UK/VK/ZL via the Cape run.  I was lucky in having 1500W main TX and modern RXs on my deep sea trips, many vessels had 100W TX and older valve RXs at the time.

Radio Officer at Portishead Radio / GKA 1978 - 1988

The photo is of part of the "new" station built beside the original station buildings which operate from 1920, the original building was extended with single-story "wings" with the expansion of HF and accommodated Royal Navy as well as Merchant Navy R/Os for many years.  

The station was the largest and many say the best Maritime Radio Station in the world, I am proud to have worked at GKA.  In 2010 I organised a commeration station GB10GKA to mark 10 years since the closure of GKA in 2000 this involved five active radio amateurs all ex GKA R/Os.

I operate as GB0GKA during the Maritime Radio Day each year.

The photo shows one of the Aircraft comms R/T consoles, the speakers across the top each have a fixed  RX on one of the Air Band HF channels for example 4807,5610,8185,12133,16370 etc Operation was simplex unlike the marine R/T which was duplex.  We had Marconi fast-tune transitters operated from the console which allowed the operator to rapidly answer calls on any of the Aircraft channels.


1988 - 1998 worked in radio communications research.

QTH is located in a very small village near the town of Tiverton in the county of Devon in Southwest England.   LOC  IO80EV   WAB SS81.    July 22nd 2014 : After a year here other stations have found Tiverton tough to copy in QRM n QSB to many stations so will now give QTH as Nr Exeter

Rig is Sommerkamp FT-277ZD normally run at about 80W but drop to 5W if around the QRP frequencies, I use a Trio JR-310 as a second RX as shown in this photo along with my keys a big thankyou to Eddi DJ6UX for the first of the Junker keys shown in the photo, both are WW2 or older and very fine keys indeed.  Keyer is a Logikey K5 with a Kent twin paddle.  

I also have a "Junkbox" J36 made from parts of various keys and with a 4 cm extension on the arm as a "bug tamer" to reduce the minimum speed.


Antennas on telescopic pole, inverted vee doublet with slotted twin feeder and a home made Carolina type Windom.

FOC 1774    FISTS  7727 SKCC  3492C  AGCW  3506

73/88 "Wishing you calm seas and a following breeze"

To all who read this, hope to work you soon, May your God bless you de Tony + Sally "Team ZRJ"

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