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
Radio Officer at Portishead Radio / GKA 1978 - 1988 the photo shows one of the Aircraft comms R/T consoles, the speakers across the top each have a fix 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 smally 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 do not dream of a "super station" because I worked in commercial and government stations with many kilowatts and with rings of Rhombics etc so the best ham station could not compare, I have done it all for real and I enjoy my hobby with simple equipment and simple antennas. Where is the achievement in having huge beams and big linears and boasting that you worked the DX etc?
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, you will note that my keys are not "collectors items" as I am only interested in how well they work and "clean" keys are much too expensive for my shallow pocket. It proves that with cheap radios and cheap keys you can enjoy the hobby as much as anyone HI.
Antennas on 35 foot (10 Metre) pole, inverted vee dipoles for 40 and 80M and a home made Carolina type Windom, other wire antennas put up for operation on Top Band also 60M if my rig will go there HI.
FOC 1774 FISTS 7727 SKCC r 3492 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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