Licensed Sept 1970
Merchant Marine Radio Officer 1971 - 78
QTH is located in a very small village (hamlet) near the town of Tiverton in the county of Devon in Southwest England. Sally and I live in a rented cottage on a hill about 270 metres a.s.l, we share the large garden with our landlord who is kind enough to let me put up a 30 foot pole and the doublet which has 100 foot top.
The parish (Cruwys Morchard) dates back to the time of King John (reign 1199-1216 AD), the local church dates from the 14th century. LOC IO80EV WAB SS81.
Rig is an ICOM IC-706 MK1 run at 80W into an Inverted Vee Doublet , pole is 30 feet high. Keys are a Hi-Mound BK-100 bug and East German copy of the Junker kindly given to me by Joe DL4CF plus 2 Junker keys, Kent twin paddle and Logikey K3.
The picture of Sally and myself was taken in 2000, I have become fatter and much more ugly while Sally has matured into an even more beautiful woman, Sally and I got married in 2001 following my divorce from my first wife. Sally lived bravely with kidney dialysis for 4 years, she received a kidney transplant in June 2014 and is now very well.
The next 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.
Here are my Merchant Navy books and certificates from when I went to sea in 1971, I got the Radar "ticket" in 1972. Great days. Professional FOC HI. (The two rings on the braid indicate that I had been at sea for a good few years and the diamond means being the R/O in charge of the station rather than a "junior" R/O during the 6 month probationary period before being let loose on an unsuspecting world all on my own HI).
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 commoration 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 below shows one of the Aircraft comms R/T consoles, the speakers across the top of the console each had 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 10 kWfast-tune transmitters 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, I was then medically retired.
I average about 3000 contacts per year almost all on CW, I enjoy rag-chewing as well as entering some contests however, I am not as much of a contester as I used to be. I work new countries if I hear them but don't sit waiting for the DX Cluster spots to alert me and then go hammering away after the "new one", have better ways to spend my time. I believe in calling CQ and occasionally get a response from this much underused method of operating. I particularly enjoy working new or improving CW operators as it is much more rewarding to feel I'm helping them rather than getting another DXCC or a few extra points in a contest. I believe that our hobby is about communicating with others on a human basis rather than just an electronic form of train number collecting.
QSLs via LOTW/eQSL or bureau/direct are fine, my cards are printed on the inkjet here as I have to keep the costs down.
FOC 1774 FISTS 7727 SKCC 3492C AGCW 3506 Radio Officer's Association.
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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