C5DX - The Gambia (12th February - 19th February 2016)
Dxpedition to The Gambia on above dates. See C5DX on QRZ for more information on this trip.
Contact with Tim Peake on the International Space Station (8th January 2016)
Worked with the team from ARISS to make contact with Tim Peake on the ISS from Sandringham School in St. Albans. See footage of the contact and some of the work of the school at these links:
SV9/G4DJX - Crete (19th July - 28th July 2015)
Operated from near Rethymno using a K2/100 and wire dipoles between 19th July and 28th July. This was a family holiday so operation took place when time permitted. Logs have been uploaded to LoTW. If you would like a direct card, please NO IRCs - only Green stamps. Thanks.
Made 3940 QSOs, inlcuding 835 in a limited (7 hour|) IOTA Low Power entry. Thank you to everyone who has heard me, particularly the DX. Used a selection of wire dipoles running two at one time, so it took a while changing configuration. Take off was good and location very quiet so could hear weak signals - the QTH was about 500ft asl with clear views in most directions. I always try to give true signal reports no matter how large the pile up - hope they were of use to you. Used an I-pad for HAMQuickLog for logging. No auto keying - used twin paddles throughout. Occasionally the I-pad overheated and shut down! Would definately recommend Crete if you fancy a mini-DXpedition.
Operating position at SV9/G4DJX - views across the bay.
The 10m fiberglass mast and twin dipoles.
Sunset pileup on 20m.
C5DX - The Gambia (13th February - 20th February 2015)
LOG UPLOADED TO Club Log oand LoTW https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/C5DX
Between 13th - 20th February 2015 was in The Gambia on a school trip. Callsign, C5DX and operated on a limited basis between official business using 100W from K3 to a very low and restricted home made off-set dipole. Mainly CW but used SSB from Farafenni Senior Secondary High School as part of a demonstration of amateur radio to the students.
See C5DX QRZ page for full details.
5B/G4DJX - Cyprus (19th July - 28th July 2014)
Operated from Cyprus as 5B/G4DJX on holiday using K2 (15W) and dipoles. Reasonable QTH but low power meant some QSOs were hard going. Thank you for hearing me. Managed some nice DX and also limited entry to IOTA (around 300 QSOs).
Operating position in 5B/G4DJX
Antenna at 5B/G4DJX - simple dipole on 5m pole.
G4DJX - Home QTH
I was licensed in September 1974 whilst still at school and have operated CW 1.8 – 28 MHz ever since. Use either a TS830s/L1/K2 or K3. Have a homebrew linear and Heathkit SB221 amplifier, when needed. Antennas include dipoles for 1.8MHz, 3.5 MHz, 7MHz, 10.1MHz, 18MHz and 24MHz together with a 3 ele beam for 14/21/28MHz. The dipole for 18/24MHz is made from a converted TA33jnr driven element. Latest addition is a 30m delta loop beaming N/S.
Photo on the left below shows mast with 3 ele HF beam on top and 30m delta loop (top fed). The mast also supports a 30m/40m dipole and the ends of the 80m and 160m dipoles. Photo on the right shows the 4:1 home made balun I use to feed the 30m loop. This is made from a 10cm piece of PVC pipe, 60mm in diamater. Twin high-quality speaker cable (8 turns) is used for the coil. The total length of the loop was reduced by trial and error in order to resonate on 10.105MHz due to the proximity of the conifers at the end of the garden and feed height. I experimented with side and top feeding. Settled for feeding from the top of the delta loop - works best for me at this location.
I am the Headteacher of a large secondary school in St. Albans and have worked in education since graduating from University. Work commitments mean I am usually active early mornings each day but not as much in the evening. Enjoy working DX, participating in contests and holding longer QSOs. I am a member of the Verulam Amateur Radio Club, CDXC and FOC. Currently working on DXCC, slowly!
St. Albans is a wonderful city within easy reach of central London. The Cathedral is impressive, and there are numerous restaurants and pubs to enjoy. It is worth a visit if you are ever in the area.
Logs are all electronic and I upload to LoTW on a regular basis. Will QSL as requested via buro or direct.
I also enjoy watching all forms of sport and continue to play Rugby for Old Albanian Rugby Club.
Thanks for reading this and hope it is as a result of a QSO.
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