Born London UK. Resident in Bristol since October 2000. Interest in radio dates back to late 1960s on Tyneside listening to medium wave DX and coastal radio stations such as Cullercoats, now all sadly gone. On moving to Stevenage in 1971 I joined the Stevenage club and took the RAE class taught by Bill G3SJR. I took the Radio Amateurs Examination at Mid Herts College Welwyn Garden City in December 1972 and was licenced as G8HGP on 9th March 1973. I took the morse test at St Martins Le Grand London in August 1976 and became G4FKA in September 1976. Current member of Bristol RSGB Group and Contest Group (G6YB), Shirehampton Radio Club (G4AHG) and Bath Radio Club. Former member of Stevenage Radio Society and Contest Group (1971-1985), University of Liverpool Amateur Radio Society (1976-1979) and Sutton & Cheam Radio Society (1985-2000). Lots of committee experience including being chairman of both Stevenage and Liverpool University societies.
Early activity was predominantly VHF and this still remains a particular interest. Keen on contesting on any band or mode, both from home and with the Bristol Contest Group. Current line of experimentation at home is the usual summer attention to 50MHz using a simple inverted V wrapped around the branch of an oak tree. HF/50MHz station is IC756ProIII and Expert 1K-FA with Writelog, MixW and microKEYER. Other rigs that hit the airwaves every so often include an IC706MkIIG, FT-736R and TR-9130. Preferred QSL method is by LOTW; I will confirm by card if requested. Also registered with e-QSL and ClubLog.
WAC and DXCC on phone, CW, RTTY and 5 band.
QSL Manager for PJ2/G4FKA; note that all QSOs for operations in 2001 and 2002 have been uploaded to LOTW and there are only a few cards left for those who want them. Member of the PJ2Y IOTA expedition to Curacao in 2001 and 2002; GX6YB Isle of Wight in 2003; EJ2MT Bere Island 2004-2006; GJ6YB Jersey 2008-2014.
Other interests are folk/traditional music, walking, keep fit and supporting Newcastle United FC, despite their recent demise to the Championship.
As for G8HGP. You can still hear that callsign on the airwaves. It was re-issued in 1985 to my dad who did the RAE that year. He is active on HF and VHF so listen out for him and give him a call.
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