First licenced in 1981 and have operated as GM4MKR for a period of 4 years. Have also operated briefly as VQ9BY and VP8BFN.
I mostly operate on cw and sometimes on SSB, and can be found on 6 mtr band during the early summer months looking for Es. I enjoy the occasional trip out to a high point to run my 2 Mtr QRP station. A few times each year I operate from my in-laws QTH near Tenby, usually from the garden as GW4MKR/P running 5 watts max from my FT817.
I enjoy cw contests, but never expect to achieve a high score. Having said that, I do have some pretty bits of paper saying I did quite well in various contests! I am also an avid chaser of DX, but have some way to go before I achieve DXCC on all of the bands that I am active on.
On most Thursday's I volunteer to operate the RSGB's demonstration station GB3RS located at The National Radio Centre which is at Bletchley Park, the National Codes Centre. The main purpose of this station is to showcase amateur radio to members of the public, and to encourage younger visitors to become involved in our wonderful hobby.
Hardware (software?) at my station consists of a Flex 5000a SDR and some nice black boxes made by Yaesu, various keys, and antennas, all home-brew (2015) are;
Stats below from 2009 onwards
It is very sad that poor operating is taking all the fun out of DXing. The best DX operators always follow the DX Code of Conduct. Let's all work together to improve our operating.
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