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.
I am a member of the Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society (RNARS) and regularly operate GB2RN (usually on a Friday) from the Bridge Wireless Office (BWO) of HMS Belfast, the museum WW2 cruiser moored in the Pool of London on the Thames. This is another opportunity to demonstrate and explain our hobby to visitors to the ship, and hopefully inspire some of them to take up the 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;
RNARS - 1576
RNARS(LG) - 638
FISTS - 14887
UKSMG - 2708
SKCC - 13321
DXCC - CW, 40M, 20M, 15M, 10M
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.
DX CODE OF CONDUCT
1. I will listen, listen and then listen some more
2. I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly
3. I will not trust the cluster and will make sure I have copied the DX callsign
4. I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling him and will never tune up on the DX stations frequency or in the QSX slot.
5. I will wait for the DX station to complete a QSO before calling him
6. I will always send my full callsign
7. I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will never call continuously.
8. I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another callsign not mine.
9. I will not transmit when the DX operator questions a callsign not like mine.
10. I will not transmit when the DX operator calls a geographic area not where I am.
11. When the DX calls me I will not repeat my callsign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.
12. I will be thankful when I make a contact with the DX
13. I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect.