G4OBK - Operating portable with my friend Geoff in the English Lake District for Wainwrights On The Air January 2012
My ham radio interests are portable operation outdoors, working DX on all HF and VHF bands and operating in the occasional contest. I operate on 160m through to 70cm. My preferred mode is CW (Morse Code)but I also use Voice and Datacomms. At the RSGB HF Convention in October 2007 (the year I finally achieved DXCC Honour Roll#1 and a DXCC Challenge score of 2750), I was presented with the RSGB ROTAB Trophy for outstanding and consistent DX work over 25 years. During that period I was RSGB HF Contest champion for five years.
HF Antennae at G4OBK in 2012 on 18m HD Versatower
Optibeam 11-5 Yagi 20/17/15/12m @ 19m + Optibeam 1-4030 30/40m dipole @ 23m + 3/8 wave 160m Band inverted L
(an 80m band dipole at 45' is supported from a nearby Sycamore Tree)
I have operated from the Dodecanese Islands (SV5) in 1998, 1999 (Rhodes) and 2002 (Kos). In 1994 and 2004 I operated from Crete using the callsigns SV9/G4OBK and J42004Q. In 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011. Ihave beenQRV several times from the Isle of Man as GD4OBK and GT7OOO. All my logs are on Logbook of The World and in Clublog: http://www.clublog.org/about.php. Recent contacts I have made are in the window above. You can check if you are in my G4OBK logbook by entering your callsign into the Clublog window.
2012 VHF Antennae at G4OBK on 12m Tennamast
Vargarda 2m 11 ele Yagi (H) + Eagle 5/5 ele 6m/4m Duoband Hybrid Yagi (H) + 2m 5 ele G0KSC LFA Yagi (V)
All antennae are fed with low loss Ecoflex 15 Coaxial Cable
(A 70cm/432 MHz 17 element yagi is on a seperate mast)
I am a member of RSGB - ARRL - UK Six Metre Group - - Travelling Wave Contest Group - BARTG. I enjoy walking and cycling and my interests come together when I take part in the SOTA (Summits on the Air) Programme and the WOTA Wainwrights On The Air (http://www.wota.org.uk/) Programme. Please read my WOTA Blog at http://wainwrightsontheair.blogspot.com/. I am the Awards Manager for WOTA and the Area Manager for the TW region for SOTA England.
This is the baseplate for my 5 MHz 1/4 wavelength vertical antenna with 40 x 1/4 wavelength radials
470' long Beverage antenna feedpoint - used for receiving 7 Mhz-5 Mhz-3.5 Mhz-1.8 Mhz-MW Broadcast Reception
I have also operated on HF as GM4OBK from South West Scotland over the years, however I am QRT from there now apart from occasional trips over the border to activate SOTA. If you need a QSL for any of my operations please use my address in England or the RSGB Bureau.
Antenna distribution box with remote relay unit and 1000pf capacitor for the 160m band inverted L
My QTH in North Yorkshire
I was the founder chairman of Ryedale Walking Group and currently serve as the Walk Programme Coordinator for this hiking club. I am also the Chairman of Ryedale Ramblers, our local Ramblers Group.
I have undertaken several long distance walks since 2005 such as the Coast to Coast Walk: http://wainwrightcoasttocoast.blogspot.com/
My other blog is here: Catterblog
In 2005 I retired from my professional career as a Communications Specialist with the UK Government. I now work a few days every month in the voluntary sector of Her Majesty'sCourts and Tribunal Service.
Callsigns and countries of operation by Phil G4OBK since 1982:
GD4OBK & GT7OOO Isle of Man
SV9/G4OBK & J42004Q Crete
VK2ANU & VK2MB Australia
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