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Hi, and thanks for checking my QRZ page. I am active on the HF and six metre bands.

I also use the calls G4RFR and G4R from my club, the Flight Refuelling Amateur Radio Society (FRARS).

Radio communication and electronics have been an interest since an early age.

Starting as an SWL when12, I listened on HF and VHF on an RCA AR88 and Hallicrafters S27.

During the 1960s I became the youngest member of my local amateur radio club, in Slough.. .

A few years later,I decided to take the RAE (Radio Amateur's Exam) and apply fora VHF only call.

This call was changed to G4POF after I passed the 12 w.p.m. morse test in 1982.

For some years I worked at the McMichael radio company in Slough, where many

local 'hams' worked. (the company founder Leslie McMichael was a famous UK radio pioneer).

After moving QTH to the New Forest near Salisbury, I joined the Salisbury radio club where I met

some grand Old Timers- G2FIX, G5YN, G6CJ etc.

I realised that Guglielmo Marconi's early experiments c.1896/7 took plce near Salisbury so decided to

install a plaque at one of the the sites he used.


Marconi's early radio experiments on Salisbury Plain

The following is from the RSGB publication RadCom, June 1992:

'The Roving Kennels on Three Mile Hill near Salisbury was the
site of some of Marconi's earliest experiments 95 years ago'.

To commemorate this historic fact, a plaque was presented on behalf
of the Salisbury Radio and Electronics Society (SRES) by its
President Sir Evan Nepean Bt (G5YN, AC4YN) .The plaque was conceived and
donated by John Hart, G4POF.helped by other SRES members.

Amongst those making speeches at the unveiling on Saturday 28 March were Peter Turrell of GEC Marconi,Terry Barnes, GI3USS, RSGB President, Col. Philip Whitemore representing the Royal Signals at Blandford, and Rob Mannion G3XFD, editor of Practical Wireless. .

In a letter to the SRES, Marconi's widow Maria wrote that her
husband had told her "about the experiments he carried out on
Salisbury Plain to dignitaries, military and naval personnel. He
was always telling me how moving had been that great event."

Note: Details and a picture of the plaque can be seen in the RadCom archive and in Peter R. Jensen G4GZT/VK2AQJ's fascinating book 'In Marconi's Footsteps' published in 1994 by Kangaroo Press. The book may still be available on loan from larger libraries.


I later joined FRARS in Wimborne and am now club secretary.

On the air, I enjoy chasing DX and making contact with Island expeditions,on SSB and CW.

Awards include certificates and diplomas from various European contests, DXCC,IOTA.,WAE and so on..


ARI DX 2011      RAEM AWARD CW     ARI DX 2012    RAEM AWARD MIXED   ARI DX 2013 

I belong to the RSGB as well as to CDXC (the Chiltern DX Club), FRARS and the worldwide IBMARC.

I currently run an FT920 to a Create horizontal 'V' trap dipole and wire antennas.



                           FRARS VHF field day, logging the DX !

Main interests in the hobby are chasing awards, entering contests, Islands on the Air (IOTA) acivities, improving

my geographical knowledge and meeting people on the air. An active QSL'er, cards are always welcome direct

or via the bureau.

My QSL card shows the medieval seven-arched bridge over the river (Hampshire) Avon.The area depicted is

where a shallow crossing place existed before the bridge was built. A notorios smuggling centre in days

gone by, Fordingbridge is now better known as a holiday destination and popular coarse angling centre.

So when band conditions are poor I can often be found by the river or lakeside, chasing big fish instead !

Rev: G4POF - April 2014

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