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Hi, and thanks for checking my G4POF page on QRZ.com. I am active on the HF and six metre bands.

I also use the calls G4RFR and G4R from the Flight Refuelling Amateur Radio Society (FRARS).in Dorset.

Home grid Locator -  IO90CW.  WAB square -  SU11  County - Hampshire, southern England           

I became interested in amateur radio in the 1960s and joined my local amateur radio club in Slough Bucks.. .

A few years later,I decided to take the RAE (Radio Amateur's Exam) and apply for my VHF  (class B) call.

This changed to the class A (full) call G4POF after I passed my 12 w.p.m. morse test in 1982.

For some years I worked for 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 and met

some grand Old Timers including G2FIX, G5YN and G6CJ.

Guglielmo Marconi's early experiments c.1896/7 took plce near Salisbury so I 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 though rare now may still be available on loan from larger public libraries.


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

On the air I enjoy chasing the DX, contacting Island expeditions and contesting on SSB and CW.  Operating awards and

certificates include DXCC, IOTA.,WAE, IARU etc. as well as several contest awards.  


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 (Chiltern DX Club), FRARS and the worldwide IBMARC.

At home I run an FT920 to a Create CV 7/30 'V' trap dipole and wire dipole antennas.



                           FRARS VHF field day, logging the DX !

I enjoy helping beginners to learn more about the hobby and I am a volunteer exam secretary at FRARS. 

As an active QSL'er, cards are always welcome and replied to either direct or via the bureau.

My QSL card shows the medieval seven-arched bridge over my local river, the Hampshire Avon. The area depicted is

where a shallow crossing place existed before the bridge was built. A notorios smuggling centre centuries ago,

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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