UPDATED September 2011
More info on my personal web site: http://g7klj.com
Likes: Courtesy and manners, respect for elders, 'the low bands' (esp. 160m) and a good laugh!
Dislikes: Contests, Bitchin' about the outdated 'DX SSB window' idea on 160m, Local noise sources (SMPS, Plasmas, etc), Splatter, and any other QSO striking up in my receive passband (3kHz on SSB, 20kHz on AM)
I'm Steve, and my focus is 160 metre operation. I dont collect QSL cards, but you may send me e-QSL if you don't need reciprocation. I have very little time these days!
My main interest is working 160m SSB QRO between 1843 and 1850 khz, but you sometimes hear me above 1900 kHz on low power. (All UK amateurs have a power restriction of 32 Watts PEP into the antenna above 1850 kHz, although we can operate 160m up to 2000kHz). Also I've been playing on 80, 40, 30 and some of the higher bands now that conditions are improving, but I dont run any appreciable power above 40m. I am increasingly active on 160m CW also. I often use, where possible, my home-made MOSFET linear amplifier of my own design, which is housed in a scrap Pentium PC computer case!
I've had some problems with unauthorized use of my call in the past - please use email to contact me directly if you are uncertain if it was really me or not.
Currently using K9AY receive loops and a rather large inverted L antenna, with a 30 metre top length and a vertical section of around 27 metres in length.
Until around 10 years ago, I worked in commercial radio in the UK (as a presenter on Southern FM, South Coast Radio, KFM, Breeze in Essex and in Surrey and so forth). I am also a qualified electronics engineer and I have a Cert Ed, which qualifies me to teach adults in Further Education, in which my specialist subject is Adult Literacy (Skills For Life) - hence the silly hat!
I am happy to converse on air in English or French. I can just about manage a QSO in German, if its rubber stamp. At this stage of my morse learning, thats about all I can manage on the key, too, but I think its important to make the effort. Most G7s, with a few exceptions, don't bother.
If you hear me calling on CW, please do keep it simple as I'm easily confused at this stage. Hopefully, if you have a question for me whilst working on the key, you will be able to send it 2 or three times(!). You will need to be patient with me as I've not found learning CW at all straightforward, and its been suggested to me by a good friend, Colin, G3VTT, that a good way to overcome the mental block is to "feel it and hear it" and actually get on the air with it, even though, at times, my CW is quite ropey indeed.
I have found, since I took Colin's advice, that I am slowly improving. Its hard, though. It makes me wish I'd learnt CW when perhaps my brain was more responsive to new things, when I was a little younger! One more thing.on CW if you send to me too slowly, it is actually harder for me to copy. I think I respond best to a large letter and word spacing, with the letters send about 15 wpm. At least thats what I think. There's only one way to find out.
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