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Thank you for looking me up. Here is a brief résumé of my amateur radio experience.

I passed my Radio Amateurs’ Exam (RAE) in 1960 at the Grafton Radio club and was issued with the callsign G8AKL in 1965.


At that time G8 + 3 letters were restricted to UHF (70cm and above) so built all my own equipment for transmitting and receiving.

Though I was very active I did not buy my first transceiver until 1980. This was a Yaesu FT221R which I still occasionally use.

In 1981 the family moved to Brunei where I was issued with the callsign VS5GA, this was later changed to V85GA after independence.

Here is a picture of my first HF station in Brunei using old scrap Collins equipment which I renovated.


My HF antenna in Brunei, Fritzell FB33 on a 50ft mast.


Besides HF operation I was also active on the Oscar 10 Satellite from Brunei as there
was little local activity on 2m and 70cm.

In 1989, while in the USA, I received the callsign KC6GJH.

We returned to the UK in 2001 when I retired.

Now, my wife Carol (G1KGV) had the opportunity to fulfil her dream of designing and building a home in her village of Bluntisham.

With the help of an architect and an old school friend, a local builder, work started in 2005 and building work was completed in 2007.

This included installing our P60HD Versatower. Improvements to the property are still on going!


Here is the view to the South East over the Ouse valley taken from the bedroom window showing St Mary’s church Bluntisham.


I have equipment for all the bands from 160m to 23cms and most modes including data and fast scan analogue TV.

The only antennas on the mast at present are the Mosley TA-63, 6m to 20m including WARC bands,

a Comet GP-95 for 2m, 70cm, 23cm and a home brew dipole for 4m.

An inverted "L" for the lower bands with an Icom AT-130 smart tuner.

Current transmitting equipment usually used:

Icom IC-7400 + Elecraft KPA-500 for 20m - 6m.

Icom IC-910HX for 2m, 70cm and 23cm.

Icom IC-735 + Spectrum Communications transverter for 4m.

Icom IC-7000 for 160m 80m 60m and 40m.

QRP Yaesu FT-817 160m - 70cm

I am no longer a DX chaser so if you hear me on the air please do give me a call.

73 Gerald (G8AKL)








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