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Operation on 144/432 is limited ATM due to on going TVI issues with 2-3 neighbours. I've voluntarily minimised operation to outside peak viewing hours. Last Updated 12/06/2015


Thanks for stopping by and looking me up.

I'm known as Bob on the bands, and Robert if in trouble with the XYL, hi!

Born 1950, got into radio through a good friend, Ron G8FJG, in the 70's.

First licensed in March 1973 as a "B" class licensee (144 and UP). This was at my old QTH in Romford (JO01cn).

I used a single 14 ele Parabeam on 144 and a 88 ele Multibeam for 432 on a 40ft Versatower.

In 1985 we moved to the current location in Billericay (JO01fo), and I upgraded the antennas to:-

2x15 ele Cue Dee for 144, 2x21 ele Tonna for 432, and 3 ele Cushcraft for 50, have added 70Mhz, a HB9CV at 4m.

In October 2011 added a 28Mhz dipole at 3m to get on the band.

As of June 2012, the antennas have been replaced with a single ones.

A 24 ele on 432, 11 ele on 144 and a 6 ele on 50, all LFA designs by G0KSC.

As of 08/13 I now have a 4 ele LFA on 4m to replace the HB9CV. See pic's below.

On 432 and 144 the feeder is EcoFlex 15 to minimise losses, the other bands use good coax, but not low loss Ecoflex.

Main rig is a Yaesu FT-847 HF to UHF TCVR, this has an INRAD 2.1Khz filter installed, on 4M has a G4FUF pre-amp.

     The 4 ele for 4m, 4m AGL.                   Antennas for 70cms,2m & 6m, all LFA's.            Poor picture of my 10M dipole!

The dipoles' main lobes are E-W and it slopes from 5M on the tower to 2M on the fence post.

My main interests are DXing and contesting on VHF/UHF. See table below.

These have all been achieved with modest equipment using SSB only. I'm just starting to get into digital modes WSJT & EME.

QRV 10M, 6M, 4M, 2M, 70cms, SSB only, at present, some WSJT capability at lower power.

Current totals are (28/07/2015) :-

BAND--- DXCC/Grids--- QSL's--- ODX--------- Distance--------- Comment
28--------- 112/304--------13----- VK3EY----- 16791Km-------- (WAS = 40) Need AK,AR,HI,ID,KS,ND,OR,UT,WA & WY
50--------- 88/479--------270 ------PY5CC------- 9842Km---------- (WAS = 11)
70--------- 31/107----------30-----EA8YT------- 2929Km---------- (plus one crossband 70/50 with UZ5DZ in KN18)
144------- 46/271---------199------EB8AYA----- 2946Km  (Plus 8/7 on WSJT MS, total=46/278)
432------- 22/117----------78-------US5WU------ 1666Km

Now on 144 WSJT:- 8 DXCC & 11 Grids as at 17/08/2014    ODX: 1670km with UR5WCE in KN29

Former employment:-

10/1967 - 03/2002 with GPO/BT as an Exchange Maintainence Technician, finally finishing on System X.

07/2002 - 05/2011 with HobbyCraft in Basildon.

06/2011 - Retired



Website in progress at http://g8hgn73.wix.com/g8hgn     Email reflector at https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/VHFandUHF/info

Due to the amount of scams going on using callsigns to give validity to their endeavours, if you are offered anything for sale/exchange by somebody using my callsign, please email me for verification, thanks.



I have a licence variation from 05/05/2012 from 0000 BST until 10/6/2012 2359 BST

GQ8HGN to commemorate Queen Elizabeths Diamond Jubilee. (Activation now finished)

Also a licence variation from 21/07/2012 from 0000BST until 09/09/2012 2359 BST

GO8HGN to commemorate the holding of the Olympic & Paralympic Games in London.


A licence variation from 05/07/2013 0000BST until 31/07/2013 2359 BST

GV8HGN to commemorate 100 years of the RSGB(Radio Society of Great Britain).

QSL info as normal below

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ QSL INFO +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Further 80 CARDS sent to the RSGB BUREAU on 16/02/2015 for onward distribution to overseas bureau.

Joined OQRS 22/10/2013     ALL LOGS UPLOADED - see panel below to see if you are in the log.

QSL via Bureau (primary) or Direct (secondary).

Please NO eQSL (I've unsubscribed as of 22/07/2011)because of the many many duplicates in the inbox,

and it does not qualify for RSGB awards even with the AG status, sorry. I would prefer your card if possible.

I will QSL 1st QSO on any band/mode/location, NOT FOR ANY SUBSEQUENT CARDS.

Please check your outgoing cards for dupes, I'm getting dupes from those using PC programs to do their cards.

It wastes yours and my time and money. Thanks.

Any cards sent by above two methods will be replied to asap.

Around 2002-3 a lot of my cards (both incoming & outgoing) were lost due to problems with the sub-bureau for G8 calls.

If you need a card for that period please send another card, and I will provide a QSL.

If you have sent card(s) and had no reply, please email me at above address and I'll make sure a card goes out to you.

The bureau can take a long time, and I can get cards with "pse QSL" on them for which I have sent a card out already.

If in doubt please email. Thanks.


Please respect the band plans. Specially 6M 50.100 to 50.130 these frequencies are for INTERCONTINENTAL QSOs ONLY.

NO same Continent QSOs here please, NO EU-EU, there is plenty of room in the band. 

The "NEW Bandplan" is 3 years old now, check it out and see where you should be operating. MS is now 50.320.

6M code of practice here: - http://uksmg.org/code-of-practice.php

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