Updated on 26/09/2015
The above picture is of myself, on the summit of G/WB-012 High Vinnals operating 2m SSB. Summits on the Air is a big part of the hobby for me the target was to get to 1000 actiator points and gain the Mountain Goat award! I am pleased to say that on the 26th of September 2015, I reached my target, having done all 1000 points solely on VHF and UHF (6m, 4m, 2m, 70cm and 23cm). The photo shows me with the bottle of Ludlow Gold that I drank to celebrate the Mountain Goat award!!
G/WB-012 High Vinnals was chosen as this is the hill where SOTA started for me in February 2010. Plus it is only 3 miles from my home QTH, so is my most local summit!
From home I am mainly active on 2m/70cm FM/SSB/DV, 4m SSB and FM, 6m SSB and HF Digimodes/SSB
Above is the shack as of September 2015, Yaesu FT-950 for SSB, PSK 31/63, RTTY and WSPR on HF and SSB on 6m, Icom 2820 for DSTAR and FM on 2m and 70cm, Yaesu FT-1D for constant monitoring of GB3VM, GB3VN, GB3ZA and GB3HC (All FM and Yaesu Fusion C4FM). An Anytone AT-588 4m FM rig, Yaesu FT-290R driving a Spectrum Comms 4m Transverter for 4m SSB and finally the Icom 910HX for 2,70 and 23cm (However no antennas at home for 23cm at the moment) SSB and MS.
As you can see the antennas at home are on a 8 metre Aluminum pole, at the time of writing (September 2015) on top is a Yaesu 450c Rotator that supports a 4 ele 4m OWL Innovantenna horizontal Yagi, a dual band 6/10ele 2m/70cm horizontal DK7ZB yagi and finally a dual band 4/5ele 2m/70cm vertical DK7ZB yagi. VHF and UHF is my main interest in the hobby, I like the harder challenge it offers.
There is also the TV antenna on a seperate pole, this was changed in June 2015 to try and receive the newer Freeview channels, unfortuantely I recieved no additional TV channels, but it needed changing as the old one was 30 years old and well and truly past it. However I thought that as the pole was there I should get a small colinear up! This is a Sharman's X30N connected to the Yaesu FT-1D in the shack. It allows me to easily monitor the 4 most local repeaters to me in both FM and C4FM Yaesu Fusion - One project for the future might be to get a triband colinear up for 2/70/23 as then at least I have something up for 23cm.
I do dabble on HF, the antenna is an inverted V doublet (you'll see it pictured a few photos below), its centre is at 6 metres AGL one end goes to the front of the property and is insulated on the PVC guttering at the front of the house, the other goes to a garden fence, this is fed with 300 ohm ladder feeder from an SEM Tranz Match ATU. I have a garden measuring 8m x 8m so fitting in anything of decent size is hard, however this arrangement seems the best compromise. I use the small rear garden for playing around with 1/4 wave verticals for HF, these are coaxially fed and usually made to be resonant on the PSK 31 centre of activity frequency.
On the secondary brackets there is a 3 ele 6m OWL Innovantennas Yagi. As you can (below) see I have managed to get it to about 5.5 metres above the ground and I'm using a cheap television antenna rotator. This was originally erected just for the Summer E Season, however I'm going to try and keep it up over the winter. The plan is to improve the Coax from RG-223 to RG-214. Above the 6m antenna is a Sirio GPA 40-70 MHz 1/4 wave ground plane antenna, this is resonant on 4m, allowing me on to FM for local QSOs.
As I say VHF and UHF is my main interest, DXing is great fun, here is a map showing the squares I have worked from IO82 Square on 2m using SSB, FM and Meteor Scatter
Here is a map showing the squares I have worked from IO82 Square on 70cm using SSB and FM
I am a member of the Travelling Wave Contest Group, I generally represent the group in the VHF and UHF UKAC competitions! But I also take part in the 80m Club Contest sections on SSB and Data, the group had great success in 2013 and 2014.
All of the above meant that we were the Overall Winners of the 2013 and 2014 UKAC Series of Contests!
On a personal level in 2013 I was the winner of the 70MHz UKAC AL section (4 watts or lower category).
I am a member of the Hereford Amateur Radio Society (HARS) mainly focusing on Foundation level training for the group as well as encouraging activity on VHF and UHF.
Also a member of WAB, I have been assigned book number 20951 - My Home QTH is SO57 - Mainly active on Trig Points for WAB.
Furthermore I sucscribe to SPRAT as a member of the GQRP club as most of my SOTA activations are conducted on 5 watts or less!
Finally repeater keeper for GB7VO - Herefordshire's first ever Digital D-STAR Repeater.
Many 73 and hope to meet you on the VHF/UHF Bands soon .
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