The above picture is of myself, on the summit of Cadair Idris GW/NW-009 operating 4m FM (October 2011). Summits on the Air is a big part of the hobby for me the target is to get to 1000 activator points on VHF/UHF only. Currently on 960 points as of May 2015 - not far to go now.
From home, mainly active on 2m/70cm FM/SSB/DV, 4m FM, 6m SSB and HF Digimodes/SSB
Above is the shack as of October 2014, Yaesu FT-950 for SSB, PSK 31/63, RTTY and WSPR on HF, Icom 2820 for DSTAR and FM on 2m and 70cm, Icom IC-E80D HandHeld for Portable DSTAR and FM, Wouxun KG-UVD1P for constant monitoring of GB3VM and GB3VN, an Anytone AT-5189 4m FM rig 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 (February 2015) on top is a Yaesu 450c Rotator that supports a 10 ele 2m horizontal beam with mast head pre amp, a 10 ele 70cm horizontal beam with mast head pre amp and finally a dual band DK7ZB 4/5 ele vertical on 2m and 70cm. VHF and UHF is my main interest in the hobby, I like the harder challenge it offers.
However I do dabble on HF, the antenna is an inverted V doublet, its centre is at 6 metres AGL one end goes to the front of the property and is insulated on the PVC guttering, 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, at present I have a 10m antenna up, suspended from a 9m fishing pole.
As of May 2015 this antenna has been taken down, it will return when the Sporadic E season finishes - I have an additional set of brackets mounted on the rear of the house, these are currently supporting a homebrew "Flowerpot" antenna based on a design by VK2ZOI. Kind words to Mike M0MTJ (his excellent website) and Dave M0MYA who put me on to these antennas, they're incredibly easy to make and really cheap!! The below photos show the antenna, this one is designed for the 4m band, 70 MHz, its mounted in a 3m by 41mm diametre piece of black electrical conduit tube.
Below is the design I used - The image was taken from the Website of G6OHM
As the 4m antenna has come down (May 2015) the brackets were left free for a 3 ele 6m OWL Innovantennas Yagi. As you can see I have managed to get it to about 5.5 metres above the ground and am using a cheap television antenna rotator. Plenty of continental stations are being worked in the 6m sporadic E season. This will be up for the Summer months and a 4m vertcial will take it's place once more.
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.
And on a personal level in 2013 I was the winner of the 70MHz UKAC AL section (4 watts or lower category). All of the above meant that we were the Overall Winners of the 2013 UKAC Series of Contests!
So like 2014, we were the Overall Winners of the 2014 UKAC Series of Contests!
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.
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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