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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. At the time of writing (October 2014) I am up to 866 points, so not to far to go!!!

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 and PSK 31 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 (August 2014) 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.

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. I will eventually mount it on an aluminium pole and get the thing higher in the air!

Below is the design I used - The image was taken from the Website of G6OHM

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.

  • Winner of Club Section 2013 50MHz UKAC
  • Winner of Club Section 2013 70MHz UKAC
  • Winner of Club Section 2013 144MHz UKAC
  • Winner of Club Section 2013 432MHz UKAC
  • Winner of Club Section 2013 1296MHZ UKAC
  • Winner of Club Section 2014 50MHz UKAC

And on a personal level in 2013 I was the winner of the 70MHz UKAC AL section (4 watts or lower category).

Also a guest member of GM0B Contest Group - Specialising in the CQ WW SSB 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.

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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