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Welcome to my QRZ.com page

My name is Matt, I live in the small Shropshire town of Ludlow

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 (February 2014) I am up to 805 points, so not to far to go!!!

When in the shack I can be found on either

  • GB3VM - Woofferton (145.6125 MHz 103.5 CTCSS).
  • GB3VN - Ludlow (430.925 MHz 103.5 CTCSS).
  • GB7VO - Leominster (439.700MHz D-STAR - Linked to GB7WF via DCS005M)
  • 144.300 and 432.200-SSB
  • 145.500-FM
  • HF - Usually 40m SSB or 30m PSK 31

Above is the shack as of December 2013, 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 and finally the Icom 910HX for 2,70 and 23cm SSB and MS.

As you can see the antennas at home are on a 25 foot pole, at the top is a Yaesu 450c Rotator that supports a 10 ele 2m hoirzontal 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!!!!

For HF I use an inverted V doublet, fed with 450ohm ladder feed and an SEM Tranz Match tuner!! Seriously if you have a G5RV chop the coax off and just use it as a doublet, so much better, you can pick up Balanced Line Tuners on ebay for a bargain nowadays! Took my noise level from S8 to S5 just by chopping off the Coax!!

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

  • 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

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

In October 2013 I joined the Mid Lanark Amateur Radio Society Contest Group GM0B as a invited guest to take part in the CQ WW SSB DX Contest. We were the highest placed U.K. station in the Multi Multi Section and finished 9th in Europe overall.

Also 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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