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Hi Folks

Thanks for looking me up. The station has had a recent shake up.


My beloved rotary dipoles (Cushcraft D4 and D3W up 6M) which have served me faithfully for many years have now been replaced with a tower and Optibeam OB9-5 up 14M.

So for now I have no 30M but still a wire dipole for 40/80. Working on plans for something for 30/40 to sit on top of OB9-5 but thats next year.

Inside, still the same HF setup for many years, 1 radio, an IC-7600 and a Acom-1000. Does everything I need.

MixW is my preferred application for all modes, not a thing of bueaty as regards the dialogue boxes and appearance, but it does what it says on the label and Victor R3BB does a great job of creating contest plugins for MixW even although teh application is very old now.

FLDigi comes a close second, I keep playing with it back and forth, one to keep a watch on.

QSL Routes (same for GM1BSG, GA1BSG, GM1C)

LoTW. This is seriously my number 1 preferred option, cards are a very expensive option these days.

- Please save your money and time and consider using LoTW

OQRS. Fast becoming very popular. Please visit CLUBLOG and check if you are in the log and can order a card. If you cannot find your QSO on Clublog (for GM1BSG, GA1BSG or GM1C) then please just email me.

- If you order card via OQRS I normally post them within a day or so. Any suurplus funds are donated to charity.

EQSL - I only upload to EQSL as a courtesy, the system drives me nuts. It is the same log as I upload to LoTW and Clublog so please do NOT email me to chase for your EQSL credits, you can do this youself by going to Clublog and searching.

Direct - You are of course welcome to QSL direct if you really really really really, cannot live without the hassle, must do direct. BUT and I mean a big BUT, is you really should check you are in the log first (visit ClubLog). Then consider the time and effort for you to fill out a card, address the envelope, post it to me, cover my expenses for the return trip and so on. You would be cheaper just using OQRS to receive a card. Although I do like the personal touch of a card, I do not collect them myself. Any requests received with insufficient return costs, without a SAE with a PRINTED address, or contacts already confirmed by LoTW will simply not be answered.

Bureau - Yes I am a bureau member, but please DO NOT use it. My cards come in HUGE piles (was nearly 1k last time) and I will only look through them perhaps once per year (usually between Dec-Jan when I am on holiday). If you are not in the log, no card. If you have already had QSL on LoTW or EQSl, no card, if I cannot be 100% sure of your handwriting, no card.

QRZ - Please do not ask for confirmations via the QRZ log system. It is terrible and a PITA. I have plenty to do with the other QSL systems that are all automatic without wasting my time on it.


I prefer RTTY most of the time and BPSK63 a close second. CW at a push, voice is a rare thing indeed.

I do not chase awards, but I do like a fast pace to the QSO's but I am more than happy to slow down for a bit of chat.

That includes contests ! I love contesting but it is not life itself, you want to exchange more than 599 and a number, sure, no worries.

Contesting wise I love RTTY/PSK contesting and have done reasonably well these past few years managing some respectable scores.

One thing I really do get upset about though is folks just calling, calling, calling over each other and giving me no chance to answer.

I can work you guys a lot quicker if you would listen more and call less.

Unlike voice you simply cannot get a good decode from multiple stations occupying the same spot all at once. If you keep calling once too often I will simply ignore you and keep calling CQ.

If you come by my QRZ page please feel free to leave me a message via the Web Contact tab, its always nice to know someone has visited.

73 John


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