The photo above shows GM4FVM during the International Geophysical Year from July 1957 to December 1958. He was thinking about how a year could last 18 months. The IGY was intended to investigate Earth Science, and various countries in Europe allowed amateurs to use frequencies around 50 and 70MHz. Later on GM4FVM was to use this part of the spectrum, but at the time of this photo he was more interested in whether he was going to get chips for his tea. (I have been told that in some places the English language word "chips" can be translated as "French Fries").
Since 2007, GM4FVM has been located at IO85wu in South East Scotland in Ayton village which has about 600 inhabitants. Ayton is 60 km South East of Edinburgh, near the border with England and situated along the main A1 road and east coast railway to London.
eQSL preferred. I do not collect QSL cards, but I do reply 100%.
The best way to get my QSL is to send me one first. I send cards using eQSL or direct. If you send one direct by post I will return by post, no cost to you. I often send outgoing cards direct, unless I have enough for your country's bureau. If you send a card by bureau, you might get one back direct.
All SWL cards or reports welcome. SWLs just send me one and get one back. SWL eQSLs also very welcome.
If you come here for one of my overseas contacts, for example EA7/G4FVM, and if you send a QSL via the bureau, mark it "VIA GM4FVM". Or you can send it direct to the address above. I make individual cards for these expeditons.
Some things we don't do. No LoTW. We do not really do bulletin boards like KST so meteor scatter, skeds, etc need to be set up by e-mail at the address above. Sorry .
First licensed as G8JWG in 1975, I have also used the callsigns G4FVM and EI2VPB.
Generally I work the bands 10, 6, 4, and 2 metres. Sometimes I turn up on other HF bands. I use SSB, FM and data modes (PSK, JT65, WSPR, FSK) mostly, plus some slow CW. I use WSJT-X. If you see "4W" that means 4 watts from my FT-817, or "9W" is 9 watts from my IC-7100.
Provided that you have something polite to say, you may email me at the address above (you have to log in and put your mouse over the address to see it).
Rigs are Yaesu FT-817, Icom IC-7100 and Flex 1500 (with an ME4-T Pro transverter). On FM I use handhelds and mobile rigs (Wouxun, Yaesu, Anytone and Icom). Also, a Fun Cube Dongle SDR.
Vertical == Sirio Gainmaster 5/8th wave vertical dipole on 10m (also used on 12m), Sirio J-pole (4m), and 5/8th (2m),
Horizontal == G4MH mini beam, 3 or 4 element dual band 6m/4m Vine yagi using home made diplexer, + 10 ele yagi on 2m.
I often work QRP with the FT-817 and Flex, from 5 watts down to 1mW.
EPC # 17049
Other interests include railways, technology, science, The Sky at Night, propagation, and generally "what makes things work". Sport (on radio or TV these days) cricket, cycling (Vuelta, Giro, Le Tour etc). NO FOOTBALL.
I am posting on the right a photo of me taken in 1978. It is from a security pass which was issued to radio amateurs in GI. The idea was that the security people at road blocks would understand that radio amateur rado enthusiasts would have radio sets in their cars. It did not work as the police and army never understood what it was for.
In those days you could not drive for more than 15km without being stopped by the army. Many times the soldier would say something like "Sarge, this one has a Westminster in his car" and I would be hauled off to some ghastly police station to answer questions. I never did have a Westminster. I had a Pye Cambridge on 70.26 AM which they thought was listening to them. The thing was, they would transmit to see if I was listening to their frequency - and of course the ancient Pye would overload and that proved (to them) that I was up to no good.
Anyway, that was what I looked like then.
I do not have so much hair now and I am twice the weight.
I have to thak Paul, GI4FZD for this photograph (left) taken about 1980. It shows the Bangor and District Amateur Radio Society Ford Transit van at a rally. On the left beside the mast is Richard GI4DOH. I am on the right near the van drivers door. The amateur between us is Lawrence - I am afraid that I cannot remember Lawrence's callsign. If anyone can recall this, or if you are looking at this yourself, please let me know what has become of Lawrence.
Those darkened shades I was wearing were supposed to help me with migraines, something which I still get sometimes. I cannot explain away the wide shirt lapels and the "gutties" (white gym shoes).
I am not sure why GI4DOH was wearing dark shades, but I think it was to confirm his status as a gangster look-alike.
In the background I can see a Vauxhall Chevette with a 2m aerial. That was my vehicle of choice in those days. However, the position of the antenna suggests that it was not my car.
When I was first licensed for VHF only, I got my first transmitter - an EMSAC TX2. This was a crystal controlled all valve transmitter which produced about 7 watts of AM, or AM with some FM component. In those days people in G-land just got a crystal and transmitted on that frequency, and then tuned the band to find anyone calling them. As someone said, "a sort of duplex". I used a Trio JR-599 receiver. When I moved to GI the "bandplan" was that everybody used 145.8 AM. This was before repeaters. Later I bought a 2m SSB rig, a Trio TR-7010. This produced 8 watts and I used it mobile. At the time there was a lot of mobile activity on 2m SSB. When I got my full licence I bought a Yaesu FT-101E, plus a 2m transverter. I used data modes from the start, and I produced RTTY using a full sized Creed TTY teleprinter, plus terminal unit. Those were the days.
Tired and exhausted? Stiff and sore? Come from a celtic background (mostly Scots or Irish)? Family history of diabetes? Like me, you mave haemochromatosis. This is a genetic gut/blood disease which is now treatable. Not much fun, but manageable treatment and the disease is survivable these days. If your iron level is too high you can receive regular venesection - which is nasty but saves lives.
If in doubt, ask your doctor to test your blood iron levels and liver function. It only took 23 years to diagnose me.
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