Other calls: N6OET; ex-DJ0ZF.
Took the exam in Munich in 1979 and received my first call, DJ0ZF, which I kept until 1996 when I returned to the UK (including a 9-year break from 1981-1990 in California).
At the moment, I run a Kenwood TS2000 - usually barefoot - into an MA5B mini-beam for 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10. I now have an ACOM 1000 amplifier, which gives me a comfortable 400W out when I need it.
QRV from 20 to 10 metres at the moment, but have an inverted vee for 30 and 40 to go up when the weather improves. Mainly interested in CW, but also enjoy SSB, chasing DX, satellites (although not right now because of antenna problems), and a bit of digimode working using the Signal Link USB (especially Feldhell).
Have also operated as GA4JPZ, GQ4JPZ, 2S4JPZ, GD4JPZ, GJ4JPZ/A, G4JPZ, G4JPZ/W6, G4JPZ/W2, G4JPZ/W0, YV5/N6OET, N6OET/KH6, F0GVO, DJ0ZF, DJ0ZF/OE, EA8/GM4JPZ, CT1/GM4JPZ, DJ0ZF/HB9.
I originally started off in amateur radio as an SWL when I was ten years old, in 1957. As a member of the RSGB back then (A2007) and the International Short Wave League (GM8793), I avidly collected QSL cards from all over the world. Every card was a thrill, no matter whether local, European, or DX.
Any SWL who hears me in any mode and wishes to send a report should go ahead and send me a QSL card, as I will definitely answer all cards received (direct if received direct).
Operated from January 25, 2014 until November 30, 2014 as GA4JPZ to mark the Homecoming celebrations and other events in Scotland that year. During this time I had 1,810 QSOs, worked stations in 221 DXCC entities, and had a great time meeting many interesting people. I really cannot think of any bad, or impolite, behaviour I encountered using the GA prefix, and have grown to realise that the number of people in the hobby who behave badly is very small indeed. (Although listening to the rude behaviour in the pileups around K1N, FT4TA etc. sometimes I wonder...) Question is: Do we pay enough attention to training people in operating procedures and standards now that most people come into the hobby without spending time as an SWL first?
If you want a QSL, then I uploaded the GA4JPZ log to LotW already and will try to catch up with direct DX cards asap, plus I will send off all other cards via the bureau over the winter months. If you send me a direct card I will answer direct and would appreciate a contribution to the postage if you can afford it. If you can't, that's OK, I'll answer direct anyway.
Antenna party on 8th March 2014 with Mark 2M0LEW, Paul GM0BKC, Pete GM1CMF and Mark MM6BJJ. Dundee Amateur Radio Club at its best! I could not have done this without their help.
The mast getting fixed to the wall
The MA5B on the grass, almost ready to go up
The mast's nearly ready
The cage is ready for the rotor
Looking good, but we need an antenna on that!
We happen to have one here, but that tree needs a haircut...
A thing of beauty is a joy for ever
Only one regret: I should have done this years ago. The planning permission was a bit of a hassle, but not really a problem, and the planning officer in charge was basically on my side. Apart from the work put in by the club members pictured here, I am grateful for the help from the RSGB planning advisor for Scotland, Len, GM0ONX, who helped me through the process and encouraged me to keep on going when the first attempt failed. Above all, without the support of my XYL, Eileen, none of this would have been possible (and there would have been no bacon rolls for the guys doing the work here).
If you ever say "I would really like a beam and must get round to it one day!", then do it, you won't regret it!
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