Other calls: N6OET; ex-DJ0ZF. Treasurer for Dundee Amateur Radio Club (www.dundee-amateur-radio.co.uk).
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 (see below) 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 in pile-ups.
QRV from 40 to 6 metres, having put up an inverted vee for 40 that also loads fine on 30 (and six as it turns out!). 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).
I really enjoy working CW QRP on 40m in the evenings, with 5W out, and am building a pixie kit which will give me around 1W out around the 40m QRP frequency.
As a retired linguist, I still get a thrill from working stations in German, Russian, and a few other European languages whenever I can manage to persuade other stations not just to practise their English with me! I occasionally work a German station who has bought my book on English for German Radio Amateurs (Englisch für Funkamateure - published by Funkamateur Verlag, Berlin), and am glad to hear whether they found the book useful or not.
Over the years, I have also operated as GA4JPZ, GQ4JPZ, 2S4JPZ, GD4JPZ, GJ4JPZ/A, G4JPZ, G4JPZ/W6, G4JPZ/W2, G4JPZ/W0, N6OET, YV5/N6OET, N6OET/KH6, F0GVO, DJ0ZF, DJ0ZF/OE, EA8/GM4JPZ, CT1/GM4JPZ, DL/GM4JPZ, DJ0ZF/HB9 as well as having been an operator on GT4AAF/P, GS4AAF/P, GS4WAB, GM100RSGB, GB558VUL, and GB1TAY.
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, and I still find them fascinating.
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 am slowly catching up with direct DX cards when I can drag myself away from the rig, plus I will send off all other cards via the bureau over the coming 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 (now MM0LWS), 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 will only regret having waited!
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