Other calls: N6OET; ex-DJ0ZF. I am a member of Dundee Amateur Radio Club (DARC), the second DARC I have been a member of in the hobby:-)
Took the exam in Munich, Germany, in 1979 and received my first call, DJ0ZF, which I kept until 1996 when I returned to the UK. When living in Bavaria (1977-1981), I was a member of the local DARC club (OV), C08, and later in Berlin (1990-1996) D01, OV Charlottenburg.
From 1981 until 1990 I lived in Southern California, ending up in Topanga Canyon for the last couple of years. I started off with a reciprocal licence, then took various American exams until I made it to Extra while retaining the General Class call N6OET because it was great for CW.
I run a Kenwood TS2000 into an MA5B 3-element mini-beam (see below) for 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10, and a delta loop for 40m.
By shorting the centre conductor of the coax to the shield and running that through the ATU, I can also load the 40m delta loop on Top Band, and have enjoyed making a few QSOs with this lash-up. Power out in this configuration is probably around 10W, but it seems to be enough. Somehow, this gives me as much pleasure as working DX with the beam - well, almost:-), maybe because I know it probably annoys the 'experts'.
I have an ACOM 1000 amplifier, which gives me a comfortable 400W out when I need it in pile-ups or when conditions are marginal (happening more often these days with this miserable cycle 24).
QRV right now on 40m and from 20 to 6 metres. 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).
As a retired linguist (RAF 1966-1971), 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 A65WARD, 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. I try to keep my logs up to date on LotW, ClubLog and eQSL, although admin is not my long suit, and answer all cards received direct or through the bureau. If you need the confirmation for whatever reason, just drop me an email and I will update my online logs if necessary.
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). I say the following due to recent experience: As a rule, SWL reports should contain the callsign(s) of the station(s) I was working and state the correct mode (!) at least, to show you were actually listening to me and not just reading my call on the cluster. Although it doesn't have to be, an SWL report is particularly useful if it covers a period of listening involving more than one QSO, and if it comes from an area I was not working at that time.
I 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 also worked WAS with this prefix, and was frustrated with myself to discover I had worked 49 states in CW alone but had missed Utah! 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 (now 2M0RRT). 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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