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The photograph top right is one of the local car ferrys. It runs on a 20 minute schedule town centre to town centre a distance of about 10.5 Kilometres. We are on a peninsula here,there is only 1 road into the area or the car ferry these are the only transport options to reach this area. An unfortunate disadvantage to living in such a quiet rural area is that if God forbid you have a serious accident then you have to rely on the Air Medic Helicopter taking you to a big hospital.


This is a picture of my shack, the main transceivers in use are an FT-847,.FT-920,..IC-7000,. I also have a home-brewed BitX20A transceiver which I built from a Doug Hendricks KI6DS supplied QRP kit and an MKARS-80 transceiver which I also built from a kit supplied by Steve G6ALU of the Milton Keynes Amateur Radio Society. The BitX20 outputs about 10 Watts and the MKARS-80 does around 5 Watts.

Both of my home brewed transceivers each give me more pleasure to use than the bigger commercial radios. I also have a Realistic Pro-2042 and a Realistic Pro-2045 {Tandy} scanners and an Icom IC-PCR1000 computer controlled scanner.

The antennas in use are a Comet 5 band trapped dipole,an M0CVO built HW-20HP off centre fed dipole,an MFJ-1786 Super Hi-Q Loop,2mtr/70cm co-linear,6mtr vertical and a discone antenna for the scanners. All are mounted on a Tennamast 7.6Mtr. adapt-a mast.

An ATU I sometimes use is an old Tokyo Hy-Power HC-200A antenna coupler this atu would tune-up just about any antenna. A new 100 Watt ATU just recently purchased is an LDG Z-Pro 11 Automatic Tuner,  this tuner is used along with my Icom IC-7000.

The photograph above is a view facing due South from the shack window. Away in the distance approx. 15 Kilometres are from right to left the Islands of Arran, Bute and Cumbrae. Known for IOTA purposes as EU 123.

Also at the left side of photograph is the Gantock Lighthouse/Beacon which sits on the dangerous Gantock reef. Many ships are known to have sunk here in times past.

The photograph above faces due east looking from the shack window and shows the Cloch Lighthouse about 3 Kilometres distant across the river Clyde.

The Cloch Lighthouse was designed by Robert Stevenson and Thomas Smith. The tower is about 25 metres high...The Cloch has a fixed white light, visible for 20 Kilometres, which is paired with the Gantocks Lighthouse/Beacon at Dunoon to warn approaching shipping that they are entering the River Clyde. The lighthouse itself is now automated and unmanned with the main building now a private residence.









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