The photograph above shows from left to right: My brother Mike, GU4EON, my father Bill GU3NDX, (now SK) my mother Leonie (also now SK) and myself Dick GU4CHY
The photograph below shows GU4CHY in 1973 (actually GC4CHY then). I still have the Heathkit HW101 but I don't have the hair!
I was first licensed as GC8DCO at age 16. Became GC4CHY (then GU4CHY) in 1973. Active between 1973 and 1987 when I went QRT due to change of QTH, and developing my wine importing business.
Became QRV again late 2002 with FT817 and Yaesu FT1000MP Mk V and Acom 1000 linear. Also have the Kenwood TS590S, which is proving an excellent CW rig and is used with an Expert 1K-FA amplifier. Have just bought an Elecraft K3 which I am still learning to drive! Also just bought an ICOM 7300 which is my first experience of SDR, I think it a brilliant rig for the money and has given me my first ever QSOs on 4m.
My main love is CW and I am a member of FOC - number 1855. I was 1388 until I went QRT in 1987.
I have also recently joined CW Ops number 1543.
During April 2016 only I was the operator of GU4FOC, making 4,000 qsos - all qsl requests should go to Phil G3SWH.
Enjoy playing with CW paddles and I am trying to build a small collection. Should you have a twin paddle that you wish to sell, please drop me an e-mail.
My collection consists of
Brown Bros BTL-A,
N2DAN Mercury (original),
M0AGA HCD Chevron,
Begali Magnetic Classic,
Vibroplex ZN Special,
Samson ETM 5C,
Hi Mound MK 706,
Vidi by ZS1EL,
Nye Viking SSK-001
Ham Key, St Louis twin paddle
Llaves Telegraficas Artesanas
N3ZN single paddle.
All of them are used on the air from time to time though my standby paddles are the Chevron, March R3A and the N2DAN.
Using a SteppIr SmallIR with loading coils for 40 and 30, which works very well (3 ele Trident yagi on 6 and 4ele LFA on 4m). Planning restrictions stop me erecting a tower, but I have an elevated QTH very close to the sea. Use 99% CW and enjoy 10,15 and 20 most of all. Recently discovered six and four metres, I am member of UK Six Metre Group.
My QSL manager is NOT N6RA, I do not have a manager. PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO A BACKLOG OF BUREAU QSLS I MUCH PREFER DIRECT QSLS WHICH I TRY TO TURN AROUND WITHIN 48 HOURS. I am several years behind with my bureau QSLS.
Please note too that we cannot use UK stamps in GU, nor is it possible to redeem IRCs any more- please send "green stamps" for return QSLs.
During April 2004 I was a CW operator with the 7Q7MM DXpedition - see http://malawi.g4axx.com/I am also member of GU8D IOTA contest group and was an op at G5W in 2006 CQWW CW and at GJ2A in 2007 CQWW CW.
I am a member too of the Castel Contest Club (myself, GU4EON and GU4YOX!) and enter NFD most years under GU4YOX/P
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