Location: IO71. ITU27. CQ Zone 14. WAB SS59. SKCC 6906. FISTS 14866. RNARS 4905.
I am on CW with 100 watts a Kenwood TS850 in the modern shack in the house. Antennas inverted L and a doublet. I only use a straight key.
Here's the VINTAGE SHACK: Ex RAF R1155 & T1154 from 1940's.
Ex RN Murphy 618 TX & Rees Mace 619 RX from1950's. CR100 RX 1944. Ex MN Marconi Atalanta RX, 1950s.
NATO & RAF straight keys. All gear operates QSK, except the modern FT101.
GW3OQK was first on air in Manchester in the 60's when I was 16. I took my 1st class ticket and went to sea as a ship's radio officer in 1962, and abandoned amateur radio until 2010. My delight was, and still is, to use the hand key, study the propagation, and work weak and distant stations. After some years at sea I worked for Redifon as a technician on ships. In 1987 I started www.aditel.org.uk my own marine electronics manufacturing company.
My other hobby is Bluegrass Music where I play banjo and guitar,and even sing. My wonderful wife Marie plays the double bass. Its a great life and even better when I can retire!
During winter months about 2100z I have heard echos on 80m due to magnetospheric ducting. (Not round world echo) So I am looking for more of this and correlating with magnetospere data.
Best wishes from Andrew
VINTAGE SHACK & VINTAGE OPERATOR. It all works. Main TX 40 Watts Murphy 618 behind me. T1154 to the side. (Picture by MW4PWA)
HERE I AM AND CAN STILL GET INTO MY UNIFORM. Early days of the shack.
THE TRADITIONAL WOODEN SHACK. I have a small modern rig in the house, but all is peace in the garden.
Here's my other hobby, playing the banjo in a Bluegrass Band. This is at the Welsh National Eisteddfod. I'm the only one in uniform.
With my wife Marie at Gower Bluegrass Festival. Yes she plays the bass and sings too. Number 1 dancer, and calls for Hoedowns - Barn dances.
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