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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.

Here's the VINTAGE SHACK: Ex RAF R1155 & T1154 from 1940's on my right. Behind me Ex RN Murphy 618 TX & Rees Mace 619 RX from1950's. CR100 RX 1944 off screen. To my left Drake TX RX & HRO 5T. Marconi Atalanta RX, 1950s. It all works & on air it operates full break-in.

I only use a straight keys.

Vintage shack and vintage operator

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.  After some years at sea with Marconi I worked for Redifon as a technician on ships. In 1987 I started www.aditel.org.uk my own marine electronics manufacturing company.

My delight was, and still is, to use the hand key, study the propagation, and work weak and distant stations. Technically I love to design, make, and modufy. Nothing in the shack seems unmodified.

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!

Best wishes, Andrew

PICTURES were taken by my good buddy Chris MW0LUK and here he is operating the T1154 on 40m AM.


HERE I am in my old uniform. Early days of the shack 3 years ago.

Ex R/O Andrew in the vintage shack

Marie with her Bass Fiddle

Here I'm 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. We play and sing Bluegrass music with friends and in local bands.

There's a ramshackle shack, in GW land .....


THE TRADITIONAL WOODEN SHACK. I have a small modern rig in the house, but all is peace in the garden.

A 2-Valve TX for 80 metres.

2-vlave TX

2 Valve TX

Latest restoration and modification project completed is the HRO below. Its modified for bandspread of 1 Kc per division, and other useful features such as narrower skirt bandwitdth.


Below is "hombrew" receiver using the DDS2 as VFO, along with parts removed from a scrap FT101. Works well with 600 Hz CW filter.















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