This page is almost exclusively dedicated to 6m and up - my passion within Amateur Radio.
Please note that I do not QSL via the bureau - E QSL or direct only. For those that wonder, I am a member of the RSGB.
I am determined that amateur radio stays in the family but having no luck in persuading my own children that radio is the greatest hobby on earth, I thought - I wonder if my grandaughter, Pippa would like to try radio. Fortunately she has taken to radio like a "duck to water" and in this pic you can almost imagine her asking "And what does this button do Grandad"?
Those who are frequent visitors to the ON4KST VHF/UHF chat pages will have often heard me referring to my anti-radio, fierce wife. For those who cant believe how fierce she really is, here is a picture to prove it
Now for the more serious stuff >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
My name is Lyn (shortened form of Lyndon) and my main Ham Radio interest is 2m DX and 6m QSOs with a particular interest in Sporadic E (Es) propagation. I have been using 2m SSB for 39 years and my interest is as great now as when I made my first 2m SSB QSO in 1974 (using a Liner 2 for those that remember that rig). I am often QRV on 2m SSB and my first choice spot frequency is 144.310 (of course only if it's free).
I am now also QRV on FSK MS and if you require a sked, please drop me an email (my email address is correct on this page) or use the ON4KST chat to arrange it. MS is a very useful way of working DX on the 2m band and is an "always on" mode, i.e. it is available 365 days of the year and 24 hours each day. If you have never tried it I sugest you watch this video. It was filmed by G4DCV and its entitled "MS using FSK for beginners" and contains a talk I presented to the RSGB convention in September 2013 >>>> vimeo.com/77358505
Although I use only a small antenna (a 9 el Tonna) I have found that I can also make QSOs using EME. So far I have completed EME QSOs with the following 4 stations :-
04/04/2014 HB9Q JN47 -23 -- 05/04/2014 I2FAK JN45 -28 -- 07/04/2014 UA3PTW KO93 -24 (new locator) and
07/04/2014 DK3WG JO72 -25.
More recently I have also worked RU1AA (KP40), RX1AS (KO59) and OZ1LPR on this mode.
PIctures of my station for the bands that I currently operate on (10m to 20m, 6m, 2m and 70cms) follow :-
(The FT920AF as now been replaced with a Yaesu FT-847 - new pic soon)
Shack - part 1
Shack - part 2
The equipment I currently use is :--
For 2m - my favourite band : A Kenwood TS2000e or a Yaseu FT897d driving a solid state amp - a Beko 1kw SSPA (restricted to 400w max at the antenna), SP2000 masthead LNA and a 9 element Yagi at 11m agl with fixed 5 degrees of elevation (for more optimum meteor scatter results)
Most hams can show pictures of their enormous 2m arrays but space for large aerials here does not exist - so here is a picture of my very modest 2m antenna................................
My antenna - its at 33ft agl
For 6m : A Kenwood TS2000e or a Yeasu FT-847 (100w out) and a 2 el Yagi with 5 degrees of elevation (great for European Es QSOs)
70cms : A Kenwood TS2000e at 50w to a 9 element Yagi.
HF : Occassionally I use the HF bands (20 to 10m) and when I do I use my FT-847 at 100w with either a multiband dipole (just 2m above ground) or an I-Pro vertical (3m long and ground mounted - pic at the end of this page)
My QTH is in a NW suburb of Cardiff at about 30m asl with a good take off from NE through to SE. However, my takeoff to the N is very poor - as the following picture shows (taken from my garden facing north). The Welsh mountains make working anyone in that direction very difficult.
However, my take off to the North East, East and to the South East is unrestricted. It is difficult to show good pictures of these better takeoffs (I can't show the view as seen by my antenna as I would need to climb onto the roof), so this is the best that I can do (quality not too good - taken from upstairs room through glass). This picture is as seen looking to the East North East and the view is partially obscured by the trees and other houses. You can see that the further my antenna is turned to the East from North, the better my take off becomes. You can just see the distant edge of the hills as they dip to the costal plain in the centre of the picture.
East North East View
My home and QTH is in the city of Cardiff. Cardiff is the Capital of Wales, its largest city and the 10th largest city in the UK. Around 350,000 people live within the city and its suburbs. Cardiff is also a significant tourist centre and is the most popular visitor destination in Wales with 18.3 million visitors during 2010. My home is is situated within the suburb of Llandaff (itself a city within a city as Llandaff Cathedral is situated right in the centre of the village.)
Here are some pictures of our Cathedral (Taken on the 5/12/12) - its located about 1 mile from my house >>>>>>>>>>>>
I intend to add some more pictures of Cardiff soon......................
And here is a picture of my house>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
I am a keen collector of locator squares and I am always on the lookout for new ones. In May 2006 I lost all my records and since then, after starting from scratch, I have manged to work 327 locator squares on the 2m band. Prior to losing these records, my square tally was 330 - I am slowly getting nearer my old total, helped along mainly by new locators worked on MS FSK.
My 2m (144Mhz) distance (ODX) records per propagation mode follow (all completed since 2006) :-
TROPO : EB8BRZ ( IL27HX) and EA8TX ( IL18QI), both at exactly 2808 Km - SSB (A long distance for tropo propagation)
MS (FSK441) : RU1MS (KO48VR) at 2225 Km - FSK !!! NEW MS ODX completed on the 12-08-2013 - A BIG QRB for my small antenna !!!
You will note that my ODX on tropo is to the Canary Islands (EA8). Despite a poor takeoff to the SW, in the very best of openings I can work to the Canary Islands on tropo over rising ground just behind my antenna. I have been fortunate to work a number of squares there in several openings since 2006 - working EA8 via tropo is one of the few benefits of living in the SW of the UK. Several Es events to EA8 have also provided my ODX for this type of propagation and these distances will be hard to beat with my current setup. As I have only worked a few stations during Aurora since 2006, it was easy to see who was the ODX (GM4VVX in IO78). Prior to 2006 aurora were far more intense and distances worked greatly exceeded this. (More distant countries worked on SSB during aurora prior to 2006, included EA, I, 9A, OE, HB9, South F, OK and SP with odx to a SP8 in KO12 and a 9A in JN65)
During good tropo openings you may hear me from my portable location in IO81LS, near Abergavenny, South Wales. The portable site is around 550m asl with a fantastic take off from NE through to South and is perfect for working DX deep into Europe. This spot is on the very edge of the Welsh mountains and there is no higher ground until my RF reaches Germany. Best DX from there on tropo was to HA8CE in KN06 square. When portable my current setup (2m only) is a Yaesu FT857d, a 200 watt amp (Microset SR-200) and a 6 element long yagi (from Sandpiper - a local supplier) at 6m agl on a portable mast..
Latest 2m DX news >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> This section has not been updated for a while (will be completed shortly)
New locator number 314 was worked today thanks to a MS QSO with Alex, EB5AL in IN90wb. Alex uses just 100w to a 9el yagi with no preamp and working him over my obstructed path to the south was a real challenge but after a fairly long QSO, we managed to complete the QSO successfully
The Quadrantids shower was very good this year and I made a number of MS QSOs either just under 2000km or just over 2000km OH4LA in KP20LG produced outstanding bursts when I made a QSO with him near the shower's peak. OH3KLJ in KP21PH at 2042km was the ODX in this shower and a new locator, KN28, was worked courtesy of a QSO with UW8SM (KN28IV). I had been waiting to work KN28 for very many years and so was very pleased when the QSO was completed.
A MS QSO with SP5QAT in KO02 provided yet another new locator for me. ODX on MS in this years Geminids shower was YL2FZ in KO37QI at 2067km. Although this was not a new locator for me, the QSO provided YL2FZ with a new DXCC and a new locator too - Valdis was very happy.
Another new locator worked on MS FSK today - the rare IO99IW, thanks to a QSO with Martin, GM6VXB/P
08/08/2013 - 13/08/2013
The Perseids meteor shower was one of the best I have experienced here. I completed my MS ODX at 2225 km and worked 6 new locators.
A late season Es opening occured during the evening of the 13th. It was very spoty here though and I managed just 2 QSOs in the south of Spain.
Another new rare locator worked on MS FSK this evening- JP75DB - Thanks to a QSO with Peo, SM5EPO/3
Another new locator worked today using MS FSK, this time its JP51NX courtesy of a QSO with Morten, LA9DFA operating at his holiday QTH.
2 new rare locators worked on MS today - JP30 and JO98
07/07/2013 to 12/07/2013
A fantastic tropo opening in this period allowed me to work the new locators JN13, JN04, JN05, JN17 and JO37. I was able to work stations from LA/SM/OZ to the NE, Poland, Czech Republic and east DL in the east, to the SE - HB9 and also south into S France and EA. ODX was to SN7L in JO70ss at 1311km. Perhaps more to come in the next days too. The only LA worked was LA/DK2BJ in JO37NX ( A very rare locator). As at 12:26 on the 12th there is still tropo popagation here in IO81JM
A short Es opening this evening enabled me to work I8KRO/8 in JM88AR - this was a new locator for me. Later in the activity contest, I worked another new locator on tropo thanks to GI7RAU/P in IO65XC. 2 new locators in one evening - that is very good and I am happy.
I worked a new rare locator on 2m FSK MS this morning - SM3RPQ in JP74BT. This locator is very rare on 2m and I was very pleased to complete a QSO with Leif .
At 0801 a short 2m ES event took place. IV3GTH in JN65RU was heard for several minutes but the Es was very unstable so no QSO was completed.
My I-Pro traveller vertical antenna (3m long and ground mounted - no radials)
73 Lyn GW8JLY
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