Maidenhead Locator = IO90GX (Oct 2006 -> Present).
((Previous locations = IO91LC (May '98 - Sept '03), IO81KQ (Sept '03 - Aug '05), IO81PB (Sept '05 - Sept '06))
WAB Square = SU32
WAB Book Number = 15073.
National Grid Ref = SU 38006 20020
Latitude = 50 deg 58' 42" North
Longitude = 1 deg 27' 36" West
Site = ~40m ASL
To work out your QTF / Beam heading to my station. Try this link :
I am a 30 year old RF engineer currently located in Romsey, Hampshire.
I hold the following callsigns :-
- M0BTZ (Current callsign, since May 1998).
- 2E0ARB (since Dec 1997. Still used sometimes to work DX on VHF/UHF with QRP!).
- 2E1FMD (since Sept 1996. Mainly active 70cm FM),
I started the hobby as an SWL from ~1991 whilst still at school, and it has stuck with me ever since!
I am a bit of a homebrew fanatic. A big part of the hobby for me is building my own radio equipment for my shack. The radio shack contains a mixture of homebrew and commercial equipment.
The photos show my shack, and some of the homebrew power amplifiers for VHF / UHF. On the opposite side of the room (not shown) is my construction and test bench. This allows me to listen for activity on 2m/70cm whilst homebrewing a project!.
On the far left are my homebrew amplifiers :-
- Single 4CX350A DK1OF amp for 2m (First amplifier project!),
- Single 4CX250B amp for 6m
- Single 4CX250B amp for 70cm.
- W1SL High voltage PSU & W1SL 2 x 4CX350A 144MHz RF deck.
- K2RIW 2 x 4CX250B 432MHz RF Deck (not shown)
- 70MHz 2 x 4CX250B RF Deck
- 2 x 2C39 23cm amplifier & 1.2kV HV PSU.
I enjoy operating on all bands, with a bias towards Low-band DXing in the winter and VHF/UHF DX during the summer.
I tend to operate mainly on the VHF/UHF bands in SSB/CW modes. Currently QRV on 50MHz, 70MHz, 144MHz and 432MHz. I particularly enjoy contesting and DXing.
I also appear on the 160, 80 and 40m bands during the Winter months, and tend to be most active on 40m.
I prefer to use the older Icom VHF/UHF transceivers (IC251E/451E/551/275A) which work well for me and I like the ergonomics. Seperate single band rigs for each VHF/UHF band are my preference.
For HF, I prefer using the older Kenwood equipment for the HF bands (TS830S & TS940SAT).
I use transverters for operation on the 4m, 23cm and 13cm bands and drive them with an Icom IC-251E 2m rig.
In the past between 2001 -> 2006, I have activated the University of Surrey club station, G8AHK during VHF/UHF UKAC contests.
Nov 2011 - Present:- Romsey, Hants (IO90GX).
SWL Setup :-
- Lowe HF-150 / Lowe HF-225 Receivers.
- Racal RA6790GM Receiver.
- Homebrew "K5IRK Progressive Rx" Single conversion superhet ,9MHz IF. - Someday, I will put together a matching TX!)
- Eddystone 840C (1963 vintage)
- Homemade Medium Wave and Longwave Loop Antenna.
HF Setup :-
Kenwood Lineup :-
- TS-940SAT + MC-50
- (This transceiver is now back on the air after a long period of faultfinding- Tnx to ZL4AI for his website!)
- TS-830S - Love operating this old rig.
- AT-230 ATU
- SP-230 Speaker
- SM-220 Station Monitor
- VF-240 VFO
- MC-50 / Shure 444 Mic.
The old Kenwood transceivers are my favourite for HF - To my ears, they have a super receiver (after mods) and also have very pleasant audio. They are also very straightforward to operate - no menus to navigate!
Other Gear :-
- Icom IC-751A + Shure 444 @ 100W.
- Homebrew HF PA (160 - 10m). Uses 2 x RCA 813's in grounded grid arrangement, with 2.7kV on the anodes.
(Sits on the floor and keeps the shack nice and toasty during the Winter months!).
- Also various homebrew HF QRP transceivers for fun.
- Homebrew 1kW ATU - W1FB "SPC Transmatch" design with two bigC's and Rollercoaster L + T200-2 toroidal 4:1 balun
During 2013, all QSO's on HF will be made with 100W output.
Current HF antennas:
- For 40m -> 10m :Homebrew Inverted-V 66ft Doublet . 40m ->10m. Feedpoint at 35ft. Fed with 450 ohm slotted ribbon from the shack.
- For 160m & 80m :Approx 94ft End-fed wire mostly 20 - 25ft high routed over the garden and garage. Homebrew outdoor configurable ATU with a bigtapped loading coil to obtain a 1:1 match on both bands. Inductance added at base to tune 160m.Antenna is remotely fed with RG213 coax from the shack with feedpoint kept as far from the house as possible to reduce noise pickup.
This combination of antennas allows me to instantly QSY from 40m to 80m or 160m without retuning, which I tend to do frequently.
- 10m dipole and Half-size G5RV in loft space (mainly for SWL use)
50 MHz Setup :-
- Icom IC-551
- 4CX350A Amplifier (Homebrew) or TE Systems 50MHz 150W SSPA
- (Homebrew 2 x 4CX250B PA (in 19" rack) - Not yet operational)
- Homebrew BF981 Preamp.
- 3ele Homebrew DK7ZB short boom yagi.
- Other antenna options : Switched attic space wire beams. 3ele wire beam (North), 2ele wire beam (East). 5ele F9FT.
70 MHz Setup :-
- IC-251E+muTek Prime mover with elderly Spectrum 4m transverter TRX4-2I
- Homebrew 10W PA with an MRF238 device.
- Homebrew Masthead BF981 Preamp.
- Homebrew 2 x 4CX250B PA (currently off air) or Homebrew desktop 150W SSPA with MRF-150 (under construction).
- Antenna = HB9CV or Homebrew 5ele DK7ZB 70MHz Yagi.
(Operate mostly SSB/CW)
144 MHz Setup :-
- IC-275A / IC-251E+muTek.
- Mirage 160W SSPA. Run at 100W most of the time.
- Homebrew W1SL (2 x 4CX350A PA) (in a19" rack).
- Landwehr GaAsFET Preamp or Homebrew BF981 / MGF1302 Preamps.
- Antenna = 11ele F9FT Yagi.
QRV mostly SSB/CW.
FM Setup : FT7900 + 50W and X-300 Colinear Antenna (2*5/8ths lambda) at 7m AGL.
432 MHz Setup :-
- IC-451E - Modified front end with BF998 for slightly more gain & lower noise figure.
- 100W SSPA
- Homebrew K2RIW 2 x 4CX250B PA (19" rack) - RF Deck construction in progress.
- Homebrew Compact 3 x 2C39 70cm PA (DJ9HO design)
- Homebrew MGF-1302 LNA or SSB Electronics masthead preamp.
- Current antenna = 19 ele Homebrew DL6WU design at 11m AGL. (I built a pair, but I am just using a single yagi at the moment. The boom length is a bit shorter than a 21ele F9FT, I can tune the feedpoint and it suits my QTH. They work well!)
- Other options : Pair stacked F9FT 21-ele yagis, (old!)
FM Setup : FT7900 + 45W and X-300 Colinear Antenna (5*5/8ths lambda) at 7m AGL.
1296 MHz Setup :-
- DB6NT transverter + Homebrew Mitsubishi M57762 module PA for 15W o/p.
- Homebrew MGF-1302 Preamp.
- Homebrew 4 pole Interdigital BPF.
- Homebrew 2 x 2C39A Cavity PA & 1.2kV Homebrew PSU (~150w)
- Current antenna = 26 ele Homebrew DL6WU
- Other options, homebrew 2 x 37 ele Loop Yagi (~4m boom), Homebrew Stacked Double Quad (DJ9HO style) for /P. Homebrew 3m Dish under construction (for EME - one day!), 48ele DL6WU Homebrew.
Recently became QRV :- Currently working on a switched masthead preamp.
2320 MHz Setup (Not QRV yet)
- DB6NT transverter. (Recently de-bugged and now working, needs casing and finishing off).
- Homebrew 4 pole Interdigital BPF.
- Homebrew 60W SSPA (DC0DA module) + 28V PSU
- Single 2C39 cavity PA (alternative).
- Homebrew MGF-1302 Preamp.
- Homebrew 4 x44 ele G3JVL Loop Yagis on 2m boom and H-frame, 4 x Homebrew Stacked DJ9HO Double Quad with combiner for /P.
- Homemade 3m dish under construction (EME)
(SSB/CW - Plan to be active as a small EME station one day)
Not currently QRV :- Need to box up the transverter with Sequencer, Relay and 60W PA.
3410 MHz Setup (Not QRV yet)
- Homebrewed 70-ele loop-yagi.
Collecting bits for a transverter.
Recently received some GaN 40W Power Transistors to have a go at homebrewing a solid state PA for 9cm's!
10 GHz Setup (Not QRV yet)
- Homebrew WBFM Gun diode transceiver under construction.
- 60cm dish (for /P)
- 120cm solid dish),
- Pair homebrew 20dBi Horns for WBFM transceivers.
- I will be looking to become active on 10GHz SSB/CW, once the other bands are sorted out.
Groups & Memberships
- Member of the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) and working towards CEng.
- RSGB Member.
- Member of ARMMS Microwave Society.
- Member of UK Microwave Group.
- Member of the UK Six Meter Group (UKSMG), #2929
- Alumni of University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, UK. (Electronic Engineering)
- Former employee at Roke Manor Research Ltd.
Interests within Amateur Radio
- VHF/UHF DX
- Microwave bands (SSB)
- VHF/UHF Technical aspects
- Homebrewing gear for VHF/UHF
- Low band DXing on 160, 80 and 40m (Mainly during the winter months.)
Test & Construction bench
The test bench sits directly opposite the operating position. Test gear includes Soldering irons, Oscilloscope, Sig gens, VHF/UHF signal sources, Freq Counter, Homebrew RF dB meter, LC meter, AF Sig gen, Two-tone signal source etc etc...Usually this bench is in a mess!!.
- I am a "Search and pounce" type of operator- A habit from my SWLing days!
- Operate in VHF /UHF contests.
- Casual HF Low Band DXer during Winter.
- VHF/UHF DXer during Summer.
- I operate mainly on SSB, but also some CW.
- My CW needs some further practice, but I can comfortably operate at 12 - 15 wpm when concentrating! If you hear me on CW then please have a little patience! My CW operating is improving gradually with practice.
You may QSL either via eQSL or direct to my home address with an SAE, or you may QSL via the RSGB Buro.
My QSL manager is 2E0VAG.
I am collect cards for HF DXCC and VHF/UHF awards.
I collect Locator Squares / WAB Squares / French Departments / German DOK information and US States.
I particularly value cards from any stations worked on VHF/UHF via long distance Tropo/Sporadic E/MS/Aurora/EME propagation modes, so please do QSL!
My other general interests also include Astronomy, Road Biking, Rowing, Music and HiFi/Audio.