I started in amateur radio as a short wave listener in the 1960’s and joined the International Short Wave League. My SWL callsign was G-13124. I later joined the Radio Society of Great Britain and my SWL callsign was BRS32525.
I became perhaps the best known SWL through my column in Radio Communication from 1967 – 2005, which provided news, listening tips and advice for short wave listeners. Many licensed hams also learnt much from my columns! I also wrote the SWL column in CQ Contest for several years. I heard 324 DXCC entities as an SWL and have them all confirmed.
I obtained my M3RCV Foundation licence in 2003, and my 2E0RCV Intermediate licence in 2009. I passed the Advanced exam and obtained my M0MCV Full licence in 2010.
I am President of Cray Valley Radio Society (www.cvrs.org) and was Team Leader for four big special event stations – M2000A to celebrate the Millennium, GB50 to celebrate HM Queen’s Golden Jubilee in 2002, GB200T for the Bi-centenary of the Battle of Trafalgar in 2005, and 2O12L to celebrate the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games in 2012. In 2014 I helped to organise the 2SZ special event station for the Radio Society of Great Britain to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the first QSO between England and New Zealand.
I operate SSB on all bands from 1.8 to 432MHz. I am a keen DXer with 256 DXCC worked (226 confirmed). I also enjoy contests and am a member of the successful M8C contest team. My favourite band is 6m - with 72 DXCC worked since 2010. I am a member of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), the Chiltern DX Club (CDXC) and the UK Six Metre Group (UKSMG).
I was active ‘holiday style’ as MU0MCV during 2010 and 2011 and held the special calls MR0MCV (Celebrating the marriage of Prince William of Wales and Catherine Middleton) during April and May 2011 and MO0MCV (Celebrating the London Olympic Games and Paralympic Games) during July and August 2012. I operated as MV0MCV (Celebrating 100 years of the Radio Society of Great Britain) in July 2013.
Equipment at M0MCV includes a Yaesu FT-1000MP Mark-V(HF), FTV-1000 transverter for 6m, Icom IC-7400 (2m) and Icom 910 (70cms). Antennas in use are a Cushcraft R-6000, G5RV, 5ele Create Yagi for 6m, Tonna antennas for 2 and 70cms.
I QSL all cards received direct or via the RSGB bureau.
Hope to make contact soon! 73 Bob M0MCV.
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