Hello and thanks for looking me up on QRZ, I am active on 60 to 10 metres and 2 metres and 70 cms locally. Shack and antennas are simple as you can see below but give me a lot of enjoyment. Local repeater GB3TR on Torquay, node 5582 on IRLP.
Please note new email address from 9 May 2014, old one still in use at the moment though!
I was active in the month of April 2014 with the club call of the International Shortwave League, logs of stations worked will be sent to ISWL shortley, thanks to all the stations I worked with that call sign.
I live in a small village on the east side of Dartmoor National Park, I am a Paramedic working in nearby Newton Abbot. Previous (still active calls) M6AIV and 2E0CKY.
Interested in radio, aviation, kayaking, photography amongst many other hobbies! I have a great love of Cumbria and the Lake District..always pleased to hear from and work stations in that area!
Icom IC 718, Yaesu FT817, FT60E, FT2800M,
2 Baofeng UV5R , Tait ex PMR for 2 metres,
MFJ 941E Versa Tuner, LDG Z817 ATU,
BHI noise cancelling speaker.
Yaesu VR120 and VR 500 wide band scanning receivers.
Offset Dipole for 40 to 10 metres (excluding 12 metres)
Inverted Vs for 12 and 40 metres
Inverted L primarily for 60 metres but back up antenna with ATU on most HF bands.
Comet GP3 VHF/UHF vertical, and a portable Inverted V link dipole for 60 to 17 metres.
Very lucky to have a lovely place to live with my lovely family here in the South devon.
Information about stones depicted on my QSL image can be found at
Below are a couple of pictures of my portable operating on Dartmoor, just a mile east of Hay Tor, a simple inverted V for 40 , 20 and 17 M and my FT817...fun if its warm and sunny! I activate the local ROC bunker (Manaton) from here from time to time.
Below, operating on 5 Mhz from about a mile SE of Widecombe in the Moor, (SX67) on 60 M. In the background is the portable inverted V and this is the exact place my QSL card image was taken.
I do operate a little mobile with either a Yaesu Ft2800M or FT817 with a simple magmount antenna. Was great in France last year talking to the locals on route from the ferry at Roscoff, and also on trips to Cumbria and Duxford. Getting a talk in to my airshow visits at Duxford from GB2IWM was excellent ! And I was proud to be able to operate from the station there too on all my recent visits.
David G8IDL operating GB2IWM, Duxford.
In the last week of October 2013 I enjoyed a lovely break with my Family in Bigert Mire in Cumbria, a small group of houses 10 miles north of Barrow in Furness. SD19. I took my Yaesu FT817 with me and ans a portable inverted V which used on 40 and 60 metres. On 60 metres had superb results with 5 and sometimes just half a watt all over the UK plus Demmark. Below are a few pictires of the simple set up and the near by locality. Thanks for all the great contacts made that week!
As you can see views that are superb...good food...a little radio...a great week!
France 2013...breakfast QRP style! Did the same this year, great to be able operate from France on our holidays!
60 metre operation
On 5 mhz band I have a simple but effective (it seems!) antenna system, originally for 80 metres and as a backup tx rx antenna. It consists of 124 feet of wire in an inverted L, with 3 x 1 metre earth rods and a very nice quality 9 to 1 unbalanced to unbalanced transformer from Balun Designs in the USA. 50 ohm coax back to the MFJ tuner, and it works well on tx and rx.
The antenna follows a suggestion from the transformer suppliers, so with the length taken from the cutting guide I have made a simple but effective antenna. Its is almost as good as my inverted V which I use on 40 metres with the same 100 watts of power.
I operate portable on 60 metres when I get the chance, with a Yaesu FT817and a portable inverted V, usually from Dartmoor
I keep a watch on the top part of the band on a regular basis always up for a sked or some antenna tests on this band!
9 to 1 transformer on shed wall, simple earth rods, far end of wire on a handy tree, supported near the end by a 6 metre fibre glass pole.
Below, River Dart, where I love to kayak (when weather and time permits) with my family.
'One of our cats Petal, guarding the antennas!
Wire in the sky.
A thing of beauty!
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