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.
Photograph above right is from Hay Tor on Dartmoor looking east. About 5 mile from my home, below, my card is a photograph taken near to the village Widecombe on the Moor, on Dartmoor.
I live in a small village which sits on the eastern side of the Dartmoor National Park, I am a Paramedic working in nearby Newton Abbot. Previous (still listed) 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,
Baofeng UV5R , and GT 2 Mk 3. 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(also used on 15 metres)
Inverted L primarily for 60/80 metres but back up antenna with ATU on most HF bands.
Dipole for 60 metres centred on 5.3 mhz
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.
Also connected to the internet!
Information on Dartmoor http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dartmoor
Below are pictures of my portable operating on Dartmoor, just a mile east of Hay Tor, a simple inverted V for 60, 40 , 20 and 17 M and my FT817...fun if its warm and sunny!
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 (the last couple of years since having a full licence) talking to the locals on route from the ferry at Roscoff to our holiday locations, and also on trips to other parts of the UK . Getting a talk in to my airshow visits at Duxford from GB2IWM is excellent ! And I was proud to be able to operate from the station there too on all my recent visits. Thanks to G8IDL pictured below, who provided very useful traffic avoidance information on this years visits!
The wonderful Lake District, lovely holidays and recently some radio operation too..with breakfast!
Lovely stay in France this year(2014) lovely stay, and a little radio play too!
60/80 metre operation
On these bands 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.
As of November 2014 I have also made a dipole for 60 metres which generally has a better signal to noise ratio, and better reports received and given over the Inverted L. I still make use of the L though, sometimes is does give an advantage on 60 metres.
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.
Dartmoor above, and River Dart below, where I love to kayak (when weather and time permits) with my family.
Trevina, sadly no longer with us but remains in our thoughts, guarding the antennas!
Wire in the sky.
A thing of beauty!
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