Gargrave from the Pennine Way National trail, looking NE, with SOTA summit G/NP-029 (Sharphaw) in the background.
Eshton Hall, home of Sir Matthew Amcotts Wilson, 3rd Baronet, 1853-1914.
The building is of architectural interest (click on image for details)
I can activate at anytime this CASHOTA Monument which has the ref # G-5009 for the CASHOTA Monuments Award Scheme. A QSO with me counts, as I live within the activation zone of the Monument.
World Rivers Award. A QSO with me counts for GR-001, River Aire. The river is at the end of my garden. (photo's below).
The Cold-War in Gargrave
I can activate at anytime, the ROC Bunker in my village, which has the ref # G-2969 Gargrave ROC Bunker, for the CASHOTA ROC Bunkers Award Scheme. A QSO with me counts, as I live within the activation zone of the Bunker.
I was active using the callsign MV0XLT from the 5th of July 2013 until the end of July 2013 as part of the Centenary celebration for the RSGB.
I was on air to celebrate the Cassini Titan 93 Flyby mission on the 26th of July 2013.
Titan (T-93) Flyby
I was active on the 19th of July 2013 to celebrate the Cassini Solstice Mission.
image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
I was active using Doomsday station # 911 from 20th December until the 22nd December 2012.
I was active with the callsign MO0XLT from the 21st of July-9th of September 2012 to celebrate a Summer of Sport.
I was active with Mike-M3GNS, using the callsign GB2ING at Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales, as part of 'Operation Homeguard' on the 7th/8th of July 2012.
I was active with the callsign MQ0XLT from the 5th of May-10th of June 2012
to celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee.
I was active throughout April 2012 for the CASHOTA Monuments month, activating the Stirton with Thorlby Toll-House, which dates from the 1840's
The building is of architectural interest (click on image for details).
I was active with the callsign MR0XLT from the 29th of April-9th of May 2011 to celebrate the Royal wedding.
I live in small village in the Yorkshire Dales www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/ which is located in Northern England. Within the village there is the site of a Roman Villa http://www.outofoblivion.org.uk/record.asp?id=240
Many of you may know the village as the Leeds & Liverpool canal passes through as does the Pennine Wa
y National Footpath trail and the Pennine Cycleway.
My QTH is an interesting one as I live in the centre of a concave bowl created by the local topography of glacial drumlins.
In his antenna-book Les Moxon, G6XN, describes interesting experiences: "very good results can be expected, particularly if the reflecting area is bowl-shaped so that it acts like a concave mirror to focus the signal in the desired direction".
Polar-Plot showing the rings of hills surrounding my QTH. North is at the top of the image. The circle is 10Km. The hills are close to my QTH!
The following website containing geological information maybe of interest.
As you can imagine some db gain is achieved from the shape of the landscape and my results on VHF are a surprise as is my HF.
All stations are worked using a minimal set-up (see below).
I have listed the clubs/groups that I am a member of as this maybe of interest.
Many thanks for looking me up and I look forward to working you on the air.
Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) Member.
Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio (SPAR) Member.
Worked All Britain (WAB) Member. Book #: 16733,18424,19940. WAB Square SD95.
British Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (BARLS) Member #: 511.
Brave Radio Friends (BRF) Honorary Member #: 046.
Rag Chewers' Club (RCC) Member #: 485.
Polish Club Flora Fauna (SP-CFF) Member #: 033.
Activity Group of Belarus Member #: 297.
QRP-ARCI 1000 Miles Per Watt Club Member #: 3253.
Thracian Rose Club Member #: 052-England.
Black Sea Contest Club Member #: 523.
GEO-DX-Group #: 011.
NorCal QRP Club Member.
KDR Member #: 1116.
Dolphins Radio Club #: 068
Transceiver: Icom IC-706 MKII. 100 watts HF/6M. 20W on 2M. Icom SM-20 desk mic. MFJ 945-E tuner.
VHF Antenna: Comet GP-15N tri-band collinear for 6M/2M/70Cms @ 6M agl, with a view looking South-East.
HF Antenna: G5IJ end-fed wire, 20M long @ 5M agl.
My antenna is sloping from the feedpoint at 5M agl to 2M agl at the far end, it then goes down towards the ground, finishing at just 0.45M agl.
Common-Mode Choke & G5IJ Matching Transfomer in a box.
Wire antenna to building by the river
The G5IJ wire now heading towards the ground.
The terminus of the G5IJ antenna at just 0.45M agl.
The antenna is suspended above an 82.5 square metre earth mat which is made from wire mesh, along with 6 x 1.2M earth rods. The water table is often only a few centimetres below the earth mat, as I live by a river.
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