A QSO with me counts for the following:
CASHOTA Refs: G-536, G-539, G-542, G-546, G-2969 & G-5009.
World Rivers Award Ref: GR-001.
Worked All Britain: SD95.
I am in the activation zone for all References listed above.
Further details are below.
Is amateur radio only a hobby and nothing else?
Many amateurs believe that amateur radio is just a hobby and nothing else, and its prime purpose is to make many DX contacts on HF and to collect QSL cards, so why do you need to write an entrance exam for a hobby?
But in reality it is more than a hobby as it also provides a service to the public during disasters via Hamnet, or radio communications during public sports events.
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) is the international guardian of amateur radio and liaises directly with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), as well as to innovate and advance amateur radio - and it is sponsored by amateur radio societies around the world including the SARL.
The real facts are that the amateur radio service covers a large range of activities where every amateur can find some aspect of it to enjoy, which also includes experimenting, research and pioneering in the very wide field of amateur radio science and technology all the way to the top end of the microwave spectrum. This is why the ITU refers to amateur radio as a service and not as a hobby as exemplified by CB Radio.
Do you think for one moment that the ITU would have allocated so many VHF, UHF, SHF and EHF bands of valuable radio spectrum to hobbyists?
The above came from the The South African Radio League
Gargrave from the Pennine Way National trail, looking NE, with SOTA summit G/NP-029 (Sharphaw) in the background.
A waterfall over Malham Cove (a very rare sight) located 11Km (7mi) from my QTH
Marking the Seasons
UNESCO World Radio Day 2016
I can activate at anytime, CASHOTA ref # G-539 Gargrave Roman Villa. A QSO with me counts as I live within the activation zone of the site.
Gargrave Roman Villa
I can activate at anytime, CASHOTA ref # G-536 Paget Hall in Gargrave. A QSO with me counts as I live within the activation zone of the site.
I can activate at anytime, CASHOTA ref # G-546 Mesolithic flint scatters (sites of) in Gargrave. A QSO with me counts as I live within the activation zone of the site.
Mesolithic Flint factsheet
I can activate at anytime, CASHOTA ref # G-5009. A QSO with me counts, as I live within the activation zone of the site.
Eshton Hall, home of Sir Matthew Amcotts Wilson, 3rd Baronet, 1853-1914.
The building is of architectural interest (click on image for details)
OUT OF OBLIVION: A landscape through time
The Cold-War in Gargrave
I can activate at anytime, CASHOTA ref # G-2969 Gargrave ROC Bunker. A QSO with me counts, as I live within the activation zone of the site.
I can activate at anytime, CASHOTA ref # G-542 Stirton with Thorlby Toll-House. A QSO with me counts, as I live within the activation zone of the site.
The building is of architectural interest (click on image for details)
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).
I was active with the YHARG callsign MX0YHA and the PRG callsign MX0PHX
from the 19th of December 2015 to the 5th of January 2016 for the
'Yuletide & Winter Solstice Wireless Programme'
The Pennine Way, the first long distance walking route in the United Kingdom was 50 years old.
I was on air in commemoration
I was active with the YHARG callsign MX0YHA from the 7th of December to the 13th of December in support of GB200ADA
I was active from the 21st to the 25th of October 2015 with the callsign MX0YHA in support of GB0GMT which was operating from Mount Saint Bernard Abbey on the 24th/25th of October.
I was active on the 20 October 2015 in the 'Tolkein QSO Party', using the callsign MX0PHX, to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the publication of the 'Return of the King', the last part of the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
I was active on the 4th of October, from 'Robin Hood's Stone' on HF/VHF/UHF with Mike-M3GNS, for the new 'Robin Hood Award' which is being issued by the 'Phoenix Amateur Radio Club'.
I was active from the 19th of September to the 27th of September 2015 in support of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance as part of the International Air Ambulance Week 2015. I am registered as station # A010 for those of you who may wish to claim an Award.
I was active on the 12th of September 2015 representing St Andrew's Church in Gargrave as part of Churches & Chapels On The Air (CHOTA).
I was active on the 5th of September 2015 for 'YHA DAY' with the callsign MX0YHA as part of the celebrations.
I was active between the 27 July - 2 August 2015 in support of National Parks Week 2015
Magna Carta 800th Anniversary
15th June 2015
William de Forz (Fortibus) was one of the 25 Barons who signed the Magna Carta, his chief Manor was at Skipton Castle.
Seal of William de Forz
I was on air from the 10th of June until the 30th of June using the Club callsign of the
'Youth Hostels Amateur Radio Group' MX0YHA in commemoration.
A 'QSL Certificate' is available on request from MX0YHA.
I was active on the 18th of April 2015 for WARD.
World Amateur Radio Day
Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on that day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.
I was active from the 15-30 March 2015 with the callsign MX0YHA in support of British Summer Time - GB1BST operating from Woody's Top Youth Hostel, Lincolnshire over the period March 27-29th.
I was active from the 27th of September to the 5th of October 2014 in support of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance as part of the International Air Ambulance Week 2014. I am registered as station # A010 for those of you who may wish to claim an Award.
I was active on the 13th of September 2014 representing St Andrew's Church in Gargrave as part of Churches & Chapels On The Air (CHOTA).
I was active from the 11th-20th of August 2014 & the 7th-21st of December 2014 at various times on HF & 2m, with the callsign MX0YHA which is the Club Callsign of the Youth Hostels Amateur Radio Group
I was active between the 28th July - 3rd August 2014 in support of National Parks Week 2014
I was activating the Gargrave ROC Bunker ref # G-2969 between the 1st to the 10th of June 2014, for the ROC 700, commemorating the work of the ROC Seaborne who were aboard the ships during the D-Day landings of WWII.
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
1,400 km (870 mi)
Jul 26 2013 (SCET)
Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
I was active on the 19th of July 2013 to celebrate the Cassini Solstice Mission.
Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute
image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Carl Sagan - Pale Blue Dot
I was active using Doomsday station # 911 from 20th December until the 22nd December 2012.
N0D Official Doomsday Radio Station
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. Ingleton Home Guard
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 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 which is located in Northern England. Within the village there is the site of a Roman Villa
Many of you may know the village as the Leeds & Liverpool canal passes through as does the Pennine Way 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.
Gargrave Drumlin Field (13a)
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.
Holder of the 'fair QSLer'award from UX5UO. www.ux5uoqsl.com
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.
Belgian Railway Stations Award Member #: 180.
European Collins Collector Association Member #: 0066.
Phoenix Amateur Radio Club Member.
Youth Hostels Amateur Radio Group Member.
Phoenix Radio Group Member.
RAIBC - The Charity Working for Radio Amateurs with Disabilities Member.
Essex Ham member.
Campaign for the Respect of the QRP Frequencies Member #: 326.
100 Watts and a Wire Radio Club Member.
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, with the G5IJ Matching Transformer in the 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.