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Guys and Girls please take a few moments to read my qsl policy towards the end of the page as this helps avoid problems and or delays in the return of your card.



M5LRO is proud to be a member of the following societies or clubs :-

Pictured above is the new QSL card with Bodium Castle on the front. Mni Tnx once again to Gennady UX5UO for some brilliant qsl cards.

Pictured above with my dear friend Dan K7IA in MN, his tower not mine hi!!

Begali Magnetic Key - a delight!

The M5 call is very unique these days with only abt 270 remaining in the UK, originally a class A/B licence it gave us privaliges on all bands with 100watts. Once the CW requirement was abolished (CW WAS A GREAT LID FILTER) the authorities gave the M5's the option of changing to an M0 call and regardless of call we all got full 'A' licence status. Quite happy with my M5 call -I kept it!!

Main station equipmentis the Elecraft K3 tranceiver and P3 Pan Adapter.

I have been lucky enough to previously own both the Icom 7800heartand Yaesu FTdx9000d no, as good as they are, the K3 betters them both by some considerable margin in my opinion- I am delighted with the whole Elecraft Experience, it has to be said.

The station is also QRO capable courtesy of a Large Tetrode in a Slovakian Box cheeky


K3 rig - my personal favourite.


Please note, on the odd occasion that I do offer something for sale I NEVER take Western Union as a payment method - watch out for the scammers using other people's call-signs!

M3ZIM Teresa es M5LRO chris


Above is the lovely castle and Cathedral in the Historic City of Rochester, local to M5LRO - if you would like to see more of the local area please look here at the photo slide show.


Chris became interested in Ham Radio as a small boy listening to the guys across the pond chatting away on 20mtrs on an old Drake R4C and KW 202 when he was about 8 in my father's shack so a SWL for many many years. In the early 80's became intersted in CB radio which led to SSB Dxing on 11 meters.

Then of course did the wife and kids stuff and finally got interested again in the year 2000. A debt of gratitude to Chris's dear Dad, Terry G1VIE for his inspiration and tuition in the early days. Chris was determined to 'Do it Right' this time and would also like to thank Colin G3VTT (FOC) who taught him the RAE and then proceeded to bombard the brain with all this dit and dah stuff, the rest they say is history, Chris enjoys CW as his favourite mode - it tends to be fairly 'LID-FREE' compared to SSB.

Chris's love of CW has kept him sane in todays diluted & somewhat degraded hobby, alas Hamming is not what it once was and we have all noticed the change since the licences have become available more easier. All roads seem to lead to 'LIDville' that's for sure!!!

However - 'the man maketh the call-sign' and not the other way round, there are some jolly FB new ops out there and they are the future of our beloved hobby, so be an Elmer today and help, rather than hinder, the new blood!! One of the best Ops Chris knows is an M6 foundation licence holder.

Chris likes to wrag chew as well as work DX and when the two can be combined is when the hobby comes into its own and he is often found chewing the fat with his mate Dan K7IA for many an hour.

He does some contesting too but only for fun, rarely enters his log, it's just for fun after all, but glad to give away the points than many stations need for their competitive spirit.

He would like to thank his long time friend K7IA for the mentoring during the N1MM learning curve, it was a steep one hi!!

He also likes to work QRP CW operation & enjoys the challenge of working DX on 5 watts. He is always good for a rag-chew & enjoys working all over the world.  The favourite bands are 30/40m during sunspot minimum and 17/12 meters during maximum.

Chris very much enjoys the laid back DX and the conversationalists on the 17m band.

His favourite mode, without question, is CW (still mastering the art) and he can be found on all bands but mostly 30/20/17 and now 12 mtrs now the higher bands are playing ball.

Also QRV on RTTY and PSK these days, liking the intergration of the radio with the computer and also enjoying the low power possibilities of using these modes.

Antenna system at M5LRO

The main station antenna is a Hexbeam 20m thru 6m - works great.

30 meter loaded Mono Band Home Brew Rotary Dipole - works suprisingly well.

5 Element Home Brew LFA Yagi for 6m (courtesy of Justin, G0KSC's design)- put up in the summer months.

These are mounted on a pnuematic ex British Army Mast called a Scam 12 (Self Contained Army mast), which is raised using 10-12 psi of air pressure. Chris has engineered a small control circuit with solenoids and limit switches allowing the raise and lower the mast from within the shack. This is a wonderful item and puts the 20m element of the Hexbeam at 14mtrs inside 45 seconds. All antennas are at 2-3 meters above ground when the mast is in the down position making antenna construction work and swap outs, tests etc an easy task.

There is a big doublet for 80/40/30 which is 185 ft long fed with 100ft of 600 ohm openline for all the other bands. This was designed to be a double extended Zepp on 40 and it really does work wonderfully.

There is also a vhf/uhf station here comprising of a Yaesu FT847 with various antennas, 2mtr & 70cm Collinear, 19 element 70cm Yagi although he hardly uses it as is mainly an HF operator.

Always enjoying the challenge of making new antennas, the WARC bands are currently being enjoyed with some home brew yagis and other designs to make the most of these super bands.

Chris has 5BDXCC as well as the 17m and 12m bands, as well as 5 Band WAC all modes, WAZ, WAS on multiple bands/modes, WAS Triple Play, ARRL Challenge, abt 390 IOTA and the IARU Region 1 & 3 Awards too. He likes the wall-paper and continues to collect it hi hi!

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EPCMember Nr 1874

Pictured above is a home brew 'double delta', 2 elements on 17 mtrs made using fibre glass fishing poles - what a great antenna for abt $40, hi hi - just love playing with antennas - the business end of the station makes all the difference, of course.

Chris is 50 years old and is married to the lovely Teresa (Also licenced as M3ZIM). There is no 'station manager' or 'her who should be obeyed' here - a happy Ham is a happy Man!!

Between them they have 6 grown up children, 4 daughters, Zoe, Gemma, Shelby and Jessica and two sons, Daniel (M3DJP) and Jonathan, who are all doing well as they branch out in lives of their own. Just one Grandchild currently, more to follow I am sure, Life is never Dull!!

His other interests are Land-Rovers from off-roading to restoring old series vehicles. Chris currenty owns a 1959 series II which he restored in 1998.

As can be seen Chris is a keen Land-Rover owner and hence the call suffix 'LRO' hi hi

Sadly after a bad accident in 2001 the off-roading side of this interest had to be canned due to a neck injury which prevents the rough and tumble.

QSL Policy

Please note IRC's no longer acceptable here in England - No IRC please !!

NO Stamps, they don't work in any other country except 'yours'!!

Direct Cards -I am afraid these days, due to ever rising costs, please include $2 to help with return postage.

Domestic UK stations just require an SAE.

Insufficient postage contribution will return via Bureau from now on.

Chris will alway QSL 100% either via bureau or directly and does respond to all cards by whichever method.

If you have sent M5LRO a QSL card and for any reason you have not had a return QSL please feel free to contact via the e-mail below to confirm with the log.

Please bear in mind that the bureau takes time but is the preferred QSL Route for paper cards.

Let us all save money and deny thieves.

Bureau is slower but reliable but saves us all with ever increasing postal prices.

Chris now uses the superb LOTW (Logbook of The World) and highy recommends it as confirmation but please remember this is not a QSL service but is more and more becoming the most realistic option as postal prices increase dramatically that affects us all.

I still forward QSL cards for some stations using LOTW and reply and respond to any card.

Chris still sends and likes to receive paper QSL cards - you will always get a card by return 100%.

Please also checkout the Facebook page here....


There are now over 36000 QSO records on LOTW with 6000 confirmed- you could be one of em!

Chris also uploads to e.QSL.cc as a ''courtesy'' for replying to other stations but does not use this system personally.

Please be so kind as to send a proper Paper QSL card via the bureau these are very important for ARRL, IOTA and RSGB awards programmes that are participated in - eQSL are useless for all of these awards I am afraid.

M5LRO is very grateful to all those stations who over the years have sent their QSL cards for the collection and awards programmes.

M5LRO returns 100% to all SWL stations and all reports are most welcome. Please indicate clearly on ur card that you are SWL and it will be responded to.

Wishing everyone 73's, good DX & looking forward to meeting you on the air. Good Health and Happiness to all, May God Bless your house as he does ours.

emails and signal reports are most welcome from all stations or any SWL to chrispickett@blueyonder.co.uk

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QRZ Logbook Summary for - M5LRO
Latest Contacts for M5LRO at QRZ.com
dedateband mode grid Country op
EA8ED 2014-01-25 12m SSB IL27gw Canary Islands Jose Antonio Ruiz Rivero
K9YM 2014-01-19 15m SSB EN52lk United States DAVID O LEWIS
M0PAW 2014-01-11 40m SSB IO80fl England Keith Pawley
IZ2ZEX 2013-12-21 40m SSB JN45kx Italy Heinz Kohlhaas
MW0RSS 2013-12-15 40m CW IO73ud Wales Peter Walton
PA3EYK 2013-12-13 40m CW JO32bd Netherlands L PFAFF
IT9IWU 2013-12-10 30m CW JM78ic Italy Scarvaci Vincenzino
KK4PAB 2013-12-09 20m SSB FM17tb United States Joseph A DeRyder, Sr
DM2LI 2013-12-08 40m SSB JO44oi Germany Peter P.K. Kobrinowski
4X6YY 2013-12-08 15m SSB KM71od Israel ISAAC LAVI
N0OIB 2013-12-07 17m SSB EN35kc United States Robert L Tinney
WA6RKK 2013-12-07 17m SSB DN17ot United States RANDALL A DOMINICAK
E74RO 2013-11-20 40m PSK31 JN74xx Bosnia and Herzegovi Redzep Pehlic
SV1QEK 2013-11-15 30m CW KM27ax Greece OTHON SARIDAKIS
OE7WRH 2013-11-10 30m CW JN77nm Austria Werner Winkler

Book Totals: 970 qso's   864 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

World Continents Award#6491
Granted: 2015-03-08 10:00:04   (M5LRO)

  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#5395
Granted: 2015-03-08 10:00:04   (M5LRO)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
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