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73's to all and hope to catch you on air so if you hear me please give me a call - cheers , John MM6AVE
My main interest is on the HF bands 80, 40, 20, 17, 15, and 10mtr. Experimenting with antennas at the moment because of my restricted garden space.
My main antenna a 3 element tri band yagi is mounted on a 21ft (6 mtr) mast mounted in the centre of the garden. Another non metal mast mounted 20ft or 6 mtr high is sited at the bottom of the garden holding my Western HF 10 dipole with another two dipoles mounted on various wooden posts around the perimeter.
I am currently using 2 x Kenwood 570 D's with Heil Proset and a ZX G4MH mini beam temporarily mounted only 6 metres high off the ground for the moment on a 21ft pole. Also using an HF 10 trapped dipole, which covers 80m, through to 10m in inverted V configuration and I operate with only 10 watts of power.
My usual times on air is between 19.00hrs and 23.00hrs weeknights and most of the day Saturday and Sunday at weekends.
Although only recently got into amatuer radio I have used radio equipment most of my adult life, in particular during my 11 years with the british army then as a CBer in the early 80s but have continued using radio comms up to the present at work with the British Red Cross where I have been for the last 15 or so years.
My home town of Saltcoats in Ayrshire is a small seaside town 30kms south of the city of Glasgow and my home is on a hill overlooking the sea which is a mile to the west and the closeby Isle of Arran which I can see over the rooftops from my upstairs bedroom window at the front of the house