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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 chasing DX on 80, 40, 20, 17, 15, 12, and 10mtr. Experimenting with antennas at the moment because of my restricted garden space.

My main antenna is a G3TXQ Hexbeam built by Anthony MW0JZE, a 5 band hexbeam on a Hi-gain rotator fixed to a 16ft (5 mtr) scaffolding pole clamped onto a second 21ft scaffold pole clamped and mounted in the centre of the garden making the antenna around 24ft from the ground (8 mtr). Another non metal mast 20ft or 6 mtr high is sited at the bottom of the garden holding my Western HF 10 dipole, I also have a 2mtr/70cm./6mtr vertical antenna mounted on the chimney on top of the roof of the house.
I am currently using 2 x Kenwood 570 D's with Heil Proset with HC5 element pushing through the Hexbeam. Also using a Western HF-10 trapped dipole, which covers 80m,through to 10min inverted V configuration and I operate with only 10 watts of power. I also have a Yeasu FT 757 GX and 757 Auto Tuner which comes out now and again pushing through a Prowhip 10mtr Vertical which covers 160 - 10 when I go portable, either sited on one of the many local beaches or high on the local hills overlooking the sea.
My usual times on air is between 19.00hrs and 23.00hrs weeknights and most of the day on weekends Saturday and Sunday.

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 nearby Isle of Arran which I can see over the rooftops from my upstairs bedroom window at the front of the house Ayrshire is of course the birthplace of the great Rabbie Burns, poet and songwriter most famous for the poem Tam o Shanter .

I am a member of the Local Ayr Amatuer Radio Group which has the distinction of being the club from which the late Mike Dalrymple initiated the Lighthouse weekend event and regularly take part in that event with the group from the picturesque and world famous Turnberry Lighthouse situated on the world renowned Turnberry golf course.

Thank you for taking the time to look me up presumebly because you have worked me, so I wish you 73s and good luck in all you do, till we meet further down the log bye bye from Sunny Saltcoats on the Scottish West coast.

Me in my shack

 

My hexbeam mounted on poles

My equipment

 

Wider shot of the hexbeam

 

Hexbeam antenna

My other love was my motorbikes when I was younger

A SHORT TOWN HISTORY

Saltcoats' name is derived from the town's earliest industry when salt was harvested from the sea water, carried out in small cottages along the beach known as 'cots' in Scots. Other early industries in the town included coal mining, fishing and handloom weaving.

Saltcoats was the terminus of the Stevenston Canal, the first commercial canal in Scotland that carried coal from the numerous pits in Ardeer, Stevenston, and Auchenharvie to the harbour for export to Ireland or use at the saltpans.

After the turn of the twentieth century and the decline of salt panning in the town, Saltcoats became increasingly popular as a holiday destination. An old bathing pond was rebuilt during the 1930s,

becoming the largest tidal pool of the time in Scotland. Saltcoats beautiful sandy beach makes it a popular destination for holiday makers and daytrippers.

Saltcoats received Burgh status in 1528, which lasted into 1975 when it was integrated into the then new Cunninghame District Council (now North Ayrshire Council).

A view of our town's small harbour

The view down to the sea

 

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A look across one of the local beaches

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