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Grid OF88BC. QSL direct with self addressed envelope and US$2 or a current International Reply Coupon (IRC).

I was first licensed in the United Kingdom as G3ZZD at the age of 16, after a couple of years as a short wave listener. I operate from 1.8MHz to 144MHz , but my favourite band has always been 160m (the 'topband') and the preferred mode of operation CW DXing.I have 226 countries confirmed on 160m, along with 36 zones, from VK6.

The picture above shows me operating from VY2ZM as part of the mulltioperator team, lead by Jeff K1ZM, in the 2004 CQ WW 160 CW contest. Putting up Beverages in -25 degree temperatures in snow with Jeff, Peter WW2Y and Rob K2WI was just about the most radio fun EVER!

I have written widely on amateur radio since 1983, producing articles for a variety of magazines in Australia, the United Kingdom and the USA, many with my good friend Phil Harman, VK6APH and in particular about antennas, propagation and software defined radio.

From 1983 to 1985, I edited the now defunct UK magazine, 'Ham Radio Today', which was enormous fun but totally exhausting. Phil and I wrote the software defined radio section of the Radio Society of Great Britain's Radio Communication handbook (9th, 10th and 11th editions).

Radios: Elecraft K3, homemade HPSDR (High Performance Software Defined Radio) - see http://openhpsdr.org

Antennas: 160m and 80m - inverted vee dipoles at 27 metres (90 feet) high; 40m - 2-ele Moxon yagi with capacitively loaded elements remotely tuned from the shack at 20 metres (66 feet) high; and 20/17/15/10m - 2-ele delta loop (apex down) beam at 20 metres (66 feet) high.The 2-ele delta loop beam is nested inside the elements of the Moxon yagi on a single six-metre (19 foot) boom.

 

30 December 2013.

 

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