Hi there. If you are reading this then its quite likely that we have just worked each other or are working right now.
My name is Peter. I was born in 1956 in West London and spent all my working life at London Heathrow Airport. I took early retirement a few years ago and in 2001 I moved out of the London area to a small town called Market Harborough in Leicestershire.
From as far back as I can remember I have always had an interest in radio; and after a long spell as a SWL I finally took the class "B" radio exam in 1983 and was issued with the call G6UMJ. A year later in 1984 I took the morse code test and was issued a class "A" licence and given the call sign G4XEX.
I have put several Special Event Stations on air and run the station GB0BON for the Welland Valley Amateur Radio Society every June from Ruperts' View just outside the village of Naseby.This is site where the decicive battle of the English Civil War was fought in c1645.
I am also one of the volunteer operators of GB3RS at the RSGB National Radio Centre in Bletchley Park, and the QSL manager for GB3RS. I hope to work you from the state of the art demonstration station GB3RS at Bletchley Park, the home of the code breakers, in the near future.
I am active on all bands from 80m to 10m HF and 144-145/430-440 Mhz. My favourite modes are SSB, BPSK31 and RTTY. I try to get on air at least once or twice a week and try to go on air whenever there is a HF contest, so you may well find me on air then. After a 30 year break I am also trying to get back into CW. It is taking me a while to get my recieve up to speed and my sending needs a lot of improvement, I am also trying to get to grips with a bug key for the first time, so if you work me on CW please be patient.
I am occasionaly asked how to put the "CQ" and the "73"on the waterfall when using PSK or RTTY. The program I use is HRD and Digimaster 780, It is quite simple to do. Use theTag < ident : CQ >
For HF voice I use a Yaesu FTDX 3000 + Ameritron AL-811H Amp (400w) + Palstar AT1KM ATU.
For Digital HF I use a Yaesu FTDX 3000 - Built in sound card + HRD Digimaster + Acer laptop.
For mobile HF I use a Yaesu FT 857
For 5 Mhz HF I use a Yaesu FT-70GH through a FC-70M ATU + 9:1 unun into an end fed wire.
For VHF/UHF I use a Trio TS-780 through a MML144/100s and a WELZ SP-350SWR/PWR meter.
For portable/Digital I use an Icom IC-92D.
A Full size G5RV runnung NE-SW. (80m, 40m, 20m, 15m )
Seperate half wave wire dipoles for 10m, 12m, 15m, 17m, 20m and 30m bands
A TB1 Triband (10m 15m 20m)
A random long wire antenna end fed through an 9:1 unun running N-S. (5 Mhz and 427 Khz)
I am also experementing with a Cobweb for (10 - 12 - 15 - 17 - 20)
The picture below is of my shack. THE "OUBLIETTE"
Me Working GB3RS My daughter Charlotte working GB3RS
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ECHOLINK NODE 945983 G4XEX-L
The echolink gateway G4XEX-L is off air at the moment due to the PC that runs it crashing and the failure of the sound card. It should be back up and running within a month when it is you can find it by keying in node number 945983.
The Notice of Variation allows me to run the link, G4XEX-L, for a maximum of 8 hours a day, seven days a week from my home QTH but only when I am on the premises. The gateway, node number 945983, will operate with a maximum bandwidth of 12.5 KHz, on a frequency of 430.0125 MHz FM and a CTCSS of 77 Hz .Being on top of a hill at a height of 122m and with an output power of 5 dBW it should give good coverage of Market Harborough and the Bowdens.
QSL / SWL DETAILS
I have collected QSL cards since my SWL days and still do. I QSL 100% to all QSL and SWL cards sent to me either direct or through the bureau. I also send out e'QSLs for all contacts made. If you want to QSL's direct please send a self addressed envalope and 2US $, postage from the UK has gone up in price quite a lot. Direct QSL's with no US$ or with IRC's will be returned via the bureau. I am also QSL manager for several special calls including GB3RS from Bletchley Park and regrettably can no longer afford to cover the postage of direct QSL's myself. UK stations please send a SSAE. I try to send my cards out once a month so please be patient I will send them. If you are a licenced ham or a short wave listener and hear me i would appreciate a SWL card, i like to know where my signals are ending up!
I have recently started to upload my log to Clublog and use the OQRS sytem for both BUREAU and DIRECT QSL requets. I prefer to use the BUREAU and send cards out every two months. My CLUBLOG logbook is updated every week.
My current e'QSL card is shown above right next to my address details, my current paper QSL cards are the last two on the second row far right.The first is a picture of the old Robert Smythe grammar school here in Market Harborough, built in 1612 it is located in the town centre, the second is of a tram taken at the National Tramways Museum in Crich, Derbyshire.
G6UMJ QSL CARD
G4XEX QSL CARDS
SPECIAL PREFIX QSL CARDS
21-02-1983 to 05-04-1984 G6UMJ
20-05-1984 to 01-06-1984 GU4XEX/P
23-05-2010 to 03-06-2010 / 11-05-13 to 26-05-13 EA8/G4XEX/P
29-04-2011 to 09-05-2011 GR4XEX
05-05-12 to 10-06-2012 GQ4XEX
21-07-12 to 09-09-2012 GO4XEX
05-07-13 to 30-07-13 GV4XEX
12-07-14 to 19-07-14 GW4XEX/M
QSL MANAGER FOR SPECIAL EVENT CALLS
MAY 1985 GV0ACF ARMY CADET FORCE
MAY 1986 and NOV 1987 G1MNW/GB0ACF/GB1ACF/GB6ACF ARMY CADET FORCE
FEB 2010 GG100MHG MARKET HARBOROUGH GUIDES
JUNE-JULY 2010/2011 GB0BON BATTLE OF NAESBY
FEB2012 - GB3RS RSGB DEMONSTRATION STATION, BLETCHLEY PARK
OQRS QSL request for GB3RS
I am a member of several clubs.
The RSGB http://www.rsgb.org/
RADIO AMATEUR OLD TIMERS' ASSOCIATION# 2401, http://www.raota.org/
THE 30 METER DIGITAL GROUP # 2259 http://www.30meterdigital.org/
THE EUROPEAN PSK CLUB# 5312 http://eu.srars.org/
THE DIGITAL MODES CLUB # 2259, http://www.digital-modes-club.org/
BARTG # 8732 http://www.bartg.org.uk/
I am also the secretary of the WELLAND VALLEY ARS here in Market Harborough. http://www.wvars.com/.
I like to holiday in both Europe and America, and as of this year I will be taking my Icom IC-92DVHF/UHF with me to take advantage of the CEPT T/R 61-01 agreement. I will have some cards printed up after I return so I may even work you from your own country!
Best wishes and good DX to you all.
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