First of all, for those who don’t like to read the full blurb, please read this, it might save you some disappointment:
QSL INFO FOR QSOS FROM MAY 1st 2016 ONWARDS: PLEASE READ CAREFULLY
1. Send me an email with the QSO details and I'll pop you a card in the bureau. Save on a card, save on half of the bureau work.
2. Send me a direct QSL request with an SAE and sufficient postage and I'll post you a card back.
3. Send me a card via the bureau ensuring that you put a sentence saying why you want the card (PSE QSL for TPEA award, PSE QSL for band/mode slot", "PSE QSL to confirm province" etc etc. No PSE QSL with a reason? no return QSL.
A WORD ABOUT DX
I like chatting to anyone anywhere, however, my time is limited and there are moments where I like to take advantage of a band opening, for example early morning long path to the pacific. If you are in europe and hear me call DX, please wait and don’t call me unless you are sure nobody is answering me. I do appreciate it.
If I’m making a general CQ call, I’m more than happy to chat to anyone and especially to new licencees and anyone who I can help enjoy the hobby a bit more.
THE FULL STORY
Thanks for visiting my QRZ.com page. There is a fair amount of information here, either directly or through links, but if you want me to elaborate on anything, feel free to drop me an email. I may take a while in replying, I’m a a busy guy, but I’ll get there eventually.
I have a bit of static content on my web http://ea5on.blogspot.com.es .For a bit more dynamic interaction, “like” my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/EA5ON and you can follow the occasional updates, photos, etc which I post there.
I am a keen mobiler and 90% of my activity is from the mobile. This started off in 2000 as a result of limited time availability at home. My first basic station, using a TS140S and helical whips, has undergone many changes since then. The current setup uses:
Metron 1000 amplifier (can do up to 600w if the stars are aligned, usually run at 400w +/-)
MFJ-1979 telescopic antenna for 20-6m.
This is my normal location in the Marina in Valencia.
Check out the video of how my old antenna went together here:
My current entity total from the mobile is 330 (329 confirmed).
I am missing contacts with the following entities to have “worked them all”:
ITU New York
Apart from having an efficient high power station, I am able to operate from a location surrounded by salt water, very close to my work QTH. If you don’t know why this is the best thing since sliced bread, I suggest you check out www.k2kw.com . The site is quite old now but the info is very relevant.
For anyone interested in mobiling and wanting to get more out of their station, I also suggest www.k0bg.com . You might not like everything you read but there’s no doubt that this is the number one source of everything HF mobile on the web. Congrats Alan for such a super job.
I’m a member of the real HF mobile group, check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1544193742552232/?ref=ts&fref=ts
I’ve always been fascinated by portable operating in the hills, ever since a gentleman called Conrad introduced me to it when I was a teenager.
Nowadays, almost all of my portable operating is centred around activating trig points for the DVGE (Diploma de Vértices Geodésicos de España) run by the Radioclub Henares.
Trig points, or triangulation pillars, are points erected on high spots, and used in the past for mapmaking. They are mostly obsolete now due to the use of GPS, but the national Instituto Geografico Nacional maintains the more than 11000 trig points throughout Spain and the islands. RCH has organised an excellent diploma which has a large number of followers and activators.
This is Pico Santa María, just over 1100m ASL:
You can check out a couple of short videos I made here:
And you can check out all my activities to date on the RCH website here:
I love the combination of hillwalking, operating portable, and being able to hand out new references to those who follow the diploma.
The current setup uses:
Elecraft KX3 with internal batteries and a picopaddle keyer for CW.
Hardrock 50 amplifier with 12V 20A golf cart battery
Homemade dipole held up on a 7m fishing rod which doubles as a walking stick
I’m always looking at ways to make the station more efficient, reducing weight and maintaing a good signal.
I have been interested in contesting ever since I did my first multi contest with my good friend Tony EA5DF, back in 1992.
Since my fixed station is not contest capable, I have always operated either mobile or portable, or part of a team at someone else’s shack. I have a fully loaded Elecraft K3 which I can put in the back of the car and plug in to someone else’s big antenna!
This is the ED3X contest station in Cataluña, run by EA3QP Eugeni and EA3IN Marcel:
Me running in CQWW SSB 2016, with Eugeni in the foreground
Big thanks to EA5DFV and the ED3X owners for letting me take part with them over the years. Also big thanks to all the guys in the now defunct ED5T station. We may not operate together as a team at the moment but I still feel proud to be part of Spains best contest team J. Finally also big thanks to my lifelong friend Paul EA5IKJ / GM0OPK for letting me use his station for the odd contest. Thanks to him I won world #1 10m QRP in CQWW SSB 2014. This is still the european record.
And last but not least, I have been involved to a greater or lesser degree in the organisation and operation of the spanish HQ team since 2005. We are still looking for a first place after coming very near on a number of occasions. Organising and operating an HQ team is a unique and wonderful experience!
EF4HQ 40m SSB 2016. Second place in the HQ category.
I live in central Valencia and suffer bad electrical noise. Living in such a densely populated area its virtually impossible to track down and eliminate noise. In spite of that, I have a station at home consisting of the following:
Yaesu FT2000D (with the AC0C roofing filter)
I can run a very clean kilowatt by running the rig in class A mode before amplifying the signal. I detest folks that have a dirty wide signal and try to ensure mine is nice and clean.
OTHER GENERAL INFO
Although I am a resident in Spain since 1991, I am originally from Scotland.
Currently also licenced as GM7CXM (since 1988) and US general class N5GIN (originally KG5JQD)
I have also operated from C6, G, GW, EI, OZ, SM, DL, ON, PA, LX, F, I, YO, HB9, EA6, EA8, OK
When I’m not on the radio, most likely I’ll either be at work, in the export department at Mediterranean Shipping Company (www.msc.com), or enjoying life with my wonderful family.
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