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I obtained the class B call G1JFK in UK in 1984 and was silent for nearly 20 years due to work commitments in the Royal Air Force. Now back on the air and keen to contact folks that would have known me as G1JFK. I am now mostly to be found on 40M voice or PSK31. Recently picked up an amazing Icom IC-7700 and this has turned my eye from Yaesu rigs and opened the HF bands up for me no end.

   The current live shack

Please excuse the stubble, it is a day off in the shack after all! This is the current shack with the IC-7700 in the bottom left, FT-950 above and FT-847 above that. The recently rebuilt FT-990 sits below the receivers and the buried TS-711e! 

Update Jan 16

Well the Gap Challenger broke in half with the winter storms and I had to find a suitable replacement. After a lot of soul serching and Google, I finally decided to buy a 7 band Cobwebb and mount it on the house. This antenna works well from 20-6m and I hope to soon have a 4m radio to test out its abilities in that area as well. To suppliment the Cobwebb I also mounted a Chameleon Emcomm 2 longwire in an inverted L configuration. Apprently this was the best for a small garden. So now I have 160-30m on the longwire and 30-4m on the Cobwebb. 

Update Feb 16

New Year new toys and I have finally decided to dip my toe in the sea that is called D-Star! ID-5100e and DVapDongle at the ready I am now getting setup for the new world. This weekend I will by mounting the Cushcraft AR270B above the Cobwebb to see if I can see any D-Star stations in Southern Ireland. I have already discovered that there are no repeaters down here and therefore the DVapDongle may be the only way to connect to the world for a little while. I have been eyeing a gateway that I may purchase if this first exploration works. This way the fellow amateurs in Southern Ireland may have a way of connecting. If anyone is in Southern Ireland and has any tips or advice then please get in touch.       

Update Mar 17

Well I took the plunge and bought the RFShark Openspot and I am hoping that it will allow me to connect to DStar and C4FM from my home location. To add to this I have invested in the Wavecom W4100DSP signals analysis tool to have some fun receiving on the bands. 

The Current shack -


HF - Icom IC-7700, Yaesu FT-950, Yaesu FT-990, Yaesu FT-847 C2, Flex-3000, Ranger RCI-2995dx
VHF/UHF -Yaesu FT-5100, Kenwood TM-241E, Kenwood TS-711E, Baofeng UV5R, Kenwood TH-K2ET, Icom ID-5100e, Kenwood TH-D74e, Yaesu FT-2DE

TX Antennas:

Gap Challenger-DX VIII (80-2m), G4KRG longwire (@120Ft ASL) (80-10m), Outbacker stealth (80-2m), TSM-1309, Discone 2000 (6,2m & 70cm), 2m Slim Jim, A 7-Band Cobwebb for 20-4m, Chameleon Emcomm 2 in an inverted L configuration for 160-30m and a Cushcraft AR270B

Antenna tuners:

MFJ-993B, Yaesu FC-20, MFJ-934


Microtelecom Perseus SDR, Yaesu FRG9600, Icom IC-R72, Funcube Pro (& Plus), Racal 6790/GM, Racal 1792

SWL Antenna:

Wellbrook 1530L (0-30MHz), RF Systems DX-500 (100KHz-500MHz), Discone (25-2000MHz)


Signalink USB, RigBlaster Advantage, AEA PK-232MBX, AEA PK-900, MFJ-1278DSP, HRD 6.2, RadioCom 6, TRX-Manager, RFShark OpenSpot

Signals Analysis:

Universal M-8000 v7.5, Wavecom W4100DSP


Yaesu MD-100, Yaesu MD-200, Heil Proset 7 IC, Heil PR781G through Tascam TM-D1000


I will be found mostly listening on 40, 20 & 15m and during the summer when the lower bands are poor I will be on 10m. I also monitor 145.7625 EI2KPR for local calls. If you know me or fancy a chat please drop me a message or give me a shout on the air.

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