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First licenced in 1985 with the call G1HEO and then started to study for the Morse test. I gained my class A licence in the October of the same year and with it changed my call to the current G0DGF.

Because my original Class B licence restricted me to VHF, my first foray into ham radio was with a IC-290E 2m multimode which I used mainly mobile. Having passed the morse test, but with limited funds I bought an oId FM CB radio and converted it to be used on10m.

I was fairly active on 2m and 10m FM up till the end of 1989 when family and other priorities caused me to go QRT until June 2013 when, having retired from work in 2012, thoughts turned once again to amateur radio. Unsure of how long this renewed interest might last, I thought that I would ease myself back without spending the earth, so I bought a CRE 8900 10m radio and Sirio Gainmaster antenna. The radio worked very well for what it was, but was awkward to tune quickly, so I missed quite a few chances to jump in with a rare contact. The antenna works very well however. With this set-up I worked N&S America, Africa, India, Indonesia as well as Europe, China and Asiatic Russia and, with a bit of patience,competed pretty well with the big boys.

Having now upgraded to an Icom 7400 and, with it, access to bands other than 10m, I will have to add to my available antennas. I have, in the short term, with a bit of help from an LDG AT-100 tuner, persuaded the Gainmaster to work on 15m, 17m and 20m. Clearly it's a bit deaf and dumb though.

For 2m I use a FT7900 mobile radio both in the car and at home with a Diamond X50.

I record my QSOs on the QRZ logbook as I find that the easiest option. I always look up the other station anyway so it is easy to log the QSO at the same time. This, I upload to LOTW frequently, depending on how many there are. In addition I use eQSL which is also uploaded via QRZ.com. Sadly, I do not use paper QSL cards any more since my return to ham radio.

If you hear me on the air from some far flung part of the world, or even from down the road, please say hi via the web contact box on here.

My other main interest is hotrods (My current '32 Ford pictured below)

 

 

 

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World Continents Award#2808
Granted: 2015-02-13 09:45:05   (G0DGF)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#2536
Granted: 2015-02-13 09:45:02   (G0DGF)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters Mixed
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