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Sorry but I am NOT in the BUREAU - SO I DO NOT USE PAPER QSLs


in the log is good enough for me!

IMPORTANT COMMENT - Please read and pass on if you agree

If you are reading this you have most probably spoken to me recently

 and maybe on 17m.

 Most of us have enjoyed the hobby for many years,

unfortunately this enjoyment is being taken away, by not just a few

but many irresponcible operators.

By this I mean with one or all of the following.

 1. Working split frequencies and taking up space on narrow bands

See 12m & 17m.  - We have only 59Kc each on SSB after all

2. Operators calling over others when their call was not asked for.

Desperate to work a 5/9.....

3. The "DX" not controlling the rabble by insisting on some order.

4. Contest organisers not leaving a good portion on each band

for those who do not want to be in contests.

Don't they teach how to operate correctly in the classes these days?

Common sense I would have thought.




Any Audio recordings of our contacts, to hear how I sound, would be appreciated

(MP3 or WMA etc. to my email above) Thanks.

Me on the Downs Jan. 2013 Jubille Beacon - Dunstable downs.

Me standing on the Dunstable Downs (2Km. from my home) Jan. 2013...           The Queens Jubilee Beacon


Please do not send me cards through the bureau as I will not receive them.

Please Spot me on the Cluster - Thanks.........

Scroll down for more pictures!!

My amateur radio History:

First licenced in May 1985. Then as G1PLI in Riseholme, Lincolnshire.

Moved to Llysfasi College near Ruthin, Clwyd, North Wales, in September 1985 where I was a lecturer & senior tutor. (GW1PLI + GW0HWK)

Working home based very far as GW1PLI was difficult as we lived at the southern end of the Clwyd Valley. Most of my VHF contacts were through GB3GD on the Isle of Man, or Mobile from the top of the Clwydian mountains.

Took the CW test and was given the call GW0HWK in 1987

HF was with a Heathkit HW100 and homebrew multi band trapped dipole strung between the college buildings.

Moved to the village of Bwlchgwyn (the highest village in Wales) in July 1988. The FM DX really took off then! . 

Former secretary of The Rhyl and District ARC. (1980's)

Member of the "North Wales Wafflers" - North Wales Radio Club Contest Group - Winners of the 'Practical Wireless' Mag. low power contest 1998 + many other years!

Home qth now is Dunstable, South Bedfordshire. Approx. 35miles NNW of London

About 550'ASL on the North Western edge of the Chiltern Hills.

Radio Interests:

HF / VHF / UHF DX - Both SSB & FM - Rag chew, rather than 5/9 on your bike!

HF -Icom IC-718 + Hex Beam (G3TXQ Broadband version) + End Fed wire + Home brew Cobwebb antenna.

HF Amplifier - HLA 300 Plus - Solid state amp. 20watts drive gives 300watts out.

VHF/UHF -Yaesu FT5200 + FT 8900 + Kenwood TR-751E

My main array: 40ft. Pnuematic mast with the Hex Beam on the top..

The Hex Taking a bashing during storm "Doris" 23/02/2017

The Hex is mounted on an elevation rotator on the side of the mast as this is so close to the house..... Once the mast is pumped up the Hex is elevated into it's working postion.

HF Long Wire can be seen in the back ground.

This shows my son helping put the Hex together in my very small garden -- Just Enough Room!

Hex on the elevation rotator

Hex on the side of the mast ready to be pumped up....

Antennas from the road to the side of our house..  Hex@ 8m                                       Cobwebb @ 6m.

Home brew Cobwebb antenna - 10-12-15-17-20m (Only 6m. above ground)! On the back of the Garage......

The end of the End Fed wire is seen on the top of the pole

This is the patio of my small plot 35' x 35' plus the garage behind me!

A view from the road outside our house - not a big plot!

The working end of the shack. Top - Kenwood TR-751E 2m all mode.

Next down - Yaesu FT 5200 2m/70cms. FM.

Bottom- Spare MFJ Auto tuner.

Bottom right - Icom IC 718 HF.............

Free counters!

If you hear me, please give me a call.





March 2012

I have just come back from a Holiday in Malta, where I had hoped to work some locals on VHF/UHF.

But the Licence did not arrive at my home until after we had gone on holiday!!!!!!

Nice temporary call as well -- 9H3MD -- a pity as MD are my initials. I hope to apply when we go again.

Plus HF next time.

Moral = Apply earlier and don't rely on the post to arrive quickly. Silly me -- sad

My Trivia Thoughts

Question:::: Why do Stations carry on calling when a DX station calls for one Callsign only not theirs??????

What a waste of time...........................Even when working numbers some people cannot get it right!!!


Question:::: Why do some Stations work several other stations without giving their own call sign?

I believe to make a correct contact BOTH stations MUST give their OWN call sign during the contact.

Yet again most "DX contacts" are not actual proper contacts as they do not identify themselves!!!!!        What is the point of a 5/9 next please contact anyhow???


Question:::: Why do some DX Stations insist on working splits of up to 25Kcs wide on narrow bands ie. 17m.

These stations just end up wiping out much of the band with their irresponsible operation......


A recent visit to the English Falconry Centre near Bedford

Me and a European Eagle Owl... My wife in the back ground with a Sparrow Hawk.

My Garden......!

Some of my Hanging Baskets in the front Drive....


In the back Yard !!

Have fun - after all it's just a hobby !


Mike G0HWK


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