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Just getting back on the air after an extended period away, slowly building a small station up as and when funds allow.

 

Please check my ZC4MK page for details of my Oct 2017 trip

 UKSMG #296

licensed as G0KOM in 1988, operated as ZC4MK from 1989 to 1991 and then as VP8COI in 1993, from 2003 through to 2009 I lived in Spain and operated as EA5/G0KOM, I have now returned to the UK.

I was the 1st Legal ZC4 on 50Mhz, I achieved 71 Countries and WAC before leaving Cyprus to return to the UK, not a bad achievement in Cycle 22 as there were few Eu countries with 50mhz at the time, DXCC would have been relatively easy now (as shown by Nick 5B4FL) due to the general release of the band to most of Europe, one day I would love to go back and try and complete 6m DXCC on 6m with my ZC4MK call.

I had some memorable QSOs on 6m during my time in ZC4, most memorable probably VK9YJ from Cocos Keeling, I had decided to have a go at the CQWW WPX contest, I think i was on 10m at the time, I had the 6m radio on and could hear some weak CW in the background, I was about a 1000 Qs into the contest at the time, I lowered the microphone for a second and ask the pileup to QRX, when I heard VK9YJ cqing I nearly fell of my chair, I forgot all about the contest and went on to work him first on CW then a little later on SSB, other memorable ones out of the blue were N6AMG/KH8 American Samoa is one I will always treasure and especially as Joel is sadly now  SK.

I have included some audio files for your 6m listening pleasure, the first is a recording of VK9YJ, excuse the poor quality I recorded this on a dictaphone and one of my kids got hold of the tape years later and decided to rip it out, I managed to recover it but with some deterioration although its still a great listen, towards the end of it you can hear me reporting this on 28.885mhz I sound a little excited as you can imagine, there is also a clip sent to me by G0KUX of one of my first openings into the UK from ZC4, the next clip is a recording of the V51VHF beacon via TEP into my QTH in KM64 and finally a recording of Ramon XE1KK with a huge signal into the UK back in 2001

 

VK9YJ

ZC4MK

V51VHF

XE1KK

 

Other memorable stuff, the long path 6m openings to KH6, I worked a string of KH6s one day via LP never heard it before and even stranger virtually 12 months to the day later I had the same Long Path opening to KH6 and work another hand full of them, Nick G3KOX came to visit me and he probably wont remember this but whilst he was in my shack we heard the HC8 Gallapagos island beacon it peaked at 599 and was in for over 2 hours, couldnt not raise anyone on 28.885 and there was no activity from HC8, that was the one and only time I ever heard HC8 on 6m, other noteable stuff on 6, the openings to JA and VK some huge pileups to JA never huge signals but just lots of JA's very organised and disciplined, we had some wonderful TEP openings into South Africa during my time in ZC4, being an optimal distance north of the equator and South Africa the same south of the equator TEP was an almost daily occurence, the signals were sometimes huge but often exhibited significant TEP flutter which could sometimes make them difficult to read, especially when using CW, last but not least K1HTV my one and only USA contact on 6 from ZC4 the first ever 6m USA/ZC4 contact, tnx Rich.

Everything I achieved on 6m during this time was with an FT-726R and only 10w to a 5 element Met Yagi, no huge antennas and no big power, magic times.

I was Posted to the Falkland Islands in 1993, unfortunately I had lost interest in radio at the time but when I arrived I accidentally found the radio shack that wasnt being used (it wasnt hard as I had to walk past it every day)  there was a TS-430 and 3 Element Tribander gathering dust so off I went to the post office and was issued VP8COI, I played around for a few days and was soon hooked again, my biggest disappointment was not having a 50mhz radio whilst in VP8, I think I could have worked quite a lot of stuff (Oh well that's life)

I have a preference for 6m and 10m in that order but can be found on other bands when 6n10 are dead, I have always had a modest station, I do not have or have ever had HF Yagi antennas at home, most of my HF antennas are homebrew, 6m is the only band where I run a Yagi, I have never owned an amplifier for any band.

2017 Update

Having just gotten back on the air after a few years away, im starting to migrate things over to online logs and LOTW (when I get my head around it) im slowly moving my old paper logs to electronic logs as and when I have the time to sit down and type them in, its a work in progress, I never really kept much track of what I had worked in the past so over the coming months I plan to address that, well thats the plan anyway, im sure there is a lot of nice DX i have worked who are now either SK or not on the air anymore so I probably wont have the chance to get quite a few of those contacts confirmed so in essence im starting over. 

The current setup is very simple, it had to be as its put together on a very  tight budget, 100w from an old Yaesu FT-100D to a Cushcraft R7000 vertical antenna, not much to see right now but at least im back on the air, I mostly operate on CW with the odd SSB contact should I feel the need, i am hoping to be back up and running on 6m for the summer, I still have my old 5 element yagi that I have had for about 20 years now, it was a little bent and looking sorry for itself after sitting outside not used for the last 6 years but with a bit of TLC hopefully she will be back in the air sometime soon.

 

 

I have just put up my 20 year old repaired 6m beam, albeit on a temporary pushup pole just to have a play on 6, I picked up an old slimline Altron mast recently which im hoping to have sorted out in the next couple of weeks, nothing fancy but it seems to play ok, one of the first contacts about an hour after putting it up was TF3ML.

Little extra update Been back on 50mhz for all of 5 days now, its now the 7th of June 2017, so far worked 29 countries with the little setup, im actually quite pleased at how its gone, hoping to pick the Altron up in the next few days and hopefully get it up and running in the next couple of weeks, 6m has been fabulous last few days, 9Y, FM, K1, S0, OY, OH0, TF to name but a few, onwards and upwards I hope. 

Update 20th June Its now been a couple of weeks back on 6 and we are up to 38 countries now, although im not sure how long it will last, my little 5 element has resulted in a complaint from my neighbours so a visit from the councils planning officer resulted a few days ago, fed up is an understatement, of course they didnt approach me first, just went straight to the council, I wont say what I really think, watch this space.

26th July 2017 The E's season  seems to have taken a bit of a dive last few weeks so not worked much on the magic band, currently sitting on 43 countries worked in the last two months so quite happy with that. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The logs below are only partial logs, I am inputting them to electronic format as and when I have time.

 

 

G0KOM - ZC4MK - VP8COI - EA5/G0KOM

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