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Accomplished all-round Amateur Operator, I have no need to boast.  My achievements speak for themselves — albeit pianissimo. WAC on AM 'phone; more that 50 QSOs on 'phone, in fact; two on RTTY, 23 countries on 50 MHz CW - well over 50 QSOs on VHF; the rest on HF using the Proper Mode for Real Grown-up Hams.   DXCC (300+), DUF4, OHA, WASM2, WAE, WAZ, WAS (well inside 20 years; WAZ came before WAS !). Have partaken in several contests using EI5DI's excellent SD when it was free, and, appalled by such cr...   rubbish as "[very fast]5NN[back to normal] 716 NUMBER/NAME/CALL AGN " given up in utter disgust. I loathe 'pile-ups', too.  Why won't they shut up until you are QRV ?  Can it be because they are thick as...  Well,  thick ?  And why do they say "CFM" ?  Is it that much faster than "R" ?  In any case,  the man being asked a question is the one to CFM.  My other hobbies include crossword puzzles, swallowing dilute solutions of ethanol with various flavourings, lupulin preferred, vitis vinifera, — with pine resin in SV5,   (but beer is extortionately dear in England, by Govenment Policy; VK wine is much better value) and, stirring hornets' nests with a short stick,  and avoiding consequent buzzing controversy.  At various times, bicycle time-trialling,  boating & car-maintenance,  now all abandoned.  Holder of black belt in Ikebana,  and master of Taiwan-do,  which is cheap & breaks.

Born 1933 in Southsea  -  as I was trained to say;  it's so much more "up market" than Portsmouth.  There, they speak a dialect, called "Southsea Common",  a sub-set of "For' Smiff".  True story: a local was working a W on 'fone.  The other said "Your QTH sounds like an Old Western Front-ear town;  Fort Smith,  eh ?";   Went to Skool just B4 WW2 broke out. Luckily,  had lurned two reed and right B4 starting.  Huge classes of evacuees,  and if I kept quiet in the corner reading Proust or Mein Kampf (in English), they didn't mind.  So my handwriting & simple arithmetic are poor.   Licenced 1954; after military service in VE, learning to fly. 'Worked' for the Government in physics-with-bean-counting for 40+ years.  As A. Einstein said, often, & in various ways: "Science is a wonderful thing, so long as you don't have to make your living at it". He knew what he was talking about.  My XYL went SK in 1990.

Raised just over 300 countries from a 20-foot (6.096 metre) urban back garden, then retired in 1993 & I moved to the edge of town on an allegedly "inflation-proofed" pension. Yeah; I believe in fairies, too.  Married again in 1999 & went to Hayling Island.  Dr Johnson said of a man marrying a second time "the triumph of hope over experience" He knew what he was talking about.  New (well,  re-cycled) call, 2002. Also from GU, GW, VP6, ZB1, ZB2, & now as SV5/G2JL for 6 months of the year in two trips, on Lipsi - KM37jh, where the power-line noise was appalling. Then in May 2010, They*** replaced the insulators. [*** a weak bilingual pun; Delta Epsilon Eta (ΔΕΗ), the Greek National Electricity and bureaucracy company, has initials often pronounced as an acronym, sounding like "they-ee"...]

The bands are now far quieter in Lipsi than in my G shack where these foul power-line Internet QRM-spreaders surround and abound, plus plasma goggle-boxes,  photovoltaic panel imverters, all things generate filth from DC to Daylight,  and get louder, thanks to the mindless, vandalistic, corrupt stupidity of our regulating bodies. Only 203 for DXCC from SV5 in thirteen years -my first SV5 from there was in March 2010.  The QTH is, alas, in a limestone horseshoe open only the the south. QRM is astonishing ! Oafs call me even while I'm sending to another station. What goes on in what passes for their minds ? Do they really expect me to abandon my current QSO just to work them ? IC-7000 feeds (or what's left of it after the LDG IT-100 ATU, ) 100W of retsina- & arthritis-induced QSD to a 45-metre doublet up ten metres. Then, September 2010, after the noise went, I shoved up a 5-band Spider-Beam just 4 metres above the flat roof. A vast improvement on HF, it was,  but shredded by record high winds, December 2010. Rebuilt, using extra guy-lines, 24 in all, June 2011. Keeping fingers crossed; - alas, more QSD.  Yes,  I have lower noise,  and a better antenna,  but I'm 1500 miles (2414.146 km) further away from UK & USA,  where I find most of the people who still talk to me are.  The rest want only "5NN",  frequently can't send their own callsigns correctly (I use a memory keyer !) and can go & spit up a rope.  The far East,  Pacific & West USA could well be on Pluto & QRP to boot.

The island of Lipsi was Classically Ogygia, where Odysseus was detained by Calypso for some years,  er,  helping her.  The present YLs,  if they're even a patch on Calypso, could detain me,  any time.  Pity I couldn't help them though; I'm too old !  The isle, population 700, lies (no, not as politicians do, I mean it is situated), between Patmos & Leros. WX is good; I don't miss English damp gloom. The food is good (although I do miss our traditional English curry), the wine is good (I love retsina, but I really miss the odd glass of super-rip-off traditional Real Ale). The people are good, (I don't miss traffic wardens; we can afford only push-bikes here, anyway). The Hyper-Expensive Euro & the ever-increasing Greek economic stringencies make everything ruinously costly for Gs, now, though. I fear it can only get worse,  during my remaining years,  what with Brexit looming;  so how long can we keep coming ? (As the Bishop said to the actress...) That reminds me; the, er, scenery on the beaches is magnificent, and this maintains my oculomotor muscles fighting fit.  OK,  I'm an MCP.  Hmmm...   Is DX everything, one sometimes wonders?  Well,  at my age,  it is.

At home  -  now in Hayling Island in Old Hampshire, a TS-950SDX (lacks XYL QRM filter, though) feeds 100W of senile, arthritic QSD to a pitifully low 100-foot stealth doublet up a mere 25 feet. The local council ( IO90ms/SZ79) is one of the foremost among the top utterly rabidly anti-ham local authorities in All England, & seemingly, vying for top place. Our attitude to antennas in parts of the UK is,  or should be,  an international laughing-stock.  They even made a chap with an acre (0.4047 Ha), surrounded by trees, take down his TA-33jr on a 40-foot (12.92 m) mast, visible only from the antenna-police helicopters. He was a 'phone man, though. Local noise is very bad; appalling, in fact - S5 on 80 metres - with these obnoxious mains-borne-internet monstrosities, plasma TVs, exceedingly poorly-maintained overhead power-lines,  solar electrical panels with their raucous inverters, & God alone knows what else. It is galling to hear relatively nearby quietly-located Rural Barons giving RST 589 to people I can't even detect under the dirt.  The idle attitude of the government to these foul devices means that noise levels rise faster than inflation.

Hayling's ghastly poorly-maintained concatenation of pot-holed crevasses & chasms that the Council passes off as roads make cycling, another favourite occupation, exceedingly dangerous. Even walking is, what with a lack of pedestrian footways on the one narrow, winding main road in and out. Had a cardiac pacemaker inserted August 2014. Good news: the surgeon saw me reading QST while I was QRX, & assured me that the machine was RFI/EMC safe. Indeed, I've not collapsed yet, despite chasing DX,- fruitlessly. Bad news: I was banned from driving for nearly 3 months by DVLA, who must've misinterpreted when I informed them (a legal requirement). Normally, it's only a week, but after a lot of writing, my permit to pollute and obstruct the road was restored. Were I wealthy, I'd have sued the blighters. It's very inconvenient not being allowed to use a car. The 'buses are very infrequent, unreliable, and stop running ludicrously early in the evening. Also,  as stated, cycling is dangerous. At least, on the 'bus I don't have to pay the exhorbitant fares nowadays. I think UK 'buses and railway-trains must be fuelled by inkjet printer ink and 1945 Chateau Lafitte,  hand mixed in platinum buckets by royal families.

Life Member of Hayling Island Residents' Association, holder of Free 'Bus Pass, free TV licence, & frequent signatory of The Official Secrets Act in my younger days;   visitor to The Yew Tree (where the Timothy Taylor's is FB).  Member of: TOPS (#785), RNARS (#55), FOC (#1223), FISTS (#8970), CWOps (#32), RSGB, ARRL - and, of course, the South Hampshire International Telegraphy Society, whose call I hold - G3DIT. This is the shortest possible G3 call - just the one DIT. My own call is inaudible to most of the people most of the time. Though not religious, (my XYL is,  a fervent convert to Greek Orthodoxy) I do pray - for sunspots, and what do I get ? Sun-tan; condx have been dank, recently,  May 2017. Working on a tight budget (= a shoestring) I am poor, especially with several recent unexpected expenses, like helping out those tragically destitute, starving bankers. I cannot use LOTW;  my log-prog is too primitive, so it's E- or snail-mail only, I'm afraid. I DO NOT COLLECT QSLs - or 'GREEN STAMPS'. All that's needed is UR address, & so, if it's up-to-date on QRZ.com, fine.  If you want an SV5/G2JL card with a foreign stamp,  E-mail instanter. Snail-mail is unreliable.  My SV5 snail-mail address is simply T R Mortimer / Lipsi / 85001 Dodecanese / Greece [Roman script is quite in order]. There are no street-names, house numbers or letter-boxes. One simply goes to the post-office (when it's open,  & should one remember the key) to look in one's mail-box to collect one's mail (mostly bills,  anyhow.)  E-mail for another card if U don't get it in 14 days or so,  unless U R in Pitcairn (not yet worked).

 

Retsina bottle's exhausted, as am I; The Yew Tree's 1,502 miles away, & it's doubtless raining there, anyhow. If you can't hear me, perhaps it's because I'm not pressing hard enough on the key .  If you do hear me and call, here's hoping (a) you exceed my EU- & XYL-QRM-level & (b) I'm not sozzled (squiffy, oiled, relaxed, half-seas-over, fatigued,  tired & emotional),  yet. 

 =  QAC  Mort +

Last update or check: 2017-06-18;  Flag-counter - 2,624,251 visitors & 205 flags.  

That flag-count is more than the 203 I've worked from SV5 !

 

 

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