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Licensed since 1956, ex-TOPS 517, ex-FOC 749.

Active as VP8GQ from Signy Island, South Orkneys; King Edward Point, South Georgia and Port Stanley, Falkland Is. from 1961 to '64. I still have the logs from that period and am more than happy to respond to requests for a QSL, but I'm afraid it'll be a laser job rather than a nice glossy one.

I also hold the temporary visitor's call 9H3ET, which covers the periods 1 to 31 March 2012 and 2013, when I drove down to Gozo to participate in the RSGB Commonwealth Contest.  In March 2014, with the very kind assistance of Jeff VY2ZM, I was able to obtain a full Canadian licence which lasts for life and with it my first choice of call - VY2GQ.  I operated using this call from the station of Ken VY2TT in March 2014 and 2015 during the BERU contest.  All being well, I shall be returning to PEI in March 2017 for another BERU from the home of VY2ZM.  As this will be a Restricted Section entry I shall only be able to admire Jeff's amazing antenna farm and will be carrying everything needed for the station with me.

I no longer QSL G3LET (or M5O) QSOs - sorry!   Although now (finally!) retired, there are still never enough hours in the day to keep up with basic living.

I enjoy contesting, as a way of keeping the station up to scratch and saying hello to old and new buddies at the same time. With little time available for ham radio, it's good value! I use my short call M5O from time to time in some of the major events but often revert to using G3LET.

I like to keep the station simple - a single transceiver feeding a choice of BiggIR elevated vertical and 250 ft sloping wire, end fed in the shack against ground via a 1960's Racal MA144 tuner. The TenTec Omni VI+ has been replaced by an Elecraft K3 + P3 since the photo was taken.

This arrangement tends to make the use of computers in the shack unduly noisy and logging is still mostly done manually, using an ETM-9C memory keyer and Vibroplex, although the advent of VDSL means that external noise now tends to dominate and so I have started using SD to log local events such as the RSGB 80m CCs.

A single-op Restricted Section entry (G3LET/P) was made in the RSGB National Field day 2012, located in the field adjacent to the main G3LET station. There are a few photos of the setup at the following link:


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