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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 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.  My most competitive signal is usually on 160m to the NW using my sloping wire and so (apart from BERU) it is usually CQ160, ARRL 160 or 160m single band in ARRL DX.

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 The TenTec Omni VI+ has been replaced by an Elecraft K3 + P3 since the photo was taken.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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