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STARTING 1 SEPTEMBER 2017 ... please note that I will now only QSL direct or via LOTW and CLUBLOG and NOT VIA THE BUREAU.  I do not wish to have any more cards sent to G3PHO, VP2V/G3PHO and 9H3C via the  QSL Bureau.

If you really need a QSL card then you must QSL DIRECT! If you do QSL direct please enclose $2 US and an addressed envelope ... NO IRCS!!

QSLs for G2AS/GM2AS, G5TO/GM5TO, GB5SWW, GB5RSB can continue to be sent via the bureau or direct (with $2 return postage.

A message to German and Japanese ops:  Many of you send me a card for EVERY QSO!!! I do not need your card more than once for each band. Why do you QSL every QSO? From 1st September 2017 I will not reply to your QSL if you have already sent me one in the past for the same band and mode.





My present home station is shown in the photo below.


I retired from high school teaching (Geography) in 1994 and am now enjoying amateur radio more than ever!

Major interests these days are DX HF DXing and contesting on HF and VHF/UHF as well as the microwave bands above 1GHz. I have equipment for all bands from 1.8MHz (except 2.3GHz) to 47GHz and the nanowave (light) bands. On the higher microwave bands I am primarily a "/portable" operator. . Fortunately, I have lots of test equipment to help me align the microwave gear and keep it working after rough handling in the field!


In early 2008, I assembled and installed a microwave beacon (GB3KEU) for the 5.7GHz band. It became QRV from our local club station location in IO93GH during April 2008. Its frequency is 5760.925MHz. Unfortunately I had to remove the beacon in April 2014 but it will eventually become operational again fairly soon at the Finningley Amateur Radio Society HQ near Doncaster where there is already an active 10GHz beacon GB3FLY.

The photo below shows me /P in my old VW Transporter van at Winter Hill, near Bolton, IO83RO. The 4 foot dish is being fed by my 10GHz and 5.7GHz transverters. Sadly I no longer have the van :-(

G3PHO/P on 10GHz at Winter Hill, IO83RO

You can read and see more about my microwave activities on my sadly neglected web pages at http://www.g3pho.org.uk

Sometimes I operate on 144 and 432MHz ssb/cw/JT65, especially if there is a tropo or auroral opening:-). I have only 50 watts into single yagis on these two bands. I take part regularly in the VHF/UHF UKAC contests held throughout the year on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, for my club...the Sheffield & District Wireless Society.

My ho0me QTH antennas (almost all are only 10m above ground level) consist of a mutually coupled dipole system for 10/15/20m, a fan dipole array for 80, 40 and 30m, a 40m quarter wave vertical with two elevated radials, a 20m groundplane with 3 radials,  204 foot doublet with around 60 feet of 450 ohm ladderline, and a selection of VHF/UHF/SHF antennas: 4el dual band Innovantennas yagi for 50MHz and 70MHz, 9el yagi on 2m, 18 el Powabeam yagi on 70cm, a 35 el Tonna yagi on 23cm and a 48cm prime focus dish for 10GHz. I also have dishes and homebrew equipment for all bands to 47GHz and a simple transceiver for the 470THz band at nanowaves. I have a Cushcraft A3S triband yagi for 10,15 and 20m but it has not been erected since I moved to this present QTH. At my old QTH in Sheffield it was mounted on a chimney stack and served me well for some 20 years or more.

My HF equipment includes the main transceiver which is an FTDX5000MP drivng an Acom 1010 amplifer to 400W output on all bands 160m to 10m. On six metres I can run up to 200 watts from the FTDX5000. All HF antennas can be accessed via an Ameritron RCS012 remote antenna switch whose control box is in the centre of the operating position. Most of my antennas are coax fed and therefore present a good 50 ohm match to the transceiver. Where an ATU is called for, I can use either an MFJ998 auto-atu or an old Yaesu FC902 manual ATU.  

I occasionally use an FT950, especially in Field Days. In addition, I now have the excellent Icom 7300. On the VHF bands I use a modified FT847 for 2m and 70cm and the Icom 7300 for 4 metres (70MHz). For portable use I have an IC706Mk2G, an FT817, two IC202s and an old FT290.

Each coax feeder passes through a ferrite choke at the shack end and the final coax link between the antenna switch and the transceiver system also is via a current choke, all in an effort to reduce noise pick up on the feeders and to eliminate RFI problems and thus ensure the SWR meters read correctly! Fairite type #31 ferrite cores are used and these seem to be the best available at the present time.

My present interests are contesting across the spectrum from 160m to 47GHz, as well as DXing and award chasing at HF and 50MHz. I tend to enter restricted sections of contests where power levels are around 100 watts and permissible antennas are of the kind I have erected at my home. I have had some reasonable success, reaching the top two or three in the recent RSGB Commonwealth Contests and high positions in single band or restricted sections of CQ WW Contests. I am a very keen participant in the RSGB 80m Club Contests, the Affiliated Societies Contest and the RSGB UKACs at VHF-SHF. I hold the callsign G5TO for my local radio club, the Sheffield & District Wireless Society as well as G2AS for the Sheffield HF DX Group.

I particularly enjoy 80m and 40m DXing on CW. My all time, all band country total (mixed modes), as of 22 January, 2017, is 346, with 337 of them being on 20m. I have only around 315 of these confirmed  either by QSL card or on LOTW but have not yet applied for even the basic DXCC!

From 2003-2006 inclusive I was chairman of the UK Microwave Group (www.microwavers.org) and I also edited their monthly  newsletter "Scatterpoint" for some 26 years until May 2011. Membership is open to anyone who is interested in amateur microwave radio, anywhere in the world.

was a  member of the Sheffield Amateur Radio Club from 1958 to April 2014, a Life Member from 1975 to 2014 and held committee posts for most of those years. I was Chairman from October 2008 to March 2011) and Secretary from March 2011 until September 2013. During the time I was Chairman, the club was honoured to be chosen as RSGB Region 4 Club of the Year. By 2014 I was the longest serving member of SARC (55 years) so it was a very sad decision for me to voluntarily renounce my Life membership of this great club in April 2014, after a six month long dispute with the chair and vice chairman of that period.  I have since met with the new chairman of the club who assures me that he is working to repair the damage done in 2013 and hopes to improve relations between his club and others in the area. Unfortunately this has not happened at the time of writing. Meanwhile the Sheffield & District Wireless Society, my new club, goes from strength to strength with our membership growing almost weekly at the present time!

As a result of the very stressful happenings at Sheffield ARC in late 2013, I joined the newly formed (October 2013) Sheffield & District Wireless Society  which has a highly successful contesting section. The Society has the callsign G5TO which once belonged to an old, now deceased Sheffield amateur, Jack Thorpe. The atmosphere at this new club is extremely warm and welcoming. There is no one on an ego trip! People are very kind to each other and everyone pulls together. While there is a committee and a constitution no one on it tries to further their own ends or embark on a "power trip" !  

From 1966-68 I was ZL2BDA in Gisborne, NZ, and ZL2LA near Wellington, NZ, from 1975-80.



23 - 26 July 2015  & 27 July 2016-1 August 2016    

Isle of Arran  IOTA: EU-123   Locator: IO75kk

During the periods shown above, I was one of the team of a joint expedition consisting of members of four local groups: Sheffield & District Wireless Society. Sheffield HF DX Group, Worksop Amateur Radio Society and the 93 Contest Group.  During the IOTA Contest we used the callsign GM5TO (the Wireless Society's club call) and outside the contest period we used GM2AS (the Sheffield HF DX Group callsign). We operated from the Seal Shore Campsite, on the southern tip of the island, with vertical antennas on the beach and up to 200 watts on all bands 80m-10m.

A full report on this and other SDWS activities can be found at: http://sheffieldwireless.org

ALL QSLS FOR BOTH CALLSIGNS SHOULD BE SENT TO G3PHO (please mark your card "via G3PHO"  if sent via the bureau). You can also QSL direct to the address shown here on my QRZ page. Please enclose a stamped addressed envelope if you are within the UK or enclose 2 US dollars or 2 Euros if you are posting from a non UK location.

Cards received direct with no return postage enclosed will be answered via the bureau!

Please also note these logs will not be uploaded to LOTW or Club Log


Members of the team may could be heard from time to time using their own equipment and their own callsigns under portable conditions outside of the contest period. During the 2015 trip, there was a little VHF/UHF and 23cm activity during the week. Steve, G0EAK/P activated the IOTA EU-123 as GM0EAK/P during the  23cm UKAC Contest.   

QSLs for any callsign other than GM5TO and GM2AS must go to that station's address or to their QSL bureau box.


Special Event QSL cards ...

GB5SWW: All QSL cards for this exhibition station held in April 2013 should be sent via G3PHO (direct or via bureau)

GB5SOS: All QSL cards for this 2012 Jamboree on the Air callsign should come via G3PHO either direct (with return postage please!)  or via the bureau.


*** 9H3C OPERATIONS MARCH 2012 ***

From 7 -15 March 2012 I was QRV 'holiday style' from the Island of Gozo ( IOTA EU-023 ), Malta. The object of this trip was to take part in the RSGB Commonwealth Contest over the weekend of 10-11 March. I entered the Restricted Section of the contest, hoping to improve upon my previous year's performance from VP2V/G3PHO when I came third and helped my team (Rest Of the World) to win the first prize. This year I was part of Team Med /West Africa. I used the same antennas and equipment as in 2011, namely an IC 706Mk2g transceiver and a series of four dipoles (80, 40, 20 and 10m) arranged in a 'fan' around a common 50 ohm coxial feedline. The 40m dipole also doubled as a 15m three half waves in phase antenna.

Very limited operation took place outside the contest hours but nevertheless I contacted around 860 stations around the world during casual operations and a further 733 British Commonwealth stations in the 24 hour contest. This latter score is some 121 more than in 2012 and I had high hopes of exceeding last year's points score but, unfortunately, I did not hear enough multipliers to be able to use those 733 contacts effectively. Nevertheless, I achieved second place in the Restricted Section behind 9H3ET (G3LET) who operated from his car on a lonely and exposed promontory near Marsalforn, Gozo. During the first day of the contest we both experienced 80mph winds, cold temperatures and torrential rain which made operating very difficult at times. It was the worst weather that Gozo had experienced at this time of year for several decades. 9H3ET logged everything on paper with his left hand and sent CW with his right hand to make over 1100 contest QSOs!! This is an amazing achievement given the atrocious weather conditions and the fact that his 80 metre ground plane (a Spiderpole with 40m of wire taped to it) was snapped in two by the strong winds. In addition, his vehicle sank deeply into the waterlogged soil of the ploughed field where he had set up his /P station. In contrast, I enjoyed the luxury of a nice villa (Mediterranea Seaviews) up the hill from the Mgarr ferry terminal on the south coast of the island. Even there I had problems. Just five minutes before the start of the contest I discovered an antenna fault, on all bands. I lost over 30 minutes of contest time sorting out the problem which was a broken joint in the balun, high up the mast. Fortunately I had a spare but I got very wet out there on the villa rooftop terrace changing it!

On the whole, the operating standards of stations I worked were very good but there were still few who called when I was obviously replying to someone else. Even though 9H is not classed as rare DX, I was quite amazed at the size of the pileups I had to manage! For guidance of how to operate in a proper manner when chasing DX, please follow the DX CODE OF CONDUCT ... you know it makes sense!

I have already uploaded my logs to LOTW and Clublog . If you need a paper QSL please send them direct to my QTH with a minimum of $2 to cover my postal costs and a clearly addressed envelope (or a stamped addressed envelope if you are in the UK). UK postal charges to overseas destinationshave just been increased by the government to an exhorbitant rate so $2 is only just enough to cover my QSL postage expenses.

NO IRCs !!! Our UK Post Office has stopped accepting IRCs. Please send me "green stamps" only from now on.

Before you send your card please check that you are really in my log by going to Club Log.


ALSO NOTE THAT MY OPERATIONS WERE ONLY BETWEEN 7-15 MARCH 2012.  I will not QSL any contacts outside those dates as the callsign 9H3C has also been allocated to other people who have visited Gozo in previous years.

I also welcome QSLs via the bureau but remember this can take years!

Thanks very much for all the QSOs during my short stay on the beautiful island of Gozo.

My thanks also to Frank Tabone, the owner of Mediterranea Seaviews holiday villa for not only attending to our holiday needs but also for helping me erect and take down the antennas on the roof of the villa and spreading them over onto the roof of his mother's and his own homes!

Check out http://www.flickr.com/photos/g3pho/ for some photos of this trip. So, where to next year???

Good DX,

Peter G3PHO (9H3C)



Many thanks to all who worked me from my DX location. I made 3600 QSOs during my holiday on Tortola, just operating a couple of hours a day for the week after the RSGB Commonwealth Contest in which I worked 612 BERU stations.

I managed to reach third place in the Restricted Section of this contest with just 100 watts to a fan dipole array for 80m-10m and help the Rest of The World BERU team to win the team section.

The pileups were fantastic :-) ---- all new too me as this was my very first DXpedition outside of UK!




Please QSL direct or via the bureau. I have QSL cards ready to send!

For a direct VP2V QSL please include $2 US

($1 is no longer sufficient as our UK postal rates have increased this year)


NO IRCs !!! Our UK Post Office has stopped accepting IRCs. Please send me "green stamps" only from now on.

Check in Club Log or LOTW before sending me a paper card. If you are not in the log you won't get a card!!


My logs have also been put onto LOTW and ClubLOG.


2031z ON 18 MARCH 2011 ARE VALID. Any qsos made outside this period are not in my log but in the log of the pirate station who was active at the time! I will return any invalid cards via the bureau or by using your self addressed envelope and the $ you sent to me.

***** I QSL 100% on receipt of your card *****





This photo shows the simple fan dipole system, at my VP2V location, on an 18 foot fibre glass mast (with at least another 18 feet immediately below the corner of the deck of the villa where it was mounted). Then the land dropped sharply from 700 feet asl down to the beach just a few hundred yards away. This view looks NE and it gets better as you turn around to the North and North West --- an ideal location for the BERU contest!

















Below are a few photos of my old station in Sheffield, pre Nov 2012:



My shack was a converted 11 foot by 11 foot cellar!


The FT847 shown lower left in this photo of my old shack, prior to 2013, is used only on  VHF/UHF.









The photo below shows me operating the multiplier station at MM3M in 2008.The "shack" for this portable event was my VW transporter van located at Seal Shore camp site on the southern coast of the Isle of Arran, a really good location. DX signals (especially VKs) on 40m were outstanding as I used a full size groundplane with five elevated radials, located on the beach.







2011:  RSGB COMMONWEALTH CONTEST: VP2V/G3PHO : World 3rd Restricted Section. Member of winning R.o.C team
2012:  RSGB COMMONWEALTH CONTEST: 9H3C       : World 2nd Restricted Section.
2013:  RSGB COMMONWEALTH CONTEST: G3PHO      : 2nd UK    Restricted Section.
2014:  RSGB COMMONWEALTH CONTEST: G3PHO      : 3rd UK    Restricted Section.
2015:  RSGB COMMONWEALTH CONTEST: G3PHO      : 3rd World Restricted Section. (Single op assisted)
2016:  RSGB COMMONWEALTH CONTEST: G3PHO      : 3rd World Restricted Section. (Single op assisted)


2011:  CQWW DX CW: G3PHO   :4th England  : Single op-Assisted-High Power-All bands
2013:  CQWW DX CW: G3PHO   :3rd England  : Single op-Assisted Low power-10 metres
2014:  CQWW DX CW: G3PHO   :4th England  : Single op-Assisted-High Power-All bands
2015:  CQWW DX CW: G3PHO   :2nd England  : Single op-Assisted-High Power-Single Band 40 metres


2012:  CQWW WPX CW: G3PHO  :4th England  : Single op-High Power-Single All Bands
2015:  CQWW WPX CW: G3PHO  :1st England  :  
2015:  CQWW WPX CW: G3PHO  :3rd Europe   : Single op-Assisted-High Power-Single Band 40 metres
2015:  CQWW WPX CW: G3PHO  :6th World    : Single op-Assisted-High Power-Single Band 40 metres


2009: OCEANIA CONTEST: G3PHO: 1st England: Single Op All Bands SSB
2010: OCEANIA CONTEST: G3PHO: 1st England: Single Op All bands SSB


2013: RSGB VHF NFD:       G3PHO (as G2AS/P): 2nd Place: 1.3GHz Low Power.
2015: RSGB 50MHz CONTEST: G3PHO:             2nd Place: Single Op Fixed: CW


2011: RSGB 21/28MHz CONTEST: G3PHO : 1st Place: Single Op Mixed: Open Section
2012: RSGB 21/28MHz CONTEST: G3PHO : 4th Place: Single Op Mixed: Open Section
2013: RSGB 21/28MHz CONTEST: G3PHO : 1st Place: Single Op Mixed: Restricted section (100W + Wire antennas)
2014: RSGB 21/28MHz CONTEST: G3PHO : 5th Place: Single Op Mixed: Restricted Section
2015: RSGB 21/28MHz CONTEST: G3PHO : 1st Place: Single Op Mixed: Restricted section Assisted






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