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Married to Margaret (2E1DFH, M3ROO) Daughter Wendy and Son Richard. Grandaughter Nicole (Wendy).

Station is extensive!

Main shack IC7800 and PW1 home brew linear

Attic and Box trailer houses GB2SPY museum. All operational (as far as I can keep it) a collection of WW2 spy and manpacks. Open for visitors to operate by appointment.

Workshop which hosts 'The Dover Construction Club' which has now been running for 25 years with a maximum of seven members. Callsign G0ROO is active on thursday evenings and weekends. Usually got a trusty IC7200 on the bench.

Then we have 'Ian's Playpen' A small mobile shack built on the base of a trailer tent. Used on a regular basis at shows and special events. Complete with it's own 40ft Spiderbeam pole, Wind Generator and Solar panels can be used to help maintain battery charge.

Aerial farm consists of four towers. Western 60ft heavy duty ( was 80 ..... do not mention rusty wires!) One 60ft strumec spaced 140ft and 40ft alongside contest shack. Rotator and aerials from this shack can be controlled from the main shack as well.

A further 40ft towur supports 4 flag aerials that can be selected fromthe shack... these used mainy for 160m Dx

3 ele Steppir for HF, 80m dipole between the two 60ft towers which is used as a Marconi on 160 and 600m. Very extensive earth system which is 2Km long to the south, 600m to the west and 200m to the north. Over 400 earth rods are now in the ground and more being added each year!

Now have a 2 ele 30m beam on the Flag tower.... works superbly!

Various other aerials pop up now and again!


Main interests are CW, I also do slow Morse QSO's on 3564 (+/_) at 1830 clock time as many days of the week that I can manage.... usually three or four.

Other interests including Gliding (instructor) and just about everything else!


I better shut up now but perhaps the best Biography I have was writtien by George Dobbs, G3RJV for my little booklet, Practical and Tested Aerial Systems, (pubilised by www.lulu.com, £7). This started life as a 'data sheet' for novices but expanded to the point that it was too expensive to produce as a handout!

I first met Ian, G3ROO, in the early 1980’s, when I was a guest speaker at a radio club in Kent. I spotted him immediately as the sort of radio amateur I liked; a “let’s do it” amateur. In the years that followed I have enjoyed many of the practical projects that Ian has designed and had published in a variety of magazines. Ian and I wrote many articles for the “old style” Short Wave Magazine in the 1980s and I had the pleasure of jointly writing a series of articles with Ian on “Simple Sideband”. Ian’s articles on transceiver design with the Plessey SL range became classics of the 1980s. Ian and I have been joint travellers, and speakers, at amateur radio conventions in the USA, at Dayton and in Texas.

Ian was licensed as G3ROO in 1962. His working life was as a radio officer in the Merchant Navy, first of all “deep sea”, then cruise ships and finally on cross channel ferries. He retired in 1984 through ill health. He was the founder of Kanga Products, later being joined by Dick Pascoe, GØBPS, who eventually took over the company. Ian’s main interests have always been QRP and 160m operation. In 1993 Ian was awarded the Wortley Talbot Cup by the RSGB for “design excellence” for his “Easy to Build HF Synth”.

I am pleased to commend this new book by Ian. Immediately I looked through its contents, I saw that it had “G3ROO” written all over it. It is no-nonsense practical book – good technical information for the “non-professional” radio amateur with lots of practical ideas. It is book written for the “usual” radio amateur who has limited space and resources for antennas. There are many reliable, and workable, antennas and related items of equipment. I enjoyed seeing the “Finger ASMU”. I still have a version of this circuit built by Ian himself on a visit to my shack when I needed to test a little 160m transceiver. Typically, Ian built it in minutes ……and it worked.

Enjoy the company of Ian in this book, as I have enjoyed his company on many occasions.

George Dobbs G3RJV

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