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QTH 1.5km west of Alton, 32km north of Portsmouth, Hampshire, southern central England. Site elevation: 180m above sea level. Picture shows view from QTH looking east towards Alton town.

Alton is an old market town based in the heart of the beautiful county of Hampshire, just north of the South Downs National Park. It is the first/last stop on the Watercress Railway line.  The source of the River Wey is about 500m east of the QTH. The high quality natural water in the area was the main reason for Alton becoming a brewery town. Regrettably, the three breweries that were here, have closed. However, there is a very successful micro-brewery in the nearby village of Four Marks.   

www.watercressline.co.uk

The surrounding area is largely woodland and fields, used mainly for arable/crop farming. The local area is a natural habitat for a wide variety of wildlife including deer, hares, bats, buzzards and kites. Unusual birds include the Goldcrest (smallest British bird) and Yellowhammer. Cider is produced in the nearby village of Selborne. The QTH is 5km south of Lasham airfield, which is home to one of the biggest glding clubs in Europe, and also a busy commercial aircraft maintenance facility. The village of Chawton (former home of the famous English writer, Jane Austin), is 1km to the south, and Alton Abbey is 1km west.

www.lashamgliding.com

 

G4BUW QRV:  Mainly a CW op!

Main rigs:

Aerials:

Inverted V. 15m at apex, hanging from an ash tree, on sloping ground.  Multi-band; Alpha Delta 'DX-CC'.  The best performance aerial I have ever had for 20m!

Inverted V. 1/2 wave 80m. 15m at apex, hanging from another ash tree; an exceptionally good performance/low noise receive antenna. 

Broadband dipole (27m overall length) configured as a 'sloper' 10m up (northeast) to 2m (southwest). Mainly for 10 & 18 MHz.  Barrett Communications. 

Inverted L for 160m. 40m length. 12m high. ('Cheeky Kempton Long Wire'; made after the unplanned purchase of some high quality PVC coated strong and flexible copper wire, from a 'jolly nice bloke' at a Kempton radio rally).   

Other information:

  • Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society (RNARS) member No. 2053 www.rnars.org.uk
  • Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB) & Echelford Amateur Radio Society (EARS) member.
  • Former Merchant Navy Radio & Electronics Officer (Marconi Marine).
  • Full amateur licence in 1972.
  • WAB: SU69 ALTON
  • QRA: IO 91 LD

Geoff G3JUL (left) & myself at his QTH operating G100RSGB for the Radio Society of Great Britain centenary. 73 from Kev



 

 

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