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Welcome and greetings from the City and County of Bristol, England.



I was first licensed in 1980 through the City and Guilds Radio Amateur Examination (RAE) aged 14, callsign G8XTS. Shortly afterwards I passed the 12wpm Morse exam at the GPO Station near Mablethorpe in Lincolnshire, to become G4KVT. My eternal thanks to Fred G3AKP, Alan G4EPN, Tim G1KFB and Steve G8SUN and many others at the Hinckley Amateur Radio and Electronics Society for helping me to become the radio operator and enthusiast that I am today. Also to the kind person near Leicester who gave me my first proper communications radio receiver, the venerable AR88D.

My early years were spent operating from Stoney Stanton in Leicestershire, mainly active QRP on 2m FM using the Trio TR-2300 and SSB/CW using the Mizuho SB-2X transceiver with 2 x 8el Jaybeam Yagi's, helped with a pretty good take-off to the east and northern Europe.

I am currently QRV HF to 6cm; interests include SWL, HF SSB and VHF-UHF SSB/CW DX inc. FT8/JT65 (mainly for EME and Tropo) and FSK441 (for 2m meteor scatter) digital modes. I am a member of the RSGB and a full member of the Royal Signals Amateur Radio Society (RSARS, #4216).

Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/G4KVT


ICOM IC-7100 (mainly for /P and /MM)
SDRPlay RSP and SDR-Radio (G4ELI) and HDSDR
Sigma 20-HP 20m Delta Loop
UR5CDX CT73 personalised iambic key

FlexRadio FLEX-6500
SPID RAS Az-El rotator
SPID RAU rotator

4m Spectrum Communications TRC4-10sL
4m+6m 3/3 Innovantennas dual-band Yagi

2m Kuhne TR144H+40 transverter
2m Beko HLV-1000 SSPA
2m SSB Electronics SP-200 LNA
2m PowaBeam/G6HKS 4 x 7 el CQM7UX for EME/DX
2m InnovAntennas 9 el LFA Yagi

70cm Kuhne TR-432H transverter
70cm LinearAmps Gemini 70 SSPA
70cm SSB Electronics SP-70 LNA
70cm 14 el LFA Yagi

23cm Kuhne TR1296H transverter
23cm LinearAmps Gemini 23 SSPA
23cm SHF Elektronik 1296-VOX LNA
23cm Directive Systems (USA) 25 el Loop Yagi

SHF 13cm / 9cm / 6cm:
Ettus B200 USRP and SoDaRadio software on Fedora 22
1m prime focus dish
RFHamDesign multi-band dish feed: 23cm, 13cm, 9cm, 6cm, 3cm
WA5VJB dish feeds; Log periodic and patch types

2m/70cm SSB Electronics DBA-270 LNA
2m/70cm DK7ZB 5 + 10 el dual-band Yagi
2m/70cm Diamond X-50N colinear


29 Oct 2016 - 23cm Tropo ODX; F6DRO (JN03TJ) @ 948km = my ODX on any mode on 1296MHz

27 Sep 2016 - EA8TX (IL18QI) and EA8TJ (IL18RJ) 2m SSB @ 2821km = my ODX on any mode on 144MHz


18 Dec 2015 - Tropo and Meteor Scatter across Europe; mainly 2m

08 Nov 2015 - Tropo opening across Europe; mainly 2m



02 Nov 2015 - Tropo opening across Europe; mainly 2m and 70cm

23 Oct 2015 - Tropo opening across Europe; mainly 2m and 70cm

May 2015 11:05 - 144 MHz MS burst during a European VHF / UHF contest (28Mhz = IF)

17 Mar 2015 16:30 - 144 MHz Aurora; Note the strange CW and SSB signals on the SDR waterfall

13 Mar 2015 12:00 - 144 MHz meteor scatter FSK441 144.366 DK3XT (JN49FE) 818 km

12 Mar 2015 20:50 - 144 MHz meteor scatter FSK441 144.363 DJ6AG (JO51EQ) 895 km

10 Mar 2015 13:15 - 144 MHz tropo JT65A 144.185 F6IFX (JN07CX) 428 km

09 Mar 2015 22:30 - 144 MHz meteor scatter FSK441 144.365 DF5NK (JN59PM) 999 km

08 Mar 2015 12:20 - 144 MHz tropo SSB 144.195 DF0MU (JO32PC) 692 km

10 Feb 2015 14:30 - 144 MHz SSB 144.308 DK1FG (JN59OP) 989 km

07 Jan 2015 13:15 - 50 MHz TEP? Opening to South America ; 50.024 MHz YV4AB/B (FK60JA) 529 QSB  > 8,000 km

04 Jan 2015 23:00 - 144 MHz tropo opening to EA/ED ; 144.403 MHz ED1ZAG/B (IN53RE) 569 @ 1023km (635 mi)

31 Dec 2014 23:30 - 144 MHz tropo opening to Switzerland ; Heard 144.449 MHz HB9HB/B (JN10QF) 529 @ 856 km

21 Dec 2014 10:50 - 144 MHz Sporadic E or MS burst to Eastern Europe. Heard:

           HG1DRD               144223  USB       JN86KU

           OK2KJI                  144205  USB       JN79TI

           OK1FC                  144241  USB

           F5RLW                  144060  CW

           DL2OM                  144069  CW         JO30SN

13 Dec 2014 20:50 - 144 MHz Meteor Scatter ; 144.375 MHz FSK441 QSO with OE5KE (JN78EG) @ 1259 km

27 Nov 2014 - 144 MHz Aircraft Scatter ; GM4PPT (IO75SK) and F8GDP (JO10FJ) SSB QSO's using the AirScout software from DL2ALF for the optimum predictions

16 Nov 2014 - 9A0V (JN95PE) 1748km and HG3X (JN96EE) 1631km 2m SSB voice, MS burst (recorded and analysed 144.000-144.500 for around 15sec @ 11:47UTC, using the Ettus B200 SDR and SDR-Radio)

22 Oct 2014 - 144 MHz tropo ; EA2XR (IN83KI) 899km 2m SSB QSO - tnx Juan 73

20 Oct 2014 - SDR SoDaRadio (Linux transceiver by KB1VC) and Ettus B200 2m CW test:

11 Sep 2014 - F5BUU 916km 2m SSB tropo













26 Aug 2014 - F8GGD 662km 2m JT65a tropo










11 SEP 2013 - The rather awesome Ettus USRP B200 single board SDR transceiver (50MHz - 6GHz) @ 100mW














QSL Information

I am always keen to QSL either directly or through the RSGB bureau for both on-air contacts and short-wave listeners - for QSL information please feel free to contact me directly via email at j.fairfax (at) pki.org.uk


QTH Bristol, England (IO81)

Bristol is a city and ceremonial county in South West England, and with an estimated population of 1 million residents it is England's sixth, and the United Kingdom's eighth, most populous city.

You may have heard of Bristol; it is (or was) home to:

Isambard Kingdom Brunel, FRS was an English mechanical and civil engineer who built dockyards, the Great Western Railway, a series of steamships including the first propeller-driven transatlantic steamship and numerous important bridges and tunnels. His designs revolutionised public transport and modern engineering. Brunels' SS Great Britain is a museum ship and former passenger steamship, advanced for her time. She was the longest passenger ship in the world from 1845 to 1854. She was designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel for the Great Western Steamship Company's transatlantic service between Bristol and New York. While other ships had been built of iron or equipped with a screw propeller, Great Britain was the first to combine these features in a large ocean-going ship. She was the first iron steamer to cross the Atlantic, which she did in 1845, in the time of 14 days.

Concorde is a now retired turbojet-powered supersonic passenger airliner or supersonic transport (SST). It is one of only two SSTs to have entered commercial service; the other was the Tupolev Tu-144. Concorde was jointly developed and produced by Aérospatiale and the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC) under an Anglo-French treaty. First flown in 1969, Concorde entered service in 1976 and continued commercial flights for 27 years.

Banksy is a pseudonymous graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter from Bristol. His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humour with graffiti executed in a distinctive stencilling technique. Such artistic works of political and social commentary have been featured on streets, walls, and bridges of cities throughout the world.

The Bristol sound was the name given to a number of bands from Bristol in the 1990s. These bands spawned the musical genre referred to as "trip-hop", though many of the bands shunned this name when other British and international bands imitated the style and preferred not to distinguish it from hip hop. The Bristol sound has been described as "possessing a darkness that is uplifting, a joyful melancholy". As a whole the Bristol Sound was characterised by a slow, spaced-out hip hop sound that a number of artists in the early and mid 1990s made synonymous with the city. Artists include Massive Attack, Portishead and Tricky and others such as Way Out West, Smith & Mighty, Up, Bustle and Out, Roni Size, and The Wild Bunch.

Aardman Animations and Aardman Studios is a British animation studio known for films made using stop-motion clay animation techniques, particularly those featuring Plasticine characters Wallace and Gromit.

The Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is held annually during August in Bristol and is now one of the largest in Europe. Teams from the UK and other parts of the world bring their hot air balloons to the site and participate in mass ascents where as many as 100 balloons may launch at a time.

The Young Ones was an incredibly popular 80s student TV sitcom starring Rik Mayall and Ade Edmondson, filmed in and around the Horfield, Bishopston and Redland areas of Bristol.


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