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Rochester Castle and Cathedral











Rochester is a city in Kent, England. It is located at the lowest bridging point of the River Medway about 48 km from London. The town's location is due to the bridge which carries the Roman Watling Street over the river. The first castle was built in 1067 and it was given in perpetuity to the Archbishops of Canterbury in 1127 by King Henry I. The previous cathedral having been destroyed, building on the present one started in 1080 and took some fifty years to complete.

G4NRT History
I was a short wave listener for many years (starting with an ex-RAF R1155A and a long wire antenna in the garden) and attended the Harlow and District Amateur Radio Society (G6UT) in the late 1960s from the age of twelve.  I finally got around to taking the old City & Guilds of London Institute Radio Amateur's Examination (RAE) in the late 1970s but didn't apply for a license immediately while I got stuck into brushing up my morse code. Eventually, I decided that I wanted to just get on the air, applied for a Class B (VHF and upwards only) license and received the callsign G6CFW. Being considered by everyone I knew to be a second-class citizen spurred me on to get the morse under my belt and I attended Waterloo Bridge House and passed the General Post Office 12wpm morse code test.  I was subsequently awarded the Home Office Amateur Radio Certificate which allowed me to apply for a Class A license.  G4NRT was allocated to me on 16th April 1982 and it has been my callsign ever since. It is also the registration number of my car!

G4NRT Station
Over the years I have had loads of different rigs but have now settled on a setup comprising:

  • Icom IC-7851 Transceiver.
  • Icom IC-7300 Transceiver.
  • ​Icom IC-9100 Transceiver.
  • Icom IC-2730 Mobile Transceiver.
  • 2 x Yaesu FT-817ND Transceiver.
  • Palstar HF-Auto & LDG AT-600ProII, IT-100 and Z817H  Tuners
  • Icom ID-51 Anniversary Edition 2m/70cm FM, Yaesu FT1-DE 2m/70cm & Hytera PD-785G DMR 70cm handhelds.
  • Telepost LP-100A Digital Vector RF Wattmeter.

Antenna-wise, I have erected a Ciro Mazzoni (IV3VHF) Baby Loop Antenna on a heavy-duty base ​in the garden, it is a mere 1.8m above the ground and rotated using the tried-and-trusted armstrong method.  I also have a Diamond V-2000 6m/2m/70cm co-linear and an OCF dipole which is performing well on all bands from 80m to 6m. 

For CW, I am lucky enough to have some fantastic morse keys made by Piero Begali I2RTF.  I have an HST which is set-up as a sideswiper and also three from the Scuplture family:

I am mainly interested in digital modes and will usually be found on the HF bands with JT65 and JT9 as well as PSK modes.  I also use CW and SSB for chatting. I enjoy some rallies and try to attend the European show at Friedrichshafen.  I am also starting to get into amateur satellite operations.  I am the Secretary of the UK Six Metre Group and also a member of a large number of clubs and organisations including the RSGB and ARRL and:

  • RNARS: 4148
  • Fists: 16978
  • G-QRP Club: 14747
  • SOC: 1132
  • BARTG: 9123
  • SKCC: 15009
  • UKSMG: 3080
  • UKuG
  • CDXC The UK DX Foundation

I am an LOTW user and that is my preferred QSL method.  





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QRZ Logbook Summary for - G4NRT
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dedateband mode grid Country op
WB3BOT 2017-04-21 20m JT65 FN21BH United States Francis
UB3ALY 2017-04-21 17m JT65 KO85PV Russia Leo
ER1LG 2017-04-21 20m JT9 KN46JX12 Moldova GEORGE LAZAREV
SV1JSM 2017-04-20 17m JT65 KM17UW Greece Stratos
UE25FO 2017-04-16 20m PSK63 KO85SS Russia International
SQ2OIC 2017-04-15 20m PSK31 JO94jb Poland Arek
DL1FTY 2017-04-14 40m JT65 JO62LN Germany Frank
EG5WRD 2017-04-14 40m JT65 IM98 Spain Dia
HA7XC 2017-04-14 30m JT65 KN07CE Hungary Gell?n S?ndor
IK1HJQ 2017-04-14 30m JT65 JN33VT Italy Marco
W0PAS 2017-04-13 20m JT65 EN91FL United States Paul A Stagno
LY3BG 2017-04-13 40m JT65 KO24PR Lithuania Vytas
TK5NJ 2017-04-13 40m JT65 JN41jw Corsica PELLEGRINETTI ALEXANDRE
DD6GC 2017-04-13 40m JT65 JO53IW Germany Guenter
UY7LA 2017-04-13 20m JT65 KO80DC Ukraine Alexander Kulish

Book Totals: 1580 qso's   587 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

World Continents Award#15504
Granted: 2016-10-12 07:46:02   (G4NRT)

  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#13030
Granted: 2016-07-11 08:05:02   (G4NRT)

  • 20 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
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