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I began my radio life as SWL A3545 at the age of 11, shortly after I had been woken by a local amateur who blasted through my crystal set in the middle of the night. There followed a visit to see his shack and of course I was hooked; a familiar story I suspect.

Licensed as G8AJM in July 1965, I spent several years building and operating rigs and antennas for 2m and 70cms where for me the highlight was accessing the Oscar satellites (6 & 7). On retiring in 2013 and after a break of about 40 years, I returned to the hobby to enjoy the HF bands that I loved so much as an SWL. I took the G8 licence in the early days as I just could not seem to get CW working for me; I knew the code but just couldn't "hear" it. However when I discovered I could now use the HF bands I felt I should do it properly and get to grips with CW. I'm pleased to say that it appears you can indeed teach an old dog new tricks and I now operate CW almost exclusively. My main interests are casual participation in HF contests and chasing DX.

My QTH is the town of Maidenhead which is on the River Thames about 25 Km west of London.  You might recognise the name Maidenhead, it's the town where squares were invented.

Antenna

Home QTH: 40m Off-Centre-Fed Dipole used on all bands 40m to 6m.
Portable: 5-band Spiderbeam and DX-Commander.

 


Shack 1964: ​Hallicrafters SX-24 with Codar PR-30 Preselector

 

IOTA Contest  Jul 2017

High on the Cotswolds for IOTA 2017. A total of 78 countries worked during the contest and 117 worked during the visit including Australia, Christmas Island, Hawai, Japan, China, and South Shetland Islands.  A great location and one I hope to visit many times again.

Antennas were a 5-band Spiderbeam and a DX-Commander for 30m/40m.


 

Hunting Chatham Island  Oct 2016

Chasing DX overnight with the K3S, KPA500 and the first outing for a new 5-band Spiderbeam. This was sunrise following a cold night in the car waiting for ZL7G to appear. But it wasn't to be; it seems I was looking in the wrong direction!

Packing Shed Island Sep 2016

Packing Shed Island at JO01KS with K3S, KPA500 and fishing pole verticals for 40m -15m. This very unusual island is completely submerged at the highest spring tides around the equinox leaving the shed standing on stilts just a few inches above the water. Great for verticals although a 6m tide means retuning required very often.

5B/G8AJM April 2016

Cyprus AS-004 with K3S and SuperAntenna MP1 (just visible at end of garden) operating HF CW from a coastal location with a clear 180deg sea path from the south coast. Staying at the kind invitation of an old SWL friend, enjoying island life and working JAs with relative ease on that amazing little antenna.

ZL/G8AJM Feb 2016

New Zealand OC-008. This is the beach at Napier on the North Island. Using my MP1 antenna and a KX1 (kindly loaned by a good friend) I managed to "work" into F5. The QSO was not completed but "ZL?" was quite an achievement when that setup was only puting out about 4 watts of CW.

W6/G8AJM Feb 2016

California - Santa Monica with the KX1 and a wire dipole. From the location shown, with the dipole in the bushes the best DX was Arizona. Later, the MP1 on the hotel roof did much better.

 

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