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Here's a rather vintage Photo of me and my best school pal John Smith (SK) circa 1973 I guess, I have the old PYE mic in hand and John's logging a 2M Contest back in Kent at AL42h Lodge Hill Nr Rochester.

HB Converter & TX (QQVO3-20A) PA and TCS-12 as Tunable IF.....

Updated Photo April 2008.

That's me at the business end of a Rolls Royce Avon Gas Turbine (better known for powering the likes of, the De Havilland Comet Airliner and the most RAF fighters etc of the late 50's and 60's), at the works location in the Yemen, the engine was being changed out and a work colleague took the photo. My job is to keep these babies and their very big brothers turning and burning to keep the Oil coming out of the ground here in the Yemen Deserts, part of the Rub Al Khali, The Empty Quarter, the beach is huge, but the tide went out a few Thousand Million years ago !!!!

Update December 2014

No longer roving the deserts of the Middle East, came back to the UK in April 2014, working locally in Lincolnshire, still with Gas Production. No Gas Turbines to look after anymore, nice easy stuff.

Quite active on all bands, playing with WSPR on various bands, have finally got the IC706 in the mobile setup and now working on 40M SSB, 6M, 2M and 70cm mobile. Still fine tuning the setup and trying to overcome the diesel injection hash on the HF bands....

Am sometimes QRV on 2M FSK144 Meteor Scatter, also JT65 modes on 2M, 4M setup is up and working with 4CX250B Linear in service again, the Transistor device, although drew loads of Collector current, did not produce much RF !!! Just a lot of heat....

Sometime in the next year, I do hope to get the Tower back up and do some more operating.

Well sometime in 2015, has become 2017, rather large hole as been dug and works are in progress. 

Further to the last update the large has been filled with concrete and as of this morning 24.09.2017 the tower is erected and nearly ready to start placing antennae up on it, but am still awaiting parts for the T2X rotator that had suffered badly due to neglect since taking out of service in 2001. 

Have placed a few photos on the page to show progress, so far.

The tower is vertical it's just my rubbish camera work !! Compare with the house in the background, it has the same lean to the right !!! Not too many windows or gardens are overlooked from my property, even close in there's some much taller trees to attenuate the RF from my antenna's !! 

 

Update 30.09.2017 - Parts for rotator are here, so hopefully will complete that in a day or so, after installing in tower top cage will be mounting antenna's for 6M, 4M & 2M. 

Update 01.10.2017 - Will also add a HF wire possibly a 100 Foot Doublet strung from the tower back to the chimney stack on the house, so may even pop up on the Lower HF Bands now and then. Rotator rebuild continues, but am rather worried about Brake Solenoid buzz, when energised, have a nasty feeling it will resonant down the tower and cause mayhem!!!

73 Derek G8ECI.

 

 

 

 

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