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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 hole 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.

Update 27.11.017 - 144Mhz, 70Mhz and 50Mhz beams on the tower and all performing well, rotator buzz has subsided, but still there, have put up a 90 Foot doublet for HF (did not have enough wire in the shack for a 100 Footer!!) seems to work ok, on FT8 monitoring what it has received seems pretty good, need to sort out grounding as RF getting into PC if I run more than a few watts, then the feeder is right beside the PC, may re-arrange PC's locations. Next project over holiday period, replace 70cm and 23cm antenna and rotator on lower mast beside shack, short feeder runs, less than 10m, the feeders on the tower are 40 to 45 metres from the shack, not too bad on 50 & 70Mhz but I use around 30m of LDF4-50 on 144 Mhz to the tower base with RG213 to the feed point on the M2 12 Ele beam, so losses not too bad on 2M.

The Saga will continue, will post some recent photos.

73 Derek G8ECI

Update 07.01.2018 - Currently off air on 70cm & 23cm - have taken down old antenna support and awaiting some decent weather to install new antenna's, rotator and new mast. The Flu and and inclement UK weather has stopped progress on outside tasks, so have concentrated on outstanding jobs to be completed in the shack, re-furbished KW2000A - replaced display unit in IC756 both completed, next project to start on GPSDO for frequency standard all parts available. Have parts to refurbish Mast head Preamps for 2M and 70cm, so they can be installed in the spring, plenty other things to do, must complete 23cm Tubed Linear rebuild, before long as well, we're getting there.....

73 & Happy New Year Derek G8ECI





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