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First licenced in 1977,  constructing most of my equipment and playing with everything from 10gHz to early packet radio on 2m. A great time ! Now mainly use this call from the UK on 6 metres and HF as qth is too poor for V/UHF.

I also hold a class A callsign G0UOV which I use both from the UK and Thassos Island, Greece, EU174 using SV8/G0UOV .

Always happy to give you a report from the UK  or Thassos island.

Rigs are, FT1000MP, a brace of TS530S and a TS830S, which I have fully restored and are my favourite radios. Just finished putting an RTL dongle into a box with an up converter to give me an HF SDR receiver, which is very usefull for setting up rigs, particularly the old hybrids.

Just added an FT857d to the list. Nice radio, terrible ssb tx audio. Big hole in the audio spectrum 1.5-2.0 khz. Put an electret in the mic housing and turned off the processor, shifted the carrier injection point and it is  better. Struggles to produce full RF output without sounding rough, however they are cheap and give hf to uhf in a tiny package so I guess there has to be a trade off.

On Thassos, an FT847 and a home brewed 2 element moxon for 10m/6m, plus a 40m inverted V dipole which is a good match on three bands, 40m, 15m and 6m. Guess I just managed to get the right length of feeder !

UK HF antennas:

5 Mhz. antenna:  " G8GTD Inverted V  Loop". Full wave on 60m. Seems to be my design as I can't find anything like it although DK7ZB has also used a similar design but not in this configuration. Full wave loop with four equal length legs. Fed at ground level on one corner,  opposite corner also at ground level. Both apex approx  0.2 lamda apart and 10 metres above ground. This gives a feed and far end angle of approx  50 deg.     <>===feeder===   Excellent 50 ohm match on fundamental. Put up in 2014,  an interesting antenna. Good DX antenna , very poor for NVIS.

Homebrewed 2 element moxon rectangle beam for 10m with 2 coupled elements for 6m.

UK V/UHF Antennas:

Single 8 element for 2m and an original J Beam Parabeam for 70cm. Used to have the 2m version, sadly long gone, but what a beast, 14 elements of the best. Wish I still had it.....

Oh and a hand reared Blue Fronted Amazon parrot, who is  is now 20 years old and still won't call CQ. !

73 Steve.

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