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VHF/UHF & µWAVE Station.
Bands active VHF, UHF & µWAVE
6m 400w to 4 ele
4m 160w to 4ele
13cms 100mW lmw H/B transverter (repaired after 20yrs) 2xcirculators PA under construction 30 ele quad loop JVL yagi
9cms 250mW Kuhne transverter + (PA under construction 120w) 70cms prime focus dish
Bands Active HF, LF
20m thru to 10m antenna TGM MQ26 SR Hybrid Quad mini beam
80m/40m dipole Alpha Delta (thank you gm8ffx)
Longwire + Racal 1kw auto ATU + radial system.
Like DX'ing ? why not count the countries you've visited DXFC...... not far off my "Century" now !
Below some photograpgh's of our travels (I took most of them ;<)) !!! ) and of the Station's Antenna systems hope you enjoy !
Me stood near the Top of Muana Kea 14,000ft ASL, on Big Is Hawaii, the hi tec telescopes are really cool, I was allowed to go in and have a look around the Keck "Gemini" Observetory, the Cryogenics to cool the Mega-Mega pixel cameras were evident and all the banks of Computers to process the data received, AND there's two of them !!! Lots of very high tech Telescopes dominate the peak of the mountain, check out some of the links. After all that in the very thin air we are needing a big glass of Kona Longboard Ale. , but no bar!
The South West of New Zealand is just Stunning, from Mountains, Gorges, Sound Inlets, Forests, it's mind-boggling-ly beautiful, you can, but not on this photograph see Mount Cook (12,217ft or 3724m), the tallest Mountain in NZ. Here Above is Millford Sound on a very Sunny Cloudless blue sky. The nearest place to stay is the little town of Te Anau.
Above: The Most Beautiful Island on the Planet, Bora Bora, French Polynesia. It's just so Isolated from everywhere !!! To get there we had to go Auckand to Tahiti first (poor us) we spent 4 days there exploring the Island before going on to Bora Bora and Moorea to spend a further week exploring these Paradises too. You can see in the tiny Airport to the bottom left of the photograph on Motu Mute, you can make out the town of Vaitape, the capitol, where the bigest conurbation is on the central part of the Island.
The Fabulous Skyline of Hong Kong, what a time we had there !!! A trip up Victoria Peak (1817ft or 554m) to see the views over HK and Kowloon was enjoyed, although we were quite lucky in the fact it was pretty clear, the views can be spoilt by HK'S Smog ! Another esential visit was to Kowloon Park, to have a wonder up to the Lady's market where you can buy anything from a 80" Oled TV to a hand made suit and of course some Amateur Radio gear, getting it home is the problem of course !
The Most Northerly Point of New Zealand, Cape Reinga Point. The trip up from Auckland through the Bay of Island via Whangaruru, was fantastic, it was like being at home here in the UK, but much sunnier and warmmer, we decided to go up to the Southern end of the 90 mile beach, but we decided to go right to the very top through the Omahuta forest, what a fabulous Driving road, boy did I "cane" that car !!! we got to the cape late afternoon, and walked down to the lighthouse, beautiful views, you could see the whirlpools forming where the Pacific and Tasmin seas meet. looking at the sign post behind me, we were a long, long way from home. We also realised we were a very long way from our hotel in Auckland, we didn't get back until 1:00am in the morning, and the nerxt day we were driving down to Rotarua
The Marina in Auckland City, The Sky Tower all lite up in the background, there are a lot of great bars and restaurants all around here. a few really good nights out here.
Bluff Point, The most Southerly Point of New Zealand
The now demolished Christchurch Cathederal, this was taken on a beautiful Summers day in Febuary 2011, just Days before the masive EarthQuake that destroyed a great part of Christchurch's CBD. I feel sad everytime I see this photograph because of the devistation caused by the quake.
After a Mamoth Road trip here is where you end up, Chicago to Los Angeles and the Santa Monica Pier Board walk.
But this was our visit back in 2011 on the last part of the Round the World Trip.
I don't really collect Certificates, but I do kinda like this
The Sydney harbour bridge, with the Sydney Opera house behind. What a fabulous place to visit, beach's, night life ! One of our trips was to Darling Harbour, great place to spend an afternoon or evening, bar's, restaurants, shops, cinemas and museums. A Trip to the famous Bondi beach is a must, a short drive from the hotel, but I prefere Manly beach, it's golden sands lots of water sports, and of course all those beautiful girls on the beach !
The Main Antenna system, full description below.
SunSet At GXP's main mast 60 ele 23cms (G4CQM's design antenna), centre antenna 12 ele 2m 'cqm' and at the bottom the TGM MQ26 SR Hybrid Quad mini beam, I'm continually amazed at what this antenna has got me in the way of real DX. on the chimeny stack the dual band 6m and 4m 4ele beam, again some good DX worked, but would work a ton better much higher up.
A few beers and a Burger at the .....oh I've forgot the name of the joint, Las Vegas 38ºC a little warm !!! with this type of dry desert heat is good to be either in the pool, or in a casino, the Stratosphere was a good afternoon trip, fantastic views of Las Vegas, go at sunset for the best views, same thing with a trip up the "Eiffel" tower.
This was a pleasent de-tour off our Route 66 grand tour in 2014, lots of de-tours of the road but it was completed in 3 and a half leisurely weeks in September, we had a "bit" of a heat wave on-route, but saw and met some wonderful colourful people, friendly, generous and always interested where we were from, America at it's best, it's people !
Another time another place ! Sugar Cane Bay, Tortola, British Virgin Islands January 2014, this was part of a cruise around the Caribbean 12 different countries visited, and each Island totally different to the other ! Playing Radio on the beach is just so cool, especially drinking a chilled beer or two, and if it get too warm, just go for a dip, some very nice views as well as the geography too
A nice sailing boat ride, on St Lucia going towards the Petons a volcanic piles of debris on the South West part of the beautiful Island.
This could be a very dodgy place to be, I'm in the very bottom of the Caldera on the Island of Nissaros, in the Agean Sea.
The Smell of Sulpher was over powering, in the background you can actually see the bubbling mud and Sulpher erupting up from the Earth....that was in 36ºC heat as well as the convected heat from the Volcano's Caldera.
My Home City in the 1930's. We sure didn't have a lot of respect for our environment then, the 14th century Cathederal (which makes your town into a City here in the England) looks really filthy, Nice and clean now though !
An old water painting dated somewhere in the mid 18th century looking up Westgate; Eastwards towards the 14th century Cathederal. It was painted pre-tram lines, which were laid in the late 1800's early 1900's the streets had 'hi tech' gas lamp lighting.
No sign of Bono here ??
She did say "SAY CHEESE" Grand Canyon, Arizona.
At the very summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii; the Gemini Twin Telescopes are to the very right of the picture.
Monument Valley a wonderful place, we stayed in Mexican Hat that night, before hand we visited Four corners where the four states of Utah, New Mexico, Arizona and Colarado. We stood in four states at once !!!
One of our trips to Rhodes, in the Agean Sea, behind is Lindos Castle.
One of my favorite cities in the USA, San Francisco, with the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in the background.
A beautiful Sunset on Wakiki Beach, Ohau, Hawaii.
Me and some Buddies, Hanga Roa.......or Easter Island.
Pearl Harbour, Ohau, Hawaii, the Nimitz Aircraft carrier ! It's HUGE !!! Also a trip to the Missouri Battleship Memorial, a great day out there !
A little sea side town near me Staithes which is North of Scarborough and Whitby in North Yorkshire.
One of the most Iconic Photographs of our time !
Well if you're gonna buy one, you may as well get two ..... or three !!!
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