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The story so far of this historic 1936 call sign.

G8 and two letter calls were only issued between 1936 & 1937

There are only 45 G8+2 callsign's still in use. (Spectrum data March 2017)

My earliest memories of Lenard Arthur Kippin (G8PL) was when I was around 10 years old I guess, which would have been around 1971. Lenard was my great uncle on my mother's side of the family, we would  visit them in London a couple of times a year. The routine would always be the same, my great aunts would open the back door and say to me " you can go down to garden to see 'Uncle Kip'. My uncle was never called Lenard or Arthur, his surname was shortened to Kip and that's how everyone knew him. So off down the  garden I'd run to his caravan with long bits of wire sprouting out of it across the garden. Opening that caravan door was like entering the wardrobe in Narnia, it was always hot in there summer or winter and the room was full of strange pops, bangs and whistling noises. Brightly glowing valves from his home made equipment filled the tiny caravan with light and I was always  memorized by the lights and sounds emitted from that tiny caravan. Quietly I'd sit for hours  listening to what I know now was Morse code on Short Wave.

Kip was an avid CW Operator and was licensed for over 40 years, amasing in that time, many hundereds of awards and trophies (which I still have), including Top Dx Honours.

From these  early day of my introduction to radio I was hooked.

 I became a SWL writing monthly articles for PW magazine with Eric G4AR, and often travelled to his home in Surrey with my monthly report from my AR88 military receiver and random lengths of wire.

Through the 1980's I experiment with broadcasting which took on many formats. I started a radio club and was President of the International Radio group with over 500 members in over 150 countries around the world. I worked in a communication retail outlet selling Amateur Radio equipment, until a visit from the DTI in the early 1990’s changed my path in radio.

In 1992 I booked to take my Amateur Radio exams, passed first time with credits and I was licensed as G7OEC. In 1995 I started the East Anglian Six Meter group and additional took on the call sign GX7VHF for our group contest work.   Starting out on 2Mtrs and 70cms I progressed to 6Mtrs SSB and data for EME and won many group and personal contest awards. It was during this time I changed my G7OEC call sign to G8PL, it wan't easy! It took a copy of my Great Uncel's Will, which left his estate to my Mother, a letter from my Mother agreeing to pass Kip's estate to me, then birth certificates from all of us, it took almost 6 months.

In 1995 I also held the call 8Q7HF operatimg from Baros Island. And LA4LN contest station with Tom in JO49UF in 2009

My best achievement was setting a new World record with ZL3NW when we worked each other via 6Mtr EME, it was the first time two stations both with only single antenna’s had made the full QSO via the Moon.

Due to a change in my family situation in 2008 I when QRT. I move to Spain in 2014 and set up my current station in January 2017, using EA7/G8PL while awaiting the Spanish paperwork to be processed for my EA7 call.

To date, just some 10 week after setting the station up,  I’ve worked 85 DXCC counties on 20Mtr with just a home brew 20Mtr wire antenna and the 100w from the Yaesu FT920.

Going forward, since the results on HF have been so encouraging, I now plan erecting a tower and 3 element beam towards the top of the mountain behind the house. (11th March 2017)

****Also hold Club Station Call GX7VHF****

Licensed: 1992 'A' Class


Transiver is a FT920 with MD200 Microphone.

Antennas: 6 element Cushcraft 617-6B on 6Mtrs

Homebrew wire 20Mtr dipole at the top of the mountain behind the house, QTH 650Mtrs ASL. 




6Mtr Awards: G8PL / GX7VHF:

NAC 2001 - Contest - Best score from UK

NAC 2002 - Contest - Winner of open section

NAC 2003 - Contest - 2nd place in open section

NAC 2004 - Contest - Best score from UK

NAC 2006 - Contest - Winner of open section

UKSMG - 2005 - Contest - Summer Contest winner open section

UKSMG - 2005 - Award - First EME contact

UKSMG - 2006 - Award - Worked 10 stations via EME

UKSMG - 2006 - Award - Worked 5 countries DXCC's via EME

UKSMG - 2006 - Award - Worked 40 EU countires SSB





K-Po SP-30 Mk2 PSU, Yaesu FT920 with MD200 Desk Mic. Diamond SX-100 Meter.


The Shack.


The Shack

Cushcraft 617-6B 50Mhz

Home Brew 20Mtr wire Dipole looking 30 degress North over the Mountain


Wire Dipole viewed from the top of our Mountain. Photo taken looking South at 650mtr ASL


Home Brew 20mtr Wire at Sunset


Sunset over our village down in the vally with the wire atenna in the foreground


View from the shack January 2017

View from the QTH looking South West in January 2017 with snow on the mountains


The original G8PL QSL Card from the 1950's


Now operating as EA7KBX - 2017 Please see my QRZ.COM page. 


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