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Hi and thanks for checking out my QRZ.com listing!

Just to give you a brief run down on my amateur radio back ground. I have been licensed since 1971 and was primarily interested in VHF dx-ing and Aurora contacts. Noting that it was a lot easier to work Aurora on CW I upgraded to my present Class A callsign - GM4COX- in 1973.

I have never been seriously active on HF but have taken part in many HF contests in conjunction with my radio club based in Glasgow GM4AGG (Amateur Glasgow Group) www.wosars.org.uk/of which I was a founding member in 1970. I was also active in the 1980’s in VHF/UHF contesting as member of the South of Scotland Contest Group. Good times.smiley



Homebrew has always been an interest of mine, with the construction of HF & VHF kit (primarily QRP).


Homebrew 20M SOTA QRP CW Tx/Rx - 14.000 - 14.100MHz ~ 3/4W O/P


Being involved in the Scout movement since a young lad I’ve always had an interest in outdoor activities, skiing, sailing, canoeing, cycling and hill-walking. Having always enjoyed operating VHF/HF when out-and-about and the combination of both hill-walking especially Munro Bagging (A classification of Scottish Mountains over 3000’ or about 914M) saw me involved in SWAMP (Scottish Worked All Munroes Project) in-conjunction with my club in the early 1990’s. This was subsequently superceded by introduction of SOTA (Summits on the Air) www.sota.org.uk/ in Scotland in 2002. This really took my interest and as such I have been a keen Activator combining my navigation & QRP skills – great fun! Likewise I am a keen (mainly GM summit)Chaser from the home QTH. And of course like most Activators when on a summit - Summit-to-Summit (S2S) contact chasing.

Now as I always take the camera along with me when I am on a activation I thought I would utilise the good facilities of QRZ.com to post recent activation photos for those who may have ‘Chased’ me or indeed did not work me or were just listening.

So here’s a few shots of some of my latest Activations. Enjoy.

73 de Jack (;>J



Pse pop-in from time-to-time to see the latest (if they're good enough - hi!) - 08/12/13



GM/SS-165 - Dungavel Hill - 7th December 2013 - GM/VK S2S - This is one of my 'Local' hills. It takes about 30 mins to drive to the foot of it and another 20 mins to the top. So an ideal summit for S2S chasing. And this was the one I chose for the my GM to VK S2S attempt which I successfully achieved on a grim and windy summit on Saturday the 7th (with a previous attempt on 4th - successful with fixed VK stations).


                   7th December 2013 -  a grim Temp +3C & Wind ~ 40K/hr


What a difference a few days make - hi!


                                                                                                        4th December 2013 - a sunny - Temp -3C & Wind ~ 30K/Hr 


GM/CS-048 - Meall Buidhe ('Myowl Voo-ee' - Round Yellow Hill) - 11th October 2013 - A beautiful Autumn day with snow on the Cairngorms. Wx on summit was just above 0c. The activation took me to just past the 2K mark with 2002 Activator Points. Yippee!!!

Panoramic shot looking West & North over Rannoch Moor - 'boot-i-ful'!

Summit Operating Shack & 20M GP - A lightweight CW activation

En-Route to Summit Looking West @ NGR NN456421/Lat 56.5455 Lon -4.5130

GM/CS-001 - 9th October 2012 - 60, 40, 20, 17M SSB, 2M FM ( My 10 Year SOTA Anniversary - First summit activated CS-001 - 29/09/02 )

Panoramic Shot from summit of GM/CS-001 with An-Stuc (an-stoo-chk - steep/pinnacle hill), GM/CS-004 - Meall Garbh (myowl garav - rough hill) and GM/CS-026 - Meall Greigh (myowl gray - hill of the horse/cattle?) - notice the snow patches from the previous week's snow fall - first serious snow of the forthcoming winter


Operating kit - FT-817, Elecraft T1 ATU, NiMH 2.2AH 12.5V pack in red pouchand VX8 + NiMH 1.5AH 11V pack in grey pouch. Aerials 40M dipole fed with ribbon feeder for 60, 40 and 17M, and 20M raised radials vertical. 2M 5/8th over 2 1/4 radials


Panoramic Shot of Operating Position looking across Beinn Ghlas (bYn glas - green/grey hill) on the left and GM/CS-010 - Meall Corraniach(myowl koraneech -notched hill?) on the right and GM/CS-015 - Meall nan Tarmachan (myowl nan tarmachan - hill of the tarmachan) in the centre BG (sorry the picture merge is a bit out - it's not your eyesight - hi!)

GM/SS-012 - 22nd September 2012 - 20M SSB, 2M FM

Dappled sunlight on connecting ridge whilst looking across to GM/SS-012 - Beinn Bhuidhe (bYn voo-ee - yellow hill) from opposite hill located at NGR - NN212193/Lat 56.3327 Lon -4.8923

Early morning sunshine at the end of forrest section of access road NGR - NN209155/Lat 56.2982 Lon -4.8953

See GM4COX recommended route at www.sotawatch.org SUMMITS - GM/SS-012


GM/SS-017 - 12th September 2012 - 2M FM (did have HF with me - see below)

Panoramic shot from the Summit of SS-017 looking across Loch Lomond with Ben Lomond (SS-011) and other SS Summits in the BG


This turned out to be a 2M FM activation only as I was running short of time and the Wx was very windy from the NW with temp +4C. I was operating just below the 5/8th + 1/4 radials mounted on one of my walking poles. SS-020 (The Cobbler) in centre BG

GM/WS-083 & 022 - 30th August 2012 - 20M SSB, 2M FM

GM/WS-022 from WS-083

Aerial set-up on GM/WS-022 - 20M raised radials (acting as guys)GP & 2M 5/8th telescoping whip over 2 x 1/4 telescoping Radials


GM/WS-089 - 10-12th August 2012 including overnight camps - 20M SSB, 2M FM

Knoydart Hills from the Kinlochhourn Road NGR NH041021/Lat 57.0688 Lon -5.2320 - Looking SW across Loch Quoich (Loch of the quaich - chew-ach!)

GM/WS-089 Panoramic Shot - Inverie to the Left with Barrisdale & Arnisdale to the Right


GM/CS-008, 018 & 034 - 12 & 13th July 2012 -Including Overnight Bivi - 20M SSB, 2M FM

Bivi Tent @ NGR - NN345424/Lat 56.544 Lon -4.6935 below CS-008 & 2M 5/8th over 1/4 clipped onto guyed walking pole with Loch Lyon in BG



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