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Locator IO78HF; WAB Square NC03; member of the RSGB since 1968; UKSMG member # 2407; member of the UK Microwave Group, CDXC, and GMDX.

Although I passed the Radio Amateurs' Examination in 1967 whilst still at school in Yorkshire, I didn't become active for another 6 years. From 1973 until 1999 I was operational as G8IEM from several locations in the Portsmouth area on the 2m, 70cm and 23cm bands, and was awarded the RSGB "Four Metres and Down" Supreme Award #78 in 1992. I moved to my present location near Lochinver in the north-west of Scotland in 1999, and am now retired after a career as a Chartered Engineer in the radio communications industry.

My main focus of interest is now 50 MHz and up. Preferred mode of operation is SSB, though I also operate on CW with computer assistance when required, and WSJT digital modes. I am active during most VHF and UHF contests and particularly enjoy the UKACs, so please beam in my direction for an exchange.

Since I live in a remote rural part of north-west Scotland, QSOs on 432 and 1296 MHz are difficult - "search and pounce" and calling CQ are only successful under good tropo lifts, so most QSOs have to be set up using ON4KST. Aircraft scatter is a useful mode of propagation on these bands.

I like to receive QSL cards, and I QSL on receipt 100%; as of 3 September 2017 I am completely up to date in responding to QSL requests.  All QSL cards received direct are replied to direct - no SAE or return postage is required. All cards received via the bureau are replied to via the bureau. Please note that several envelopes from the QSL bureau were damaged in the postal system and the contents lost during 2013 and 2014. For this reason, and since I am one of the few active operators in IO78 square, I have introduced another option; if you would like a card direct or via the bureau you may carry out a log search and request one via ClubLog:


Currently QRV as follows:

80m, 40m - 400w from IC-746/Expert 1K-FA linear into Alpha Delta DX-DD inverted V dipole, centre 8.5m agl.

20m, 15m, 10m - 400w from IC-746/Expert 1K-FA linear into Mosley TA 32M 2 el trap yagi 7m agl. [Antenna down for repair - inactive]

6m - 400w from IC-746/Expert 1K-FA linear, MHP-600 masthead preamp, Vine 6 el yagi 13m agl.

4m - 50w from IC-7300 into 6 el yagi 7m agl.

2m - 400w from IC-746/Beko HLV-1000 linear, MHP-145 masthead preamp, Vine 9 el yagi 15m agl.

70cm - 400w from IC-910/Beko HLV-550 linear, SP7000 masthead preamp, M^2 28 el yagi 9m agl.

23cm - 150w from IC-910/PE1RKI linear, VLNA23 masthead preamp, PowAbeam 60 el yagi 10 m agl.

13cm and 3cm - under construction.

I am also a keen Medium Wave DXer and have been the DX Loggings Editor for Medium Wave News, the publication of the Medium Wave Circle, for over 20 years. Details of the MWC may be found at www.mwcircle.org

Equipment for MW DX: Perseus SDR, RPA-1 preamp, MFJ-1026 phaser (modified), beverages: 380m at 37 degrees, 460m at 236 degrees, 490m at 276 degrees, 700m at 342 degrees, all terminated.  Further details on my website at http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/clashmoreradio/










  GM8IEM 50 MHz Trophy 2015

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