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Real (paper!) cards are still my preferred method.  For those QSOs for which I have not initiated a QSL card, I respond 100% to valid claims. I.E. 100% on receipt of your card. Cards received either Direct or via the Bureau are welcome. E-qsls are not really my thing so I never initiate an e-qsl exchange but I do check the eqsl site and I do reply to them. I do not automatically respond to QRZ.COM QSL entries, but will do so if specifically asked to do so.  I am not on LOTW (2016). If you send cards directly please do not send IRCs - they are no longer accepted here in the Guernsey postal system! 'Green stamps' are of course O.K. as they are universally accepted. At the very least, as a courtesy, please include your self-addressed envelope.  Bureaux do sometimes make mistakes, so if you have sent a valid card in the past and had no reply within a reasonable time, please let me know by email. But please also be aware that the RSGB Bureau has undergone radical changes. It was certainly once one of the most efficient and least slow around. Judging by a number of complaints I have read/heard this might no longer be the case.

Me & my station:

First licensed in England in 1971 as G8FBO after many years dabbling in radio and a couple of years as a SWL. Operational then on 2m and 70cm.

Moved to GUERNSEY in the Channel Islands December 1974, and operated under the callsign GC8FBO. Also held separate licence (necessary then) for GC8FBO/MM, (Maritime Mobile,) operating from a small yacht. GC callsigns were split into GJ (Jersey) and GU (Guernsey & Dependencies) in 1977, so I became GU8FBO.

Sailed in spring & summer months for over 30 years, mainly in C.I. waters, Brittany & Atlantic coast of France. Operated MU0FBO/MM & GU8FBO/MM on HF; also 6m during the Es season. From 2004 now have no yacht, so no more /MM but will still confirm QSOs of course!

In 1977 moved to a new QTH on top of the Island with excellent take-off and developed interest in VHF/UHF DX-ing on 2m, 70cm, 23cm using very long yagis and masthead preamps, and from 1988 on 6m. 1st GU - GM contact on 70cm, 1st GU - HB9 contact on 23cm. 1st GU - GM Fast Scan TV contact (on 70cm) among others on these bands and 6m.

May 1986 RSGB/G5UM 'Four Meters and Down' Supreme Award No. 65. for 2m, 70cm & 23cm.

Always keen to work OPs for the first time and new 'entities', especially on VHF/UHF, but still can't raise much enthusiasm for locator 'square hunting', though always happy to oblige.

QRT from December 1998 to Oct 2001, but then active again from new QTH on HF, (mainly RTTY) and 6m (SSB & JT6M) and 2m. Often operational on 4m.

Because of the drastic fall in SSB activity on 2m and 70cm took morse test and new HF (Class A) licence, MU0FBO, taken out in July 2002, with some SSB and PSK31, but mainly RTTY operation.

On gaining MU0FBO allowed GU8FBO licence to lapse for 15 months, but reactivated it in October 2003 after the G8 + 3 series were upgraded from Class B to Class A. I now keep both calls, but use GU8FBO almost exclusively as it is more readily recognised worldwide as a Guernsey call. MU0FBO is retained in case I ever want to TX from a country that still requires a morse qualification for full operation. I admit I am not very good at CW, so only use MGM, and even then usually only if requested!

Antennas: The current QTH here is VERY small with space for antennas correspondingly limited. The 'traditional' HF bands from 80m to 10m were covered by a multiband trap dipole bent into an inverted, sloping 'U'; center up 8m, ends only 1.5m agl. Installed a Butternut vertical for HF October 2008 which usually outperforms the trap dipole despite limited opportunity for radials. The vertical also resonates on 30m and can be persuaded to work on 12m & 17m  via a matching unit, with loss of performance of course, and on 60m by bridging some of the 80m coil turns. For 6m & 4m  there is a YU7EF 6el / 7el duo yagi @ 9.5m.   For 2m there is a 9el LFA yagi @ 8m. No antennas for 70cm or 23cm at present. There is no provision and no plans for 160m. A coil for 160m could be added to the vertical, but the loss of performance and bandwidth on other bands would not be welcome plus I cannot install useful radials for that band.

Have good interest in weak signal contacts using the WSJT suite, with fair success on 6m MS with JT6M, and have had a few trans-Atlantic QSOs on 6m eme using JT65A, but weak signal reception here continues to be marred by a very high broad-band noise level that seems to emanate from the adjacent local airport. Also work JT65A on HF, JT6M/FSK441 on 4m and FSK441 on 2m. Please DON'T request eme contacts to my South or East - the noise-floor level here is simply way too high looking over the airport.

2012:  Did a limited amount of operating as GQ8FBO for the Queen's Jubilee, and GO8FBO for the London Olympics & Paralympics.  Also a very small operation in September as GJ8FBO.

Rigs: HF & 6m: FT2000 100W + 400W linears; 4m: FT-847 or IC-7100, (50W & can also use the 6m / 4m linear to give 160W); 2m : IC706IIG 50W; (My 2m linear is currently dead!)

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