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The UK post office is phasing out IRCs and they are refusing to accept them for the purchase of postage stamps. As a result I can no longer accept IRCs with direct qsl requests. From now on only dollar bills or UK stamps please!

PLEASE NO IRCs - they are worthless to me

Licensed since 1986 though I was a very keen swl during the '60s while at school. I'd be an old-timer GW3 by now if university, climbing, and the 1970s habit of growing hair and a beard and bumming around the world in ragged jeans hadn't taken over; still got the beard but the hair's on it's way out now. The purchase of a first cottage in the hills of north Wales in 1981 and a chance discovery that Ken McCoy GW8CMY was a close neighbour re-kindled my curiosity in the magic of short waves.

Interests are mainly HF CW and CW contesting. Have a modest setup with an early Elecraft K3 (# 145) and an Acom 1000 amplifier. Antennas are wire only and am lucky being able to put up temporary antennas for specific contests in an adjacent field using various fibre glass poles, courtesy of a friendly neighbouring sheep farmer. Log with Logger32 and N1MM+ for contesting and use a Microham CW Keyer which keeps the computer sent cw smooth while contesting (unlike, at times, my hand sent cw.......!). An LP-Pan with NaP3 software gives me an extremely effective panadapter; I also run local Skimmer off it too and LP-Bridge allows these applications to communicate with the K3 simultaneously.

I'm a long time member of the local Dragon Amateur Radio Club and a member of both the RSGB and ARRL. I'm also member #919 of CwOps (www.cwops.org) and the club 'ambassador' for North-West Europe; I'm also an advisor in the CWAcademy morse training program.

CwOps logoYou're welcome to visit and make use of the Cwops website and also to join in any of the activities such as the weekly CWT mini-contests. The club is also keen to help those wishing to learn or further develop their cw skills through it's CW Academy; just because there is no licence requirement for morse any longer doesn't mean cw is any less relevant to amateur communications today!


**QSL information**     I no longer use the incoming buro so please don't send me QSL cards via this route as they won't reach me and will just get recycled. I am happy to respond to direct or email (which will be sent to the outgoing buro..) requests for cards and I will reply 100% via whichever route is requested. I do not require QSL cards unless I specifically request them and that includes contest contacts. If it's just confirmation for GW that you need I do submit my log regularly to LOTW. Thanks for your co-operation.


At the end of 2013 I was issued with the special contest call GW4J.


73 and see you on the bands,

Stewart Rolfe, GW0ETF


PS - Below are a couple of photos of the area around IO73WF. Both are regular dog walks - the winter mountain scene is a half hour drive to the south east, and the beach is about half an hour in the opposite direction over on the island of Ynys Môn aka Anglesey.

Cwm Idwal

Cwm Idwal in the hills of Snowdonia



Llanddwyn, Ynys Mon

Llanddwyn on the Island of Anglesey (Ynys Môn)

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