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Hi, Here is some basic info on GW0GEI and my most current station:

I am 55 years old and licensed since 1983 (upgraded in 1985). My main interest since 1988, after an initial couple of years on hf (as G0GEI), has been 6m dx. I moved from England to live and work in Scotland in 1988 and spent most of my time on 6m and 10m as GM0GEI(where I started getting into contesting via the ARRL 10m contests, and some very valuable mentoring from Chris GM3WOJ and the North of Scotland Contest Team GM7V). Best dx on 6m from IO77 was VK6PA on SSB and KG6DX on CW, plus that famous aurora of 13/3/89!

I returned home to Anglesey Island (EU124), off the north coast of Wales in 1992, and settled back there for 18 years. Having had TVI problems in my previous homes I bought a small cottage with 2 acres of land, adding more to the building in 1985 (including a nice new shack!), and added another 3.5 acres in 2003 giving me 5.5 acres to play with (well antenna farms have to have room to expand!). Since becoming GW0GEI, I have been active on 6m and HF contesting, along with a bit of 4m and 2m contesting.

A new job and house move down to west Wales in early 2009 meant I  had to dismantle and sell most of my contest station prior to moving down to new house in late 2009. The new house is on edge of town location with neighbours, so no contesting seriously from here. Still had my IC7400 plus hardline, and antennas  slowly increased with 160m dipole, 80m dipole, 40m vertical 1/4 up in trees, plus new 7 ele yagis for 6m and 4m and on 10m an alu Moxon all up on short poles about 4m above ground level. I am back active on 4m with a 7 ele long yagi fed by Flex 6300 sdr radio  and DB6NT 4m transverter plus solid state Gemini amp running 160w. Various spiderbeam poles sometimes make it up to test the neighbours tolerance levels. I joined the new Pembrokeshire Contest Group 5 years ago and have enjoyed taking part in 50mhz trophy and 70mhz trophy contests plus the open section four band uk win in 2013 in rsgb VHF field day.  

My winter 2014 project  was an SDR radio - I sold my ft1000d, ic756pro3 and a kenwood 590s which came into the shack for testing. I bought a Flex 6300 SDR which has since been used as the main radio for lf and hf dxing and contesting, as well as the driver for my db6nt transverter for 4m. I  have been very impressed with the Flex 6300 on lf Hf and VHF on ssb cw and data modes. I think it was the right time to make the leap into sdr and  being able to see the whole of the 4m and 6m band at the same time, or up to two Hf band scopes and waterfalls on a 42 inch HD TV in the shack is awesome for dxing contesting and VHF ms work. 

I am now active again on 2m ssb and cw in contests, with an ft817nd driving a small pa to 20w into a pair of 9 ele powabeam yagis. I will be  upgrading the pa to a legal limit one shortly and have a second stack of 2x 15 ele powabeam yagis to build up and erect, which should help my working range.

I received my nov licence variation for special contest callsign GW9J (November 2015)  so am now using that callsign in international contests on Hf and VHF. 

Please do not send any more paper qsl cards. I have uploaded all of my 70K+ contest and dxing qsos onto the Logbook of the world site and also eqsl so they are more or less up to date as at January 2017 for both gw0gei and my contest call gw9j and more will uploaded every few months. 

73 Steve GW0GEI

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