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Location: IO71. ITU27. CQ Zone 14. WAB SS59. FISTS 14866. RNARS 4905. VMARS member.

VINTAGE SHACK: Ex WW2 RAF R1155 & T1154.

Ex RN Murphy 618 TX & Rees Mace 619 RX from1950's.

HRO 5T. Marconi Atalanta RX, 1950s. It all works & on air it operates full break-in.  I only use straight keys. 

Here's what my T1154 SOUNDS like on 7 MHz  recorded by EA2IF with a low note http://www.v-d-r.net/images/T1154.mp3 .

T1154 locally recorded http://www.v-d-r.net\images\T11547MHZ.mp3

Here is the sound of my WS62 operated by MW0LUK http://www.v-d-r.net/images/QSO10 3515.wma which has a delightful chirp as was heard on air 70 years ago.


GW3OQK was first on air in Manchester in the 60's when I was 16. I took my 1st class ticket and went to sea as a ship's radio officer in 1962, and abandoned amateur radio until 2010.  After some years at sea with Marconi I worked for Redifon as a technician on ships. In 1987 I started my own marine electronics manufacturing company but now I am semi-retired. 

Technically I love to design, make, and modify. Nothing in the shack seems unmodified, and is frequently changed.


Best wishes, Andrew

PICTURES were taken by my good buddy Chris MW0LUK and here he is operating the T1154 on 40m AM. The shack is a traditional wooden shed in the garden. CHRIS MORETON, MW0LUK








My other hobby is Bluegrass Music. I play the banjo and sing. My wonderful wife Marie plays the double bass. Its a great life and even better when I can fully retire.

Here is Marie and the Backroom Bluegrass Band in our back garden.   

Backroom Bluegrass Band








A 2-Valve TX for 80 metres.

2-vlave TX

2 Valve TX













HRO 5TRestoration and modification project completed is the HRO below. It is modified for bandspread of 1 Kc per division, and other useful features such as narrower IF skirt bandwitdth.


Below is "hombrew" receiver using the DDS2 as VFO, along with parts removed from a scrap FT101. Works well with 600 Hz CW filter.








Here are the partly completed innards. The RX tuning control connects to the HBTX so the pair operate as a transceiver. This is now my favourite radio in the shack.












Home brew Balanced ATU for my 36m doublet based on the S-MATCH design of PA0FRI. It tunes perfectly on every band 1.8 to 28 MHz and the currents in each side of the feeders are equal as shown on the RF ammeters.




















Homebrew TX











HB Transmitter is tuned by the receiver so it acts like a transceiver





















73,  Andrew








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