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Merci de regarder mes détails de la station dans Morbihan (IN87VV) - Pour le moment active Deca & 50MHz. J'ai un grand intérêt pour DX et Concours. Mon équipement pour deca à UHF sera exploité dans le temps, le travail le permet.

Bientôt Kelvin

Hi, thanks for looking up my station details.

Originally licensed over thirty five years ago whilst living in Wales. I still hold my United Kingdom callsign, but very rarely I am QRV as GW4TTU or G4TTU these days.

I got interested in radio at a very young age helped by having a father who is also a radio ham.

Although starting off by being hooked listening to the world on the short wave bands with a RSGB listener number of BRS46864, I quickly developed a love of VHF & UHF weak signal work which continues to this day.

 

In the 80's & 90's I was very active in Contesting both with the Red Dragon Contest Group GW8GT (HF), and The Sheppy Western Contest Group GW8TFI/P, GW4NXO/P (VHF/UHF).

A classic moment for me during a CQWW contest was getting a S9 +50dB report from Texas on 7MHz and the comment "Are you really in Wales ?". This was however with the use of the GW8GT full size 7MHz quad, and also one of the legendary GW3NWS amplifiers !

 

The picture shows me with G4VXE & G4FRE (WW2R) preparing for a UHF/SHF contest from Wales in 1986 – I’m the one assembling the 55element F9FT for 1296MHz (we made the very first GW – OK 2.3GHz QSO during this contest)

During this time I also made a number of HF & VHF Expeditions to rare Grids in G, GW, GM, GJ, GU, ZB2, EA, EA9, CT3 including some very memorable Expeditions with friends in the "Square Bashers Dxpedition Group". Our GM Expedition of GB2ZR / GB2YS resulted in gaining the Fraser Shepherd Award for research of North Sea Propagation on the Microwave Bands.

 

Due to a number of moves to non-radio friendly QTH’s, and also work commitments my radio activity has been minimal for many years.

However, radio was very much in mind when we looked for another house in 2007. After many months of searching, a suitable property was found and secured.

Although needing an extensive amount of renovation work, it does have the advantage of having a large amount of land, of being the highest house on a ridge, and has no neighbours within range of EMC issues.

The name of the location literally translates as 'The little mill ', there is a disused 18th century windmill here and we are located about 1/2 a kilometer from the nearest village.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It's a very rural area and as such is very quiet and peaceful, although we do have to contend with two work runs a day on the local roads which usually consist of half a dozen tractors and a few combine harvesters!

For radio, the only disadvantage is being surrounded by lots & lots of trees, so maybe operation on the UHF bands will be interesting to say the least !!!

 

I have now just started properly setting up a radio station here in the Morbihan (Department 56) - South East Brittany (Grid IN87VV), and am active on SSB / CW and Data but CW is my mode of choice. Main prime movers are a FTDX5000MP LTD and a TS590SG with transverters by DB6NT and ME PRO. Other radios are used for data and more general use. 

I do try to be QRV for some VHF/UHF contests time permitting.

As well as the main Yagi arrays I have just installed some omnidirectional monitoring antennas for 50MHz and 144MHz at only 8 meters above the ground to see just how good the site is for radio - fed with 7/8" hardline I have been very surprised how good they have performed even only using very low power.

And here they are dwarfed by the tower for the 6element long boom Yagi array mounted on a Kerf aluminium tower, fed with 7/8" and turned with a PST71.

I'm not really into QSL cards these days - it's a case of been there / done it, although I do use EQSL if you need a card from me.

 

My interests are still DX'ing & Contesting, covering HF to UHF.

Equipment and antennas are held in readiness for other frequencies. And as time, the wife and renovation work permits I hope to get more of the amps etc out of mothballs and develop the capabilities of the station here.

 

Update - A Clark military mast has been installed which supports a 12 element interlaced HF yagi for 20M to 10M. Early findings have been very positive considering the current position in the sun spot cycle.

The LF masts are completed and now support a 41mtr long OCFD which has given very encouraging results to Asia / Pacific on the low bands.

The existing Clark SCAM12 12meter pneumatic mast for the 70MHz yagi has proved to be very useful in allowing easy antenna experimentation and will continue to do so until it is pressed into it's intended service - although talks are underway with the Radio Regulatory body here in France to get an Amateur allocation on 70MHz it will likely be some time to come before it happens - we live in hope until then :-)

Tower no1 is for the main VHF/UHF array - Made in Belgium by Pylone de Kerf was kindly delivered all across France by the owner Jacques ON5YZ. It's a work of art indeed. Spec of 2m^2 headload at 160km/h at full height - it's a monster !

Here's your's truly with just the tower base to give an idea of size. Casting eight cubic meters of concrete was great fun :-)

 

Now all the 1/2" and 7/8" hardline runs are finished, more towers / masts, and the associated antenna's are to come in time - although more work on the house means that it takes a back seat at times to keep the shack manager happy too, that way she turns a blind eye to my toys :-)

73, Kelvin

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