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Bio: My introduction to shortwave radio was in the 1970s, listening to the Voice of America, Radio Moscow and the BBC. I obtained my first amateur radio license in the UK while at school, as G4HJT, but then took a break from radio for many years for college and work. Active in amateur radio again as K3EL since the mid-2000s, I now enjoy CW ragchewing, occasional contesting, SOTA (chasing and activating), chasing DX, and when possible, being DX. I'm a life member of the ARRL, a member of the Frankford Radio Club, A-1 Ops, the Chiltern DX Group, the Perseverance DX Group, NCDXF and INDEXA.

Station: Back in the '70s I started off as a shortwave listener, with a crystal set, then a one-valve regenerative shortwave kit from HAC, followed by a Codar Multiband-6 transistor TRF kit. Once I found the amateur bands and obtained my first license, the radios multiplied and included Yaesu "twins" set up, an FR-50B and an FL-50B. With the FL-50B running only about 50 W input, CW was a much more effective mode for me than SSB; bitten by the CW bug, that's been my favorite mode ever since. Current station (photo shows shack in 2012)  includes K3Ss with KPA500 and Acom 2000a linear amps, a 3 ele Steppir for 10-20m with dipole element for 30/40 m about 45' up (the tower is just visible on the google maps satellite picture of my qth - check the "detail" tab on this page). There is a 6-ele Innovantennas beam for 6 m. For 80 m there is a delta loop, and for 160 m, an inverted L. For low band rx shared apex loops help out. A TS2000 is for vhf/uhf. Current paddles are either a Begali Sculpture or Traveller. Older equipment in the shack includes a HRO "Sixty" receiver, the same FR-50B / FL-50B separates I used as a schoolboy, a Heathkit HW-8 qrp transceiver which I built new from a kit, and many old broadcast receivers.

As well as currently holding licenses in the US and UK (G4HJT), I had a Canadian call for a number of years, and have operated from various EU countries. I was a member of the ZL9HR dxpedition to Campbell Island, NZ, in 2012. Here's a photo of K3EL/MM operation from an anchorage on Stewart Island on the way down to Campbell Island:

More photos from Campbell Island here

I organized TX5RV, a mini-DXedition to the Austral Islands in Nov 2013, also operating as FO/K3EL from Tahiti. There are pictures of our visit to French Polynesia at this link, and here's the QSL card from the Tahiti operation:

I am a founding member of the Perseverance DX Group, and was a member of PDXG's VK9MT DXpedition to Mellish Reef in 2014:  http://www.vk9mt.com/  Photos from the Mellish Reef Dxpedition here

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My most recent expedition was to Heard Island: http://vk0ek.org/  I read the VK0IR story several years ago, and that made me think that Heard Island was somewhere I would really like to visit and operate from one day. Leading the VK0EK radio team was a unique opportunity to be part of one of the most exciting DX events of the decade. We experienced huge pileups from one of our planet's most wild and isolated places. The expedition also included a variety of scientific research projects, which made the whole experience even more valuable. The VK0EK camp is shown below and more of my pictures from Heard Island are here. The main expedition website is here

VK0EK campsite


















My most recent radio operation was to participate in the TM100VIMY special event - http://ve100vimy.ca/  TM100VIMY was a commemerative station for the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, April 9, 2017. The station was located on the site of the Canadian War Memorial, ceded to Canada by France for the Vimy Monument. Here are VO1HP and VE3FU operating from our trailer at TM100VIMY. 

So where next... check out TX5EG. I will be joining this French team in the Marquesas, FO/M, in July/August.

QSL: All K3EL QSOs are uploaded to LOTW regularly, and occasionally to eQSL. I do not send paper cards to stations using LOTW unless specifically asked or if I recieve a paper card requesting a paper response.

I'll send a card via the bureau for regular contacts with DX stations not using LOTW, but I do not routinely send a paper card for contest QSOs (if you send me a card for a contest QSO requesting a response, I will send one via the bureau).

Recent QSOs made from my UK call (G4HJT) and from other operations abroad including HA5/K3EL, F/K3EL, FO/K3EL are uploaded to LOTW.

QSL for TX5RV via manager, M0URX:http://www.m0urx.com/

QSL for FO/K3EL via K3EL (cards for all 2013 contacts have already been sent via the bureau and all direct requests which I received have been responded to).

More photos, old and new at http://www.pbase.com/annedave/amateur_radio and a website and blog at http://k3el.wordpress.com/



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