Maidenhead Locator = IO90GX (Oct 2006 -> Present).
((Previous locations = IO91LC (May '98 - Sept '03), IO81KQ (Sept '03 - Aug '05), IO81PB (Sept '05 - Sept '06))
WAB Square = SU32
WAB Book Number = 15073.
National Grid Ref = SU 38006 20020
Latitude = 50 deg 58' 42" North
Longitude = 1 deg 27' 36" West
Site = ~40m ASL
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I am a 33 year old RF engineer currently located in Romsey, Hampshire, currently employed at Rohde & Schwarz.
I hold the following callsigns :-
I started the hobby as an SWL from ~1991 whilst still at school, and it has stuck with me ever since!
I am a bit of a homebrew fanatic. A big part of the hobby for me is building my own radio equipment for my shack. The radio shack contains a mixture of homebrew and commercial equipment.
The photos show my shack, and some of the homebrew power amplifiers for VHF / UHF. On the opposite side of the room (not shown) is my construction and test bench. This allows me to listen for activity on 2m/70cm whilst homebrewing a project!.
I enjoy operating on all bands, with a bias towards Low-band DXing in the winter and VHF/UHF DX during the summer.
I tend to operate mainly on the VHF/UHF bands in SSB/CW modes. Currently QRV on 50MHz, 70MHz, 144MHz, 432MHz and 1296 MHz (recently added). I particularly enjoy contesting and DXing.
I also appear on the 160, 80 and 40m bands during the Winter months, and tend to be most active on 40m.
I prefer to use the older Icom VHF/UHF transceivers (IC251E/451E/551/275A) which work well for me and I like the ergonomics. Seperate single band rigs for each VHF/UHF band are my preference.
For HF, I prefer using the older Kenwood equipment for the HF bands (TS830S & TS940SAT).
I use transverters for operation on the 4m, 23cm and 13cm bands and drive them with old Icom IC-251E 2m rig.
In the past between 2001 -> 2006, I have activated the University of Surrey club station, G8AHK during VHF/UHF UKAC contests.
Nov 2011 - Present:- Romsey, Hants (IO90GX).
SWL Setup :-
HF Setup :-
1st Station :-
2nd Station :-
Other Gear :-
Current HF antennas (2015):
135ft In-V Doublet with bent ends, Apex at 40ft. Fed with 450 ohm ladderline to the shack.
Also used on 160m by shorting the feeders together and feeding as a Marconi T antenna. I use a remote controlled switchbox and matching coil located at ground level under the antenna feedpoint. The ground system consists of 50+ short radials + earth stakes.
SWL:- Half-size G5RV in loft space.
50 MHz Setup
70 MHz Setup :-
(Operate mostly SSB/CW)
144 MHz Setup :-
QRV mostly SSB/CW.
FM Setup : FT7900 + 50W and X-300 Colinear Antenna (2*5/8ths lambda) at 7m AGL.
432 MHz Setup :-
FM Setup : FT7900 + 45W and X-300 Colinear Antenna (5*5/8ths lambda) at 7m AGL.
1296 MHz Setup :-
Slowly building a single 55ele DL6WU yagi, all elements filed to length, within 0.01mm...
I plan to make a box of 4 yagis + H-frame. It is a little easier to handle than a big dish but more complex to build!
2320 MHz Setup (Not QRV yet)
(SSB/CW - Plan to be active as a small EME station one day)
Not currently QRV :- Need to box up the transverter with Sequencer, Relay and 60W PA.
3410 MHz Setup (Not QRV yet)
Collecting bits for a transverter.
Recently received some GaN 40W Power Transistors to have a go at homebrewing a solid state PA for 9cm's!
10 GHz Setup (Not QRV yet)
Groups & Memberships
Interests within Amateur Radio
Test & Construction bench
The test bench sits directly opposite the operating position. Test gear includes Soldering irons, Oscilloscope, Sig gens, VHF/UHF signal sources, Freq Counter, Homebrew RF dB meter, LC meter, AF Sig gen, Two-tone signal source etc etc...Usually this bench is in a mess!!.
You may QSL either via eQSL or direct to my home address with an SAE, or you may QSL via the RSGB Buro or eQSL.
My QSL manager is 2E0VAG.
I am collect cards for HF DXCC and VHF/UHF awards.
I collect Locator Squares / WAB Squares / French Departments / German DOK information and US States.
I particularly value cards from any stations worked on VHF/UHF via long distance Tropo/Sporadic E/MS/Aurora/EME propagation modes, so please do QSL!
My other general interests also include Astronomy, Road Biking, Rowing, Music and HiFi/Audio.
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