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 Here's my basic information:

Name Rob
Callsigns M0KCP /  M6KDP (occasionally used on straight key)
QTH Maldon, Essex, United Kingdom
Locator JO01ir
WAB Square TL80
CQ Zone 14
FISTS #17048
SKCC #12186
LIDS #048
QSL By email please.. or eQSL
Twitter @RobM0KCP

I generally operate on CW.   I have an FM transceiver in the car and have several HTs.   

Operating conditions:

I'm secretary of the Essex CW Club , member of the Essex Repeater Group and Essex Ham. Please check out their websites.

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Me on they key at Waters and Stanton Open Day, Dec 2016.   Operating conditions:  K3S, P3 and KPA500 at full legal-limit power.  The antenna was a SteppIR beam up  40' AGL approx.  Lindy noise cancelling headphones. The key is my own Bencher Hex Key.   My self and the other Essex CW Club committee members were present, operating this HF station.  We also had an ICOM 7410 2m CW station + Linear amp, again at full legal power.  The bands were quiet but we had a good time operating these stations, provided kindly by W&S.  Callsign used was G0PEP. Photo courtesy of Charlie M0PZT.


More Essex CW Club nights out.  Me (foreground) and Dean G4WQI at Chelmsford ARC "Skills Night", June 2016.  This monthly gathering allows us to spread the word about CW by giving demonstrations and advice to anyone interested in wireless telegraphy.  Photo courtesy of Essex Ham


And another Skills Night shot.  This time, struggling against the difficult acoustic conditions in the hall.  Photo courtesy of Essex Ham.


This is my Icom rig and key. It's simple and practical.  You switch it on and operate. There are few distractions.  Its a full 'shack in a box' with ham-band coverage from 1.8MHz to 440MHz including 4m, 6m and DSTAR mode. The 7100 touch-screen is fun and effective.  Controls are intuitive and the manual is rarely needed.  My normal operating conditions are 40w with the key set at 25wpm.  The speaker is in the head unit and gives acceptable audio output.  I have a MFJ994-BRT remote ATU.  This is placed directly below my G5RV.    Feeder is 25m of Cabnex RG-213 coax (spec: attenuation at 10 Mhz 2.16 dB/100m).  My garden is on a slope.  This means the ANT is mix of horizontal on one leg (between the house and the centre support), and sloping on the other leg, where it ends at the bottom of the garden.  


Operating at Sandford Mill on Sunday 23rd October 2016.  Oliver M0WAG logging. You can read the main article here. Photo courtesy of CARS.



Being awarded the Essex CW Club’s G4OAD 2015 Memorial Trophy.  The trophy was presented by Eugene G4FTP, the Chairman (now ex-chariman) of ECWARC.  It's a model of a beautiful vintage key.  I don't have much info on the key, but will post more soon.   Photo courtesy of Essex Ham.


On DXpedition at Cudmore Country Park, East Mersea.  Just along the coast from my home QTH.  Conditions were poor but the sun was shining and the company was good.


Maldon... My home QTH. Maldon is a nice town with a long maritime history. The Wikipedia entry is a good starting point for information. The town is home to many of the remaining Thames Sailing Barges. These historic vessels still sail on the east coast and beyond. (image source unknown, assumed to be public domain)


Here's a shot of my Buddistick with the short high-band coil and the excellent shock-chord mast.  This was a mid-winter afternoon beside the coast in Fife, Scotland.  The buddistick eliminates the need for an ATU.  They are easy to tune using the coil-tap and counterpoise. Normally I set it up before the trip and it works with little adjustment. Of course, band-hopping takes a little time, but less than 5 minutes.  

Here's my Bencher Hex Paddle.  An exceptional key.  

My Kent single paddle key.  Fun but seldom used these days.  I save this for field days etc.
Dxpedition in my garden HiHi laugh. Testing out my homebrew 20m inverted vee antenna. In the shot is my trusty FT-817 and a Palm Radio PPK mini straight key. Note. I sold this key and replaced it with the Palm Radion mini paddle (mp-817).  It wasn't a bad key, but it was a too small for extended use.
Galleywood common April 23rd 2014.  Operating CW at the GB1STG special event station for St Georges day.  Conditions were poor but the weather was good!  Some more information here.  (Image courtesy of EssexHam ... I think)

Here's a shot of my QRP rig.  It includes my FT-817ND, LDG Z817 autotuner, Ultra Pico Keyer and external speaker.  Although the 817 is a fine CW rig, changing keyer speed takes time and quite a few button presses.  The Pico Keyer makes this very quick and easy..  So you can work speedy rubber stamp QSOs and QRS operators back to back.   

Thanks for visiting my QRZ.com page.

73 de Rob M0KCP



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