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Also as MW0KSJ occasionally during 2017 in SW Wales (IO71) and previously  17th -23rd May 2014 in NW Wales (IO72 and IO73

I am active on HF (80, 60, 40, 17, 15, 12, and 10m) and VHF (4 and 2m) and particularly enjoy /P operation and special event stations.

Project for 2016-17:  rucksack radio 

Testing portable kit (Elecraft KX3, Tracer LiFePO4 battery and an assortment of wire antennas) Broomhill Sands, Camber, East Sussex, UK  WAB TQ91 / JO00JW    (photo: G8ITB)

photo: G8ITB

Other /P operations from beaches and hill tops



Antennas shown include a 5/8 wavelength 40m kite vertical, 5 element 2m Sotabeam, HF rotary dipole, 2m 9ele Yagi, 4m 5 ele Yagi, an Outbacker Outreach 500 HF vertical (tripod mounted with radials), a 20m long doublet fed with ladder line (ends supported by 5m telescopic ali decorator poles held under tension in beach fishing sand spike rod rests). The final picture shows a 4m Moxon 2 element beam made from a combination of Sotabeam parts, plumbing fittings and non stretch Kevlar cored braided antenna wire. The antenna is shown mounted vertically polarized for FM use on a telescopic mast fitted with a top section fibreglass decorators pole with a variable angle "brush adapter" holding the antenna tilted at 90 degrees. Radios used out portable include FT-817, FT-857, IC-7000, IC-7100 & Anytone AT588 (4m FM only).

Promoting Amateur Radio

I'm also a keen supporter of promoting amateur radio through my involvement with:

- Public displays and exhibitions about amateur radio for special event stations 2O12L, GB6MW, GB4WFT, GB2GGT, GB2HTL, GB2CM, GB150CM...
- Design of promotional materials and exhibition displays
- Talks about amateur radio to local groups.
- Contributions to the RSGB’s Inspire Forum on improving the promotion of amateur radio.
- UK licence training courses run by the Cray Valley Radio Society

Apart from amateur radio, my other interests include local and industrial history (especially anything associated with steam and railways), genealogy, photography and fishing to name a few.

I live in Chislehurst, Kent (now part of the London Borough of Bromley), an area that retains much of its former village atmosphere steeped in history with many historic connections:  the exiled (1852-1870) Emperor Napoleon III of France, William Willett (the instigator of  daylight saving time in the UK), Sir Malcolm Campbell (world land and water speed record holder), Chislehurst Caves (ancient caves quaried for chalk and more recently used as a complex of WW2 air raid shelters) and more... For further local information see the Chislehurst Society .

A few miles from Chislehurst is possibly the largest working rotative beam engine in the world, "Prince Consort" at Crossness Pumping Station (opened in 1865) on the southern bank of the River Thames.

On the 22nd June 2014 I helped organize specal event station GB2CM for the first time from Crossness celebrating International Museums Weekend. In 2015 on Sunday 21st June GB2CM was replaced by the special 150th anniversary call GB150CM for the International Museums event. GB150CM was used again for the open day on the 23rd August 2015 when the exhibition theme focused on local interests - on this occasion our amateur radio exhibition stand was accompanied by a display about the history of some local companies associated with radio...featuring KW Electronics (in Dartford), Burndept (in Blackheath and Erith) and KB (in Sidcup). GB2CM is planned to be on air again on Sunday 25th June 2017 to coincide with "Museums on the Air" and a steaming day.


Look forward to contacting you soon.

73, Kevin

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