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Please visit my website for more information and blog posts documenting my journey through this fascinating hobby: m0vse.uk

I am happy to receive QSL cards either direct or via the bureau and regularly update LoTW, eQSL, QRZ.com and Clublog.

I have received my Full license in August 2016, having previously held 2E0DSQ (Intermediate), and M6ESV (Foundation) callsigns.

I am also an active member of the Leicester Radio Society http://www.g3lrs.org.uk and can usually be seen there on a Monday night.

WAB Square: SK50

I am a regular 'contester' and enjoy digital, SSB and CW contests (I am gradually trying to reduce my reliance on fldigi for CW decoding)

I mainly operate on 10m-160m bands in SSB/CW and a variety of digital modes (PSKxx RTTY, JTxx).

I also try to operate in the monthly UKAC VHF contests on 6m, 4m and 2m.

Always seem to be buying new kit and experimenting with different antennas.

My main rig is a FlexRadio 6500 with an SPE Expert 1K-FA Linear. I also have an Icom IC-7100 all-band transceiver as a backup. I am currently building a M0NKA mcHF SDR QRP transceiver which I will document further once I have it operational.

I have recently (Feb 2018) taken delivery of an Icom IC-7610. So far it seems a very good radio. I still prefer the flex for normal operation but do find the noise mitigation features in the Icom make for a less fatiguing experience.

For 144Mhz operation, I use my Flex 6500 together with a Kuhne TR-144Pro transverter and a Linear Amp UK Gemini 144Mhz 300w solid-state linear.


Antennas
My current antennas are a 6-band Hexbeam for 6m-20m and a 9ele Tonna for 144Mhz mounted on a Clark SCAM12 pump-up mast. A dualband Diamond collinear mounted on the side of the house at a height of about 10m for 2m/70cm FM and Carolina Windom for 40,80 and 160m.

A recent addition to my mast is an InnovAntennas 9ele dual-band yagi for 4m and 6m (5ele on 4m and 4 on 6m). Initial impressions are that it works very well. Due to mast space, I am having to swap it with my 2m Tonna at the moment.

I also have a Wellbrook Active receive loop which helps to reduce noise on 40/80/160m where my inner-city location means that s9 of noise is pretty standard on the Windom. 

Working on 20m is also particularly challenging for me since the advent of 'Superfast' Broadband (VDSL2) in my area which means the entire band has 10dB 'training' carriers every 4khz across the entire band. I have documented this issue further on my website http://m0vse.uk/20-battling-with-vdsl-qrm.html

Recent activity
In addition to contesting and DX chasing, I also like to participate in special event station operations. For the AN400x event, I was awarded the 'platinum' certificate:


 

 

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World Continents Award#19825
Granted: 2018-02-07 15:44:39   (M0VSE)

Endorsements:
  • 15M Digital
  • 17M Digital
  • 20M Digital
  • 40M Digital
  • 5 Band Mixed
  • 15M Mixed
    17M Mixed
    20M Mixed
    40M Mixed
    80M Mixed
  • 20M CW
  • 40M CW
  • 20M Phone
United States Counties Award#8678
Granted: 2018-02-07 15:44:32   (M0VSE)

Endorsements:
  • 250 Counties Digital
  • 100 Counties Digital
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 100 Counties Mixed
United States Award#4134
Granted: 2018-02-06 17:51:05   (M0VSE)

Endorsements:
  • Mixed Digital
DX World Award#6766
Granted: 2018-02-06 17:51:05   (M0VSE)

Endorsements:
  • Mixed CW
  • Mixed Phone
Grid Squared Award#3172
Granted: 2015-02-14 20:55:02   (M6ESV)

Endorsements:
  • 10 Meters Digital
  • 15 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 15 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Phone
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