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Please QSL direct, or via RSGB bureau, or via www.eQSL.cc Fastest methods (direct or eQSL) preferred.

I have been operating since 22 September 2005, and am very much enjoying making plenty of contacts running QRP. 5 W of SSB and CW. I am progressing nicely with Morse, and confidence is growing with each QSO. Operating QRP is proving to be a blast, with QSOs to South America, Falklands, US, Russia, Iceland, Australia, Africa, loads of Europe and more - worldwide with 5W or less..

Equpment: Yaesu FT817ND and Elecraft KX1, Elecraft T1 atu, homebrew 4:1 (W1CG design) balun, 8 metre fishing poles for portable, a couple of 44ft Norcal Doublet homebrew antennas made from computer ribbon cable, Moxon rectangles (http://www.moxonantennaproject.com/m3kxz/M3KXZ_VERTICAL.htm), army surplus Racal Clansman mobile whip (5m tall) that I attach to a tripod, and army surplus Racal wire antenna elements. Also use TS480SAT from my vehicle for /m and /p with a mil surplus AT271 whip and SGC SG237 tuner. I operate almost 100% with a straight key as I find this gives me a much better feel for the code than I get with a paddle. My straight keys are both mil surplus ones - a Larkspur and a Racal with leg strap:

pic from http://www.milradio.com/morse_keys.htm


pic from http://www.tronico.fi/OH6NT/keys.htm


When I use a paddle, it's the Palm Mini Paddle with magnetic base which sits nicely on the FT817. But I'm much preferring the security of having the Racal key strapped to my leg - it makes it so much easier keying, writing and operating the radio!

Best fun is had when out /p on the beach. Lovely fresh sea air, peace and quiet and the massive benefit of the salt water for working DX! But when the weather is too bad, I head for the hills and trees, or operate from my Jeep!

Please consider joining the some of the groups I am active in:

GQRP http://www.gqrp.com/ and its Yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/gqrp/info,

SKCC http://www.skccgroup.com/ and its Yahoo group http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/skcc/conversations/topics

Realhfmobile http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/REALHFMOBILE/info


All the best, and hope to speak to you soon!

Pete M3KXZ

GQRP 11767

SKCC 10219










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