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(QSL card shown at top right of this page, was designed and hand-printed by Russell Frost at Hooksmith Press, London.   http://www.hooksmith.com/ )

(My locator: IO91xm, WAB square: TQ38). Picture above shows me in a BBC World Service studio at Bush House, London in 1986. (For more about my time at BBC World Service, and other aspects of BBC history, see this site, written by Roger Beckwith: http://www.orbem.co.uk/misc/kempster1.htm).

For a quick look at the BBC's new headquarters, see a brief tour, with Jim Lee G4AEH and me, of New Broadcasting House on TX Factor Ep.8  (from 34m 52s):  http://www.txfilms.co.uk/txfactor/episode-8.html

(M5AEO London radio shack in February 2018)

(My muse, inspiration, logger, tea-maker, cable-winder, long-suffering, beautiful XYL, Alison: humanitarian worker, TV engineer, horticulturalist, linguist, and all-round wonderful human being)


(The view of Canary Wharf from the shack roof. It is not a kite antenna, the CAA would not allow it under London City Airport's final approach. My XYL was flying the kite when I took this shot, trying her best to not fall off the roof!)


(some of my microphones)

I didn't take the RAE/Morse test until 1999 and am an SWL at heart, in spite of gaining the licence. I took my test at historic Bletchley Park.

I am a member of the recently formed London BBC Radio Group, based at BBC Broadcasting House in London. Our club call is G8BBC. Several well-known members of the broadcasting world have joined, including Radio 4 Newsreader/Announcer Jim Lee G4AEH, Senior News Editor Laurie Margolis G3UML, and Chief Engineer Radio OBs Steve Richards G4HPE. Our membership is growing steadily, and we have a radio shack on top of Broadcasting House with an HF dipole and a VHF vertical. We were privileged to have BBC Director General, Lord Tony Hall cut the ribbon and officially open the shack on the 18th October 2017.   The event was covered by the TX Factor for their current episode (19)  http://www.txfilms.co.uk/txfactor/current-show.html  and by the ICQ podcast.  Group members from around the country come and man the rig when they are in London and those of us based at Broadcasting House get the station on air as often as we can in shift breaks.  Listen out for us from the historic building, where there has been an amateur radio operation since 1946.   We are slowly getting our web page together at https://g8bbc.org/

I am a volunteer at the Imperial War Museum (IWM London) http://www.iwm.org.uk/ in the sound archive and as a radio operator on board HMS Belfast (GB2RN) moored on the Thames above Tower Bridge. I am still learning nautical terms and the history of the ship, to help answer visitors' questions.  Also hoping to re-learn CW while on board. This is an attempt at fulfilling the legacy of my late father-in-law, Lt Cmdr H. Houlden Marshall, RNVR, who commanded corvettes on the Atlantic convoys of WW2.

(HMS Belfast: permanently moored in the Pool of London upstream of Tower Bridge)

I used to broadcast to my mother in her kitchen from my bedroom when I was about eight, so naturally I ended up working in radio! I joined the BBC World Service in 1986 and received their fantastic training, becoming a Radio Studio Manager (SM) at Bush House. Now based at the BBC's new broadcast centre, New Broadcasting House, in central London. (Please note that the public tours of the BBC have been suspended, due to the worsening security situation in London).


(HF antenna: 1/4 wave vertical for 7Mhz. St Anne's Church, Limehouse, beyond)

Equipment list

IC-718, IC-7400, FT-897, FT-891, FT-817, FT-60, VX-3, FRG-7, Sony 7600 and other portable RXs. Palstar AT1KP antenna tuner, MFJ 971 atu, Alinco EDX-2 auto ATU. Power supply by Alinco, Nevada, Samlex. Power monitoring by Daiwa, Nissei, and Avair. Microphones by Reslo, AKG, and SE. Headphones by Grado and Sennheiser. SignaLink USB data interface with Lenovo Win10 laptop (RTTY and PSK31 only. Paper logging). 

Antennas HF: 7Mhz 1/4 wave vertical (homebrew); 14Mhz dipole VHF: Diamond 7900 vertical with ground plane. Antennas mounted approximately 50 feet above ground.


(Radio rat with Reslo ribbon mic)

We live in East London, beside the Limehouse Cut canal which empties into the Thames at Limehouse basin.

(Limehouse basin)

Living in central London makes ham radio quite difficult, with restrictions on antennas in my apartment block, urban noise, etc. However, after experimenting with various antennas over the past few years, I now have the capability to transmit on HF 80-10m, and V/UHF.

(In memory of our beloved little 2nd ops: Shortcat, 3-legged Tonkinese, and Muffin, British moggy. Both, sadly, SK in 2015)

Thank you for looking at my QRZ page. I enjoy sending and receiving traditional QSL cards, and giving away contest points


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