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Born 1954. Interested in radio from childhood but never took it up professionally. First job, Electronic Wireman for MEL / Philips / Thorne EMI in Crawley, Sussex, UK. Left and moved to Wales in 1976 to become self employed Furniture Restorer.

Changed to Plumbing in 2004 and also met my XYL Wendy. (Married in August 2011).

www.chrismoreton.co.uk

Passed the 12 WPM Morse exam in 1995. Became fully licensed radio amateur July 2011 after studying with Newport Amateur Radio Society and Cwmbran and District Amateur Radio Society for about 2 years. Foundation call sign, MW6USK, intermediate, 2W0REX, full, MW0LUK.

Here's a recent view of my "Shack" including latest acquisition, a T1154 / R1155 rig as used in the Lancaster Bombers in WW2...

The shelves on the left carry the linear amps, patch bay, low pass filter and matching units...

The main Rig, Icom 706 MkII G; back-up, Kenwood TS520SE, restored by GW1XVC. Aerial an Inverted Vee Doublet, about 35 feet high at apex. I enjoy HF; SSB and 2 mtr FM / repeater operation, club nets and rag chews and DX when I am able to be on the right band at the right time. Also CW and R/T (AM) especially on the old 54/55

Other interests: listening to and performing Bluegrass and related music (award winning acoustic guitarist). Visit my website:-

www.chrismoretonmusic.com/

(CD Available!!)

Also, riding and fettling my 1952 AJS 500cc motor cycle, especially on the beautiful Welsh mountain roads.

Does anyone know who the radio amateur vicar of Oakridge Lynch, Gloucestershire, was in 1954? I was probably Christened by him!

TNX FER LOOKING = VY 73 = DE MW0LUK

Chris M. June 2016

My First DX-pedition Sun.21st - Fri.26th. Sept. 2014

Travel - By Ryan Air from Manchester Airport

Call Sign: EA6/MW0LUK/P

QTH: A self contained 2 story villa in large garden, Nr Puerto Pollensa, N.E. Majorca. IOTA ref:- EU004

Equipment: 1 x copy of Radio Amateur full licence, log book, country prefix list; 1 x Icom 706 tx/rx; 1x light-weight 23A switch mode P.S.U.(+ mains adaptor plug); 1 x LDG "Z100 plus" matching unit;1 x 2ft / 30 ft telescopic fibre glass pole; 1 x doublet wire antenna (45ft elements of thin light weight insulated wire on a spool and 30ft of 300 ohm feeder); 1 x light weight head set; minature Morse key; bag of miscalanious inc. PL259 patch lead, SO239 to terminal post adapter for feeder to AMU connection (no balun seems to be needed), spare fuses, cable ties, terminal blocks, gaffer tape, wire cutters, pliers, screw driver, fishing line etc... The whole lot including the suit case weighs in at under 15 Kg so 5Kg available for clothes to rap the stuff in for protection. The XYL had her own case too, for the rest of our luggage.

Set up: Our bedroom on the first floor, is designated as "The Shack" and has a veranda. The pole is tied to a handy feature in the veranda perimiter wall and the top reaches up about 40 feet above ground level. This supports the feed point of the doublet, the feeder coming into the shack via the veranda door to the operating position. The doublet radiating elements arranged into an inverted V configuration, the far end of one leg, attached via fishing line to the top of a tall hedge and the other leg, over a tree to the washing line pole, again, using fishing line as a securing insulator. It runs North / South.   We had no real knowlege of the lay of the land before hand so to find things the way they are was very satisfactory, to say the least!

The inverted V Doublet.

The Bedroom "Shack"

Out side operating position. Mainly used CW here not to disturb the neighours. Note the Strap on Morse Key.

The "Rig"

Results: The antenna tunes up very easily on 20 and pretty well on all the other HF bands. Despite having the longest call sign on any of the bands, (EA6/MW0LUK/Portable!), I've worked over 50 Stations so far, during the time allowed by the "Station Manager" (and it is still only Thursday afternoon). Contacts include ZL's, VK's, including Sweers Island and Tazmania via the ANZA DX Net. Also stations in Canary Islands, West Africa, Israel, U. A. Emirates, USA and Brazil, an airliner en route from Ontario to Amsterdam (/AM)... Many I could not hope to work from my home QTH with just a wire aerial and under 100W. Also managed my regular skeds to the UK, all be it on 20 or 17 instead of 80m

My last QSO finished at 17:10 hrs on Friday 26th Sept. before I dismantled the station. In total I enjoyed 130 unhurried QSO's with 126 different stations. Many will be added to my log soon. The conditions at this location were very good, the local noise floor on 20M and above was so low it did not even register on my S meter most of the time.

Thanks: To Ken, G3LVP, a seasoned traveller with radio gear, Ross GW3NWS and John GW0OAJ, all for such useful advice. Andrew GW3OQK and Jeff G3LWM for our skeds. Also XYL Wendy and family for allowing this to happen....God, Mum & Dad, Anyone I've forgotten.... Sorry getting carried away. Also to you dear reader, for taking enough interest to read this. I'm really chuffed! 

VY 73, Chris Moreton, EA6/MW0LUK/P

 

A hint: A  'phone call to Manchester Airport Security before we set off, revealed they had no objections to amateur radio gear being carried in suitcases destined for the hold of aircraft, nor did Ryan Air, provided there were no batteries. I removed the Icom 706 front panel and packed it into our other suit case to make the set less desirable to any one who might decide to have a rummage. Battery operated electronic equipment can be carried on as hand luggage but may require to be demonstrated working. Best not to take on as hand luggage anything electronic looking that can not demonstrated. Also check what is NOT allowed on as hand luggage - Ie tools, tape, cable ties etc.

 

 

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