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Licensed as G3SNT at the age of 15 years in 1963. I have always enjoyed CW which remains my preferred mode. I strongly support the DX Code of Conduct and am still keen to add new countries to the slowly growing list of DX contacts.

The shack currently has a Flex1500 which together with a fast PC and the option of an HLA 150 Amplifier makes a versatile SDR combination. The base stations comprise an IC-7400 and recently the addition of  the excellent IC-7300 and a later model of the FT991 complete the line up.

I have had good success into Europe with both the "Pixie" QRP transceiver (200mW out) and its larger "cousin" the "49'er" which pushes out a healthy 1.2W of RF. A recent addition is the "EGV-40" which has the luxury of variable tuning for 40KHz of the CW portion of 40 metres and relative QRO at 2.5Watts out. This excellent kit is still in production from one of the founders of the EA-QRP-Club, EA3GCY.

I can indulge in some nostalgic monoitoring using probably one of the finest Analogue CW/SSB receivers. This is the Drake 2B which can be seen sitting alongside the "Black Boxes" with the matching Drake 2BQ multiplier. For the CW fanatic its performance is really excellent! I am fortunate to have acquired a fine example of the renowned WW2 RCA AR88 which allows me to "spin the dial" and listen to the more mellow tones I associated with my early days of SWL'ing. 

Antennas comprise multiband verticals for 21, 14 and 7MHz and a roof mounted 5/8 vertical for 28MHz. The Winter season of 2016 saw my return to 160m and 80m with own design top loaded verticals which proved fairly successful getting good reports "over the pond" on both bands. A low slung V shaped 60 m dipole completes the HF array.

I am occasionally active /P using the remarkably versatile FT817 and a range of monoband verticals. A discone and a Co-linear for 10/6/2 and 70cms provide some limited transmission and monitoring activity on VHF/UHF. Whilst activity is principally CW on HF bands, I am interested in a broad range of digital modes, monitoring much more than in transmit.

Best wishes to all those hams and monitoring enthusiasts out there, who, like myself have gained so much from this fascinating hobby.

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