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Hello, and many thanks for looking me up.

Let me say firstly that if you are looking me up to discover my "QSL Philosophy", it is that my first and only real preference is to use e-qsl.   The main reason for this is that I have no interest whatsoever in collecting physical QSL cards (I have boxes full of them gathering dust in my loft).

Secondly I an not interested in awards or certificates.    However, I recognise that many people are, and if you are in need of a card from me, then contact me by email and I'll probably be able to sort something out for you.   I have envelopes lodged with the RSGB incoming bureau, so if you have sent me something via that route it will probably reach me eventually.

I dislike LoTW intensely, though I am giving it another go, so please bear with me.  I like to keep a handwritten log, and transferring it to the computer and then jumping through hoops to get it uploaded and verified is just too cerebral and too much trouble.   It isn't very compatible with a handwritten log!

Why the paranoia about the "validity" of contacts, etc?  It's only a hobby isn't it, or am I missing something?

Anyhow, enough of that  . . .

I first received my Class B (144MHz and upwards, phone only) licence in 1975, at the age of 18, graduating to Class A (having passed the 12 wpm Morse Examination) in 1977. My Class B callsign was G8LBT - this was reissued to me as a secondary callsign in January 2011.

I've had spells of activity interleaved with spells of inactivity, the last one from about 1997 to 2006, due to work, family and other commitments, but returned to the bands in 2006 with my interest invigorated.

The photo montage on the header to this page shows some of my past and more recent projects.

Top left, FT-101ZD MkIII under repair in my garden shed-cum-workshop.

Top right home built "Oner" crystal-controlled QRP transmitter. (A GM3OXX design classic - look it up and build one, they are great fun!)

Bottom left, Hendricks Kits, "Twofer" crystal-controlled QRP transmitter under construction (40m version).

Bottom right, TS-130S under evaluation on the kitchen table (whilst my wife was at work! :-) )


I am active on HF in CW and digital modes, very occasionally phone, though I spend most of my radio time just "lurking" (listening).

I have a dual band colinear for 2m/70cm aerials at home, and pop up there occasionally.

This aerial spends most of it's time playing an important role in my "meteor detection" interest.

Despite the 1000km distance, I pick up meteor reflections from the GRAVES "radar" installation near Dijon, Eastern France.

See http://www.g4fui.net/meteors.htmlfor more information about this activity.

I now have a 5MHz permit (NoV)

Using mostly old "classic" rigs, many of which have been restored from a non-working condition. Keeping them up to scratch is a challenge enjoy!

I am not of the opinion that these old rigs are better than their modern counterparts, I just enjoy using, repairing and maintaining them.

I have a couple of current transceivers - the FT-897D which I think is a solid performer and very flexible, and the possibly even more famous FT-817ND which for it's size is nothing short of remarkable! None of my radios has been bought new.

I'm an enthusiastic constructor, but NOT an award chaser!

I have also developed an interest in "QRSS" and frequently run a "grabber" for my own interest and for the benefit of other QRSS enthusiasts. These can be found at www.g4fui.com/qrss.html and I have also built an "MEPT" (Manned Experimental Propagation Transmitter) which I run on the 30m band occasionally. There is a lot of information about this aspect of the hobby on the World Wide Web, but I have done a short pieceonmywww.qrpradio.co.uksite. Caution:QRSS canberather addictive!


Things I enjoy :-

Home construction. (See below for information about my current project ... )

Technical collaboration with friends over the air and by email.

Contributing to the user groups associated with my old gear end generally trying to help folk (plus accepting help from time to time ...)

CW, PSK, JT-65HFand DRM (Digital SSTV) operating on all HF bands and 6m.

Fixing up old "classic" gear (see above).

Tracking High Altitude Balloons (HABs) on 434MHz : see http://ukhas.org.uk/ for more information about this activity.

Real Ale!

Classic rigs I use from time to time include :-

FT-101B FT-101ZD FT-102 FT-107M FT-902DM IC-751A TS-130S TS-180S TS-520 TS-530S TS-830S TS-850S FRdx500, Codar CR-70A

(The radio above is my Yaesu FT-102 - it's a monster!)

Newer rigs :- FT-817ND FT-897D FT-920

(Don't ask which is my favourite, they all are!)

Have used:- IC-735; TS-820S; Ten Tec Century 22; HW-8


Active from Lesotho as 7P8/G4FUI in 1996



Favourite contest :- RSGB twice-yearly "ROPOCO" (look it up if you don't know what it is - it's great fun, but see my blog :- http://g4fui.blogspot.co.uk/2010/12/ropoco-ssb-selfish-rant.html

Positively detest :- Pileups! (and bad manners - same thing really)


I also dabble in hosting web sites on of my home computers. This isn't guaranteed to be a a 24/7 operation, but if the machine is on line look out for the following "micro sites".   These are currently running on a "BananaPi" Single-Board-Computer.





I am active quite often using the WSPR software running a beacon in this mode, usually at the 0.5W (27dBm) level to either an end-fed Marconi antenna or a nest of loft-mounted dipoles. It is possible for me to operate on two bands simultaneously, so if you hear me in two places, there isn't necessarily a fault!


I am a member of Eden Valley Radio Society and am participating in the Eden 9 club construction project, so I hope to be QRV on 70MHz in the not-too-distant future! My goal was to have it working in time for the 2011 Sporadic-E season - another failed objective!


I have also recently acquired a "Tech Special" (ie it doesn't work!) Trio/Kenwood TS-180S. This is an interesting radio, and I'm really looking forward to getting this back on the air. After a lot of trials and tribulations it now functions as a receiver, and has been put to one side for a while before I begin to tackle the lack of transmit capability.

(The TS-180 being evaluated is pictured above)


G-QRP #3909

FISTS #0066

EPC #1898

LIDS_CW #0020


Other interests (Radio)

Meteor Detection (Radio Astronomy)



Other Interests (Musician) :-


You can also follow me on Twitter - @g4fui

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