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Rochester is a city in Kent, England. It is located at the lowest bridging point of the River Medway about 48 km from London. The town's location is due to the bridge which carries the Roman Watling Street over the river. The first castle was built in 1067 and it was given in perpetuity to the Archbishops of Canterbury in 1127 by King Henry I. The previous cathedral having been destroyed, building on the present one started in 1080 and took some fifty years to complete.

G4NRT History
I was a short wave listener for many years (starting with an ex-RAF R1155A and a long wire antenna in the garden) and attended the Harlow and District Amateur Radio Society (G6UT) in the late 1960s from the age of twelve.  I finally got around to taking the old City & Guilds of London Institute Radio Amateur's Examination (RAE) in the late 1970s but didn't apply for a license immediately while I got stuck into brushing up my morse code. Eventually, I decided that I wanted to just get on the air, applied for a Class B (VHF and upwards only) license and received the callsign G6CFW. Being considered by everyone I knew to be a second-class citizen spurred me on to get the morse under my belt and I attended Waterloo Bridge House and passed the General Post Office 12wpm morse code test.  I was subsequently awarded the Home Office Amateur Radio Certificate which allowed me to apply for a Class A license.  G4NRT was allocated to me on 16th April 1982 and it has been my callsign ever since. It is also the registration number of my car!

G4NRT Station
Over the years I have had loads of different rigs but have now settled on a setup comprising:

  • FlexRadio 6700 Tranceiver plus Maestro control unit.
  • Icom IC-7100 Transceiver (in Zimbabwe and used for Z21NRT operations).
  • Icom IC-7300 Transceiver.
  • ​Icom IC-9100 Transceiver.
  • Icom IC-2730 Mobile Transceiver.
  • 2 x Yaesu FT-817ND Transceiver.
  • Palstar HF-Auto & LDG IT-100 and Z817H  Tuners
  • Icom ID-51 Anniversary Edition 2m/70cm FM, Yaesu FT1-DE 2m/70cm & Hytera PD-785G DMR 70cm handhelds.
  • Telepost LP-100A Digital Vector RF Wattmeter.

Antenna-wise, I have erected a Ciro Mazzoni (IV3VHF) Baby Loop Antenna on a heavy-duty base ​in the garden, it is a mere 1.8m above the ground and rotated using the tried-and-trusted armstrong method.  I also have a Diamond V-2000 6m/2m/70cm co-linear and an OCF dipole which is performing well on all bands from 80m to 6m. 

For CW, I am lucky enough to have some fantastic morse keys made by Piero Begali I2RTF.  I have an HST which is set-up as a sideswiper and also three from the Scuplture family:

I am mainly interested in digital modes and will usually be found on the HF bands with FT8, JT65 & JT9 as well as PSK modes.  I also use CW and SSB for chatting. I enjoy some rallies and try to attend the European show at Friedrichshafen.  I am also starting to get into amateur satellite operations.  I am the Secretary of the UK Six Metre Group and also a member of a large number of clubs and organisations including the RSGB and ARRL and:

  • RNARS: 4148
  • Fists: 16978
  • G-QRP Club: 14747
  • SOC: 1132
  • BARTG: 9123
  • SKCC: 15009
  • UKSMG: 3080
  • UKuG
  • CDXC The UK DX Foundation

I am also the licensee of Z21NRT and am QRV from Harare on my regular visits to Zimbabwe.  The equipment there consists an Icom IC-7100 with LDG ATU feeding a HyEndFed multi-band wire antenna.  I work 80m-6m plus 2m all modes including digital.

I am an LOTW user and that is my preferred QSL method.  





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DO4TS 2018-02-11 80m FT8 JO40IC45 Germany Thomas Holger Störlein
DL9BQ 2018-02-11 80m FT8 JO43kb Germany Mathias Koch
SP3UY 2018-02-11 80m FT8 JO83nc Poland Wieslaw Dubilewicz
OZ1LWT 2018-02-11 80m FT8 JO46jh Denmark JENS-OLE MORUP
DO1PE 2018-02-11 80m FT8 JO31LB98 Germany Peter Steffen
DL9VO 2018-02-11 80m FT8 JN48rt Germany Martin Vogelmann
IU4DTV 2018-02-11 80m FT8 JN54ks Italy Massimo Pecoraro
DO1AT 2018-02-11 80m FT8 JO50er Germany Fredi Brenke
OZ1LWT 2018-02-11 80m FT8 JO46jh Denmark JENS-OLE MORUP
F4HEX 2018-02-11 80m FT8 IN96LN44 France Patrick
OE3CQB 2018-02-11 80m FT8 JN78TO94 Austria Christian
2E1PAW 2018-02-11 80m FT8 JO01NT55 England Paul Woodward
DO7WM 2018-02-11 80m FT8 JO50dx Germany Michael Wolff
PA0WPD 2018-02-11 80m FT8 JO21hu Netherlands WIM PUNT
DM3AW 2018-02-11 80m FT8 JN49hw Germany Carsten Schwarz

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World Continents Award#15504
Granted: 2016-10-12 07:46:02   (G4NRT)

  • 20 Meters Digital
  • 40 Meters Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
Grid Squared Award#13030
Granted: 2016-07-11 08:05:02   (G4NRT)

  • 20 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 30 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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