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I have been interested in Amateur Radio since the late 1980's and first joined the RSGB in 1989 as a Short Wave Listener, and became RS92356. I spent many a night and weekend listening to the HF bands on a Trio R-1000 communications receiver, and to local 2 Meters using an AOR900 scanner.
I was licensed in 2010 and am located in a South Cumbria village called Ireleth (near Barrow in Furness) in the North West of England. LOCATOR IO-84-JE. WAB SQUARE SD27 - I am a member of Worked All Britain, book number 20444
During June 2015 I held an NOV for the special call sign GB125SL commemorating 125 years since the birth of Stan Laurel in the local town of Ulverston on the 16th of June 1890 - see more details here
I am an approved RSGB Tutor for all three license levels and a member of the Furness Amateur Radio Society.
Visit www.fars.org.uk for more details
Prior to December 2013 my call sign was 2E0CPG (Intermediate), and before that M6AYY (Foundation licence)
I take great delight in QSL'ing - my preferred method is via the Buro, but I will QSL direct and via eSQL - so if we have a QSO I do appreciate a QSL card and I will always return! Likewise if you are a SWL and hear a QSO please do QSL and I will return!
I have a Yaesu FTDX-1200, IC7300, FT-817, TS-120V and an old FT-101E for HF. For VHF I have an FT-7800 and FT-60 as well as an AnyTone 4m rig and like to get ou twalking in the hills working up to 50 watts on 4 Meters, 2 Meters or 70 cm FM with a 5 element yagi for 2 Meters or a Dipole for 4 Meters, (or mobile whips antenna (5/8 on 2m) on the car when winter is here!!) So if you hearing me calling ‘CQ’ give me a shout and we can have a QSO.
For HF I work with a vertical 20m Delta Loop, an inverted V G5RV and a 6m dipole antenna, running up to 100 watts on my Yaesu's and Kenwood which performs well into Europe, America and beyond! During the Sporadic E season I enjoy working 6m when conditions allow and am always looking for new squares!
Using the DigiMaster Pro Plus,I am also active on PSK and RTTY operating the Digital Master 870 software from Ham Radio Deluxe. Using a max 5w on HF (10, 15, 17, 20, 30, 40 and 80 meters) QSO's into Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Poland, Russia, Estonia, Slovinia, Denmark, Sweden, Ukraine, the USA and the UK are a good solid 599!
See my construction of a 80m ARDF receiver kit
WSPR - Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network
The Weak Signal Propagation Reporter Network is a group of amateur radio operators using K1JT's MEPT_JT digital mode to probe radio frequency propagation conditions using very low power (QRP/QRPp) transmissions. Results are displayed on a map and tell you who is hearing you and who you have heard. It's an excellent system for seeing how well your set up works at QRP and for testing propagation. View WSPR page for more details.
Recently bought is the WSPR Lite unit from Sotabeams - giving 200mw on 20m and 30m, this unit is perfect for testing your antennas and checking propagation. Very interesting results are being received so far.