Amateur Radio

160m The Gentlemans Band 

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About Me

Philip Sidwell




I became involved with radio in the seventies as a SWL. I had an old Trio receiver & a random length of wire.
In the nineties I bought a Yaesu FRG-7 .

When the Foundation Licence was announced I jumped on the bandwagon,
Booked a course at the Hornsea Amateur Radio Club & never looked back.

In 2002 I gained the intermediate licence.
In December 2003 I was lucky to gain the Full Licence via the last City & Guilds sitting.

Topband (160m) is one of my favourite bands. Over the last few years I have experimented with a long wire, doublet with feeders strapped, & a Homebrew Helical that I had great success with & my first Transatlantic Contact on 160m.

I've also used a Homebrew W4TWW 160 METRE BROAD BAND COAXIAL INVERTED L ANTENNA (BAZOOKA) Pics & details on my FLICKR page.

I have been using a 1/4 wave "Inverted L" antenna since December 2007 .

Secret Weapon! This is a 3' copper hot water tank, buried 4' in the ground. This took 2 s points off my background noise level & improved my TX signal. I also use multiple Earth Rods & Counterpoise Radials.

Amateur Radio
1.972LSB is where I am most nights except Saturday. 18.30-19.30ish

Rest of the time looking for contacts 160m-10m.

In late November 2006 i obtained an NOV for the 5mhz experiment. In February 2007 I cut a dipole for 5mhz & have enjoyed making many "inter G" contacts, as well as contacts with USA stations late evenings. I also like working the SOTA stations. I recently achieved the status of "Shack Sloth" for aquiring more than 1000 points.

QSL: Direct or via  EQSL is okay also.

I am now operational mobile, using the TS-480 & several Monoband Mobile Antennas, some of which are Homebrew.

I have been experimenting with a Homebrew 160m mobile antenna. So far this has produced good results "Inter G" as well as Europe. I have also had good results on 40m with a Diamond DP-EL 40 mobile antenna. I park up just yards from the North Sea, on a cliff top & have worked VK 3 times on 40m with the Diamond antenna.

My Interests
Ham Radio. Transceiver Icom IC-775DSP Antennas: Carolina Windom cw160s,      5mhz Doublet, Topband Inverted L, Homebrew,20m loop with 1/4 wave matching stub. 6m Dipole

Other Radios: 
Trio (Kenwood) TS-830S, Kenwood TS-480SAT,  Kenwood TS-2000,  Icom IC-M80 VHF MARINE RADIO TELEPHONE.

 Below are some of my favourite Links :

 m0vey 160m DX Mobile Aerial

 Topband 1.972 MHz Group

 m0vey on Flickr

 m0vey on QRZ.com

 SixtyMetres Information Website 

 G7LRR Amateur Radio Website

 Humber Fortress DX Am,amateur Radio Club MX0HFC

 Fort Paull Museum .Home of MX0HFC

 Hornsea Amateur Radio Club