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