G5VZ in 2014
Plus a bit of history
The station is located just south of Pontefract in Yorkshire, UK – quite close to the junction of the A1, The Great North Road as was, and the M62. WAB square SE41; Maidenhead Locator IO93ip. We’re about 35m above sea level.
On the front of the house I have a 2m and 70cm collinear; from that pole, across the house and into the back garden is a doublet; the centre of the doublet is supported by a mast fixed to the back wall of the house and that supports a four metre vertical. (See the photo at right.) I have a SRC HF360 vertical mounted on a short scaffold tube cemented into the ground in the back garden. In the roof space along with a doublet there’s a 70MHz horizontal antenna. There’s a three element Yagi for 70MHz in a box, still in the garage together with a rotator and a chimney lashing kit.
The indoor doublet is poor on the lower HF bands but better on those higher frequencies but makes a great back-up when the external antennas succumb to the weather. As a sense antenna for the MFJ-1026 phasing noise reducer it is excellent!
Although I have a deep interest in radio communication and the electronics that underpin it, it is a hobby. I work as a psychological therapist using hypnosis and meridian therapies: my web site it at chrispearson.co.uk Like many radio hams, what I know about radio and electronics has been acquired – as they say – along the way. I am an ardent promoter of the Morse Code and of CW on the air. I’m a member of the FISTS management team in the UK and the FISTS Europe Activities Manager. I’m also president of EuCW, the European CW Association – elected in autumn 2013. See www.eucw.org.