About my Amateur Radio Station
23rd October 1957
Nr Corsham, Wiltshire. 8 miles East of Bath,
100 miles West of London
Lat/Long: 51°25' N 2°12'W
Mainly CW (Morse Code) on the HF bands. I enjoy, rag-chewing, chasing DX, and cracking pile-ups. Good to do this with modest power levels and simple antennas!
K1BQT 20m Tcvr. All Home-built and low power CW.
Main rigs:- Elecraft K3/100, Yaesu FT-1000MP, Yaesu FT-857D, Elecraft K2 and Elecraft K1.
NorCal NC-20, G4ENA 80m DC Transceiver,
Keys & Keyers:-
I have a number, and especially like the CMOS Superkeyer-lll, which is an extremely versatile unit, although the internal keyers in the
K3, K2 and
FT-857D are also excellent. More recently I have built a K1EL keyer from a kit. I use Bencher paddles which seem to suit me well. My straight key, one of many, is a Junkers dating from WW2.
The antenna: is a 44ft doublet at 30ft, fed with 450 ohm slotted ribbon cable.
The top is bent at about 110 degrees from the central support mast to enable it to fit into my modest back garden (yard). The system has a Z-Match type ASTU for all bands 80 - 10m
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