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OPERATED BY JOHN BUTCHER IN THORPE TILNEY, LINCOLNSHIRE, ENGLAND

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IOTA: Great Britain, EU-005


Thorpe Tilney is a small hamlet of about 20 homes, 10km south of the city of Lincoln. The elevation is only 15m above sea level but the land around is very flat and the horizon is several miles away in all directions. The lat/long is 53deg 6min North, 0deg 20min West and the Maidenhead grid square is IO93uc. The WAB square is TF15. Rachael and I moved here in September 2013 after many years near Bishop's Stortford in Hertfordshire.

Born in 1936 in Ely, Cambridgeshire, I was first licensed in 1956 while on National Service in the Royal Air Force. At that time I was stationed at RAF Locking in Somerset, at that time the home of the RAF Amateur Radio Society, G8FC. Then I spent three years at Cambridge University, operating G6UW and occasionally studying Physics and Electronic Engineering, before having to leave in 1960 to try to make an honest living. I did manage to pick up a decent degree from Cambridge and later completed a PhD at London University with a study of the electrical, optical and thermal properties of thin films of arsenic sulphide.

I worked first at the British Tabulating Machine Company ( later called ICT and then ICL) Research Laboratories in Stevenage. However, most of my career from 1962 was spent in University teaching and research, specialising in semiconductor physics and silicon technology as Head of the University's Microelectronics Research Centre. My main research interests were in silicon-oxide interfaces and silicon-on-insulator technology. For 10 years I was also a consultant to the GEC Hirst Research Centre in Wembley. During this time I was very active on the VHF and UHF bands before "dropping out" from radio for about 15 years. I returned to the hobby and DX-ing in 1995 and have been very active on the HF bands since retiring in 1997 from my position as Pro-Vice Chancellor at Middlesex University, London.

My main interests at present are chasing DXCC (339 current entities worked, missing Desecheo), IOTA (935) and US Counties (2878), operating SSB, CW and data modes on all bands from 160 to 2 metres (except 4 and 5 metres). I don't get too excited about band slots, but my DXCC Challenge total is 2734. All-time DXCC total is 350. I have tried the new FT8 mode but it doesn't attract me at all. It's not the amateur radio that I know and love.

My DXCC scores (current) at the moment are:


Band

All

1.8

3.5

7.0

10.0

14.0

18.0

21.0

24.0

28.0

50.0

Mixed

339

128

224

299

314

333

326

327

311

309

163

CW

331

127

172

277

313

316

315

308

285

279

105

SSB

339

  35

170

211

 

325

312

310

282

300

135

RTTY

287

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have been a member of the RSGB for over 60 years and, in the past, Chairman of the Management Committee and a member of the Spectrum Forum and the HF Convention Organising Committees. I have also been Chairman of the Chiltern DX Club, Chairman of the RSGB IOTA Committee and a Checkpoint for the IOTA award programme.

In addition to amateur radio, my hobbies are choral singing, stamp collecting (British Commonwealth 1840-1953) and a little gardening (under close supervision from XYL Rachael !)

Email me at [email protected]

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(Page last updated: 9 May 2018)