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are the pages written by John, G3WZT.
here is a short overview of myself, where I live, my interests and
activity in the field of Amateur Radio. The page content might be
considered a little "self indulgent" for which I make no apology! The
original idea was to be an exercise in putting together a few pages on
Amateur Radio. In this respect I have learned a great deal. I hope you
find something of interest.
Shown above is
a picture of the river Adur and St. George's Parish Church at West
Grinstead and a winter picture of Park Lane where I live.The church
shown dates back before the reign of King John, around 1100AD. It
cannot claim to be one of the most beautiful old buildings as it has
been covered with a cement rendering in relatively recent times. It
does however have a very long and interesting history. Shown above is a
small tributary of the River Adur,it is one of several feeding the main
flow that enters the sea at Shoreham by Sea. West Grinstead is the
Parish (village) where I live and operate my Amateur Radio Station,
on the Parish of West Grinstead, it's ancient church and the
surrounding area can be found on the West Grinstead
QSL Card showing
my house with VHF Antenna's
with VHF Antenna's
subject of QSL cards, many are now sent electronically. One system is
that provided by "eQSL". Logs can be uploaded to their site in ADIF
format. QSL cards are then generated automatically for each QSO in the
log file. At the time of writing, no other organisations recognise this
form of QSL card for awards, this includes the ARRL for DXCC. This is
unlikely to ever change as there is no security. If you would like to
know if any stations worked by yourself have sent you an
"eQSL", just type your callsign in the box provided below to see what
cards you have waiting. The other online logging/confirmation system is
Logbook Of The World run by the ARRL. This system provides confirmation
for QSO's but does not have any means of providing QSL cards. It is a
means of DXCC entity confirmation between those that choose to upload
their logs and use the facility. The down side is that it can only be
used for ARRL awards, ie the DXCC century award. If you would like to
find out more about the ARRL Logbook Of The World then please look HERE
I have held my Amateur Radio
Licence G3WZT since November 1967 and have been active on most HF and
VHF bands since that time. My favoured mode of operation is CW although
I also do a fair amount of SSB working.
The main bands of
interest are VHF, with a bias towards 2M. At this point in the Solar cycle my interest in 50MHz
is reduced except during the summer Es season but will increase as the Sun wakes up. I
have an interest in all modes of propagation, in particular Es,
Auroral, MS and EME. I am also QRV on 432MHz, but activity on this band
has been neglected lately. Recently I have made equipment for the 4M
(70MHz) band and am now active on this band, mainly during the summer
Es season. On 4 Metres I run 160 Watts from a home made FET PA into a 5
I am also
very active during the Winter months operating on 80M CW. The
main interest here is US County chasing, but only on 80M CW! In the Winter
of 2011 I started to operate on 160M. On this band I have
errected a top loaded vertical antenna. The vertical section is 65 feet
(20 Metres) with 28uH inductive loading at around 50 feet the remainder
of top loading is provided by a top "T" wire around 35 feet each side.
Currently I have only 6 quarter wave ground radials fitted.
activities include Radio Direction Finding, or "Fox Hunting" this is a
regular activity organised by the Horsham Amateur Radio Club which I
and my XYL, Jan normally take part in. These events normally take place
on 144MHz FM with the hidden station (the Fox) transmitting for 2
minutes in every 10. The hidden station can be up to 15 Miles away from
the start point. The event is concluded with a few beers at a pub close
to the Fox's Lair. Visit the "Fox Hunting"
page for some more information and a few photo's.
"Versatower" showing the current U/VHF antenna installation
2 x 12 Element M
squared, bayed, on 144MHz with Phempt masthead pre-amplifier
Flexayagi on 432 MHz with GaAs FET masthead amplifier:
On the 50MHz
band, a 7 Element Msquared.
On the 70MHz
band, a 5 Element Eagle Yagi
THE 80M ANTENNA
Antenna system in use here on 80M is a 3 Element,in line, phased
vertical array, made from wires and strung up in Oak trees and fitted
with a reasonable but not extensive ground radial system.
It can be
switched East/West and provides excellent performance across N America
and long path to the Pacific.
Please enter your
callsign in the box below to see if we have worked (Courtesy of Clublog).
I can be reached via my Email
address at... g3wzt(at)qsl.net
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