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These are the pages written by John, G3WZT.

Presented 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.

LOCATION

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Shown above is where I live in West Grinstead and where I operate my Amateur Radio Station, G3WZT. VHF antennas are just visible in front of the trees.

I can be reached via my Email address at... g3wzt(at)qsl.net



                                                                             QSL Card showing my house with VHF Antenna's                                                 "The Shack"             

      

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On the 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


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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 if and when 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 element yagi.

I am also very active during the Winter months  operating on 80M CW. The main interest here is DX and US County chasing, but only on 80M CW! For 80M I use a 3 element in line vertical phased array, switchable NW and SE. 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 60 feet (18 Metres) with some top inductive loading. 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.

I am a founder member and a current member of the Horsham Amateur Radio Club. 

Other 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.


  
Here are 2 of my favourite CW keyers: The Schurr PROFI-2 and Begali Graciella. Both beatifully crafted works of art!

  begali          schurr


V/UHF ANTENNA's

          "Versatower" showing the current U/VHF antenna installation

VHF EQUIPMENT
Antenna's for V/UHF:

2 x 12 Element M squared, bayed, on 144MHz with Phempt masthead pre-amplifier

23 Element 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
The current 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.


My last 50 QSO's shown below. (Courtesy of Clublog)
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My other main interest is as a cross country Glider Pilot.
I currently own and fly a Schempp Hirth Ventus 2 CT and belong to the Southdown Gliding club located at Parham airfield in West Sussex.
The Ventus 2 CT is a high performance single seat sailplane manufactured with CFRP; carbon fibre re-enforced plastic. As configured below, it has a wingspan of 18 Metres.


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I can be reached via my Email address at... g3wzt(at)qsl.net

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