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Operating

Home Station configuration

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The present setup comprises 2 main radios - an Icom IC-7100 for all bands/modes 1.8MHz - 432MHz and an Elad FDM-DUO in service as an SDR transceiver. I also have 2 Weber Dual Bander QRP Kits (for 80/40 and 30/20) which I like using. 

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HF is connected via a remote LDG Automatic ATU and Balun connected to a home-made 240 foot long doublet fed at about 35 feet high at its centre.

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On VHF/UHF I have a vertically-polarised Diamond X-300 collinear and a 4 element Tonna 144MHz beam (horizontally polarised) pointing in a fixed ESE direction.

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I like HTs and have an Icom ID-51E Anniversary Edition & an Icom ID-31E. I am also getting into Network Radios and have a Talkpod N58, an Inrico T-320 and a Hytera PNC-370.

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My QTH is about 479 feet ASL, my locator is IO92BJ and my  WAB square is SP17 but in the Worcestershire bit!

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I work most bands according to my interests, but will be found most often on or around 1.942 MHz or on D-STAR or Network Radio channels. 

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I also enjoy relaxed-mode contesting so you may also work me in one of those.

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Mobile Station configuration

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I haven’t got any mobile equipment in the car at the moment, but have many single band antennae ready to go if I once make the decision to go back to HF mobile-ing again.

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There is also a rare chance that you might even catch me out bicycle mobile on 2m or 70cm (if you are both local and unlucky!)

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Portable Station configuration

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Out "in the field", I like to use either my Elad FDM-DUO or a YouKits HB-1B or my trusty Yaesu FT-817ND. 

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For handheld use, I usually take either my Icom ID-51 or ID-31. Increasingly I use one of my Network Radios as the coverage is excellent! 

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For higher power HF operations, I sometimes use an Elecraft KXPA-100 amp coupled to one of my QRP radios - good for all modes! A variety of antennas are used - usually a Sotabeams linked dipole of some sort, though sometimes a 3 element SOTA beam for 144MHz. I also use a home-brew 160m dipole with some success...

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2010 saw a debut in the Backpackers Contests and a successful win in the 50MHz section with my pals G3YXM and G4FPH. Not bad for a first time! Our exploits even made the front cover of RadCom in August 2011 as seen here.

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About me

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Hi! I'm Chris, G7DDN.

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I am a professional musician by trade. I combine 

composing, recording, performing and teaching.

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Please feel free to take a listen to my latest albums of relaxing piano compositions on Amazon, Google, iTunes or Spotify or visit my personal music website here

Garden Station configuration

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When the weather is nice and I don't fancy going full-blown portable, I often operate from the back garden. Sadly the TS-480 in the picture is now sold and I use one of my QRP radios, usually the Elad FDM-DUO, with the Elecraft Amp these days. 

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Notice the beer glass is empty though…  ...of course!

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