CQ WW SSB 2002 - GD6IA

Operating as GD6IA from the QTH of Alex Gartshore GD3UMW  - 4500 QSOs for 6.3 Million pts. = No. 1 in Europe !

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                 Alex's QTH                                                      Alex and Val                                         Alex's QTH from a distance

History of GD6IA

The GD6IA callsign was first issued to Harold Coleburn in the 1930s. Harold was a keen supporter of the Isle of Man Radio Society until his death in the 1970s. When the Society celebrated its 50-year anniversary in 1998, the GD6IA callsign was re-issued to the Manx Amateur Radio Club. The call is held by Alex Gartshore GD3UMW (ex GM3UMW) on behalf of the club and is used for HF contests and special events. The site is isolated on a 600 foot hilltop with views from the shack to Wales and England. Joe K1JB and Mike K1EU of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club operated GD6IA in CQ WW SSB 2000 and 2001 in the Multi-Single category from Alex’s QTH.

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  Keith GM4YXI  - my friend and rival !                                       GD6IA antennas                                              Mosley Pro 57B

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 wpe11.jpg (71361 bytes)  SO2R - some of the time !

GD6IA 2002  QSOs/Zones/Countries

                160  173/6/45

                80    280/11/59

                40    195/15/68

                20    749/29/105

                15    1153/32/113

                10    1911/31/125

Totals      4461 Qs, 124 Z, 515 C

Equipment :  FT-1000MP + Alpha 91B amp., TS-850sat + Alpha 78 amp. + DVK + Heil HC4 + home-made SO2R box + Auto band filters

Antennas :  4ele 15m yagi, Mosley Pro57B for 20/15/10, Delta loops for 80 and 40m, 160m dipole.

Conclusion : 10m won this contest for me - hour after hour of 3-point QSOs with the USA on both days. My friend and rival Keith GM4YXI operating as GM7V worked more mults than me but could not access these 3-point QSOs. I was also *lucky* that the high winds which affected some other UK contest stations were not severe enough to force me to lower the towers - they were very strong winds but I kept operating !       

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