Brian's amateur radio pages
These pages are about my amateur radio activities .
Amateur RadioI've been interested in Short Wave Listening and Amateur Radio since I was about 12 . I took the Radio Amateur Exam in December 1966, but did not take out a licence until 1971 . My first callsign was GM8DIJ, which only allowed me to operate above 144MHz. I was keen to get onto 70MHz , so I took the morse test in 1974 . I'd been learning morse code on and off since 1965.
70MHz is still my favourite band, but I use all the bands from 50MHz to 2320MHz. I've also been keen on the 10GHz band ans used klystrons and Gunn Diode transmitters in the early days. I was on 10GHz SSB around 25years ago until quite recently .The G3WDG transverter modules I have are worse for wear and need refurbished.
I'm also interested in antenna design and construction and have built quite a number successfully over the years. Needless to say I've had a lot of failures.
I''m alo keen on VHF contest operation, both at home and portable on the hills .
I'm a member of the Second Class Operator's Club
LF Non-Directional Aircraft Beacons
I've always been interested in looking for NDBs in the 300- 500KHz region , right from the beginning of my short wave listening. I lived near Prestwick Airport, which boasted 4 such beacons PWK, and the 3 marker beacons PW, PE and PN. The 3 markers have now gone. A lot of the others have gone too and it's only a matter of time until they all have.
The maritime beacons in the same part of the spectrum have now gone
Here is a list of some I've heard from here, including the defunct ones. I've taken some photos of ones I've
visited . The photo gallery is here.
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