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EI5DD
Steve Wright
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EI5DD Ham Since 1973
Ireland

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Other Callsigns
G4GFC (UK Callsign)
EI4ALE (Galway VHF Group Callsign)
EI185RNLI (Special Event Callsign for RNLI OPeration)
EJ185RNLI (Special Event Callsign for Aran Islands RNLI)
EI0TED (Craggy Island Dxpedition Group Callsign)

My Ham Radio Interests
My major interest in radio is home-brew project building and renovation of older radio equipment. I still have my old Codar AT5 transmitter, T28 Receiver, CR70MkII all in perfect working order after much TLC. I recently acquired a KW2000B tranceiver which requires a little attention but will be a treasured addition to my collection of vintage equipment. My most valued piece of test equipment is my B&K 700 valve tester.

I am involved in the Amateur Radio Emergency Network which is busy with local activity for at least 10 months of the year. This is also an opportunity to enjoy portable and mobile operation.

I am a member of the Galway VHF Group. I am involved with an active and innovative group of operators sharing similar interests. Meetings are very enjoyable and always an opportunity to keep up to date with new technology.

QRP operation is another field of radio that holds my interest and a number of projects are currently on the test bench at present. A pity the CW is rusty but a good excuse to bring up the speed.

Portable operation is another facet of the hobby that I enjoy. There is nothing to beat throwing a bit of wire up and working the world. I have great results to date from wire carried aloft by a kite. I intend to buy a few more kites and suspend a delta loop for 80 metres some time.

Having followed a lot of the work done by Nathan Cohen, fractal antennas really do appeal to my imagination. I hope to test a few designs in the near future.

Equipment
My Base station
FTDX5000MP
Icom 756
Behringer Xenyx 502 Microphone pre-amp/equaliser
Yaesu FT897D
Ascom 550
SGC Auto ATU
TigertronicsDigital Modes Interface

My Portable Station
Icom 7200
Fibreglass Mast+wire antennas
Kite supported dipole or slopers
MFJ ATU

My Back-Pack Station
Yaesu FT817D
LDG Auto tuner
MP-1 portable vertical antenna 80 - 10m
Selction of Dipoles
Portable centre Loaded Vertical

My Mobile Station
Icom 7200
Pro Am Whips for HF bands
Yaesu FT 8900 Quadbander

Other Interests
Classical Music
Creative writing
Theology
Freemasonry

Clubs
Galway VHF Group
GQRP Club
QRP Amateur Radio Club International
European PSK Club
Radio Society of Great Britain
American Radio Relay League
Irish Radio Transmitters Society
R.A.O.T.A.
VMARS

Portable Activity

From EI5DD

2/7/2010 2:18:44 AM (0 comments) Add a commentAdd Comment


This year will see an all out effort to operate the portable equipment. The doublets for the LF bands and a vertical for 40 - 10 metres are all ready prepared for the occasion.

I will be activating Castles for the Castles on the Air Awards scheme (CASHOTA) and it is my intention to put at least two a month on air commencing March. Check out the sites http://www.cashota.org/ and http://cashota-ireland.org/ for more information.


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