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Derek Lyon-McKeil
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AI6F Ham Since 1993
United States

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Other Callsigns
M0GVK in the UK

My Ham Radio Interests
Emergency Communications, General playing around with radios. Doing VE sessions.

My Shack is a 1987 Suburban 4x4 that started life as a news van. It was converted to a satellite up-link truck and then surplussed out. They took the TV gear and antennas but left me the 4kW generator built in power distribution system and dual battery system.

TM D-710

Other Interests
Volunteer with Cal Fire Volunteers In Prevention. One of my duties is working in a fire lookout tower. I also get to work on the communications van. I'm a member of the Military Vehicle Collectors of California and I have a 1954 Army ambulance. I also enjoy railroading and maritime history.

Sunnyvale ARES, Sunnyvale CA.

Back from the UK

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6/7/2011 5:53:47 AM (0 comments) Add a commentAdd Comment

I made it back from the UK and had a great time. The one thing I did have difficulties with was hitting UK repeaters. Despite my planning I only managed to catch one repeater and have a chat with one ham. Unfortunately, his call got jotted down on something that I kept (map, program, brochure,) but I can't remember what it was. I thank him anyways. The Kenwood 72A worked very well and the GPS unit was quite fun. I'd recommend it to anyone who is traveling. One of the things I did enjoy was the feature that allows you to set a location and then the Kenwood tells you how far and in what direction that location is. I should have taken a picture when it said home was 6000 miles away. I did take pictures at Greenwich at the Prime Meridian (I uploaded them) the Kenwood showed an error (expected) at the meridian when it read W 000.00.08. I had to move off a bit to get the W 000.00.00 picture I wanted. All in all that is still pretty accurate for civilian equipment,

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