Martlesham DX & Contest Group
This page gives overview information, some pictures of the station and antennas. Please be patient as there is a lot of information here. Thanks go to Roger Smethers (G3NLY) and Dave Sharrod, G3NKC, for the images. Other images of 1995 should arrive soon, so do come back!
The G0KPW Summary for 1995CQ WORLD WIDE DX CONTEST -- 1995 Call: G0KPW Country: England Mode: SSB Category: Multi Multi BAND QSO QSO PTS PTS/QSO ZONES COUNTRIES 160 884 1028 1.16 13 76 80 1581 2370 1.50 25 101 40 1817 2889 1.59 36 127 20 2581 6319 2.45 39 155 15 2081 5198 2.50 38 174 10 707 1214 1.72 27 105 --------------------------------------------------- Totals 9651 19018 1.97 178 738 => 17,420,488The breakdown for the above can be found here.
Operator List for 1995
- G4BAH - Bob Carpenter (Support)
- G3NKC - Dave Sharred (160m operator)
- G4CBQ - Philip Daniels (160m operator)
- K1XX - Charlie Carroll (80m operator)
- G3NAS - George (Geo) (80m operator)
- G4VMM - Steve Tidmarsh (40m operator)
- G3NLY - Roger Smethers (40m operator)
- G3VHB- Chris Swallow (20m operator)
- G4BUO- Dave Lawley (20m operator)
- G4PIQ - Andy Cook (15m operator!)
- G4BWP - Fred Handscombe (10m operator)
- G0KRL - Ian Capon (10m operator)
- G0WCW - Darren Hatcher (Support)
- G0AFH - Ian Burns (Support)
- G4WFR - Richard Cooper (Support)
- G0HSS - Phil Smeaton (Support)
- G4SWX - John Regnault (Support)
- S50K - Marko (Support)
The 160 meter operator has a normal inverted vee or a quarter wave vertical to choose from. The picture below shows the vertical at 150 feet high (well nearly vertical) with the second 40m system at the back of the picture (a Cushcraft 402CD). The lines across the middle are the local Electricity Company's high tension feed to the area.
The top band operating position looked like this ...
The radio is an FT1000D and for some reason, a CW keyer was in place - bit of DX on the side? To the left is George, running on the 80m station.
80 meters has a four square and also a delta loop to play with. The photo below shows the four square as set up in the middle of a sugar beet field. To the left is the primary 20m system with a pair of four over four yagis (bottom yagi points at the US). Again you can see that to get all the aerial in takes a bit of doing without the elements becoming difficult to see! If you look closely, right in the distance on the left hand edge is the 160m vertical.
The picture below left shows the primary three element beam for 40 meters (full size). It also shows that just occasionally the sun shines and the sky is blue - even in October! The white caravan (well it was white when it was obtained) is the 10m station, where Fred Handscombe (G4BWP) spent his weekend. In the right foreground of the photo is the tower of the second 10m system (single 5 element yagi). And below is Steve (G4VMM) at the operating chair.
The picture below left shows Andy Cook (G4PIQ) at the back running the 15m station with Chris Swallow (G3VHB) running the 20m station. In the morning and late in the evening, Andy says that it gets a bit chilly around the feet, particularly with the end of the shack open (as shown here).
Above right is another picture of Andy when caught in a less frantic moment on 15m in CQWW 1994!
The next image shows the main HF antenna setup. This shows, from left to right, a single Hy-Gain on 10m, the second system on 15m, the three element on 40m, the second system on 20m (5 element yagi) and lastly the primary system on 10m (five over five). Not visible are the second 40m system, the primary 20m system, the four square and lastly the 160m vertical.
Yet again, Fred (G4BWP) managed DXCC in a weekend (despite computer and power line noise).
Miscellaneous bits ...
When it comes to getting reliable mains power, the end solution was to hire a generator. However, they seem to come in two sizes - too small and too big. So, we had to err on the side of more capacity is better than less ... this one came on the back of a lorry.
Below left is another view of the antennas from the sout east, below right is look at the four square (and 40m yagi) in 1994, and at the bottom is another pictrue of the generator with a trailer next to it.
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