Click for my weather station.
Picture above shows the Chester radio club at NFD circ 1959. I have always been around amateur radio, as my father was the original G3ATZ.
Licensed myself for more than 30 years, I am mainly active on 2m, 70cm, and 4m. I have HF but rarely go down there, as the aerial is pathetic. QTH in Shotton is only 15 meters ASL, and the yagi’s are only 6 meters AGL. Spot me above………..Its the headgear that gives it away……!!!
The rigs here are a FT-991A which I use on 70 mhz ,144 mhz and 432 mhz. It drives a 10 watt transverter for 70 mhz. Many years ago I managed to do very well in some smaller events, but it’s a lot harder these days. The antennas are a moxon for 70 mhz, 12 ele for 432 mhz, and a 6 ele LFA on 144 mhz. The LFA has only just gone up on the rotator, replacing a very old J-Beam 6 ele. It is a great improvement..! The QTH is only 15 metres above sea level, being close to the River Dee. The antennas are just 8 metres above the ground. This is mainly due to neighbourly considerations. No point in falling out with people. However the take off is good to the north, thru east and down to the south.
These pictures are now out of date..
The way things used to be…..G3ATZ in the 1940’s. You can just about see the morse key. CW only when you were first licensed in those days
http://www.chesterdars.org.uk/ Chester Radio Club
http://www.rsgb.org/ Radio Society of Great Britain
GW3ATZ IO83LE Shotton NE Wales