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Chris at the operating desk of amateur radio station G4BUE in the hamlet of Gay Street, near Pulborough, West Sussex, UK.  Since the photo was taken, a second  K3 transceiver has been added to try SO2R (single operator two radios) operation in contests. 

The two towers and antennas.  The left (6m) tower is wound down in the trees.  Details about the antennas are in the text on the left.

Here you can search the G4BUE log, but only for QSOs made since 4 July 1991.  There are a few earlier QSOs but the log is not yet complete back to my first ever QSO with SP5GRT at 1229z on 1 February 1973.  After searching, use the back button to return here.

G4BUE is my UK amateur radio callsign.   What is Amateur Radio?

Amateur radio is a popular technical hobby and volunteer public service that uses designated radio frequencies for non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communications.

Amateur Radio is the only hobby governed by international treaty.

As a radio amateur you are able to transmit radio signals on a number of frequency bands allocated specifically to the radio amateurs.

Radio amateurs make use of their frequencies in a number of ways:

  • Contacting people all over the world by radio which often leads to developing international friendships
  • Competing in international competitions to test how effective your equipment is, and how good you are as an operator
  • Technical experimentation — many of the leaps forward in radio technology have been initiated by radio amateurs
  • Communication through amateur space satellites or with the International Space Station (which carries an amateur radio station)
  • Providing communications at times of emergencies and undertaking exercises to ensure you keep the capability to do so.

There is no better way to explore the fascinating world of radio communications than by becoming a radio amateur.

A 1910 announcement by the then HM Postmaster General licensed “experimental wireless”, which still uniquely gives radio amateurs the ability to innovate without commercial or statutory controls even in the closely regulated environment of the 21st century.

The RSGB (Radio Society of Great Britain) website.

 

The G4BUE station consists of two Elecraft K3 transceivers.  One of the K3s has the P3 spectrum display and drives a SPE 2K-FA amplifier.  The main K3 transceiver antennas are a three element Steppir for the HFbands (20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 metres) at 65 feet (top of the right tower), a ZX two element yagi for 30m (below the Steppir), a four-square vertical array for 40 metres and inverted vee dipoles for 60 and 80 metres from the tower below the 30m yagi.  There is a five-over-five element yagi for 6 metres on the left tower.  About 100 yards away is a Butternut HF6V vertical for the second K3 transceiver. There is not currently an antenna for 160 metres.  (The 6m and 30m yagis aren't working properly after being damaged in a storm.)

G4BUE is the callsign I was issued with on 1 February 1973 when I was first licensed and living at Saltdean, just east of Brighton in East Sussex.  Since then I have operated from QTHs (locations) at North Chailey in East Sussex, Hassocks and Upper Beeding in West Sussex and since May 1997 from here in the hamlet of Gay Street near Pulborough in West Sussex, UK.   I am QRV (on the air) as G4BUE after going QRT (closed down) as N4CJ in Florida, USA on 28 March 2016,

I started using computer logging in July 1991 and have uploaded my QSOs (contacts) since then to Club Log and LoTW.  I am currently converting my earlier paper logs into the computer and these will be added to Club Log and LoTW in due course.

I use Logger32 for day to day logging and update my QSOs to Club Log in real-time.  Below are the last ten QSOs I have made.  Apart from when I am contesting and using the N1MM Logger+ contest logging program, new QSOs should appear here within a few seconds after they have been completed - refresh your screen to see them.  I generally import contest QSOs from N1MM Logger+ to my Logger32 logbook within a couple of days of the contest ending, when they are then searchable below.

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The base of the main tower showing the Goodwinch motor system to raise and lower the tower vertically.  Inside the yellow box is a heavy duty 12V battery, that is continuallly trickle charged, to power the motor.

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The four-square vertical array for 40 metres.

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