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Peter Taylor, The Byre, Coombe Farm, St Keyne, Cornwall, United Kingdom, PL14 4RS
My logs are on LOTW. I am also happy to QSL direct on receipt of your card + SAE + US$2.00 or via Bureau.

Under UPU regulations Royal Mail through Post Office Counters is obliged to redeem International Reply Coupons presented having been purchased overseas, but rate given does not cover the cost of return!
Unfortunately I do not accept IRCs. Direct QSL requests with IRCs received will be returned via the RSGB bureau.

H44PT: My last operations as H44PT were March / April 2000


What's it all about?....

This site is all about Amateur Radio (ham radio). More specifically it is about my own personal interests in this great hobby - 50MHz propagation and DXing. Never been on 50Mhz - see what you are missing this month here.
G8BCG 50MHz DXCC # 398 25th Sep 2001 G8BCG/P QSL Card G8BCG 50MHz DXCC # 398 25th Sep 2001


I have held the callsign G8BCG since 1967. My main interest has always been WEAK SIGNAL VHF and UHF long distance (DX) propagation. 

Living and working in the Solomon Islands from 1978 until 1985, using the callsign H44PT, I was hooked on 6m. 50MHz is still my favourite band and pretty much the sole focus of this site.

In my 40+ years in the telecommunications industry I have been fortunate to work throughout the world, including extended periods in Thailand, Australia, Solomon Islands, California and Korea. Great for Ham Radio!

I was also responsible for planning and installing VSAT systems for a major bank across Africa from Botswana to Uganda and from Ghana to Seychelles and Mauritius. But not much time for ham radio - Ah well.

I did get on 50MHz for a few hours whilst in Gibraltar - ZB0/G8BCG see the site hear the sounds.

My trips to Zimbabwe were pretty good too! - Z2/G8BCG - more pictures and sound.

Other pages worth a listen include the H44 50MHz Firsts page and sound archive located on my H44PT site and my  Cycle 23 sound archive on this site.

I make a lot of use of WSJT ham radio software for MoonBounce and other DXing, so this guy is my hero:

Nobel Laureate Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr. K1JT And here is a great presentation given by K1JT

My Current set up (Feb 2017):
HF Various wires, WARC Vertical, triband-beam 400W all modes.
50MHz 4 x 8el Az/El  GU84B 1600W NoV all modes + EME
70MHz 4 x 8el QRO
144MHz 12el 1600W NoV all modes + EME
432MHz 28el 400W
1296MHz 44el 120W

What's on Six:

Looks like the southern hemisphere has truly "discovered" SSSP this year - VK7 to ZS and LU next? 50mhz Congrats to...

Posted by Peter Taylor on Sunday, 17 December 2017




 Real Time foF2 Map


Here is a link to the current Global Total Electron Count Map from NASA JPL


H44PT  H44PT site incl 50MHz ACTIVITY APRIL 2000 is here

My contact details:
E-mail: peter(at)g8bcg.org.uk
Phone:  +44 1579 320147


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