I have held the callsign G8BCG since 1967. My main
interest has always been WEAK SIGNAL VHF and UHF long distance (DX)
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 was
fortunate to work throughout the world, including extended periods in
Thailand, Australia, Solomon Islands, California and Korea. Great for
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
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
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
Nobel Laureate Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr. K1JT And here is a
great presentation given by K1JT
My Current set up (Jan 2021):
LF 160m (*60m), 80m (*30m), 40m (*15m) Full size Bazooka dipoles. *used
as 1½ wave dipoles
HF Hex Beam 400W all modes.
50MHz 4 x 8el Az/El GU84B 1600W NoV all modes + EME
70MHz 4 x 8el QRO
144MHz 6 x 12el 1600W NoV all modes + EME
432MHz 6 x 28el 400W (currently being re-built)
1296MHz 44el 120W
2400MHz/10489MHz 1.2m dish QO-100 Satellite