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Home Station configuration


The present setup comprises 2 HF radios - a Yaesu FTdx10 for all bands/modes 1.8MHz - 70MHz and a Mission RGO ONE for 1.8MHz - 28MHz. I love them both so can never quite choose which to use! I slightly favour the RGO ONE for it’s clean audio but I love the ‘Ten’ for it’s bandscope, panadapter & waterfall and it’s amazing receiver and DSP. I might even start taking the RGO ONE out into the field!


Finally, I have a Yaesu FTM-7250D for 144MHz and 432MHz FM & System Fusion.


I also have other more ‘minor’ radios - 2 Weber Dual Bander QRP Kit Transceivers (for 80/40 and 30/20) and a Yaesu FT-817ND which I like using on occasions.


HF is connected via a remote LDG AT-600 Automatic ATU and Balun connected to a home-made 240 foot long doublet fed at about 35 feet high at its centre. I can switch up to 4 radios to this antenna if I want to experiment.


On VHF/UHF, I have a vertically-polarised Diamond X-300 collinear and a 4 element Tonna 144MHz beam (horizontally polarised) pointing in a fixed ESE direction, though that is sadly not wired up to a radio just at the moment…


I like HTs; I own an Icom ID-51E Anniversary Edition & an Icom ID-31E. I also have 2 Network HTs, an Inrico T-320 and a Hytera PNC-370.


My QTH is about 479 feet ASL, my locator is IO92BJ and my  WAB square is SP17 but in the Worcestershire bit!


I work most bands according to my interests, but will be found most often on the lower bands 160m, 80m and 40m - I like playing around with CW too, usually in a contest. 


I am especially excited that Parks on the Air has come to the UK and am looking forward to seeing what that might bring on the portable front. I have been inspired recently by the exploits of K4SWL Thomas and I recommend his website and YouTube channel without reservation.


Mobile Station configuration


I haven’t got any mobile equipment in the car at the moment, but have many single band antennae ready to go if I once make the decision to go back to HF mobile-ing again.


There is also a rare chance that you might catch me out bicycle mobile on 2m or 70cm (if you are both local and unlucky!)


Portable Station configuration


Out "in the field", I like to use either my YouKits HB-1B or my trusty Yaesu FT-817ND. 


For handheld use, I usually take either my Icom ID-51 or ID-31. I also use Network Radio too, as the coverage is excellent! 


For higher power HF operations, I use the RGO ONE. A variety of antennas are used - usually a Sotabeams linked dipole of some sort, though sometimes a 3 element SOTA beam for 144MHz. I have also used a home-brew 160m dipole with some success...


2010 saw a debut in the Backpackers Contests and a successful win in the 50MHz section with my pals G3YXM and G4FPH. Not bad for a first time! Our exploits even made the front cover of RadCom in August 2011 as seen here.



About me


Hi! I'm Chris G7DDN.


I am a professional musician
by trade. I combine composing,
recording, performing and teaching.


Please feel free to take a listen to my latest albums of relaxing piano compositions on Amazon, Google, iTunes or Spotify or visit my personal music website here

Garden Station configuration


When the weather is nice and I don't fancy going full-blown portable, I often operate from the back garden. Sadly the TS-480 in the picture is now sold, and Rio the Chinese Crested Hairless rescue boy is also no longer on this planet.

I use the RGO ONE in this configuration these days. 


Notice the beer glass is empty though…  Priorities!

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