G3SED - Mike Devereux
I have had my call for 57 years this year and yet I'm still addicted to Amateur Radio ! I have have spent the majority of my time chasing weak signal DX on the LF, HF, 60m and 6 metre bands.
I love pushing the limits of propagation, designing, building and air testing new antennas, to give that extra dB or so, that will allow me to work some marginal opening to a far flung part of the world.
Although not really active on 160 for the past three years, I still have over 291 Countries worked, with a total country score of 347 worked on all bands.
I'm fascinated with Propagation and have found the 6 metre band to be a real eye opener to the way that the sun drives our ionosphere. My biggest thrill was working W7GJ via moon bounce on this band with simple equipment and antennas.
I am a member of the First Class Operator's Club with my love of CW and a member of the Chiltern DX Club and UK DX foundation. The CDXC sponsor Dxpedition and promote interest in all forms of Dxing.
I have been lucky enough to travel to remote and exotic parts of the world to play Ham Radio, click on Dxpeditions above to see where I have been.
I was honoured in 2012 to be awarded by the RSGB the prestigious R.O.T.A.B Trophy for consistent and outstanding DX achievement - a kind of "life time achievement" award. I guess it tells me that I getting to the latter part of my life!
For the past 15 years I have operated as CT7/G3SED from my holiday Villa in the Algarve Portugal. It's great fun to go back to basics and use simple wire antennas and low power.
My shack from 2014 with Icom IC-7700, Yaesu VL1000 Amp, Icom 7400, Drake MN2700 Tuners, Acom 2000 amplifier, Ham-ware Remote balanced Tuner & various accessories. I have since treated myself to the NEW ICOM 7850 and love it!
In 2008 I bought a 13.5m Motor Cruiser "Marianna" which I keep on the Hamble river near Southampton. It has been great fun to operate /MM from the boat with my good friends. I have a fixed 24ft Fibreglass whip on the bathing platform and when at sea, I run a kite borne 185 ft vertical for the LF Bands.