””I am planning another holiday style DXPedition for 2018″ says VK5GR (E6AG), Grant. Plans are to stay with his family on Efate (OC-035) from April 17 to 29 operating intermittently as YJ0AG.
Grant is awaiting for a copy of his license. He’ll be mostly on digital modes running QRO on 80 through 10 Meters. Those modes include RTTY, FT8, PSK Olivia as well as SSB and some SSTV. He could also do some CW, depending on his “CW training”. Grant says, “I am looking to particularly work unique stations and will be where possible targetting Europe Short Path where YJ is high on the ClubLog most wanted list”. Equipment will include a K3 and KPA500 transmitting into a “G3TXQ UltraLight HexBeam” on 20-10 Meters and a multi-band vertical for 80-10 Meters. While there, Grant hopes to get in the SPDX RTTY Contest.
M0OXO, Charles, will be handling the QSLing duties and prefers requests go through his OQRS for both direct and bureau QSL cards. For DX stations from OC, AF and SA he will “accept calls” at”any time”.
I was born in the 1960’s and have lived all my life in the Coal Mining Town of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, Northern England. My parents were all from this area of Yorkshire and my father worked in the main Industry of the local Collieries as a face worker. I have been married to my wife Debbie for 35+ years and we have two children and two grandchildren.
I have been licensed for around 20 years after my interest was re-kindled when I retired from my role as a Police Officer within South Yorkshire Police Force. The latter few years were spent as Radio Operator in the Force Operations Control Room at Sheffield, before my career ended.
IOTA chasing is (and always has been) my real passion, as climbing the ladder to reach Honour Roll status was always my main aim. The 1000 Islands Trophy is still out of reach but I am heading in the right direction. I am currently a Board Member of IOTA Ltd and IREF.
In my free time I am a keen Photographer of Wildlife, Aviation, (anything really) but the QSL Manager role is my main passion within Ham Radio.