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LAST UPDATED: 1st January 2018

Here are some of the things you will find on this site:

DEDICATED SECTIONS ON DIGITAL MODES (WITH SCREENSHOTS AND SOUND FILES TO AID IDENTIFICATION) - DX, AND HOW TO WORK MORE OF IT - MORSE CODE, WITH CODE TABLES - BROADCAST RADIO AND DRM - CLASSIC RADIO GEAR (PICTURES & BRIEF TEXT OF RADIO & OTHER EQUIPMENT THAT I HAVE OWNED OR USED DURING MY TIME ON THE AIR) - DETAILED BEACONS PAGE - CONTESTS PAGE/ CONTEST DIARY AND MORE. DURING 2018, THE SITE WILL BE GIVEN AN OVERHAUL AND TIDIED UP, PLUS MORE PAGES AND MAJOR UPDATES TO THE DIGITAL MODES PAGE TO INCLUDE THE NEWER MODES THAT HAVE TAKEN OFF IN 2017 (MOSTLY FT8!).

Latest site updates: End of Year logbook statistics - Complete ‘My shack’ page update

*** HAPPY NEW YEAR 2018***

to all my visitors, friends and colleagues from all around the world!

 Check back regularly, I will be adding more content throughout 2018.

Any comments? Please email: sean@hfradio.org.uk

Remember to hit the refresh button if you bookmark the page to ensure you get the most up to date version of the site. I am updating at least once a week now so check back soon!

  WRTH - 2018 edition (72nd Annual Edition)!

Visit  the website for details of how to order the brand new and fully updated

The B17 broadcast season now here, don’t get left behind!  You can order your copy of WRTH 2018 from:  www.wrth.com.  Also, you can buy the full colour bargraph of International and Domestic SW broadcast schedules - the original, and best! Visit the site for these, and more. Free B17 schedule updates on the web site (in Jan 2018).

About G4UCJ:-

I'm Sean and this is my personal website, which is pretty much dedicated to all things radio. Below is a little bit about me:

I have been into radio since I was about 7 years old, and a transmitting radio ham since the age of 14 (1982). In this time I have worked or heard most of the 340 or so countries/entities in the world and have well over 200 DXCC entities confirmed. My antennas have always been simple (and often indoors!) and I prefer to use low power levels to make my contacts. I have worked over 160 countries using just 3 watts. I concentrate on listening these days, but l do get on the air in digital modes (mainly FT8) and CW from time to time. I am a Morse Code Examiner (well, OK, WAS an examiner, until the requirement for Morse was dropped) and most of my loggings were on CW, however I am now very interested in the vast array of digital modes now available! Now as to which is my favourite band? The answer is: Any band that has a signal on it!

In 2017, I celebrated reaching the milestone 50 years of age, I notched up about 43 years as an SWL (Short Wave Listener) and 35 years as a licensed ham, which is making me feel really old :)

Despite having been into radio most of my life, I am still as enthusiastic about my hobby as ever, in fact I would say I am even more enthusiastic as each year passes!

2013 saw my ‘G4’ callsign turn 30 years old - I can still remember taking the Morse Code test at the GPO station at North Foreland Radio. I believe I was one of the last to be tested at that station. All Morse testing was turned over to the RSGB. I did, at one point, apply to be the RSGB Chief Morse Examiner, when the existing one had to step down. I was asked to apply by a number of people, however I had not had the relevant professional experience (I would have needed to be a ship’s RO (Radio Officer/Operator) or a land based RO with professional experience, or similar). Still it was nice to be considered, and I am proud of the fact that I was nominated to apply for the post in the first place. At least it wasn’t my CW that let me down - that was not a problem as I had been training hard and was receiving at over 40 wpm at the time. It has always been the case that I can receive CW faster than I can send :) I have to admit my CW receiving speed has fallen off a bit, although I can still get callsigns sent in contests at 40wpm plus but for general receiving I prefer to keep the speed in the mid 20’s (due to lack of practice - and, probably, getting older).

I have included links to the sites of some of my favourite radio related software and resources, my job’s website - where I am the International Broadcasting Editor for WRTH - you can download the latest broadcasting schedules and updates from the site, and also order WRTH. There are also links to other sites of interest to the radio user.

How to contact me (click on image or type address into your email client):

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THIS SITE IS CONSTANTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION SO PLEASE CHECK BACK REGULARLY!

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One of the tools of my trade:

My Virobroplex Deluxe Vibrokeyer Single Lever paddle dating from 1967 (as do I!).

My Vibroplex Brass Racer, twin lever paddle, uses magnets, instead of springs, for tensioning.

My handmade brass pump key which was constructed especially for me my the late M0BZF. This key has a beautiful smooth action and is/was used mainly for teaching and examining.

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