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Vince Shirley


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Call data

Last update:2019-09-13 10:16:10
Main prefix:G
DXCC Zone:223
ITU Zone:27
CQ Zone:14

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QSL data

Last update:2016-02-21 21:59:34
Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:YES
Extra QSL Info:Please no more cards via the bureau from European sations - see my bio for details on how you may get a card from me.


Grid :- IO93ga

Worked-All-Britain (WAB) :- SK34

Licensed in 1989 as G7ENF and then G0ORC in 1990 initially working 2m and 70cm SSB & CW moved to HF in 1992. I am on the air daily on HF using mainly CW and RTTY with the odd SSB and AFSK contact on all HF bands.

I use a Yaesu FTdx101D, a Kenwood TS-590S or a Kenwood TS-480HX. An Alpin 100 amplifier is available when required.

I still use the excellent full-size Carolina Windom as my main antenna for the low bands. For those that think these antennas don't work - well this one has now worked over 300 DXCC countries (including deleted) over the time it has been up.

For 10MHz I use a simple fixed dipole strung E-W and have acquired an N6BT rotary dipole at 35 feet for 20M and upwards which provides a little directivity. For all other bands I use the windom.

I'm not allowed to erect towers here so I pride myself on doing the absolute best I can given the small area that I have to work in so the windom and wire dipoles have proved their worth over the years. I managed to work 255 entities in 2014, my best ever but I failed to beat that in 2015, working only 248. I try to prove that a small garden and limited antennas are no barrier to working DX and I have a lot of fun entering the various DX marathons as I find my station and operating style better suited to them than contests.

I am very proud to own an N3ZN key - see the picture below. In my opinion they one of the very best on the market. I also use a Morsedirigent (formerly Profi II) key obtained from Vinecom in the UK at a very reasonable price.

My main interests are in HF and VHF propagation in relation to weather, solar activity and seasonal effects. I spend a good deal of time listening to the NCDXF beacon network, and, in conjunction with data taken from the UK Solar System Data Centre, VE3EN's excellent Solarham site and the Space Weather site I try to work out what is happening in the ionosphere.


After a lot of thought I have finally decided I will no longer send cards to the RSGB bureau. I am absolutely snowed under with cards from the bureau for contacts most have which have already been confirmed on LOTW.

So if you require a card from England, you must send me yours direct and I will respond immediately. In the case of direct cards, I am happy to pay the return postage but please enclose an addressed envelope.

So please do not send cards to me via the RSGB bureau.

Please note that I regularly upload my logs to LOTW, ClubLog, HAMQTH and QRZCQ.

Worked DXCCs:

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