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2021-02-28 19:03:05 UTC









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Call data

Last update:2021-02-18 16:18:52
Main prefix:G
DXCC Zone:223
ITU Zone:27
CQ Zone:14

QSL dataUp to date!

Last update:2020-04-18 05:52:44
Bureau QSL:no
Direct QSL:no
Extra QSL Info:.


Thank you for looking up c/s G8LZI ...

My interest in radio started some time in the 1960’s when I was growing up in South London. However, for the past 40 years or so, I have been living out in the flatlands of East Anglia on the Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridgeshire borders. The present QTH is in the centre of a village in South West Norfolk, called Feltwell- its located on the edge of the Fens, about 22 miles (~35km) North East of Cambridge.

The callsign, G8LZI, was issued to me in 1976. Prior to that I was one of the operators of c/s 20̷A (formerly 37C) making use of the ubiquitous WS19 HP for its transmitting abilities and the most excellent Eddystone 730/4 receiver. (If you’re on social media and interested to see a photograph of that particular station, I have shared one on my FB page) After getting my Ham callsign, I was active on the air for only a couple of years, then went back to being a listener...

FAST FORWARD (work and raising children - not active as a Radio Ham)

Although I now have all the time that retirement affords, I still don’t do a lot more than listen, sometimes “spotting” ham stations via

I hardly ever switch on the ham band transmitting equipment, but if I do, it’ll be in order to have a quick Olivia QSO - I’m not interested in using voice modes, or for that matter, any other mode that sends faster than my brain is capable of working! Max kudos to Pawel Jalocha, SP9VRC, inventor of Olivia!

When I’m in the shack, I usually have a receiver tuned to the ham bands, and am likely to be looking out for Olivia signals. My modus operandi is to simply place a microphone into one of the receiver’s headphone cups and decode what it hears on a 20 year old laptop. The sound card is calibrated, and more often than not, this arrangement returns a better quality decode than when using the rigs’ internal sound cards (also calibrated) If I find myself in QSO, I utilise a further 2 decoders (one of which is set to a super-long integration period) so if there are errors, 3 decodes allow me to employ majority voting.

Thanks for taking the time to read this.

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