18 May 2011

Old QSL cards

Clearing the loft today I came across several QSL cards from my first year in Cambridge back in 1971 including this one from Bob G3WKW for a QSO across town using my 1 transistor 2m TX on CW and FM. I cannot recall the details or how I obtained the FM. Power was just a few milliwatts into a dipole in the downstairs room in a terraced house. Bob went on to work for Motorola before retiring in Hampshire a few years ago. We still keep in contact.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hello Roger

That's good going for 1.5mW of F.M.
I remember from my SWL days there was always someone on two meters
within the centre of town.
160 meters was very active with at least a five or six stations localy
within a square mile of my QTH
(c1970). Most stations moved out of the centre due to new housing estates being built on the out skirts of Town.

KR Tony

Anonymous said...

Hello Roger

Have you still got the circuit diagram of your Two Metre CW rig.

KR Tony

Bob said...

If I recall correctly I was using a Pye Cambridge AM with some form of slope detection based on a ceramic device. I guess we used 145.00 most of the time back then and AM into our halo antennas. I have a picture somewhere of my Ford Anglia 105E van with a halo supported like a guyed mast. A year later I was married and we moved out into the Fenland north of Ely, and I guess Roger moved out to Burwell. I think it was this wider dispersal that triggered some of us to build GB3PI though Roger stuck to his principles on that and I became disillusioned and left the hobby for 35 years.