Lat 50.04.30 N
Long 5.41.49 W
District of Penwith
Sennen Cove, Cornwall
Sennen Cove Daily Image
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G3XRJ and G4AMT
G4AMT station ready to go as GB2NZ
`K` for Cornwall
During 2016 Radio Amateurs resident in Cornwall may apply for a variation to their licence to use an additional `K` in their callsign prefix indicating Kernow or Cornwall. .. GK, MK etc.
Awards will be available and a special activity day will take place on St Piran`s Day - 5th March
... more info
GK4AMT will be active occasionally through the year.
Logs will be uploaded to LoTW and ClubLog.
Please QSL via G4AMT
In late September 2014 John G3XRJ and I operated as GB2NZ from our own stations as part of the 90th Anniversary Celebrations of the first radio communication contact between the UK and New Zealand
Licensed in 1971, operating from Penberth Cove using arrays of delta loops on lf, strung between trees in the valley and the hilltop. Moved to Trevescan, Sennen in 1982 at a better but very noisy location and continued to chase the rare ones with various wire antennas.
Moved to present location in 1990 and have been active on and off from this good location but severely restricted antenna-wise.
I have the honour of working for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution as Coxswain of the Sennen Cove Lifeboat
Previous to this I earned my living as an inshore fisherman working from Penberth Cove ... a way of life I still follow during my time off.
Take-off to the north with Cape Cornwall in the distance
80 m Antenna is a 40ft topwire-loaded vertical driving against 200 surface radials. The pole is a fibreglass `Spiderbeam` 60ft model with top 2 and bottom 2 sections removed.
Pole is on a hinged base allowing it to be lowered in the day to reduce visual impact.
160m antenna is a 40ft vertical wire top-loaded with a coil and 4 wire top-hat - with an extensive surface radial system.
40m employs a sloping dipole array.
Wire loops for HF bands.
All hoisted up a 40ft pneumatic mast`as required` like changing sails on a yacht !
A K9AY receiving antenna is also in use - see it on YouTube here !
(Left) 4 element 40m sloper (low feed points) interweaved with 4 element 30m sloper (higher feed points)
Gives decent performance and of course immediate switching on both bands
Take- off viewed from the sea looking just east of south.
160m vertical - wire radiator (sloping to left) top loading coil and 4 wire top hat.
NFD 1977 ! G4CRC/P at St Ives School
An Autek memory keyer which I had bought from the States.
Thanks to John G3UCQ for the photo !
Loops and slopers stored in blue `bongos` and fish boxes ready for hoisting as required.
160m feed point under pink tub with vertical wire stored in green bin.
This all works fine but requires a lot of discipline to store the loops etc correctly, ready to go .... and takes a few minutes to change bands, particularly if it`s windy !
Complete online log back to September 1971 now on LoTW and Clublog.
Two DXCC countries needed:- North Korea and Baker & Howland