UK Six Metre Group
Radio Station EA7JXH
Operator Nick Sheard.
Married to Susie, who's from 9M2. She has no interest in amateur (ham) radio - "Why does our house have to look like a ship?" - she has asked in the past. Visit Nick & Susie's page and see our pictures. Arrggggh!!
Originally licensed as G8KLY in the early 1970’s in Yorkshire, Northern England. Then became G4GCP in 1976, and finally EA7JXH in July 2015 in Malaga, Spain. Over 40 years of Ham Radio!
The Station operates on all bands 40 to 6 metres from our house in the Málaga Region of Southern Spain. The QTH is about 900 feet (275 metres) above sea level on the northern slopes of the Sierra de Mijas and has a clear take-off from the south-west, clockwise round to the east. To the south-east and south the mountain, at 3,773 ft (1,150 metres) provides a very effective RF screen.
Equipment currently in use comprises an Icom IC-756 PRO III or a Kenwood TS-480 HX into a rotatable trap dipole for ten, fifteen and twenty, at about 40 feet (12 metres) above the ground, on the house roof. A three element LFA six metre beam is mounted above the trap dipole at about 45 ft (13½ metres).
The current configuration has the Icom radio as the main transceiver for SSB, while the Kenwood is utilised for the digital modes.
Logbook, the latest contacts. Live feed, updates every minute.
Digital Mobile Radio. It came to my attention that the local digital repeater, ED7ZAC, which was previously just D-STAR, had been upgraded to include DMR on the Brandmeister network. As it is only about 9km from here I had to have a go!
The Kenwood TS-480 HX is a great little transceiver, and I have searched hard to find all the information, tips and modifications available for it, which I have consolidated in one place and share with you here.
My EA Callsign was something I had put off obtaining for far too long. However, it turned out to be a much less daunting task than I had expected. To encourage other UK Class A licence holders, who may share my previous concerns, I have recorded how I went about it, to help them on their way. You can find the information here.
Last update: February 2018