Welcome to G3ZPS Ham Radio.
GB8KW made 250 contacts over 5/6 January 2019 - Our celebration of a great BRITISH Company formed in January 1956 ! - we only used valve (tube) gear made by KW in the 50s, 60s and 70s
First licensed in 1970 at age 16, I am one one of the youngest 'active' UK hams to hold an original 'G3' call sign. These pages include information on my lifetime in this hobby and my retirement passion for restoring valve ham radio equipment (or tubes if you prefer). I have built up a collection of Drake (USA) and the lesser known (outside of the UK) KW Electronics equipment.. My KW pages open out to cover my extensive collection, click on the 'WELCOME' page to get back here. . I'm always willing to help anyone working on old gear..I never know when I might need their help ! STOP PRESS - FRIEDRICHSHAFEN 2018 PICS HERE !
I started collecting and restoring vintage ham radio equipment in 2002, when it became obvious that the equipment may become scarce in the future. My tube equipment collection started with a Drake R4B quickly followed by a Drake T4XB. The Drake collection slowly grew as my enthusiasm to buy waxed and waned. My next target was a UK company close to my heart 'KW Electronics' This collection grew quickly over a few months - and I have been very lucky to pick up some very good examples. A few bits of older Heathkit and Yaesu gear have also been through the workshop !
Look through these pages to see more of the collection and some of the trials and tribulations of keeping this old kit on the air in the 21st century. I also build QRP tube and solid state radios, audio amplifiers, music synthesisers, run my own music studio and play the guitar (a lot!)
Find me on Facebook as ' Steve Shorey' or 'G3ZPS', I have 2 separate pages . Pictures of some of my 160m ham radio chums from the 70's here
Also contact me if you would like me to talk at your Amateur Radio Club - my latest presentation is '999 Emergency - Public Safety Communications Past, Present and Future'. This draws from my 35 years of experience in mobile communications. Over 2 years I have given this talk at more than 10 clubs in South East UK. The Braintree club BADARS will be my first of 2019 on the 12th of February
FISTS CW CLUB MEMBER 18875, SKCC MEMBER N0 19356
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