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All sorts of interesting stuff about Ham Radio and old gear from Steve G3ZPS, near London in the UK

Welcome to G3ZPS Ham Radio.

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 !

Site Summary

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' - 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 15 Amateur Radio  clubs in South East UK. The most recent was Worthing in  May 2019

FISTS CW CLUB MEMBER 18875, SKCC MEMBER N0 19356, VMARS

Email me at steve.shorey@ntlworld.com , Facebook G3ZPS  or Facebook Steves Homepage

Please reference me if you use any material from this site - some material is clearly in the public domain but some is my own copywrite (so ideally ask permission first)

 

Latest - May 2019

 

Another KW2000 radio restoration in May 2019. An early 1964/5 pale fronted version.

This one came from our visit to the Dunstable Downs radio rally. I could not resist making an offer on yet another bit of KW gear. I was drawn to the un-marked (but rather dirty) front panel. The radio and PSU were almost complete although a few mods were evident. As this is my 9th KW 2000 refurbishment I was off and running pretty quickly. The mechanical filter still worked and my first contacts on 80m were 4 days later.

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This is best site I have found for assessing HF propagation over the UK. 'Propquest' by Jim G3YLA