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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 ! FRIEDRICHSHAFEN 2018 PICS HERE !

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 12 Amateur Radio  clubs in South East UK. The Sutton and Cheam club were a great audience on 18th April,  my next talk is at the Worthing club on the 14th of 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)

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Latest - Spring 2019

 

 

Another Yaesu FT200 radio restoration in the last few months - this time one of the later black panel versions.

More unusual is some test equipment that came my way recently - Oscilloscopes were the most interesting and apart from broken handles and noisy controls they all came up withoutr a fuss. The best one (and a keeper) is the Tektronix TDS380 - a late CRT based scope but with full measurement capability and  a stated bandwidth of 400MHz. Its a super bit of kit and fits in the workshop just fine

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