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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.

STOP PRESS. Keep the 'stay at home blues' away during April and May.  We will be running an 80m vintage radio SSB net every weekday at 11.00 UK time (10.00 UTC) on 3.777 +/-.  KW, Drake, Collins, Swan, early Yaesu etc. Prob only G and near EU stations will be audible here but its a bit of fun to pass the time. AM ops in the UK are lower down the band on 3615 and 3625

First licensed in 1970 at age 16, I am one of the youngest 'active' UK hams to hold an original 'G3' call sign. In 2020 I have held my callsign for 50 years. These pages include information on my lifetime in the 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. Heathki, Swan and Yaesu gear has also been through the workshop . I am a qualified electronics / communications engineer (Fellow of the IET) and just love taking stuff apart !. Click on 'Lighthouse Larry' for loads more valve / tube stuff .

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!)'. This is a scientific hobby; build something, modify something, restore something..above all else experiment and learn something.

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 as a professional engineer in the communications business and has been constantly updated.  Over 3 years I have given this talk at more than 16 Amateur Radio clubs in South East UK.  All 2020 talks will be rescheduled

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 - Spring 2020

May 10th - The monster Yaesu FT401B has gone back to the workshop to be replaced by my Yaesu FT200s from the early 1970s. Ill use them on my 80m nets for a week or 2. I have a silver and black face model (Henry Tempo 1 in the USA). Many deride these 60/70s radios - but not me. For general SSB use they work fine with only a little drift, pretty accurate 1kHz dial and nice audio.

Also took delivery of a rare Yaesu FT70G from a local ham. Military style HF 'manpack' transceiver that runs 10W on SSB from the mid 90s. Its a tough little radio with thumb switches to set the frequency from 2 -30MHz down to 100Hz.  The full set of options are rather hard to find. Used by the Indian and Japanese armed forces..and a few rebel groups !

 

 

Plesae Checkout The Ham Radio Citizen Science web pages from Scranton University (Penn USA).

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