Welcome to the Amateur Radio Homepage of Andy, GWØJLX

GWJLX Main Station

Background and Introduction :

Hi - and welcome to this simple webpage from the shack of Andy, GWØJLX, more colloquially known as the 'Jolly Large X-Ray', operational on HF, 6m*, 4m, 2m and 70cm, hi hi. (* I've got a problem with 6m at present).

Not perhaps your archetypical Amateur Radio enthusiast, as I am a also a professionally qualified, Chartered Engineer. I specialise in Radio Communications, Radar and Navigational Aids in Air, Land or Sea environments. I've been licenced since 1988 and to be honest, I am still learning all sorts of things about this wonderful hobby of ours and I just love playing about with radios and aerials (or antennas if you prefer) on an experimental basis.

I am an active member of RAYNET, the Radio Amateur Emergency Network, and currently belong to both the HF group and the National Group.

Having just relocated to Wales (a delightful country to the West of Engand), I am required to alter my previous callsign by adding a second letter "W" to the "G" prefix (this is called a Regional Secondary Locator). This second letter indicates that my main station is located in Wales.

On a slightly historical note, I started off with a borrowed Yaesu FT-101 HF rig from the Southampton Amateur Radio Club in 1988 and made a very simple home-brew multi-band trap dipole which, when strung down our 120 foot long garden of the time, worked fairly well on three of my favorite bands, 15m, 20m and 40m. I also slung up a quarter-wave zepp between a couple of trees with a half-decent counterpoise for 80m and top band that worked quite well on 80m, but not so well on 160m.

My main mode and interest when first licenced was CW and I was lucky enough to have been bought a really good pump-action straight brass key by my Dad (who was apparently a class one military telegraphist in the 1939-45 war) from the Kent stable. I still have that key and it is still my pride and joy to show it off as "the station key". Needless to say I had great fun making the key up from the kit too ! Unfortunately, 25 words a minute in professional commercial maritime CW training caused the dreaded 'glass wrist' problems and I decided that if I was to continue with CW, I should seriously look at something other than just straight keys. And I suppose that was the start of my very modest collection - which is still growing - albeit somewhat slowly........ I also have a delightful high speed paddle key which is a joy to use, (see some of the pictures below).

I am a long-standing member of the FISTS CW club (member #358) and I am a member of RAFARS, the Royal Air Force Amateur Radio Society (member #2701).

These days, the FT-101 is long gone back to its owners, and I run an FT-897 for the most part (more of that below) and an older FT-102 which is also a lovely rig for backup HF use. I also have a commercial Motorola CM-360 4m FM rig which I dust off occasionally and activate, an FT-857 for portable and mobile use, a couple of dual band Icom IC-2725e for 2m and 70cm FM mobile use and a couple of handhelds for 2m and 70cm FM as well.

GJLX Station KeyGJLX High Speed Paddle Key

GJLX FT-897 Rig

Current Interests and Modes of Operation :

My main interest these days is HF PSK-31, SSB and CW, although I do still thoroughly enjoy operating on the 4m, 2m and 70cm bands, hence the other rigs which I have enjoyed for many a year. If you catch me about mobile, I will most likely be operating the ICOM 2725e as this is a nice little dual bander that works well in the car or possibly on the FT-857.

During this second Welsh phase, now we have moved out of Broad Haven, I am running just the FT-897 on HF and the FT-857 on VHF / UHF from a /p location close to my new home in Cilgerran (IO 72 QB) whilst I am in the process of building the new shack there. The "temporary" QTH is a hilltop some 410m AMSL (IO 71 OW) where I can only erect simple centre-fed dipole type aerials for HF and use a 7/8ths for both 2m and 70cm.

The HF modes at the moment tend to be more SSB as it is very difficult to get any data going when /p. You might find me at the bottom of the bands operating a bit of CW (straight key). I am not generally a contester, but I am happy to give a few points away from time to time.

QSL information : Please use e-QSL. I look forward to working you. Best 73 de Andy, GW0JLX

Page last updated on 4th Mar 2019