QSL card

operator : MARTIN  -  SKCC 12873
[ 160m; 80m; 60m; 40m; 20m; 15m; 10m; 6m; 2m; 70cm; 13cm ]

51.144393 N       2.725549 W

NatGridRef : [ ST493385 ]     Locator : [ IO81pd ]

This station is often operated at <10 watts QRP (all modes), and my antenna system (simple wire dipoles only) is not the best on any band -- so do not expect to hear a big signal from me. (Although recently I have taken to putting out just under 100 watts SSB, on occasion.)
Current interests are mainly QRP weak signal digimode (WSPR; JT9; Olivia), usually on 6 or 60m.

Easy-peasy DX report for an 8-watt signal from UK to OZ

[NOTE: the callsign 5FM was first issued in 1922 to my maternal grandfather, Charles (Chuck) Carpenter (1884-1973), who was mainly a CW operator.  He was first trained as a landline telegraphist by the Post Office from 1900; then operated as wireless telegraphist with the Royal Engineers in N. France during World War I.]

I have been a SWL (of sorts) myself since 1956, at a time when I was building my own simple one- and two-valve receivers, and when I also passed the military equivalent of the C&GI RAE and learned Morse code as an air cadet -- but then never bothered to do anything about getting a transmitting licence for the next twenty years. My first QSO on the amateur bands was made "talking into the mic" from RAF Locking in 1958 [G8FC]. Then, during the 1960s when I lived in Madagascar for ten years, I was actually able to set foot on Europa and Juan de Nova whilst sailing up the Mozambique Channel in a friend's ketch. (What a wasted once-in-a-lifetime dxpedition opportunity that was!) And although my professional background is in higher education in the arts [language sciences], I have always had a strong personal interest in astrophysics and radio astronomy. Thus I felt very fortunate to be seconded to the NASA Satellite Tracking Station at Imerintsiatosika (LTAN) during the first moon landing over the summer months in 1969, where I was able to witness the whole moon-shot 'live', and experience space communications first-hand.
Eventually in 1978, whilst living on the Isle of Skye, I got round to taking the C&GI RAE; and a few months later the 12wpm GPO Morse test -- and was very proud to have my grandfather's call re-issued to me by the Home Office, just a few years after his death. (Even though the responsibility that comes with operating with such a call can be a bit daunting at times.)
The callsign has now been in continuous use in the family for ninety-five years.

The view from just outside the home QTH
The view from just outside the home QTH

My old callsigns: GM8RHH (Aug. 1978); G[M]5FM since Aug. 1979
Also: F0EZH (1979); VK4FPK (1984)
I also currently hold club callsign M 0 IOA (Isle Of Avalon ARC)


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