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Old 7th Sep 2017, 7:29 pm   #1
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Smile 50 years of Short Wave Magazine now available

Finished today!

Complete fifty year run of SWM is now online in PDF format at
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Old 7th Sep 2017, 9:38 pm   #2
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Thank you!

As a kid, I was a subscriber for several years, so I'll enjoy re-living things.

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Old 8th Sep 2017, 1:28 am   #3
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Another thankyou.

Back when there was a plethora of these magazines available, one had to be picky with limited funds to purchase, so this is one I didn't get.

I too enjoy looking back and seeing a familiar part of the past.

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Old 8th Sep 2017, 7:47 am   #4
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I just love those archives - thanks for the headsup.

After spending a small fortune over the years purchasing magazines - and eventually throwing them away - it's nice to be able to peruse through copies again.
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Old 8th Sep 2017, 8:03 am   #5
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Incredible work! I used to be given a local Amateurs old SWM's when I were a lad and I couldn't get enough of them. I kept them for many years before a massive clearout in the 80's. The ones I kept were finally sold off at radio rallies.
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Old 8th Sep 2017, 8:06 am   #6
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Fantastic achievement, many many thanks. I used to love this mag. In my opinion, far batter than anything available now.

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Old 8th Sep 2017, 5:31 pm   #7
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Agreed it was a great magazine a good easy read. Anyone remember G9BF??
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Old 8th Sep 2017, 7:48 pm   #8
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Did have the CDM, BF, BO and bar to go with that callsign?
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Old 8th Sep 2017, 7:55 pm   #9
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I think it was a cartoon.
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Old 8th Sep 2017, 8:55 pm   #10
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IIRC, it was G9FB, but I could be wrong. I recall one of his stories concerned his ongoing construction of a 14 MHz moonbounce transmitter built on an old British Railways luggage trolley!
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G9BF, as in b....y fool!
He was often on the lookout for SUS1E - If I remember correctly?
His favourite tx was full of 813 valves, from vfo, multipliers, driver to a load in the pa!
I think most SWM cartoons were drawn by G3COI.
Always a good read on the school bus, and during breaks.....and some lessons!
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Old 9th Sep 2017, 1:24 pm   #12
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Apparently, G9BF is alive and well!
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To quell rumours of SK of yours truly, G9BF, have fired-up the Creed 5B for another missive to all DX-hounds, so QRX for the real gen!

Here at G9BF now almost QRV again after major station rebuild. New mains lead now run into shack, tapped off from sub-station next door and feeding ex-GPO busbars down inside shack wall. After minor incident with flashover, now making point of parking push-bike outside shack. PSU now sporting three banks of 12 866s to give 11kV supply to new PA and also shack lighting in nice purple glow. (Hash on all bands has to be heard to be believed but maxim here at G9BF "never let lack of reception hinder working of real DX"). Construction of new rack-mount TX now under way using remmants of Dad's, G1BF, famous old self-oscillating 4 by 813 PA with link off tank coil for heaters. However, former BC-375 exciter abandoned as being too stable, as unable to drift more than 200kc during ten minute CQ call that is SOP at G9BF.

Earwigging on Grandad's Band whilst panel-beating new VFO enclosure in shack, overheard net of locals comparing new riceboxes. Jargon a bit over G9BF's head but gather latest models now contain APG (auto-personal generator) and "73s's" menu which stores up to five minutes of end of QSO, with handy phrases like "CU further down log", "pulling the big switch", "73s and 88s to you and all your family", "dah de dah", etc. with auto-repeat. Also new gizmo called phonetics encoder with thesaurus - why say "Mike" when "Mexico" will do? Here at G9BF can't see likely use of APG, as all operation here on strictly "no name-no-QTH-no packdrill" basis!

However, interesting snippet overheard that Forty now extended to 7.2Mc, provisios being a) rig must be rated at more than 50 quid per watt dBW5RV (dBW into G5RV or isotropic 6" nail) and b) CW not allowed apart from standard ten minute string of high-speed dots to clear freq. prior to net starting. Here at G9BF operation between 7.1 and 7.3 Mc been norm since 1940's, as band free from EU-QRM and other competition, also T5 note beats nicely against BC station carriers giving real DX-edge. QTC from Old Pal MO0FFI reports his AM phone caused big pileup on new part of Forty, with hordes ricebox ops all keen to discover secret of TWO sidebands and loud whistle in middle, is this new DX tool and if so why not fitted to latest rice-boxes, wot RSGB doing, etc.?

Anyway, back to welding new VFO coil.

Watch this space for more G9BF-wisdom and remember:-

"Life's too short for QRP"!

73 de G9BF es 88 de new XYL SUS1E (she finally QSLed).
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Old 9th Sep 2017, 2:01 pm   #13
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Well blow me down!
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Old 9th Sep 2017, 3:59 pm   #14
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And I thought it was the neighbour's plasma telly taking up the whole of upstate 40m!

He's back! The guy whose RF output one day while shouting "DX" overcame the Russian Woodpecker, backfed power to the woodpecker's power source and blew up Chernobyl!

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Old 14th Sep 2017, 5:59 pm   #15
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But who was his old mate MOIFFI? "MOIFFI says etc"
I think i recall that accurately. I couldn't figure it then and I still can't now.

Ministry Of Information - MOI crops up often in some countries.
Can anyone else correct or crack it? Please!

PS I think he might have been a "Gen-Kiddy"?
And on a re-read I see it quoted above as MO0FFI.... discuss
Hashafisti Scraatchi didn't come close...

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Murphy maybe??
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Old 15th Sep 2017, 4:23 pm   #17
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G9BF was "a man of many callsigns", as he once admitted:-

"Real DX never worked with T9x note, hence was always T3 here at G9BF, achieved by keying VFO HT line with hefty condenser across hacksaw blade bug key to give pleasing and pile-up busting back-wave chirp, although can only send dashes, hence alternative call OM0TO when working full QSK".

Also, if you look in various editions of SWM for 1950 you will find "G1BF" has a occasional column.

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Old 17th Sep 2017, 5:26 pm   #18
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Haha yes he was real QRO merchant. I agree with one thing life IS too short for QRP. I shall look forward to finding his articles in the archived magazines
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Old 18th Sep 2017, 4:55 am   #19
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life IS too short for QRP.
Be glad that not everyone has the same interests, otherwise the pileups would be even worse

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