Chris Tran GM3WOJ + team
Thanks for your interest in our Special Event Station GB2KW
GB2KW was active from near Inverness, Scotland between 1st January and 28th January 2017, using a variety of different vintage transceivers, transmitters and receivers manufactured by KW Electronics Ltd during the 1960s and 1970s.
A real-time logging system was in use - click here to visit the GB2KW real-time logging webpage
GB2KW activity was mainly on 80m, 40m and 20m on SSB and CW. Operators were from the North of Scotland Contest Group (GS2MP/GM7V) and the Sutherland and District Amateur Radio Club (GS0IYP) The WAB square is NH77 - Ross and Cromarty District, Highland Region.
A total of 900 QSOs were made, which was a bit disappointing. We hope to reactivate GB2KW in January 2018 if possible. 73 Chris GM3WOJ
2017 Ops : Frank GM0CSZ, Jim GM4TXX, Jack GM4MOX, Ken MM0GKB, Chris GM3WOJ
Update 14th January 2017 - GB2KW has worked just over 400 stations so far - a lot less than we had hoped at this stage. Propagation has been poor and despite starting preparations in early December, we have had to spend operating time repairing equipment. We have given up (temporarily) on the KW Viceroy, so are using the KW2000A and KW Atlanta to make most of the QSOs so far. Operators have been Chris GM3WOJ, Jim GM4TXX and Ken MM0GKB, with more different ops expected next week.
We have a KW Atlanta SSB/CW transceiver, a KW2000A SSB/CW transceiver, a KW Viceroy MkII SSB/CW TX, two KW Vanguard AM/CW TXs and a KW77 RX. The Atlanta, 2000A and one of the Vanguards are fully working, but the Viceroy needs a bit of work (!) before the start of January - click on the links below to read about these renovations. We also have a KW1000 linear amplifier but it is in poor condition and not yet working. In addition to the KW77 RX, we have an Eddystone 940C RX to partner the Viceroy TX or Vanguard TX, but might use a modern RX at times.
We apologise in advance for any drift, key clicks or hum on the GB2KW signals - we have tried our best to minimise these unwanted characteristics. Just because a transmitter was manufactured a long time ago is not an excuse for it generating a poor quality signal!
All QSOs made by GB2KW will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW (DXCC entity = Scotland) and eQSL. Sorry, no paper GB2KW QSL cards will be available.
Click here to see some info and photos about the renovation of the KW Viceroy MkII.
Click here to see some info and photos about the renovation of the two KW Vanguards.
* * * Also active on Friday 6th and the weekend 7th/8th January 2017 was GB8KW from the Cray Valley Radio Society (G3RCV) shack in Eltham, SE London. They had six full KW Electronics stations on display and one of the operators was Richard Shears who holds his father's G8KW callsign. Thanks to Guy G0UKN for this info. * * *
Updated 21st December 2016 by Chris GM3WOJ