Committee Members 2010 / 2011
President: Neville Cheadle, G3NUG
Chairman Five Star DXers Association. Team Leader 1998 9M0C Spratly Is., 2001 D68C Comoro Is., 2004 3B9C Rodrigues Is. and 2007 St Brandon Is DXpeditions. 366 DXCC countries and 950+ IOTA island groups confirmed. Several mini-DXpeditions to Malaysia. Former member of RSGB Council, Management and various other committees. Former Chairman RSGB HF Committee and HF Convention Organising Committee, Joint Editor of “DXpeditioning Behind the Scenes”. Director - Island Radio Expedition Foundation. Chairman CDXC: 1994-2001.
In 2009 Neville was inducted into the CQ DX Hall of Fame.
Web page: http://www.qrz.com/db/G3NUG
Chairman: Chris Duckling, G3SVL
Started SWL-ing on the broadcast bands around the age of 13 and, as legend has it, stumbled across an amateur signal soon after. I passed my morse and RAE at the age of 15 and with the exception of the usual family, career and housing ladder interrupts, have been active on all HF bands and up to 4m ever since. I can usually be found contesting and DXing on the low bands with CW as my primary mode. In 2007 I was part of the FSDXA DX-pedition to 3B7C, St Brandon and a co-leader of the T32C DX-pedition to Kiritbati in 2011. Professionally I am a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the IET and work as a consultant with directorships of a number of small companies. In 2003 I completed a late-career PhD which, if I use my academic title coupled with my surname, makes me sound like a Walt Disney character!
Secretary: Tony Bettley, G4LDL
Tony originates from Cheshire but has been in the south of England for over 40 years now. First interest in radio was listening to AFN on an old Marconi receiver not long after the war. This was continued later when living on the south coast by listening to marine traffic using Canadian 52 set. Eventually persuaded to try for the RAE in 1968 and obtained the call G8KWC later (then VHF and up only). Encouraged to go for the morse in the early 80s (taught by Bill G6XM) and ended up as G4LDL. Main interest was VHF/UHF for some while having started off the GB3TD 70 cm repeater and being keeper of the 2m repeater GB3WH. The DXCC bug eventually bit and pushed him into getting a simple HF antenna up. Most satisfaction is obtained from contesting, mainly improving his own performance and favourite contest has to be CQWW SSB (would love it to be CW but not that capable). Tony was a member of the team that activated Swaziland in 2009 as 3DA0TB & Mozambique in 2010 as C91DL, C91MS & C91WW and the record breaking T32C team.
Treasurer: Gordon Rolland, G3USR
Gordon is originally from Glasgow and was first licensed under the tutelege of G3GGO as G(M)8AKB while still at school in Croydon, Surrey in the mid 1960s. At that time Gordon enjoyed a mix of HF and VHF activities - his school heroes included Iris and Lloyd Colvin. Family commitments then took priority for many years until he re-discovered Amateur Radio early this century. Since becoming active again, utilising a modest set up, Gordon has become an ardent IOTA enthusiast and has developed a penchant for DX operating both chasing and activating. He has been heard as VP2MSR. In September 2007, he participated in the 3B7C expedition. In addition, Gordon has an emerging interest - writing radio DXpedition and operating articles which you may see in the Digest from time to time. He is a member of RSGB, GMDX, UKSMG, Melton Mowbray ARC and the Grantham Radio Club. Gordon is a Chartered Accountant by profession and has a track record with several UK blue chip corporations in Customer Service, Accounting and IT functions. He is now retired and while not playing radio, he is involved with Rutland Lions Club, enjoys numismatics, travelling and keeping house for his partner, Dawn.
Digest Editor: Martyn Phillips G3RFX
From Theydon Bois, Essex. Licensed at the age of 15. During my first year on the air spent 23 hours out of every 24 on 160m. On-air time in Clifton, Bristol, currently somewhat less. Also licensed as ZB2FX, from where I make the vast majority of my QSOs these days, and 8P9FX. Former Chairman, Bristol RSGB Group, and GB2RS newsreader. Part-time tutor, University of Bristol. Member of the Chartered Institute of Linguists. Formerly Lecturer in English Phonetics; newsreader and presenter with the British Forces Broadcasting Service (BFBS). Non-radio interests: languages and lexicography, the Times Crossword, travel, trains and planes, Flight Sim; Bruckner, Brahms, Mahler, Messiaen; Dire Straits, Queen.
Reflector Moderator, Digest Picture Editor: Mark Marsden, G4AXX
I was licensed 1972 while still at school, living with my family in NE London. In 1976 I completed a BSc at the University of Wales (Swansea) in Electrical Engineering. Work opportunity then took me to South Africa. While working for Racal Electronics (Pretoria), as ZS6BQP, I got hooked on contesting, for the first time in the 1979 CQWW SSB contest. In 1981 I moved to Cape Town and my call became ZS1QC. Whilst working for Plessey Tellumat a lot of home-brew projects were built, including a 10W HF multimode transceiver on which I gave a lecture to the Cape Town ARC. I married Jacqui in 1983 & completed an MSc at Cape Town University in 1987. We have three wonderful children. We moved from Cape Town to the UK in 1990. I joined the Cambridge & District Amateur Radio Club in 1993 and gave a number of lectures there. Various contests were entered notably IOTA in 1993 signing G2XV. In 1997 I founded the Granta Contest Group, calls M0CAM and M4R. Dxpeditions have been 7Q7MM in 2004, and T32C in 2011. I have served on the CDXC committee since 2006 as Reflector Moderator and Digest Photo Editor. I am also a member of the RSGB, CDXC, IET, CWops, and I am a Consultant with Plextek Ltd, Electronics Design Consultancy near Cambridge.
Member: Geoff Plucknett, G4FKA
I became interested in radio listening to the maritime pirate stations, medium wave DX and Cullercoats Radio whilst living on Tyneside in the late 1960s. On moving to Stevenage in 1971 I joined the Stevenage club and studied the RAE course taught by Bill G3SJR. Took the exam in December 1972 and was licensed as G8HGP in March 1973. Went on to take the morse test in August 1976 and got the G4 call in September the same year. First 30 years or so on the air were predominantly VHF/UHF and got involved in contesting in the mid 1970s. Finally caught the HF bug after moving to Bristol in 2000 and am now predominantly an HF contester with occasional forays onto the VHF bands. I've operated on all bands from 160m to 23 cms over the years. Very keen on portable contesting as well as low key operating from home. Lots of committee experience including being chairman of the Liverpool University and Stevenage societies. I am a member of the RSGB IARU contest HQ team. Professionally I graduated in electronic engineering in 1979, I'm a chartered engineer and a fellow of the IET. I am a Programme and Strategy Manager for a major naval programme with a large defence and aerospace company. Other interests include hill/coast walking and folk and traditional music and I get to a few folk festivals each year.
Member:Mike Potter, G4PFF