CDXC: The UK DX Foundation



Committee Members 2019 / 2020

President: Don Field, G3XTT

My amateur radio interests are varied, though mostly on the operating rather than the construction side. Preferred mode is CW. I gained my amateur radio licence in 1968, starting out on 160 and 80. Over the years I have operated all bands 160 through 23cm, mainly focusing on the competitive side of operating - contesting and DX chasing. I have all DXCC countries worked and confirmed, and over 3,000 credited to the DXCC Challenge. I have operated from a number of DXCC entities including: C5 D6 EA6 FO FO(Australs) G GD GJ GM GU GW HB HB0 HC8 KH6 KL7 LA LX OH OJ0 PY SM T32 TF UA3 V5 VP9 W XT YL ZS ZS9 3B7 3B9 3X 4U1ITU 5U 9A 9G 9K 9M6 and 9M0. These included participation in major DXpeditions ZS9Z/V51Z, T32C, TX6G, 3B7C, 3B9C, 9M0C and D68C plus small, holiday operations and a number of single- and multi-op contest expeditions. Voodoo contest operations include 9G5AA XT2DX 5U5Z, 3X5A and 9K2HN. I have also been on IOTA expeditions (Les Minquiers, Farne Islands, St.Kilda, Flannan Is.) and have entered the IOTA contest (of which I was manager for 12 years) from GU and OJ0 as well as from home. I hold the short contest call M3D.

A past member of the RSGB Board & Management Committee, past-Chairman of the RSGB Contests Committee, member of ARRL, Chiltern DX Club, UK Six Metre Group, FOC, Reading & District Amateur Radio Club. HF columnist for RadCom (RSGB members' magazine) for 15 years and, for several years, CDXC Digest. Previously a columnist for Amateur Radio and Ham Radio Today magazines. Author of two amateur radio books - the RSGB Operating Manual and the 6 Metre Handbook (republished in an updated version in 2013 as the 6m and 4m Handbook). I was also a referee at WRTC 2006 in Brazil, a judge at WRTC 2010 in Russia and, most recently, a judge at WRTC2014 in New England. I have served on the secretariat of IARU conferences in Cavtat (Croatia) and Vienna.

My current station is an FT-5000D plus Expert 2K-FA as the main equipment. Antennas include a 3-element SteppIR at 60ft and various wire antennas for the other HF bands. I alo have an FT-847 for 4m operation and an Elecraft K line, mainly for expedition use. 

Last but by no means least, on 1 October 2013 I took over as editor of Practical Wireless magazine.

Chairman: Chris Duckling, G3SVL

I 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. My current station is a K-3 with a Juma PA-1000 Amplifier and wire antennas.

In 2007 I was part of the FSDXA DX-pedition to 3B7C, St Brandon and in 2011 was co-leader of the T32C DX-pedition to Kiritbati (T32C).  I am one of the '6Gs' DXpedition Group and have been on the 2014 TX6G, 2015 E6GG, 2016 ZL7G and 2017 VK9XG DXpeditions with them.

I enjoy contests - usually CW but lately digital modes too. I am a member of the Windmill Contest Group and operate HF & VHF Field Days with them and I from home I contest using my SCC which is G5Q.

I have served on the Committee of CDXC since 2007, initially as Secretary, becoming Chairman in 2009. I am a past Board member of the RSGB. Apart from CDXC and RSGB, I am also a member of GMDX and ARRL.

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 50 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 (can manage CW but still needs a lot of work).  

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 and more recently A25UK, Botswana, in 2016 & 2017.

Treasurer: Andrew Thomas, G8GNI

My interest in radio began when my father gave me a one-transistor radio a friend of his had made. As a young teenager I bought a Murphy B40D receiver out of my paper-round money and began listening to the broadcast bands and QSLing the stations I heard. I joined the Southgate ARC, where I was their newsletter editor for four years, prior to going to University. At the age of 18 I took the RAE and became licensed as G8GNI.

I have been active on 160m to 70cms sporadically, depending on family and work commitments. I enjoy contests - especially RTTY – and currently participate in many of the RSGB UKAC VHF / UHF contests, giving my points to MKARS. My current station is an Icom IC-7610, Expert 1K-FA linear amplifier with wire antennas and yagis for 6m and 4m (with Kuhne transverter) and an Icom IC-9700 with yagi antennas for 2m and 70cms.

I was a committee member of the Milton Keynes Amateur Radio Society (MKARS); for ten years as Treasurer and for five years as the lead trainer. I am also Treasurer of the British Amateur Radio Teledata Group (BARTG). In addition to CDXC I am a member of the RSGB, ARRL, GMDX, BARTG and MKARS.

In addition to my G8 call I am also licensed as M5AEX and AC8HT. I have also occasionally operated as GD8GNI, EA6/G8GNI and 9H3AP.

My wife, Mona, is licensed as M6MNA and two of our five children hold the callsigns M3DXL and M6EGY.

I have a first degree and doctorate in Psychology and prior to retirement was a social policy analyst, conducting exploratory qualitative research for a wide variety of government departments and public sector organisations.

Member & Digest Editor: Dennis Andrews, F5VHY/G3MXJ

Dennis began Ham Radio life as G3MXJ in 1958 at the age of 16. Although on-the-air activity has always centered around CW contesting and DXing, he has also had a lot of involvement with organisational aspects of the hobby.

He served on the Council of the RSGB during the 1970s and was a member of a number of the Society’s Committees. He was Chairman of the HF Contests Committee for many years.

He has had a long association with FOC – The First Class CW Operators’ Club and during a long period of Committee membership, filled the posts of President and Chairman. In 1998, he wrote the Club’s History Book – 60 Years of FOC.

For three years during the late 1960s, Dennis was active from Zambia as 9J2MX. He has done some DXpeditioning as VK9CXJ (Cocos-Keeling), FK/G3MXJ, YJ0MXJ and VK9N/G3MXJ.

Professionally, his career cantered on computing and telecommunications in engineering and marketing-support roles. For ten years, before retiring to France in 2002 and becoming F5VHY, he travelled worldwide researching mobile network developments and compiling consultancy reports.

Dennis took over the Editorship of CDXC Digest in September 2015, planning and overseeing a move to new printers and the establishment of a full colour format.

Member: Ian McCarthy, G3YBY

I was licensed as a Warrington schoolboy (G3YBY) in 1969 at the age of 15 and the magic of radio has never left me. I attended UMIST between 1971-74 and left with a B.Sc. in Biochemistry, from where I started my career in the food industry in technical areas, but soon moved over into production and then general management. I have been the Managing Director of 3 large food businesses and retired in 2008. I split my time between my UK house in North Wiltshire and my holiday home in South West France where I hold the call F5VKT. My wife Janet and I have two adult children and two grandchildren.

My amateur radio activities really kicked off again after my kids had flown the nest, and I got hooked on DXing and contesting and joined CDXC. I now hold the short contest call G3Y, and contest from both Wiltshire and France with some modest success. I have operated from V85, J3, TK and EA, and was a member of the record breaking T32C Dxpedition. For several years, I have also been an operator with the TM0HQ team (40m SSB and 20m CW) who were HQ winners in 2012 and 2014. I am a member and past Chairman of Swindon and District Amateur radio club. My current stations include and FTdx5000 plus linears and SteppIR HF beams with vertical and wires for the LF bands. I have recently acquired a KX3 and am rediscovering the thrill of QRP portable operating.

Member: Chris Kirby, G4FZN

My interest in amateur radio started at the age of 16 when I became RSGB member A7447. The thrill of receiving a QSL card for a listener report from JY1 back in 1971 spurred me on to studying for a transmitting licence which was obtained in April 1973.

My first radio club was the Bury and Rossendale Radio Society (G3BRS), and my mentor Francis, G3IVG, (who was a keen HF DX-er) used to take me to the club meetings. At first, and much to Francis' disappointment, my interest tended towards VHF rather than HF, and the excitement of my first QSO with EA using only a Pye Cambridge will stay with me forever.

On passing the Morse test in Liverpool in 1976, I acquired a KW2000B and in no time at all started to generate TVI on my parent's television. Indeed, my first ever transatlantic QSO was cut short with an instruction from downstairs to "turn that damn thing off right now".

I was Secretary of Tamworth Radio Society (G4FWC) in the 1980s, and now Secretary of the Colburn and Richmondshire District Radio Society. I have been controller for the Richmond Raynet Group (M0RRG) for several years, and an active member of the Northern Fells Contest Group (M0NFD). I am also keeper for the GB3IR repeater.

My career was centred around radiocommunications, first as a field engineer with Air Call, and later moving into the realm of radiopaging, before being appointed Technical Director of Digital Mobile Communications, a paging company operating from Wembley. I qualified as an associate member of the IET, and served on several ETSI standards committees, contributing much to the method of interconnection of ERMES paging terminals between operators. When GSM phones were introduced, with the ability to send and receive short messages, this more or less pulled the rug from under the paging business, and I spent a further thirteen years as a Resource Manager with the mobile phone company, Orange.

If asked, I would say my favourite band is 4 metres because of the wide variety of propagation modes, but my interest in HF DXing has never waned even though I have only wire antennas at home.

My wife, Pauline, passed the RAE in 1980, and inherited my former G8 callsign, and our two sons attended Richmond school where there was an active radio club. Stephen has a full callsign, whereas Simon retains his 2E1 callsign originally issued as a Novice. And, despite his initial reaction to my causing TVI on the downstairs tv, my father subsequently became licenced, as are my sister and brother-in-law. We used to hold our own family rallies!

If you have the time to help the Committee or want to put yourself forward for nomination, please contact any Committee member for a chat.

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