Guernsey Amateur Radio Station


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My Name is Keith and I live on the idyllic Island of Guernsey. I was first licensed in 1981 and my first ever QSO was on the 7th September 1981with a UK station on 145 MHz.  Back in 1981 the UK class B licensees were only allowed the use of the VHF and up bands.

To be able to operate on the HF bands back then required the learning and taking of a 12 words per minute Morse code test for access to the HF bands. The Morse test is no longer required and full HF access was granted to all class B license holders.

I never had any interest in Morse and still don’t so most of my operating has been on the VHF and up bands which led me to operate using satellites.

For anybody with any interest in amateur radio satellites should join their regional AMSAT group with mine being AMSAT UK

Location of Guernsey


Where is Guernsey?

Guernsey is a small island located in the English Channel, approximately 30 miles off the coast of Normandy, France. It is part of the Channel Islands, which also includes Jersey, Sark, Alderney, and a few smaller islands. Despite its small size, Guernsey is an autonomous territory with its own government, laws, and tax system.

Guernsey is known for its stunning natural beauty, including dramatic cliffs, sandy beaches, and crystal-clear waters. The island’s mild climate, with average temperatures of around 23degrees Celsius in the summer and 10 degrees Celsius in the winter, makes it a popular destination for outdoor activities such as hiking, cycling, and water sports.

Guernsey’s economy is driven by finance, tourism, and agriculture. The island is a offshore financial centre, which has made it attractive to businesses.

The tourism industry is also an important source of revenue, with visitors coming to enjoy the island’s natural beauty and cultural attractions.


 British Amateur Television Club (BATC)


Qatar OSCAR 100 launched on November 15, 2018, and is the first geostationary satellite with an amateur radio transponder on-board. It is a joint project of the Qatar Satellite Company (Es’hailSat), the Qatar Amateur Radio Society (QARS) and AMSAT Deutschland (AMSAT-DL). in a geostationary orbit at 25.9 ° East, its main service is to broadcast television to the Middle East. What makes it interesting for us is that it also has two amateur radio transponders one for The NarrowBand “NB” transponder is intended for conventional, analog and narrowband digital signals.

The second transponder is the WideBand “WB” transponder is for DATV (DigitalAmateur TeleVision). The signal are usually transmitted via DVB-S2.

I operate using both the QO-100 NB and WB transponders, I now have over 100 countries worked on the narrowband and often take part in the British Amateur Television Club Thursday night net on the wideband transponder. Shown are some images sent to me by a Hungarian TV-DX Amateur he received from some of my transmissions.

My equipment is:

Adam Pluto SDR driving a small homebuilt pre driver this in urns drives my main PA which can output up to 80 Watts. This is connected to a POTTY feed on a 1.2metre dish.

On receive I use a Bullseye LNB and this feeds my four channel Winter Receiver


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I am a member of the Guernsey Amateur Radio Society.

We meet informally on Friday evenings, typically 7.30pm in our World War II bunker in the grounds of the Beau Sejour Leisure Centre.

Visitors are very welcome to join us.

We operate a local 2m net on 145.525 on Tuesday nights at 8pm and a DMR net on Thursday nights at 8pm on GB7GY.


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