The 2020 shack was quite basic, really. In 2021 I’ve added a Gemini DX 1200 amplifier and now using an EFHW for 80m up. I still have a huge amount of stuff in storage.
In September 2020 I set up the station to one side of my office work area: a Sun SDRPro2 transceiver, an old amplifier and an LDG 600 autotuner with a doublet antenna.
Now an end-fed half wave an/tenna – about 39m of wire – is giving much better results.
I also now have an Icom IC-705.
The transceiver in everyday use is now a Flex Radio 6400
On 1. July 2022 I became FOC member 2191. I was nominated by the club’s President, Pete, G0PNM and following six months on the list of nominees, I was notified at the start of July.
FOC is, I guess, much misunderstood. It started out as a very British group just before the outbreak of World War II.
In the immediate post-war years the club began a new chapter in its life, supported by Short Wave Magazine and its editor, Austin Forsyth, G6FO. The club’s name changed from First Class Operators Club to First Class CW Operators Club – still retaining the acronym, FOC – and it opened to international membership. The Club’s motto is taken from a quote dated 1755, of Samuel Johnson: “A man should keep his friendship in constant repair”
Its aims are to promote good CW operating, activity on the air, friendship and also socialising through its worldwide membership of approximately 500. Members are active on all HF bands.
The character of FOC is prbably best expressed in its motto. Its members also adhere to a code of conduct which itself promotes using the amateur bands, enjoying the hobby of amamteur radio and combiningthe traditions and standards of amateur radio with the opportunities of the twentyfirst century.