I lived and worked in Papua New Guinea 1991-1994 and made around 45,000 QSOs as P29DX (P20A in contests). During this period I activated Yule Island, OC-153, on two occasions. In 1992 I travelled around the Pacific with a 100W rig and the following year was a member of the VK9MM Mellish Reef DXpedition.
After returning to the UK, I worked at the RSGB and was editor of the RSGB’s RadCom magazine. I was a member of the organising team on the 1998 9M0C Spratly DXpedition and a founder member of the Five Star DXers Association which put on the D68C operation in 2001. In 2004 I operated with G4EDG again, this time from Malawi, as 7Q7MM.
After taking early retirement at the age of 50 in July 2005, I moved to Sabah, East Malaysia, where I am now active as 9M6DXX. I organised and operated on the July 2006 9M4SEB Sebatik Island OC-295 operation, an all-time ‘new one’ for IOTA. I have also operated several times as 9M6DXX/P from Labuan Island, OC-133.
In total I have operated from 34 IOTA island groups and 38 DXCC entities.
I was joint editor with G3NUG of the book ‘DXpeditioning Behind the Scenes’ and in my spare time still do some free-lance book work for the RSGB. I edited the 2007 edition of the ‘RSGB IOTA Directory’ and, together with G3KMA, the current edition published last year. I am the author of the ‘World Licensing and Operating Directory’ (http://www.rsgbshop.org/acatalog/Online_Catalogue_Operating___DX_13.html), a guide to getting on the air from over 200 countries and territories around the world, which is published by the RSGB.
I will be operating SSB only on this T32 DXpedition and am looking forward to giving out four ‘new ones’.