*MEET* 26DA022 Martin


2000px-Flag-map_of_the_Kingdom_of_England.svgOn the island of Great Britain, new Dx Adventure Radio Club (DA-RC) affiliate 26DA022 Martin has been absorbed in radio comms for more than 30 years.

MARTIN3Joining the club in December 2017, Martin is an experienced DX Hunter through previous work in the Lima Radio DX Club of Italy (ex-26LR004) on the citizens band.

He’s also practiced in the area of DX Leadership, administering a 27 MHz Net every Wednesday evening on 27.255 MHz USB with the assistance of fellow DA-RC member 26DA075 Tom.

Martin does this from the high ground near his home residence, the perfect location to watch the sun go down while engaged in his fave pastime.

By all reports, this weekly “on-the-air” gathering of radio ops is tremendously popular, particularly in the United Kingdom where QSO’s between friends often pass for many hours.


The updated DA-RC Directory indicates that 26DA022 Martin resides in the county of Derbyshire in the East Midlands of England.

According to Google Earth, a substantial portion of the picturesque Peak District National Park (See pictured above) lies within this county and contains the southern extremity of the Pennine range of hills which extend into the north.

While Derbyshire contains part of the National Forest, most of its landscape consists of beautiful rolling hills and uplands.

The southern Pennines, for example, extend from the north of Derby throughout the Peak District and into the north of the county, reaching a high point at Kinder Scout.


148978-004-72435CD6The River Derwent rises in the moorland of Bleaklow and flows throughout the Peak District and county for the majority of its course, while the River Dove rises in Axe Edge Moor and forms a boundary between Derbyshire and Staffordshire for most of its length.

Within Derbyshire, Martin resides in the Amber Valley, a local government district and borough which takes its name from the River Amber.

Amber Valley covers a semi-rural area with a number of small towns whose economy was formerly based on coal mining and engineering.


20106646_1869802780005542_4319883630254605296_nHere, Martin’s DX weapons of choice include an ICOM IC-7100 transceiver and a 5/8λ ground plane – a Sirio 827 (26.4 – 28.4 MHz) CB/10M 3000W Tunable Base Antenna.

He also speaks highly of a Modulator Bullwhip mobile antenna by Alan/Midland which is very effective for portable application from outdoor vantage points.

In addition to radio comms and spending time cruising the spectacular countryside of his local area, Martin is into music in a pretty big way. 

xpromo_1.jpg.pagespeed.ic.5GrDtPJ-ZvHe’s a regular at festivals such as the Bearded Theory.  This is an independent event that takes place every May on the South Derbyshire, West Midland and Staffordshire border in the National Forest in Britain.

Keep a listen out for Martin during the weekly Net each Wednesday night.  You might even catch him on one of the call frequencies, including 27.275 MHz USB.


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