The NEW Dave M5TXJ/G8TXJ Website.


The fore-runner of this website was hosted at

About me

Hi, and welcome to the M5TXJ/G8TXJ website, always under modification I'm afraid, but please have a look around. I'm not much of a web designer so don't expect anything too fancy. I hope you'll bear with me as work and other commitments will no doubt delay updates! A more secure guestbook script has been added, any comments on the site positive or negative are really appreciated.

Regards Dave.

I'm now getting active on DATV, that's Digital Amateur TV with a BATC Portsdown transmitter and a Minitiouner receiver.
As ever, technology has moved on and I'm now building the latest incarnation of the Portsdown which co-exists with the UK Microwave Group Langstone all mode transceiver. I'm adding a new page documenting my journey into DATV which I hope to add to regularly. More information on all the equipment can be found on the BATC web page and Wiki.


This is the set up I used in the June 2018 ATV activity weekend,


Summer 2018 I made my best ever 2m QSO with EB8AYA during the VHF Low Power Contest, here's a picture of the QSL card,
VHF, line of sight, really!


This QSO was made using my new /P aerial from Goran at in Serbia, absolutely fantastic quality and performance.
This is the PA 144-148-8-3, it doesn't appear on his site because it was made specially for me to cover 144-148MHz for DATV use.

2m beam
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September 2010 Radcom article follow up.


Updated 08/05/2013

Getting a few aerials up at last!

Outside the M.A.R.L. headquarters in Attard on one of our trips to 9H (Malta).


To celebrate my being licensed 30 years, seven of the local amateur community went to Indiagate in Penrith for a curry. Our curry nights are becoming legendary! Left to right; Martin G4FUI, Chris M0JKQ, Trevor 2E0TXG, Mark G0MDV, yours truly, Seamus G7ITT and Simon M5TNT Now over 40 years, yikes!


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