The story behind the card #30 ”Dud” Charman BEM BSc G6CJ

To fully cover the life and times of the late “Dud” Charman would take up several pages, so this is just a small taste of his amateur radio activities.   Like many of the old time amateurs he started early.   There is a photo of him aged about 15 wearing his school cap busy in a field wearing phones and listening to something coming from a home made receiver housed in a small suitcase.   This picture was taken in 1923 just at the start of broadcasting in the UK,   By 1927 he had a full licence and had worked numerous north American amateurs using his 5 watt transmitter and Schnell design receiver.

His QSL card sent to 6DW in 1927 has a long and humorous ditty that curses anyone not responding with a return card. His 5 metre band work was mentioned in the Doug Walters (G5CV) story in number 26 in this series. “Dud” was a brilliant engineer and antenna expert, worked the DX that no one else seemed to hear, was a regular entrant in the annual BERU and other. DX contests (often winning) became a long standing member of the RSGB Council and its President in 1952.

For many years a ‘Best seller’, the RSGB publication ‘The Amateur Radio Handbook’ the ‘Bible’ used by many wireless training teams for WW2 Servicemen had its aerial chapter completely written by G6CJ.

The WW2 secret listening station at Hanslope Park used Rhombic and ‘V’ beam antennas but it was proving difficult to feed their outputs to a large bank of HRO receivers.   “Dud” solved the problem by designing and building wide band distribution amplifiers which had excellent linearity employ 807 power tetrodes, he achieved linear outputs over more than an octave of frequency which obviated any kind of antenna tuning. For this and other war work G6CJ received a BEM.

“Dud’s” Morse sending was always a little shaky and very distinctive, one didn’t have to wait for his callsign to discover the sender.   His home-brew rigs put out big signals but were usually less than T9!   I often heard him on 20 or15 metres during the BERU contests working west coast Canadians that I couldn’t even hear.

One of his ventures was a miniature antenna farm that he took around to radio clubs to demonstrate the gain and radiation patterns of a wide range of antenna types.   He had the tiny antennas on a large metal ground plane and employed an oscillator with a very high frequency to power them.

“Dud” was with EMI and his inventiveness resulted in many patents.   At one time he worked with Blumstein, the father of the modern stereo recorder during the 1930s.   On retirement he left his QTH in Stoke Poges and went to live near Gillingham in Dorset where for many winters he could be heard on Top Band during the ‘grey line’ period working his pals across the Atlantic:   his superior antenna system giving him the ‘edge’ over most other G stations.

John Heys G3BDQ – April 2006.

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