Welcome to my web site, my name is Ray Burlingame-Goff.

I was brought up in Farnborough, Hampshire and first became interested in radio at the tender age of eight while staying with my older cousin Peter for a weekend and we built a crystal set together.   This interest developed throughout my teenage years, to the extent that in my late teens I was greatly augmenting my pocket money by mending many of the neighbourhood TV's and Radios.

Around the same time I became interested in short wave listening after my father produced an old German Torn Eb TRF receiver, which he soon augmented with an R1155 set. This was the end of the 1960's and I had already joined the local Farnborough and District Amateur Radio Society.

In 1969 I started evening classes to pass my RAE exam. The course was held in a local school under the tutelage of John Hardy, G3KND. I passed the exam at the first attempt in May 1970, but was determined to hold out the for the 12 WPM Morse test and a full license.

By 1973, while at university, it became clear that despite my best efforts, including help from another student, G3VMO, I was not going to pass the test in the foreseeable future, so I applied for a Class B, VHF only privileges license and received the callsign G8HMH.

Briefly back in Farnborough again, I joined another evening class led by Colin, G3XUU, to learn Morse code and in November 1976, finally passed the Morse test at the coastal radio station in Southampton and upgraded to my Class A license, G4FON.

From 1981 to 1984 I was G4FON/W9 while living in Chicago and then G4FON/W1 until 1989 while living in the Boston area.

In 1989 I returned to the UK and now live in the centre of Oxford which presents problems for HF operation. After a number of years of inactivity, I can now be found on 20, 30 and 40 metres CW, usually in the QRP section of the band.

This website reflects my main interests; QRP CW operating, homebrew construction and the contesting. You are encouraged to look around and make use of anything you find. I would love to hear about anything you find useful, so drop me an

On this website you will find a CW trainer which I wrote to build my CW speed back up, construction notes for homebrew equipment and aerials and a logging programme for the Palm OS. You will also find my latest programme, a Windows based CW Contest trainer.

More recently, I visited the Farnborough and District Amateur Radio Society for a meeting and renewed some old friendships and I am an active member of both the Oxford and District Amateur Radio Society and the Newbury and District Amateur Radio Society.

In October 2005, at the RSGB HF Convention, I sat the US license exams and passed the Extra paper. Initially, I was issued with a systematic callsign, but I have now obtained the Vanity callsign N4FON!

Breaking News! November 2006: I have been invited to join the First Class CW Operator's Club, FOC, and have received the membership number 1874.

Fast forward fourteen years and it is time for an update to the web site. A lot of water has flowed under the bridge in the meantime and lots and lot of people have downloaded my Morse trainer and benefitted from it. I have benefitted from their feedback which has resulted in the creation of Version 10 which you can find on the site.

All of the amateurs mentioned above are now Silent Key - most recently John, G3KND.

My life has moved on too. My UK QTH has moved to Newport in Essex. I have a new wife, Carolyn, and a new home in Heidelberg, Germany, where she is a lecturer at the university. I have also obtained the callsign DG4FON to join G4FON and N4FON.

Having largely retired from the company I helped found almost twenty years, I am even more active using CW and have thoroughly enjoyed my membership of FOC. My only question in retirement is how I ever found time to work!

Some of the project that I was always going to get around to have been removed from the site - as I never did get around to them - and I hope to add some new ones based on my dabbling with all sorts of new technology.

Enjoy the site and the ideas that it contains and I hope to catch you on the bands.

73 Ray, G4FON, DG4FON or N4FON