On the 1st March I went and sat the Advanced Licence exam, and after an agonising wait, recieved my Pass through the post today (11-Mar-2014), I have been issued the Callsign:
Just a few notes on my call, as I do cause some confusion at times!
2E1FVS HOLDS THE UKINTERMEDIATE LICENCE
The “2E1” prefix isn’t heard very often anymore, I think this is due to the majority of original 2E1’s upgrading.
I was first licenced back in 1997 from the age of 13. I spent a few years QRT and since been back QRV from Sept 2007.
I have worked a total of , 2 other 2E1 stations. Back in 1997 when I took the exam it was for the Novice Class B license. 50MHz and up. If I wanted to use HF back then, I would have had to do the 5wpm Morse test and change to a Novice Class A – “2E0”. Whilst I spent a few years QRT, the UK dropped the Morse requirement, as did a lot of country’s. This automatically upgraded me to an Intermediate Licencee, so today, I can enjoy HF and continue causing confusion with my unique call!
A little history for those interested
I've always been around Amateur Radio since I was a youngster. My father, and my grandfather were both licenced, which makes me the 3rd generation of Ham in the Hotchin family.
I can remember visitng (maybe annoying) my dad in his shack whilst he spoke to my grandfather on the radio. I remember visiting my grandfather's also, and visiting (maybe annoying) him in his shack in the attic.
I got in to Amateur Radio back in the mid '90s when my father, John G4ATAlet me have the use of a Uniden Bearcat VHF scanner, amongst the VHF Airband and utility services, I was given a list of the 2M Amateur Radio repeater frequencies, you could say the rest is history. Exactly how it came about I can't remember, but I was enrolled on to the Novice RAE at the Huddersfield Tech Collage. I was trained up by Gerald, G3SDY and passed the Exam in 1997. After I was issued my call I had the use of my Dad's Kenwood TH47E 70cms handheld, and I was a regular on the repeaters for a while. Not quite sure what caused it, probably due to things like, Beer, YL's, and things with wheels, I spent a few years QRT, again I owe it to my Dad, who rekindled the interest, after rekindling his own interest in the hobby, we've both been back QRV from August/September 2007.
I shall be forever endebted to my Father, John G4ATA , for introducing me to the hobby, and his help to keep me QRV.
Circa 2009/2010 at G4ATA's QTH, probably chasing some DX on the lowbands!
I only have a small station, a Yaesu FT-920, with antennas which have all been mainly verticals of some sort, and mainly homebrew. The main antenna for me is a 40M - 2el Phased Vertical Array - this antenna is also put to use on 15M, although it does not work as well as it does on 40M. Currently trying out a homebrew 3el wire beam for 15M - elements are all fibreglass with wire down them, managed to get it up at nearly 7M above ground.
For full details and a write up on my 2el PVA - Click Here!
I do like to play about with antennas, so I am often changing what I use for antenna's for the other bands.
73 and hope to see you in my log!
You can find me on Skype : martin.2e1fvs
If you need or would like a QSL from me, please QSL DIRECT to the above address.
I am not a member of the RSGB so I can not send or receive cards via the buro.
If I require a QSL for my own collection/awards, I shall send a card out DIRECT with return postage.
1986 Austin Mini (Piccadilly Edition)
2E1FVS SUPPORTS THE DX CODE OF CONDUCT