Myself and my wife Sandra lived in Lincoln (the county of my birth) then moved to Barnstaple in Devon for three years untill finally we moved to Spain.
Sandra and myself have lived in Spain now since Febuary 2003, we originally lived on a Finca (farm) and ran a Boarding Kennel and cattary. We lived just outside the town of Gandesa, about 2 hours from Barcelona and 1 hour from the coast. We moved over here Christmas of 2003 and renovated an old stone casa (house) we had 3 acres of olive trees and numerouse fruit trees.
We were off grid, and totaly relient on solar power, 2000 watts 24 volt solar panals on solar tracker, 1500ah Rolls batteries and Trace 2.500kw inverter and 500 watt wind turbine.
I aquired my Spanish licence in 2005 but was not active for quite some time due to the amount of renovation work we had to do on our Finca.
20th January 2014 we moved to Valencia to a small hamlet called Bodegas del Campo, just inland from Valencia near a small town called Casinos. 1.199.586 ft or 365.329 mts ASL. Now back on mains electric (very exspensive) and water, and of course power cuts.
Eventually installing a 9mtr mast, and getting all my permissions inplace I am now back active again.
Equipment: Yeasu FT 897D/AT897 Tuner, 100 Watts.
LDG FTL Meter and RS 102 SWR/Power Meter by Nisset.
Antenna1: Carolina Windom 80-6 By W8AMZ up 27ft .
Antenna 2: Hexbeam 6 band by G3TXQ and MW0JZE at 33ft.
Yaesu G450C Rotator.
Modes: Mainly on SSTV with Digi Master Pro+ by G4ZLP http://www.g4zlp.co.uk/unified/DM_PRO_PLUS_complete.shtml and MMSSTV version 1.13A Software http://hamsoft.ca/pages/mmsstv.php also HF SSB.
Computer: 1, HP Pavillion 1GB for all Ham Software and Ham Radio Delux and HRD Logbook, Computer: 2, HP Pavillion 8GB Quad 4 General computer use.
You can see SSTV images received by me and sister SSTV cams at WB9KMW's SSTV cam collection. Below left is the latest image I have received on 14.230 MHz 20mtrs and right is 21.340 on 15mtrs.
SSTV on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/groups/1522320874661130/ once again a very informative site.
I was first licenced in 1984, passing the Radio Amateurs Exam and then the 12 WPM Morse Test at Potishead Radio near Bristol one Sunday morning, a day I will never forget, when I used to live in Tadley near Bassingstoke.
Back in England my call sign was G4XMQ, I was formally a member of the Lincoln Shortwave Club G5FZ/G6COL http://www.g5fz.co.uk/, Contest Manager and then club Chairman, between myself and Bob G7AVU we instigated the instalation of the 23cms ATV Repeater now installed on the central tower of Lincoln Cathedral (unique) any one interested in FSTV view http://www.batc.tv/ch_li.php and look for GB3VL the Lincoln Repeater, They have live video on Friday and Saturday evenings from 19.00Z .
I used to work for National Express driving coaches and my wife (now retired) was a Nurse at Lincoln County Hospital and Barnstaple General.
In my younger years I was in HM Forces (Grenadier Guards 2nd Battalion) 1966-1973. hence the indication on my QSL card, Spending time in Germany, Cyprus and British Honduras, eventualy completing my service at Windsor on Public Duties.
My only claim to fame is being in Princess Anns bedroom, riding on Prince charles Go-kart and knocking off the angels from the main gates of Buckingham Palace with my Army truck; of which I received a £120 fine, a lot of money in those days.
Now enjoying retirement (hopefully) with our seven cats and three dogs (Pepi the Beagle, Doogle the Podenco and Snowy the Bichon Maltese) in a lovely part of SPAIN.
Thanks for looking at my profile, I hope we can contact each other either SSTV or SSB. 73 Terry EA3EWO.
I answer all Direct QSL's, you pay yours and i'll pay mine, I do prefer to use eQSL, in my opinion its the way to go, Fast and cheap and if I need a paper copy i'll print it off, I do not use the Buro, PLEASE DO NOT SEND TO BURO.
We Support the welfare of animals in Spain http://www.masqueladridos.com
My Clubs DMC 05865. BCS 911. EPC 19516. 30MDG 6159. FH 3870. WSC 256. BATC 5450.
Sandra with Joe who died of cancer in 2012 and Toby died aged 15 in 2013, both very special dogs and very much missed.
I was 18 when this picture was taken, (now 65, how time flys) just finished my 18 weeks training at Pirbright Guards Depot and just joined the Battalion in Chelsea, I spent 7 years in the Grenadier Guards, serving in Wuppertall and Munster in Germany, Belize in Central America, and Akrotiri Cyprus before finishing my service in Windsor on Public Duties.
I did Guard of Honour for Emperor Hirohito in 1971 during his visit to the UK and many Public duties at the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, St James Palace, and The Bank of England, I think now no longer done, at the time we were paid 5 old shillings all newly minted and I remember every one used to help themselfs to the toilet paper as it was all marked "Bank Of England"
The History of the Grenadier Guards http://grengds.com/static.php?content_id=1
Watch the 2014 Trooping the colour by the Grenadier Guards https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XaRuxKrEmAA I have took part in many Queens Birthday Parades during my time in the Grenadier Guards, some thing i'm very proud of.
My Wideband Hexbeam 6/10/12/15/18/20 complete with support brackets by G3TXQ and MW0JZE http://www.g3txq-hexbeam.com
My mast in the second picture is 9 meters, retracted to 6 meters in the picture, Bought and built in Barcelona http://www.long-pass.com/, to the left is my 80-6 Carolina Windom ( W8AMZ) http://www.w8amz.com at 27ft
My Shack (2014)
Toby and Susie one of our 7 cats
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