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My name is Andrew Martin and I live in the peaceful rural countryside of County Kildare.
The nearest village to me is Rathangan which is about 2km away. The nearest major towns are Kildare and Newbridge and the famous Curragh Racecourse is also close by. Dublin is 50kms to the east.
Locator :- IO63mf
WAI square :- N62
I was an avid listener for many years but after a chance meeting with Fergal Sharkey, a licensed amateur and the singer with the well known Irish punk band The Undertones, I asked him about a couple of radio books he once listed in his choice of favourite books in an interview with him published in the NME music magazine in 1983. He told me he had a ham radio licence and he gently encouraged me to get my licence with the following advice, "get your f*&%ing licence!". I eventually got my licence in early 2005 whilst working in London by taking the Foundation Licence course at the Bromley District Amateur Radio Society in Kent, England. I was issued with the callsign M3IYB and followed this up shortly after with the Intermediate licence callsign 2E0IRL.
I returned to Ireland in September 2005 and took the Irish Radio Experimenters exam in January 2006 which happened to be the first multiple choice format exam run by ComReg and the IRTS. I was issued with the Class B callsign EI3GSB.
In February 2012 I passed the morse test, applied for the Class A licence and was issued the callsign EI8KF on Friday 9th of March 2012. I'm still fairly new to CW and rely on a mixture of MRP40 and my ear to get me through a QSO! If it's a regular QSO I use a Vibroplex iambic key so please be patient with me as I'm prone to making plenty of mistakes and apologies in advance for my poor CW skills!
My current setup consists of the following...
Kenwood TS-850S/AT
Kenwood TS-570DGE
Kenwood TS-790E
Kenwood TS-60S
Kenwood TM-V71E
Kenwood TH-F7E
Palstar KH-6
Icom IC-7000
I use a Heil GM-5 mic with the TS-850 and for a bit of extra power I use a Linear Amp UK Ranger 811H.
Currently the antennae in use are a Hexbeam or dipole for HF and a Watson colinear for VHF/UHF.
N.B. Please do not send QSL cards as I only use electronic QSL services. I will confirm all QSO's via LoTW, eQSL and HRDlog.net
I have a blog at http://ei8kf.blogspot.ie/ which I update occasionally.
The current shack set up...
I love music and play a bit of guitar and bass. My black Gibson Les Paul is my pride and joy! Here's a few of my guitars...
I also enjoy aviation photography, I currently use two Canon 40D and a variety of lenses.
EI-DVM - Airbus A320-214 - Aer Lingus : Dublin, Ireland, 27th March 2011
EI-ANE - BAC 1-11 208AL - Aer Lingus : Dublin, Ireland, 18th July 1984
220 - Fouga CM-170 Magister - Irish Air Corps : Baldonnel, Ireland, 16th August 1987
243 - Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-21bis - Bulgarian Air Force : Krumovo AB, Bulgaria, 4th September 2011
Z5140/G-HURI - Hawker Hurricane XII - The Fighter Collection : Duxford, England, 12th July 2008
RA-75516 - Ilyushin Il-18B - Russian Air Force : Chkalovsky, Russia, 22nd August 2005
01513 - McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom II - Greek Air Force : Araxos, Greece, 9th November 2008
61-7958 - Lockheed SR-71A - United States Air Force : RAF Mildenhall, UK, 10th June 1984
6902 - Douglas DC-4-1009 - South African Air Force : Swartkop, South Africa, 26th September 2006

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