Hi thanks for dropping in. I live in the small hamlet of Ledgemoor which is 1 mile away from the beautiful Black & White village of Weobley http://www.weobley.org/nfHome.asp? and 8 miles north west of the City of Hereford.
I have been married to my lovely wife Sylvie since 1978. We have 3 wonderful grown up daughters Kelly, Debbie and Sharon. I also have a 38 year old son Craig who I only really found in May 2012 and he has fitted into our wonderful family and the girls see him as their elder brother and we all fit together like a glove.
Unfortunately I have been disabled with a Degenerative Disk Disorder of the spine and have not worked since the age of 33 and that was 25 years ago this year. Sylvie has been my main carer for all of this time and she also had to do everything for our young daughters as well as running the household and everything that entailed. My girls and our life today are all a credit to Sylvie who is my true soul mate. We have 4 wonderful grandchildren Cee-Jay, Connor, Kirsty and Archie
Since moving to our current home and with the girls all grown and having their own homes and families Sylvie needed to do something for herself and took up the hobby of showing our Beagles at open and championship dog shows including Crufts around the UK.
Sylvie has done very well and now has the established Arpege Beagle Show Kennel.
Hereford is situated on the River Wye and over the centuries this was the main crossing point of the river. The name Hereford is derived from Here I Ford or here I cross the river. http://www.hereford.co.uk/
Hereford is world renowned for the white faced Hereford cattle (bred for over 200 years) http://www.herefordcattle.org/
The beautiful Hereford Cathedral is home to the famous Mappa Mundi but also home to the largest surviving chain library from the seventeenth century in the UK . http://www.herefordcathedral.org/about-us
I was first licensed in 1990 with the callsign of G7JXH and in 1991 upgraded to the full UK licence and took up my G0RQF callsign
I have talked to some wonderful people on the journey so far but sadly some of these are no longer with us (Mike G4ZYP and Mike G4MUB to name a few very dear friends who are always remembered)
I am very grateful to my friend of 30 years Bob G1HWP and also Allan G3RDC who are both a mine of information and experiences and are more than willing to come to my home to undertake anything that needs attention both in my shack or looking after my antennas in our orchard.
Due to my disability I am very lucky to have two radio stations. The one by my bed consists of a Yaesu FT-450D for HF and a Kenwood TMD-71E for VHF & UHF. I try to use my main shack downstairs as much as possible. The equipment here used to be a Yaesu FT-2000 which I unfortunately in my haste dropped whilst moving the rig and it was beyond economic repair so thankfully my insurance company covering the cost of a replacement rig. I am now using the superb new Kenwood TS-990S
After sweet talking Sylvie we put the extra cash in the pot and the Kenwood TS-990S is now pride of place in the main shack.
I have a Yaesu FT-8800 for VHF & UHF and both shacks can be remotely switched through to either of my antennas in our orchard. I have 3 main HF antennas and these are a 40 metre vertical with about 50 radials in the ground, a 265' Carolina Windom Antenna that also covers 160 - 10 metres and the feed point is elevated to around 35'. My main antenna on a 40' retractable mast is the G3TXQ Broadband Hexagonal beam with six wire elements for 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 and 6 metres. This super Hexbeam was made to order by Anthony MW0JZE. http://www.g3txq-hexbeam.com/
My only VHF/UHF antenna is a 12 year old Diamond Colinear which is due for replacement this summer if the rain will stay away this year.
My main interest is having a good old rag chew on both VHF and HF but I also enjoy working that rare DX station if I am lucky enough to get through the pile up. I also enjoy the many digital modes but I am still very fond of RTTY. We also have a great bunch of local stations who get together on VHF and send SSTV using Easypal and our group continues to grow daily.
I very much look forward to meeting with you further down the log. Thanks again for dropping by.
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