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I have have been captivated by radio and communications since the age of around 14 years old. I picked up a Harvard hand held CB form Brick Lane market in London that didn't work and had no telescopic antenna. It cost £5, which was a lot of pocket money at the age of 14!
After some tinkering and connecting a 4 foot legth of wire to the PCB, I made contact with a station in Scotland (400 miles away!!!)...I was hooked.

 

The station is located on the (Jurassic) South coast of Great Britain in the village of Wyke-Regis.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyke_Regis

The Station:

It has a clear low negative horizon takeoff all points of the compass, except the Isle of Portland to my SOuth and the mainland to the North.

I use several radios: Icom 7800, Kenwood TS-850SAT + DSP-100feeding an Elecraft KPA-500 for HF.
For VHF/UHF, a Kenwood TS-790E for satellite and SSB working and a Kenwood TM-D700 for rag chewing.
Audio comes from and Electrovoice RE-27ND, into a W2IHY * band and EQ Plus, then into all 3 sets.

 

The antennas:

The antennas are of various designs and construction, I currently use a BigIR fed against 800' of wire for HF, a 9ele Tonna for VHF, 19 ele Tonna for UHF atop a small adaptormast. The beams are used mainly for satellite work and tropo when it's around. I have several 'poor wx' antennas, currently a brilliant tri-band Inverted 'L" for 160, 80 and 40m.
The BigIR installation is far from finished, and I have another 1000' of wire to be ploughed into the ground this winter (2014).

 

Below view is to the WNW with the main station aerial, a BigIR with the Chesil beachhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chesil_Beachas well as the Fleet lagoon (Experimental area for the Barnes Wallace bouncing bomb) in the background.

I enjoy flying RC gliders, and planes of all different types and wingspans. I also enjoy tinkering with a few motorcycles (I build Cafe Racers) and my old classic Triumph Spitfire.

In between times of looking after the kids, going out with the other half etc, I work offshore as a consultant in the Oil and Gas industry, with a background in ELectronics (4 year aprrenticesship with the MoD) and flying Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV's) used in Subsea Engineering and Construction to depths of 3Km!

 

 

 

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