Hi, the handle is Martin,
This a picture of me Circa 1995 in the shack of Derek G0AHJ. This is a some what more mature picture from 2010.
I took my ham ticket in 1984 and passed the then City & Guilds examination gaining distinctions in both test papers that I had to sit.
I applied for my callsign and set up a station on 2m band using an FT707 + FTV 707 transverter worked a lot of local stations making mistakes and gaining friends, notably G6TPP (later G0BKO), G4KUB, G4KUC, G6XKK (later G0AMU), G4XTO, G6TXR, G4OZC, G6GUT, G6GIY, G1NTR, G1NUS and many many more.
Had lots of fun with the transverter operating AM with G4KUB & G4KUC, seemed to cause folks tuning on FM a problem to resolve what mode we were using hi hi.
I later got a Yeasu FT290 (the classic "Electric Handbag") portable multimode and this was fitted in to my car so I was now mobile, used it as a base rig when I sold the FT707 line up on, but still got some folks head scratching operating on LSB 144.190Mhz with Lee G6XKK and Bill G4XTO while Lee was practising for his CW test. the most amusing thing of all is when we'd get some one trying to join in and after a while they got that we were operating LSB not USB them would then break in and inform us that "You're on the wrong side band !!" we would then debate with them how it could be wrong the radio is equipped with both upper and lower sideband modes and besides it was only convention that stated USB above 10Mhz not a legal requirement.
Had a couple of years operating on 2m then got a transverter to get me on 70cm run this for a year or so then got an Icom multimode mobile for 70cm.
Slowly I added other bands got on 4m when the band was opened to "B" licences with a 2 channel Pye handheld, then a Westminster with 70.26, 70.45 and 70.46 and when 50mhz was opened up then got a RN electronics transverter for 6m.
While operating on VHF I did learn a bit of the code and got quite good at sending from a text but fell apart if I made a mistake and never got the receiving speed good enough for the test, though I do still listen to cw but not being proficient or practicing have lost most of the recognition of the code (must get some practice and get using this great DX mode - maybe when I retire). So when the HF allocations became available to Full licences I got an Alinco DX70 wow what a rig !! - absolutely fantastic on HF and 6m, miss this as I replaced this and the TMG707 dualbanber I used mobile for an IC706mk2G again a good rig but not as easy to use mobile on HF - I am not keen on the menus while driving (can be dangerous to operate a radio while in control of a car !! - I recommend that you pull over and set the rig up before driving on).
I have moved around between Stockport and Macclesfield a couple of times since I first got licensed so have had periods of activity with some big gaps. I hope that now I am back in Hazel Grove with a project to get a tower up and a station together for HF through to 70cm to be fully operational from home that I can get some proper HF, VHF and UHF DX working done.
I like the DX working on HF but my real enjoyment is from the long distance contacts on VHF and UHF - well may be get a setup and try EME or satellite working not done that yet, and it is getting easier with the digital modes so even a modest array is good for EME with a 100 to 200 watts.
My current station is a Kenwood TS440s with a SteppIR DB11 on a 12m telescopic mast 100 Watts TX power but I am hoping to get going with the FL2100z amp in the near future to help crack those big pile ups. But I have been very impressed with the DB11 with just the bearfoot output of the rig.
Some pictures to follow soon C,Ya Gd DX de G1GYC Martin
And give me a call if you hear me.
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