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My working life was spent in photography and I have my father to thank for that. As a keen amateur photographer, and a good one I should add, he allowed me to help him in his darkroom, mixing chemicals and processing his film and photographs.

My father was a musical composer writing short pieces for films and later television. He fought in World War 1 and wrote some music while in the trenches. You can see a Youtube video I made of his hymn tune HERE.  Quite remarkable for a 21 year old and without a piano to help write the music.

After a year at a local photo laboratory I joined the Royal Air Force in 1961 and trained as a photographer. Following my demob from the RAF in 1965 I returned to the local photographic laboratory eventually becoming manager in charge of photo print production. We produced millions of photos a year.

First licensed as 5B4JF, with the RAF in Cyprus, in 1964 and later that year as VS9SJF on Socotra Island (RAF/ARMY Expedition) The only ham operation from Socotra until 7O6T in May 2012. I became G3UCQ in 1966.

I have been back to Soqotra (Socotra) twice, in 2002 and 2003. Visit my website at www.soqotra.info for details and photos of this rare and unique island. A big thrill was working 7O6T in May 2012 when I managed 12 slots. A great effort from the 7O6T team. Also worked 7O2A on Socotra.

Married with two children who have children of their own now, Being grandparents is wonderful.

Current rig is a Yaesu FTDX-5000.
Antennas - a hexbeam from MW0JZE for 20M to 6M, which is working DX like I cannot believe.

(I had 2 QSOs with the USA in 2014 on 6M using the Hex Beam.)


My Butternut HF6v with 36 x 30' radials which I use on 80M cw, 40M and 30M.
I operate mainly CW with some digi modes. Now I have a Heil Proset Elite I am using ssb
more often with an Acom 1010 amplifier.






Other hobbies include long walks with my wife, Rosemary of 52 years, golf, gardening.
Please QSL via Bureau, LOTW or eQSL. Tks for looking me up. 

73 de John, G3UCQ

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