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.
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.
My Butternut HF6v with 36 x 30' radials which I use on 80M cw, 40M and 30M.
Other hobbies include long walks with my wife, Rosemary of 52 years, golf, gardening.
73 de John, G3UCQ
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