Hello, I became interested in Amateur Radio as a boy living near Chicago in the U.S.A, when my Father was working there. Reading magazines like Popular Electronics.and books like the Hardy Boys, fuelled the interest. However being an Alien, ie not a US Citizen, I was unable to become a Novice.This was in 1961/ 62 and you had to be a US citizen to hold a US licence.
On returning to England I made enquiries on how to become a Novice in the UK. No such luck!, in those days the UK only had one licence class. and looking at the syllabus, and being 12 years old, I decided to keep building and flying Model Airplanes instead, Control line, and Radio Control.
However an edition of QST in 1963 I bought in a U.K.bookstore, showed a Radio Controlled model airplane on the front cover, and also those words Amateur Radio!! Interest was rekindled. In 1964 I bought a war surplus Army" 19 SET" TankTransceiver. and started listening to Amateurs on the 80m and 40m band. Soon followed by a Lafayette HE30, A Christmas presentin 1964. In Sept 1965 I enrolled at Brooklands Technical College, Weybridge Surrey, for night school classes for the Amateur Radio City and Guilds Examination under Edgar G3GLB ( Who is still active ). I took my Amateur Radio Exam in Dec '65 rather than June 1966, as I had been avidly reading the ARRL Radio Amateurs Handbook, I took the CW Morse test in July 1966. I was Licensed as G3VKW on the 12th July 1966.
Nowadays I am still an avid HF DXer, Mainly on CW, but I still have many Phone QSO's and also the occasional Burst on RTTY.
I am on the Top of Honor Roll, And have 5Band DXCC, with 30,17,12m and 6 meter Endorsements. I Also have 5 Band Worked All Zones.
I am a founder member, and a former Vice Presidentof the Chiltern DX Club, "CDXC "
Since 1991 I have been the Sysop of GB7DXS DXCluster. Now running the VE7CC software. 18.104.22.168:7000
I am a retired Airline Pilot( March 2010 ) remember the model aircraft ,I was working Long Haul World Wide Routes as a Boeing 747 Captain, after many years on Short Haul European routes.
I also like Collecting and playing with Old Valve ( Tube ) Radios. My Daughter Harriet is Licenced as M3HJE, although Ham Radio has taken a back seat for a while, as she has discovered POP Music, and Boys, And is now studying at Nottingham University.
If you look closely on the Google Earth Satellite photo on the advanced page, you can make out my Tower just left of the Marker. However you cannot see my 2 element Quad.
I hope we QSOsoon.
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