N50 28.3540~W003 33.373
Was a SWL listening mostly to HF aviation frequencies for many years .Also played around with CB before getting licence in 1980.Thereafter very active on CW/HF till about 1994 when I went QRT due to lack of spare time.
Retired in 2005 and decided in late 2009 to take up radio again.For HF,currently using a FT1000MP MKV Field or a TS530S , 100w and simple wire antennae(dipole on 15m long wire on everything else) and , although previously (1980-1994) I had worked just under 300 countries, I am starting the countries worked count again from the beginning ,once again mainly on CW.current country count is 169 on CW only.
Have tried digital modes using a Signalink interface, DM780 and Win XP.However, I really find the digital modes a bit too impersonal for my liking.
I am involved in contesting, mostly on CW but occasionally on SSB.
For 2m I have FT480R transceiver and a Wouxun KG679E handy. I also have a CRT SS6900 mobile 10m transceiver which I intend to use on holiday/camping trips in the coming (hoped for)summer.
I am a member of the local(Torbay) Watcombe Radio Club and also an RSGB member.
The picture below shows my 1980s station on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of VE day when we (local amateur group"The Toucan Group") ran the Special calls GB4OPE and GV4OPE(not a computer in sight).Those in the picture are all amateurs. Left to right are G4TMI,G1HPR,G6ZST,G4XFB,G4VJJ and G4OTU.
Also a lifelong aviation enthusiast , private pilots licence holder, and owner of the Hampshire, Dorset,Devon and Isle of Wight airfields websites(link below is entry to all sites). You will also find an all-time nationality prefix list on the site - although it is mainly concerned with aviation use it does contain some information of interest to amateurs
The first is "Christchurch Aerodrome 1926-1970" .a 200 page history of the aerodrome next door to the place of my birththis can be downloaded (free) here.http://www.hampshireairfields.co.uk/xchbook/paged240813.pdf
THe second is "SimmondSpartan Aircraft", a brief history of the Simmonds Spartan Aircraft company of Southampton and Cowes (Isle of Wight).170 pages of data and photos downloadable herehttp://www.hampshireairfields.co.uk/simspar/simspar250413.pdf
The dog in the heading picture is my labradoodle "Trufflington " who died in October 2011 after a series of "neurological events"(The vet's description).He had his own website (managed by my late XYL) with stories for children which will remain online as a memorial to both Trufflington and his beloved mistress.(link below).
His successor is Trig, a white Labrador/Staffordshire bull terrier cross(more Lab than Staffie). He is rescue dog from the RSPCA, about 11 months old when we got him (Dec 2011) and now about 3 yrs old. After a rather reluctant start he is now rapidly becoming a very well-behaved dog he doesn't even chase the cat any more.
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