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Been fascinated by radio ever since I can remember. The above photo is my "shack" in the early 1960's (a serious health hazard, but I survived !). Started by building crystal sets and moved on to one and two valve TRF type SW receivers. After meeting a local amateur (John Ashford, G3KYU) in my early teens I became hooked on amateur radio and particularly interested in 2 metres which in the late 1950s was in its early /experimental days. I went on to purchase an unused SCR-522 US army/air force transceiver. I built a power supply for it and with much help and encouragement from John G3KYU, converted it for receive on the two metre amateur band. Not a lot to hear though! Later went on to dabble in other ex gov. radio equipment including the 19 Set and a number of kit projects. My interest in radio then went on the back burner for many years as career, family and life s events (six children!) took over but inspired by seeing a friend's son using 27 MHz CB and then trying this mode myself for a while, I got the radio bug again. Within a year I had a full amateur licence and was the proud owner of a new FT-102.

My XYL now also holds a licence under the callsign G0PTS and in the present shack we operate an IC-7400 and TS-590. The main HF aerial is a 135 foot (semi-stealth/Kevlar wire) doublet at a height of 40 feet in the centre slung between two trees with the legs sloping down to form a shallow inverted V.  The doublet is fed with 300 ohm ribbon which terminates at a 4:1 Guanella type balun.  A short length of coax runs from balun to a remote, RF sensing auto-ATU and then there is about 40 metres of Westflex-103 to the shack.

I also use an IC-703 for qrp/portable op from my caravan, and an FT-7800 for 2m/70cms FM.

My predominant radio interests are HF/CW, operating HF/portable, digital modes (especially Olivia) and 5MHz.

The CW is usually generated by the excellent onboard keyer in the TS-590 and a Kent Twin Paddle Key. I also have several straight keys and I sometimes like to use either my superb old Junker DBGM key, Marconi NATO key or Kent KT-1,for a more "QRS" contact. For digital modes I use HRD/DM780 V5.24. For SSB/FM I usually use an AKG D5 dynamic studio microphone via a user defined equaliser tx profile on the TS-590 (to roll off some of the base; see screen capture of ARCP-590 audio equalizer window below).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USyVgMB2ewk

http://www.morsemad.com/nato.htm

http://vk4jaz.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/junker-dbgm-straight-key/

I have had two careers, first as an architect and for the last 20 years as a school teacher (working with young people who have learning difficulties and developing ICT in this area). I am now retired and this has given me more time to enjoy this hobby, my grandchildren and especially to spend time on my other great interest, playing classical piano on my lovely old 1911, Stuttgart made, Schiedmayer Grand (which I also tune and service).

Fists Membership nr: 14046 RAOTA Membership nr: 2651 First licensed 1982


 

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