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Originally from Bristol, I now find myself living in ‘sunny’ (and stormy!) Brixham, on the south coast of Devon. I’ve been off the air for many years, but after listening to the local coastguard activity on a scanner whilst walking my dog every day for the last couple, have found my interest in radio re-awakened.
On a VERY limited income,I trawled e-bay adverts and started to try to rebuild a working shack from scratch, for as little as possible! Sadly, thanks to 'unscrupulous' and frankly dishonest advertisers, this resulted in me spending all my money on a lot of faulty/useless junk!

After a lengthy and expensive lesson painfully learned, I've FINALLY ended up with a modest 'shack', which I'm reasonably happy with!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For HF, a Yaesu FT-897 and MFJ Deluxe Versa Tuner II into a basic random wire, around 23 meters in length, running down the garden from an old washing-line post bolted to the back of the house, to a tall fence post near my garage. (I live part way down the side of a valley in a 'black hole'. If you hear me - it's you who has the good antenna! If 'I' can't hear YOU, I apologise, but I'm receiving S7-8 noise levels at my QTH!!).
On V/UHF, a Yaesu FT-8800 into a Moonraker SQBM500P 2/70cm colinear mounted on the chimney. (This antenna can also beconnected to the 897 via an antenna switch when desired.)
For 'monitoring' (and I can't help myself trying to monitor everything I can - all at once!) I have an all modes Icom PCR-1000 SDR and a Palstar AA30 active antenna tuner, currently connected to a 'left over' bit of my HF wire, around 10 meters in length running from the attic to the top of a garden pergola AND sharing another Moonraker SQBM500N on the chimney, by means of an RF Systems SP3 Antenna splitter. The SP3 antenna splitter also enables me to simultaneously run a Uniden UBX3500XLT scanner, which connected to my computer and using the EXCELLENT 'bcTool' software, acts as another MUCH faster scanning AM/FM SDR radio for >25Mhz.
A Mass SPS-30 II switch-mode power supply runs everything which is 12 volt.

 

When I'm not in the mood to be sat in the shack, and am sat in a comfy chair down in the living room watching a bit of TV or playing on my guitar, I STILL tend to keep a bit of an ear on what's going on (It's an addiction!!!) via a switched hidden run of RG213 'downlink' from the shack receive antennas to another Uniden UBX3500XLT and an old AOR AR-3000 within arms reach in the corner!!!!

 

 

 

If you hear me portable on 2 meters on the local repeater or via echolink, I'll probably be using my VX-7 from Battery Gardens, Brixham, Devon whilst out walking the dog. The following image shows what that looks like for me. I'll likely be sat on the seat on the left.

Battery Gardens, Brixham, Devon

 

 

 

 

 

 

If your interested,I have a 'few'videos on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/TelsWeb

 

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