My Amateur Radio interests are portable and mobile operations, building portable antennas and meeting interesting people on the air.
I grew up with 'wireless' and shortwave receivers and, as a 'kid', I had many aerial wires all over my bedroom. Amateur Radio came along much later. I am also keenly interested in photography, history and the environment.
Until recently, my 'old' 1996 Land Rover Discovery was my most important piece of equipment: it took me to some very interesting photographic and radio locations. However, running costs and reliability when outside the UK have led me to replace it with a much more modern and dependable small Ford Transit Connect which I can use as a mini-campervan.
Most of my radio operating is mobile, or portable using fishing pole antennas.
My home territory is near the so-called "Robin Hood City" of Nottingham in the centre of England. In the summer I travel widely around the UK, especially in Wales (IO72XC, WAB SN74), and in the Lake District (IO84LK, WAB NY20). I participate in "Worked All Britain' (Book No. 19818) but do not actively seek squares myself..
I also travel widely in and Europe, usually from a base in West Vlaanderen, Belgium (JO10TS), and especially to southern Germany, Austria (Tirol) and northern Italy (Dolomiti). I mostly use Youth Hostels in Europe.
Isle of Skye
I am happy to receive and send QSL cards via the bureau. When I am working as GW7HZZ and GM7HZZ, and for non-UK operations, cards should be sent to my normal callsign (G7HZZ).
I am the founding member of Phoenix Radio Group M0PHX which is a 'laid-back' group of 'fossils' who like to operate portable stations for fun, also the Youth Hostels Amateur Radio Group - M0YHA.
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