Link to my BATC site, live during contests. http://www.batc.tv/ch_live.php?ch=5&id=1201
Thank-you for taking the time to look me up.
I was a shortwave listener in the 50's, passed the RAE in '61, took out my first callsign in '68. Worked as an audio/tv engineer until the 80's when I switched to the design and manufacture of satellite dishes supplying many of the large UK TV companys and exports going as far away as Taiwan.
After achieving the UK Business of the Year Award in '89 I sold the company in favour of a less hectic life.
Looking for something requiring less brainwork I settled for high level building maintenance work using abseiling techniques. Some of the interesting buildings and structures that I have worked on includes the Eagle Star Building in London following bomb blast damage, York Minster after the fire, the 550ft Radio City Tower in Liverpool and painting Blackpool Tower gold for its centenary. The work is variable, enjoyable, never boring and not too mentally taxing for us old people! Although past retirement age I will keep working as long as the body lets me.
Met Mary, now the wifey 33 years ago though CB radio and we both continue to enjoy radio communication in various forms to-gether, including building two MKARS 80mtr tranceivers.
One of the QRP 80mtr transceivers.
Over 260 components and a build time of 20 hours.
The main station is a Yaesu FT-2000D with a DMU, microphones, a Heil ProSet Plus headset or a boom mounted MD100. An FT-950 is used to monitor other bands whilst the FT-2000 is on 20 or 17. The 950 is also used for data modes with a SignaLink, bringing a welcome change from the noise on 80mtrs. The Ranger 811 proves useful for those 20mtr pile ups, but both transceivers running barefoot serve well however for every day contacts. The YAESU FT-897 is used for 2/70 and still remains my favourite transceiver, not only for its ease of operation, performance, but also its versatillity.
Aerials, Tennadyne T8 log periodic covering 13-32 Mhz, rotated with a Yaesu G-1000 on a 40ft tower. A trapped wire dipole gives good results on 160-80-40, again trapped wire dipole for 12-17-30. Seperate tower for VHF with Yaesu G-450 rotator.Five element beam for six metres, 5 element also for 70MHz, 12 element for 144, 21 element for 432, 55 element on 1.3GHz. Verticals for 6 - 4 - 2 - 70.
Mobile operation, Yaesu FT-7900 for 2/70 in the van, Yaesu FT-8900 for 6/2/70 in the Wrangler, both with hands free operation which for me is a much preferred method for safety reasons than a hand mic.
After 56 years in radio, with the help of DM780, Mr Winkeyer, and a Kent paddle I can at last manage an occasional QSO on CW. There's progress for you.
This year 2012, 4mtrs has again grabbed my interest again after 40 + years of being absent from this little used band. Equipment, Qixiang AT-5189, pronounce that if you can. For SSB a modified Yaesu FT847 works well.
An Icom IC-2820 is used to monitor D-Star, use ofwhich is sadly on the decline in the UK. Motorola DM 3600 onTDMA to listen to GB7TD, the UK's first Mototrbo repeater. Watch out for the progress of the Yaesu digi system using FDMA. Wow, have a look at the FTM-400 transceiver, awsome.
Icom IC 910 for 100w out on 2, 74w out on 70 and a useful 10w on 1.3GHz.
For good old fashioned radio work with no frills an old Yaesu FT707, long in the tooth but still gives goods results with it's superb selectivity. Another interesting old rig is the Yaesu FT726R which served me well in the past with 6-2-70 contesting and is still a joy to use.
A recent addition is a Flex 1500, my immediate responce is that SDR is the future of Amateur Radio.
CQ 100 has a place in amateur communication, for the purists amongst us, it is 'proper radio', I use a Wi-Fi internet connection.
Log periodic on its tower.
We have a good open aspect from our Ossett QTH which is 471ft ASL, all of which helps with signal take off.
WAB Member. Book No 19904. SE22.
Member of BATC. http://www.batc.tv/ch_live.php?ch=5&id=1108
Member of The Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio.
Member of The International Short Wave League. ( www.iswl.org.uk ) Membership No G-21197.
Member of The Ossett Amateur Radio Operators. ( M0ORO )
Member of The North Wakefield RC.
Member of The Denby Dale ARS.
Member of The Radio Society Of Great Britain.
Member of The European Phase Shift Keying Club.
Member of The NAQCC. Membership No 4993.
Member of CQ 100. Membership No 30852
Member of Fists. Membership No 15593.
Member No 9 of The White Rose CW Club.
RSGB Approved Instructor all levels.
Politeness matters, enjoy the hobby.
73 - Good DX.
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