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I try to spend as much time as possible enjoying my hobbies which include Cars, Computers, Fly Fishing and of course Amateur Radio.

My favourite method of operating is /P and here you can see a picture of my car parked ontop of the rocks near a local beach.


About my Home Town(from Wikipedia)

Ardrossan (Gaelic: Aird Rosain) is a town on the North Ayrshire coast in western Scotland. The name "Ardrossan" describes its physical position — 'ard' from the Gaelic aird meaning height, 'ros' a promontory and the diminutive suffix 'an' - height of the little promontory.

Ardrossan's roots can be traced back to the construction of its castle 'Cannon Hill', thought to be in around 1140, by Simon de Morville. The castle and estate passed onto the Barclay family (also known as Craig) and it passed through successive heirs until the 14th century. Then it passed onto the Eglinton family on the death of Godfrey Barclay de Ardrossan, who died without leaving an heir. Sir Fergus Barclay, Baron of Ardrossan was said to be in league with the Devil and in one of his dealings he set the task of the Devil to make ropes from sand; upon failing to do Satan kicked the castle with his hoof in frustration and left a petrosomatoglyph hoofprint.

In 1292, under the reign of John Balliol, the castle fell to the invading English army, who held it until 1296, when it was scene of the infamous event known as Wallace's Larder. William Wallace lured the English garrison out of the castle by setting a decoy fire in the village. He promptly slaughtered them, throwing their remains into the castle dungeon.

The castle stood until 1648, when Oliver Cromwell's troops had it destroyed, taking much of the stonework to Ayr to built the fort there. The ruins still stand.

Ardrossan developed quickly during the 18th and 19th centuries thanks to its position on the coast. Exports of coal and pig iron to Europe and North America were the main trade from the town's port, which became a centre for shipbuilding. Fishing vessels and small cargo boats were the mainstay of the shipyard until the 1950s, when the yard all but ceased to exist as a result of foreign competition. A smaller yard, McCrindle's, operated until the 1980s before it ceased trading.

Passenger services from Ardrossan harbour to Brodick on the Isle of Arran started in 1834, and services to Belfast in Ireland (later Northern Ireland) and the Isle of Man followed in 1884 and 1892 respectively. Clyde sailings were operated initially by the Glasgow and South Western Railway Company from Winton Pier and the Caledonian Railway from Montgomerie Pier. The Earl of Eglinton's ambitious plan for a canal link to Glasgow was never realised.

Between 1841 and 1848 Ardrossan was a part of the "West Coast Main Line" equivalent of its time. The fastest route from London to Glasgow was by train to Fleetwood, and thence by packet boat to Ardrossan. After 1848 the entire journey could be made by rail, avoiding Ardrossan.

The link to the Isle of Man no longer operates, having first been moved to Stranraer, then all Scottish services terminated altogether. Shell-Mex developed an oil refinery in Ardrossan from a World War II aviation-fuel canning factory, and the harbour was expanded for the company's tanker ships to berth. Local residents blocked plans in the 1960s for further expansion of the refinery, limiting the operations that could be carried out there. Operations at Shell-Mex ceased in 1986.

The harbour has been substantially redeveloped as a marina, and the passenger and vehicle ferry to Brodick is still operated by Caledonian MacBrayne.

Ardrossan is the gateway to Arran and a good place to live and relax next to the sea in a regenerated town centre serving the existing and incoming community.


1st Confirmed Transatlantic Amateur Radio Transmissions(from Various Internet Sources)

20 Years after Marconi invented Wireless the radio spectrum was becoming more crowded, and radio amateurs were limited to the short wavelengths below two hundred meters since none of the commercial stations could see any benefit in these short waves. However, after operating in the new short wave spectrum a few years, radio amateurs using relatively small antennas and low power were noticing that at times their communication distance range would greatly increase. Naturally this aroused much interest in the amateur radio community.

The ARRL, which was the largest organization of radio amateurs, proposed an elaborate test to determine if these amateur radio short wave signals would reach across the Atlantic Ocean. Paul Godley, 2ZE, of Upper Montclair, New Jersey was chosen to go to Scotland and set up his short wave receiving station in Ardrossan, Scotland and be prepared to listen for amateur radio signals from America starting on December 7, 1921.

The Radio Club of America, the oldest active radio club, assisted this effort, with a team of six radio amateurs to design and build a short wave station in Greenwich, Connecticut using the call 1BCG.They built the transmitter with new, unproven designs and made changes almost daily until the start of the tests.

Transmissions were started and there existed some difficulty and confusion with interference from some nearby commercial stations but finally, at 2:52 AM Greenwich mean time, on the 12th of December, 1921, the following message was received on short waves by Paul Godley in Ardrossan from amateur radio station 1BCG in Greenwich, Connecticut:

To Paul Godley, Ardrossan, Scotland
Hearty Congratulations
Signed, Burghard, Inman, Grinan, Armstrong, Amy, Cronkite

(These were the radio amateurs who designed, built and operated the station.)

This became the very first short wave message that was sent across the Atlantic ocean and this successful experiment shed much new knowledge about the capabilities of short wave radio communications. This led the way to opening up the whole short wave spectrum to thousands of short wave stations for long-range radio communications around the world that we enjoy today.



Thanks for reading my short biography, I look forward to chatting with you on air (again) sometime soon.

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