First licenced as M3JMV in April 2004. Intermediate licence 2E0JMV obtained in May 2005. Advanced licence M0JMV obtained in March 2006.
I have been interested in radio for over fifty years and built receivers and other bits (in the days of valves) in the late 50s/early 60s. Operated 18 sets, 38 sets and 88 sets when in the CCF at school. SWL for many years, on and off, but did not progress to a license until prompted by a much younger amateur!
Career(s) - Aeronautical engineering, Civil Servant, Bookdealer (specialising in aviation books). A jack of all trades and master of none! Now 70, retired and spending more time on radio - you guessed it, not a master of that either!
2015 Update! I obtained my license after the morse requirement was dropped but I learned the basics a few years ago. I have not been using this mode but I have decided that it is time for me to get to grips with CW and so you may hear me on the bands! I am very slow and not very good so please be patient if you hear me - I will do my best and I appreciate your help with my learning!
Please note - I do not collect QSL or eQSL cards thank you. I am quite happy to send you one of mine direct - please ask if you would like one.
Clansman VRC321, unmodified
Clansman PRC320, with LSB mod
Clansman PRC320 unmodified
Clansman PRC344(not for amateur use)
Dual band colinear for 2m/70cm
Sirio 4m Vertical
Innovantennas 4m 3 ele OWL vertical
66ft Off Centre Fed Dipole for HF
Favourite bands 60m, 4m, and 17m in that order
I like older military equipment! Always looking for Clansman to Clansman or Skanti to Skanti contacts.
The Skanti TRP 8255S:
A large and heavy beast. 10w, 60w or 250w. 1.6 to 30 Mhz SSB upper and lower, CW and AM
For the Clansman enthusiast:
I have just completed a representation of a Landrover FFR fit, in the shack - I am unable to afford the Landrover so I thought this would be the next best thing! It is not intended to be 100% accurate.
You will see a VRC321 HF on the left which covers all amateur bands from 1.8 to 30MHz at 40w, SSB(upper only), AM and CW. A VRC353 VHF sits next to it, which covers 4m and 6m FM up to 50w. Above these two radios is an audio amplifier with vehicle speaker and a 12v DCCU for charging the Clansman batteries. The latter is powered from a standard bench PSU as a substitute for the Landrover engine!
On the upper frame to the right is a PRC 351/2 VHF portable which covers the 4m and 6m amateur bands at 4w or 20w. Next to this is a PRC 320 portable which is mounted on a GS carry frame and attached to the rack with a standard vehicle mounting frame. It can be quickly released for use as a portable and covers all amateur bands from 2 to 30MHz at 30w, SSB (upper and lower), AM and CW. Beneath the PRC 320 is a Widney Aish mains power supply for powering the VRC 321, 353 and the audio amp. It is Clansman only on the outside as it has been uprated by installing a 30A Chinese SMPS in place of the 10A standard contents. On top of the Widney Aish is a table top speaker which can be connected to any of the radios. A Clansman morse key sits on the desk in front of the radio trays.
On the side extension Dexion can be seen a PRC 344 UHF airband transceiver for close air support (not for use of course!) and another PRC 320 portable which does not have the LSB mod.
A PRC349 and 350 plus various Clansman ancilliaries such as 25w TURF and SURF units for the 321, Penthouse lamp etc will complete the basic line-up in due course. If funds and availability ever allow, a VRC322 250w amp and tuner will be added to increase the power from the VRC321.
The standard FFR rack is bolted to a home made wooden mount representing a small section of a landrover body and is painted NATO green. The radio table is a standard issue Landrover FFR model and is bolted to the sides of the wooden frame.
On the left the VRC 321 and 353; on the right, audio amp, speaker and DCCU
On left the PRC320, with LSB mod on GS frame; on the right PRC344 and standard PRC 320
The PRC 351/2 4/20w VHF and The Widney Aish PSU with Chinese 30amp SMPS inside
The rest of the shack
Skanti TRP 8255, FT101ZD, FT7800, ATU etc
The view from the shack window:
Two of my early efforts:
The one on the left, circa 1961. Practical wireless design as far as I remember. Chassis bent with wood, clamps and a hammer! Holes drilled with hand drill and round file. All soldering done with a small screwdriver heated on my Mother's gas oven!! Aligned by ear. Did make a dial at a later stage but no photo. Never put it in a case - no elf 'n safety then! Had many hours of fun listening on AM across the HF bands, including amateur.
The one on the right,circa 1969. Wireless World design. Commercial chassis and Eddystone dial. Had acquired a soldering iron by this stage! Still have it in my garage minus some valves and other components. Maybe I will restore it sometime. Seen here on the far right in full working order in the batchelor flat days!
The Hele's School, Exeter, CCF (Combined Cadet Force) days:
Annual Inspection 1961. I am on the far left trying to impress the Air Coomodore! Most of the models were mine. On the right, annual camp 1960 at RAF Chivenor, Nth Devon in front of a Hunter FGA9 - then one of our front line fighters. I am sixth from left, back row.
Arduous Training (!!) somewhere on Bodmin Moor c1962.
Me fifth from left in second photo and holding dog in fourth.
No radios in sight but we had 88 sets with us.
The coveted Royal Signals Certificate
Just one HF antenna at the moment - not ideal! Plus a Innovantenna 3 element OWL 4m yagi mounted vertically for FM part of band at 22ft. and 2m/70cm colinear mounted at the back of shed:
And finally - the dogs! Often in the shack with me when not with the XYL
Reggie (alias Rupert) with Seren (alias Dippy) and Davidson (alias Donald) - sadly no longer with us, died aged 15 years, 12 November 2014.
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