I was a keen SWL between the ages of 12 and 15. After a break of 40 years, I returned to amateur radio in 2007. I took the foundation and intermediate courses at Denby Dale Radio Club, which meets at the Pie Hall, and received my advanced licence in 2008. CW is my first love and principal mode.
The shack workhorse is an Elecraft K3S though the latest arrival is also getting plenty of use. It's an Elad FDM-DUO, an Italian-made, low-power, SDR transceiver of remarkable capability. Although it will operate happily as a stand -alone unit, I generally run it on an iMac using Parallels 11.
Other rigs include a Ten-Tec Corsair II, with its fine receiver, a Tec-Tec Century 22, which still packs a punch, and a Ten-Tec Delta 580, which offers smooth, near-silent QSK. I've built a number of QRP radios, including the Rockmite with its 500mW roar, and I enjoy working portable on the moors which rise high above this Yorkshire town.
Sailing is another interest and you may hear me from time to time operating /mm. Sea water, loaded rigging and five watts from an FT-817 can be a formidable DX combination - until the water reaches the FT-817. My home antennas include an 80m doublet, a windom and dipoles for 40m and 30m.
Like many aspiring telegraphists, I've collected a few keys. Among them are a single paddle, meticulously handcrafted by Larry, N0SA, and a twin paddle, the MagPad, by Tom Withers, G0HGE, which is in daily use. For portable use, the German-made Palm Radio Mini-Paddle provides a neat companion.
My career has been in newspaper journalism but my early training was in classical music. Clubs: FOC 1961, QRP 12710.
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