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.
My workhorse for the past six years has been an Elecraft K3. Other rigs include a Ten-Tec Corsair II and a Tec-Tec Century 22, whose lively performance belies its years. Also present is the QRP Ten-Tec R4030 which is small enough to fit into a coat pocket.
A more recent acquisition is a Ten-Tec Delta 580, in fine fettle. Like many of its cousins, it offers smooth, near-silent QSK. I've built a number of QRP rigs, including the Rockmite with its punchy 500mW, and I enjoy working portable on the moors. Sailing is another interest and you may hear me from time to time operating /mm.
My single paddle was handcrafted by Larry, N0SA. It has magnetic contacts and the engineering is superb. For portable use, the German-made Palm Radio Mini-Paddle comes in handy.
My career has been in newspaper journalism but my early training was in classical music.
Clubs: FOC 1961, QRP 12710.
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