I'm based in the city of Chelmsford (45km from London) and my interest in amateur radio started at an early age. During my early teens, there was lots of SWL'ing on HF+2m along with learning CW. Originally intending to take the RAE in 1994, it wasn't until 2001 that I got my "ticket" after passing what was then known as the C&G RAE and the Morse test to get the old Class A (now known as "Advanced") licence.
Now, on the wrong side of 30, I operate mostly HF, typically CW+SSB plus PSK, RTTY and JT modes. The main HF radio is an FT-950 with VHF/UHF taken care of by an FT-857D that also serves as my /P workhorse. I like to experiment with aerials and all those in use here are home-brew - Typically, I use a fan-dipole for 40m through 10m and, occasionally, a home-brew CobWeb. Operation on 160m/80m will be with an Inverted-L though this is a seasonal antenna.
I'm keen on home-brewing my Shack toys: I've built a 2x radio digimode interface that allows me to switch between the FT-950+FT-857D without using another soundcard/serial-port. I've build a simple desk-mic for the FT-857D and I'm quite fond of tinkering around with audio and microphones (a side-effect of the day job!) so you may wish to read about my thoughts on "broadcast" audio in the Amateur World or see what headset I think works best. Often, a cheap home-brew solution can work just as well (and provide greater satisfaction) than an expensive off-the-shelf product. Another home-brew creation is PZTLog - This came about as a simple logger but has grown into my everyday logger, PSK and RTTY terminal, QSL admin and DX Cluster monitor. Shown below is PZTLog in "full mode" and the new uLog "simple logging" application released on 20th January.
Thanks for your interest.
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