Hello. Thanks for looking me up and listening for my signal. I qualified as a amateur radio operator in November 2008 as M6WOW and gained the intermediate licence in June 2009 with callsign 2E0DAI. I passed the UK Full licence Exam and gained the M0YDH callsign in August 2010 and have a Notice of Variation to operate on the 5MHz experimental band.
My main interest is in lightweight, portable operations and Summits on the Air in particular. In the English Lake District I also activate summits listed in Wainwright's Pictorial Guides for Wainwrights on the Air.
I am looking forward to plenty of activations in the years to come. SOTA people are a very friendly bunch of souls and the scheme provides an excellent incentive for a long walk ! Sometimes it isn't windy on the summit and the sun shines HI. I attained SOTA Shack Sloth Status in May 2010 and am working towards the hardest award in Ham Radio - SOTA Mountain Goat - 1000 activator points.
When operating as MW0YDH/P in Wales calls in Welsh are welcomed. ('Dwi'n hapus iawn i siarad ar y radio yng Nhymraeg. Drosof.) . I have had chatty QSO's in German and hope to use French and Danish on the radio one day as well.
Please be gentle with me if you hear me on the key. I have just started having CW QSO`s so please QRS. Increasing the spaces between characters in your callsign may give me more decoding / thinking time. Multiple callsign repeats are very welcome at present. I'll apologise in advance if I suddenly decide to go QRT because I'm finding the pressure unbearable. I tend to send faster than I can decode too. So all in all I'm a fairly typical beginner !!
At present I have a Yaesu FT-817ND as my main radio, FT-101ZD as my HF base station and a VX-7R handheld. There is also a Wouxun KG699E handheld for 70MHz FM. I use a SOTABeam for 144 MHz & 432 MHz SSB at home and on the hill and have a linked inverted Vee dipole antenna for 3.7 and 7.1 MHz . My present lighter, linked dipole is based on photos from GW4BVE. At home my SOTA antennae are erected in the back garden on fishing poles at weekends.
I'm a member of Telford & District ARS, the RSGB and GQRP member 12764.
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