Hello and thanks for looking me up. My interest in radio communications started at the age of 12 when I was introduced to citizen band radio.Then after making my 1st illegal contact at the age of 15 into Greece on 27mhz,back in 1993,I became hooked! I obtained my Amateur radio licence in June 1998,but was restricted to using frequencies above 30mhz until a cw test was passed. So I never bothered taking the test and for some time my interest in radio took a back seat while I was in pursuit doing other things in my life.
Years later my interest was rekindled when the licence structure here in England was altered with the introduction of the novice and intermediate licences. Having been a former class B licence holder from taking the old examination, I automatically qualified for an advanced licence. That's one reason why you don't hear so many M1 call sign's these days. As most progressed to an M0 call after passing the morse code test, in order to obtain a class A licence with Hf entitlement under the old structure. So I have been fairly active since around 2006.
My interest has developed and I enjoy many aspects which include- making antennae,chasing the grey line propagation,working tropospheric ducting and E's on 144mhz SSB also meteor scatter on 144mhz SSB.I am limited to operating portable and mobile and you will often hear me either on the hill tops or next to the salt water (river Humber) depending what frequencies I am using. Main picture (top right) operating as PA/M1DEN/P in the southwest part of the Nederlands. Now we have good sunspot activity in cycle 24,I am QRV on most bands between 160m and 10m, From my mobile station. My set up is very simple. I use a Trio TS440sat radio with a modified front end receiver section,an Outbacker outrunner multi band mobile antenna,which I use between 1.8-21mhz.Also I use a Ranger RCI 2970dx transceiver for 24/28mhz with a Sirio HP4000 7/8 wave base loaded mobile antenna. When I am portable I use a home made full size vertical 1/4 wave on 7mhz,Sirio SY 27-3 modified 3 element mono band yagi for 28mhz or 9 element tonna and 6 element quad by Jaybeam for 144mhz SSB.
This year (2014) I have changed my station for HF. At the moment I am using an Icom IC706 mk2 and an Icom AH3 matching device at the feedpoint of a homebrew multiband vertical antenna which is made from an 11 metre fiberglass fishing pole and with 10.5 metres of 16awg enamelled copper wire taped to the side . The antenna works as the following-
7mhz = 1/4 Lambda , 14mhz = 1/2 lambda , 18mhz = 5/8 lambda , 21mhz = 3/4 lambda , 24mhz = 7/8 lambda
For the lower freqencies I convert this antenna into a inverted 'L' for 1.8mhz by adding a horizontal section of copper wire around 30 metres in length from the tip of the vertical section and spread out to a 40 foot telescopic mast. This antenna works extremely well on 3.5 mhz , 7 mhz , and 14 mhz as these are the bands I have tried.
During the summer of 2014 I was fortunate enough to travel europe and attend friedrichshafen hamfest. During this time it was great to operate ham radio in 4 countries. Pictures soon available. For now I will wish you all 73 and if you hear me on the air please give me a call.
Cheers and Beers de Lee M1DEN /m/p.73!
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