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August 2015 - Got married to Gemma :) 


I have been licenced since 2001 as 2E1VAR having graduated to the bands from CB/11m. Originally operating from Brierley Hill in the West Midlands. In 2010 I moved with my partner, Gemma and 3 children, down to Ottery St. Mary, near Exeter, for work reasons.

I'm active on all bands/modes from 80m to 70cm including 4m/D-Star/DMR/Yaesu System Fusion.

My main HF line up is a Yaesu FTDX-3000/MD-100A8X  or Heil Pro-set Elite Mic with a Yaesu SP-2000  speaker and FP-1030A PSU which I run through a trapped inverted L (pictured below), it's resonant on 80 and 40 but tunes nicely on 10 through 80, there's about 20 radials buried under the lawn to help things along, there is also a 10m dipole in the loft space.

You'll find me playing JT65 mostly these days on HF.

My main 6/2/70 radio is a Yaesu FT-991 connected through a Watson W-2000 Tri-band colinear.

In the car I use a Yaesu FTM-100DE for 2/70/C4FM along with a DV-Mega Bluestack for connecting to FCS/YSF refelctors.

For C4FM at home I have a Yaesu FT-2DR and DV4-Mini and monitor FCS001-055 and CQ-UK

I use a Yaesu FT-2800M for monitoring the local Marine Band activity and the local GB3SW repeater.

I have an Icom IC-7100 which I use mainly for 4m and monitoring the local GB7NL D-Star Repeater.

I use an Icom ID-31e via a DV-Mega for D-Star work.

For DMR I have a TYT-390 and DV-Mega Bluestack.

I've recently added an Icom IC-7300 to the shack.

Another of my interests is monitoring airband which comes by way of a Uniden BCT-15X for military and a Uniden UBC-780XLT for civil, I use a Yupiteru MVT-8000 for monitoring spot frequencies, all connected to a Diamond D-777 in the loft.

On my bedside table is a realistic Pro-2006 for bedtime listening.

My virtual radar set up is a Moonraker Radar-100 colinear in the loft, 1090 preamp, RTL dongle and Planeplotter. 

When I'm out and about on my feet I have a couple of Baofengs and a Uniden UBC-125XLT and Realistic Pro-26 for use at airshows.

Here is the current shack


7 MHz Trap


Predicted 2m coverage

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My other interests include aviation, photography, scanning and a bit of Carp fishing when the schedule allows !


When time allows I do a spot of fishing, below is my PB, a Shatterford Catfish, scales bottomed out at 44lb :(

And one of Pool hall's babies !


In the summer months you'll find me pointing the Tamron skywards !

Britain's finest, BAe Harrier and English Electric Lightning

Update 2015 - Got Married !!!


The wifes new motor

Here's where I've been lately




Solar Flux Index - Solar winds - particles/fields reaching planet
No effect on 30m - 160m
<90 Low, 90-100 Av, 100-150 Good, 150+ Ideal
SN - Sunspot numbers/active electromagnetic fields on the sun. - High = Ionization of atmoshphere which helps HF - But when they errupt into flares they can diminish HF propogation.
<75 Poor, 75-100 Good, 100-150 Ideal, 150+ excellent
SFI & SN must be sustained for a number of days to affect propogation
A Index - 24 Hour average of geomagnetic activity - reference for general conditions, affects 10-20m
<5 Best, 6-9 average, 10+ very poor
Ap Index affects 30-160m
<5 Best, 6-9 average, 10+ very poor
K Index - Geomagnetic activity compared to a quiet day, falling = better, affects 10-20m
<1 Best, 2-3 Good, 4-5 average, 5-9 very poor 
KP Index affects 30-160m
<1 Best, 2-4 Good, 5-9 very poor

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