thanks for looking up my info.
You can find me on 23cm FM, 4m, 2m 144.700 and on HF of course. My favourite bands are 12m, 15m, 18m and the 20m band. I am registered with Echolink and I use DStar mostly via a DVAP. On DStar I tend to hang out on Reflector 006 Module B or C and I access the Network via DVAP.
My favourite rigs are all of the Yaesu range. Some years ago I had to regularly commute to London from the North of England. To make the boring 4 hour ride a bit more interesting I was looking for the perfect mobile rig. I started off with the FT817 with an automatic ATU and an amplifier. After having to call the fire brigade to free from all the wires I got entangled in, I decided to go for another radio to reduce the number of wires to connect everything together. I got the FT-897. A nice big rig with a familiar menu. Unfortunately it was too big for the dashboard and I could only leave it on the passenger seat and not really operate whilst driving. I did love the rig but it was simply not suitable for mobile operation.
The rig became my home radio and I decided to give the FT-857 with a deatachable head a go together with the ATAS 120. It was hit and worked really well. I could operate the radio with ease whilst on the move - (in the UK it happens to be legal) and then I had lot's of fun on my 8 hours in the car during the weekend commutes. I did end up with a lot of spare radios in the process but the good news that they are all in use somewhere somehow.
Another area the hobby has taken me into is military radios. I bought a couple of clansman 6m and 4m FM radios, one shortwave radio and I got hooked - almost! Once you understand how they were used in combat and a little bit about the design and the capability of the radios they get quite interesting. Still I feel sorry for the squaddies who had to run around with near enough 10kg of kit on their backs whereas today the same performance can be achieved with equipment weighing less than 0.5kg.
Ages ago I got into data modes - such as PSK32 and SSTV on 20m it is ok. I am intending to one weekend get back into it and to give it another go.
In Germany my home QTH is Paderborn, in Nordrhein-Westfalen.
- I had a go at getting some chinese el-cheapo radios and at the moment I am testing their capability. "So so" is my current response when asked about these Chinese wonders. You do get some performance but although they look very much like the premier radios they do not perform like them, still they do work and you certainly get what you pay for I guess if not more. I was looking at the Baofeng range and bought some 70cm and some dual band radios. At the moment I am trying to get some mini emergency radio system put together operating on 70cms.
- antennas for postage stamp sized gardens. As I am in the process to move maybe the motivation to install some more antenna system is very low with the thought in mind that I may have to rip it all down any time. Still in my second home in Germany I installed some loft antennas in the loft for VHF, UHF and HF and I am looking to fill it up with an HF Loop and Log Periodic antenna in the near future.
Other things I am involved with:
Some links with my current engagements:
- Another hobby of mine is target shooting. I attend a local club here in the UK and every now and then I go to spent an afternoon shooting. It is good fun and I would recommend it.
German and English fluently
thanks for looking!
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