Hello and thanks for visiting my page.
I was first licenced as G8XXP in 1980 and obtained the call-sign G4RQG in 1982. Following a long break I returned to the hobby in 2012.
Transceivers : Kenwood TS-2000, TM-710E, ICOM ID-5100
ATU : FC-902
H.F. Antenna : G5RV (ZS6BKW Variant) at 20 feet
V.H.F / U.H.F. Antenna : Collinear
My favourite modes are PSK, RTTY, JT65 & JT9
I am not collecting paper QSL cards but I am happy to send one direct if it is really needed.
My other interests include local history and there is an aspect that might be of interest to the Amateur Radio / SWL community. The market town of Cheadle is located only a few miles from my home and during WWII it was the location of a very important RAF Station, but this was not an aerodrome and there were no aircraft based there. An old country house just outside the town provided the location for RAF No. 361 Wireless Unit. Local people knew it simply as RAF Cheadle and the generally held view was that the station had something to do with weather forecasting.There was a small element of truth in that theory but in fact the activities at Woodhead Hall were a part of Britain's greatest wartime secret - the interception, analysis and the code breaking of the radio signals used by Germany`s Armed Forces.
The vital information gathered by the network was routed to Military Intelligence, the Strategic Commands and to Bletchley Park. The network of stations were staffed by Airmen, WAAFs and civilians including several Radio Amateurs. A number of Royal Navy personel were also located at Woodhead Hall, they used it as a base in between periods of duty spent at sea carrying out an intercept and signal intelligence role. Shortly after the United States entered the war members of their Radio Signal Intelligence Companies crossed the Atlantic to begin operations in the UK. A number of USAAF personel were based at Cheadle and at an outstation in the nearby village of Tean.
This is a facinating and largely untold story about the men and women who monitored the airwaves and in a very real sense became the ears of the intelligence agencies. I am planning to publish the findings of my research on a web site later this year.
"Don`t take life too seriously, noboby gets out of it alive."
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