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Hi I'm Carl, and thanks for looking me up!


Have we just worked each other?

I have dipped in and out of radio since being licensed around (Im not totally sure) 1983 as G8UGJ - having dallied in 2m ssb. FM repeaters, Packet radio (remember that?) and APRS the position based messaging mode.  Mostly I work when out and about never really having lived high enough above sea level for non HF.

I have done a bit with magnetic loops over the years, but now tend to make life even more difficult for myself using small whip/ counterpoise combinations that are super portable (but maybe not as efficient as a Sterba curtain array or what have you...) I do like a gadget however.

I have a doublet at home for example, the highest point is maybe fifteen feet up when it crosses a tree, and one one complete element is inside the garage stapled to the underside of the roof....

What modes are cool?  

Im currently trying to get my CW back up to speed with a view to exploring the terror of the 'paddle'.  I'm mainly on 40m and 20m CW at present - from home with a KX3 - an amazing 5-15W tranceiver with built in keyer which can also used to generate RTTY in real time without a PC!  The technology is now some 10years old so I'm not exactly 'pushing the envelope', on the other hand it's survival for so long surely means this is a tried and tested bit of kit... One day I will master it.    

What else might I be using?

For mobile work I have an SGC SG-2020 a 20 (ish) W portable radio with great audio based filtering and low current demand for portable work.  Maybe not the most sensitive but I use it sometimes with a BHI noise eliminating speaker (this is a link to a newer version of the mark I model that I use).  Ask me what I think of these!

For motorcycle mobile working (note, not transmitting actual mobile- I havent ever been able to do two things at one-,  but I use the bike to go places -) North Wales is a motorcycling heaven (if you have never biked, the magic is in 'counter-steering', seriously).  For bikes and also for Summit On The Air (SOTA) I have an ageing FT817  again a mark I which I haul up hills.  It's an amazing radio which has more features than I can remember how to use at times.  I have the super narrow CW filter fitted.  Fancy a sked?  It threw the oddest error last year - if you have one and you havent recorded the values of the secret set up menu, do it now!

Is digital radio even real?

Apart from real radio, I have recently discovered VHF/UHF digital activity and am findable on GB7HM ( DMR Local talkgroup 9 slot 2), on DMR Brandmeister 4426 (HubNet an AllStar group which also has a local 2m simplex node for when I'm out and about ), on Fusion FCS004/20 ( CQ-UK YSF group ) and DSTAR REF079D typically when wandering around North East Wales, and the UK North West.

Do give me a shout if you hear me on! 

What else?

Well, Im trying to learn how to code mobile applications, and have a few ham radio related ones.  A work in progress but exciting times.

My homepage is pretty (basic !!!) -

(but I'm working on this too, do check back and tell me how it could be improved.)  


Finally is a rather self indulgent list of radios I have or no longer have.  Nothing important here :)

IC202S 2m ssb handi - when everyone at Uni bought 2m handbag FM radios, I showed my true colours and bought my first radio a 3w VXO ssb 2m handi - I mean - really?  I worked G3RJR as my first ever contact holding the radio at waist hight, inside my lodgings, with a quarter wave whip on top (held horizontally of course) I love this model.

* Pye Compact- a 1w 70cm single channel ex PMR radio essential for getting into my local 70cm repeater GB3CB when at university.

* Multi Palm IV 6 crystal 70cm 1w handi with great audio-  installed as a mobile radio for some time with a hideous microphone botched into it.  Mind you PMR sounded pretty 'functional' at the time.

* Standard C70 1w synthesised 'handbag' format 70cm FM radio with a brilliant mobile mount that autoconnected power and antenna, and ejected like a cassette tape!  I even built a 10w PA for it which was stolen when the car was broken into in a hospital car park.  The radio didn't get taken....

FDK750e/430a a cheap (relatively) multimode mobile on 2m and 70cm with 10w.  They also made a matching PSU which I couldnt afford and planned a 6m module which never happened.  No memories.  No scanning.  Two VFOs. Proper radio.  For a time I had a triple 5/8 antenna on one side of the car and a 5/8 whip on 2m on the other side.  Looked amazing. I even worked another FDK crossband mobile on ssb..... once....

Alinco DJ580e dual band handi built really well, became a packet tranceiver for the car for a while, the most expensive radio I ever bought at the time.

Icom IC207R dual band 50w mobile which introduced me to QRO on the highway.

* FT-902DM A massive and exceptional 'contest grade' tranceiver the bigger brother of the FT-101 that when properly lined up performed amazingly and was finally sold to a guy who was rebuilding his collection having previously owned five simultaneously.

Homebrew crystal controlled 80m cw tx/rx a kit by Coltec components.

A 40m tx/rx kit that fits into a tin of Altoids mints and I built it ONLY because I discovered this US brand of mints in a UK shop.  Good reason eh?

TH-D7e - Bought for it's built in APRS this radio had a dreadful NiCad battery and had a new lease of life when a NickleMetal Hydride battery was obtained.  More recently it's on the bench as I seem to have destroyed it when it fell off the bench..*.

FT817 mark I a radio that has worked hardest at high altitude on 2m ssb, FM and especially 60m during my SOTA phase.  Still a favourite this radio is in my 'go bag'.

SGC SG-2020 a transportable radio built like a brick.  20w out on ssb and cw (well in the lower bands) and exceptional filtering from stock - was quickly followed by a noise cancelling version that improved it a lot- but I'd already go this one then and for some reason never upgraded it.

Mizuho MX-14s - did you know Mizuho is hard to translate.  Although 'place of abundent rice' gives a flavour, it's supposed to conjour a feeling of a cool place to be.  The MX-14s (one of a set of single band ssb/cw radios) is a dry cell powered 40m handi.  Working ANYONE with this radio is just so rewarding. And hard.

TH-D700e bought when I was doing a lot of mobile and APRS, now it's my base station rig and when attended means an APRS handi on site can both hear and be heard by (the minimal) local traffic.

Icom ID51e. ICOM's DSTAR radio and my first steps into V/UHF digital modes.  As the 50th anniversay model, it features also being a white one!

ID-E880.  An older second hand purchase to put DSTAR into the car.  50w, dual band, many memories, tiny bit tricky to set up.  Once set up I'm finding mobile FM almost dead, and most digital is via local hotspot (I have a pi in my glovebox... do you?) 

* Motorola DP3400.  A 32 channel DMR and FM 70cm tranceiver.  Built about as strong as they come.  

* Motorola DP3600 A 1000 channel version of the DP3400, with a keypad, LCD display, and slightly less good audio.

S-Pixie.  I cheated!  This kit was bought from China ready assembled and cased, postage free for less then typically you might pay for postage.  What a strange thing is globalisation.  40m single frequency CW only.  7.027 (but they aren't all on that)






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