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I have been interested in Radio since I was 9yrs old, nearly 50 yrs ago now-having been introduced to the delights of short wave listening by my Grandfather . Using ex army kit he would tune the bands and let me listen. As I grew up I would build my own valve superhet sets and continued to listen on 160m, 80m and the 40m bands.The first commercial set I bought was a valve Lafayette which I still have, although I now use a JVC NRD545 for serious listening.

I bought a Codar CR70 and also recently aquired at the Reading Radio Rally a pristine CR70A, both of which give good results comensurate with their age and original cost.I also havethree FRG-7 receivers- one totally original, the second having been fitted with an internal digital frequency display, and the third has a Practical Wireless magazine SSB modification to give better ssb reception.

I did take and pass the RAE when I was 19yrs old although I never took up the licence. This was in order to gain technical ability for a career in radio communications that actually never happened!

Upon retirement I decided it was high time to become licenced and took the Foundation course run by the Wythall Radio Club, Nr. Birmingham.

Having gained the UK Foundation licence on 10th May 2010, I proceeded to take the UK Intermediate cource and passed the exam on 5th July 2010 to become 2E0IDR. I have now gained my "full" licence under callsign M0IDR with 400 watt power capability. I can be found on the 2m band at present and am experimenting with HF antennas-long wire or G5RV type of wire antennas.Presently I have a Icom 7400, a Yeasu 2m & 70cm handheld, a 2m FM Yaesu FT1802 mobile  I find the Icom an excellent transceiver and was lucky enough to buy a pristine second hand example. I am presently using a Kenwood TS2000 to evaluate its performance against the IcomMy antenna for VHF and 50Mhz is a triple band colinear mounted on the gable end at around 25 feet.

As for hobbies- Ham Radio, restoring domestic valve and early transistor sets from both the UK and USA. I have a collection of around100 sets, all in fine working condition. My latest project is the restoration of a RCA AR88.

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