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 I retired from the National Health Service in  2010 following a spinal injury, I worked in mental health as a Registered Nurse for thirty years and enjoyed most of the time in that role.

Unfortunately I am no longer able to persue my former interests which included walking, however I still access some of the Derbyshire trails which are on disused railway tracks such as the Tissington trail using a mobility scooter. Whilst my scooter is not fitted with radio equipment I usually have my handheld radio with me which cover 6m, 4m, 2m & 70cm, when I'm not out and about I am slowly fitting out a Mercedes Vito as a campervan. I will then be working /p from various parts of this green and pleasant land (if fuel prices remain affordable). I am planning to be active on most HF bands, VHF and UHF. I am looking to having a try at rtty, although not whilst driving!!!

UPDATE: November 2015.

The campervan did not function as planned, I needed more room than available in a Mercedes Vito so I have reluctantly reverted to tugging a wobble box (towing a caravan) around, The Vito is still fitted out as a camper and is excellent as both a marvelous portable wireless house and tug for the aformentioned wobble box. In August 2016 I expanded my "fleet" to include a Land Rover Discovery. It is an elderly one and more of a resurection project as I do like to tinker when my health permits. Not the most spritely of vehicles being a 300tdi automatic but it has survived for 23 years so hopefully it will survive a few more with some tlc.


My main equipment is a modest collection of Icom units including the following, ic-7100, ID-5100, ID-51E and IC-90. I have used/tried/owned numerous different flavour radios and have tended to gravitate towards Icom, I think I just prefer the way their menus work. Obviously there will be somone who finds the totally opposite, that is what makes us all different. Wouldn't the world be a boring place if we all did and liked the same thing. For aerials, at home I currently use a 7MHz doublet (as that is what fits in the space I have). For v/uhf I have an elderly Watson W2000 tri band co linear and a dual band horizontal beam, not an antenna farm, more like a window box! When mobile/portable I use a modern version of the trusty g-whip which works extremely well and has been used to contact many countries. I also experiment with end fed half wave wire aerials, some more succesful than others, but usually involving a thirty three foot fibreglass fishing pole as support.

The IC-7100 is used in a portable manner wether it is in the Vito, caravan or at home in the wireless office.

My WAB square is SK44 and book numbers are: 15422 and 18737

52° 59' 52'' N -1° 18' 42'' W


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