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I became interested in radio and electronics at a very young age, however, I had no one who could mentor me in the subject and just dabbled on my own just SWL.

Joined the military and was trained as a combat signaler and eventually moved into the SF world where I remained for several years. The main mode of communications used was CW, working and engineering HF duplex and sending and receiving mainly large messages of figure and letters. No plain text!

I got back into amateur radio once I left the military taking my foundation license a few years ago. I recently took the intermediate exam (limited TX power of 50w) and I'm now looking forward to getting on with working towards my full license.

Currently using the Yaesu 991 as the main radio in the shack. This is proving to be a very nice radio and mainly used on the HF bands I could realy throw the mic away but I keep it for the odd SSB QSO. smiley

My Antennas, I am now using a HEX Beam for the majority of my HF and 6M work. However, the Hex Beam does not work on 80 and 40 meters, so currently experimenting with an MV Ranger vertical  from Sandpiper communications.  Initially this didn't appear to be a great antenna, however a bit of time tuning it has now made all the difference and it works well for both 80m and 40m bands.  I have also build a top band long wire antenna which is yet to be tested to the full. Its only recently been constructed and the band has been so quiet I have been unable to give it a good test.Also have a tri band co linear for 6M 2M and 70cm. Have also just constructed a mag loop for 40m. I'm surprised how well it works. Only able to use it QRP with a max of 40W before it starts sparking devil

Hex Beam

Hex Beam

MV Ranger Vertical and home brew mag loop for 40m QRP


I operate on all modes including SSB, digi and CW, Most of my current QSO's are in CW. I have  Begali straight key and the Begali Expedition, now looking at getting the Begali HST.

This is the new key as of Feb 2017. Begali HST Brilliant !!!

Some other hobbies

Full Bore Shooting



Portable Set up

Land Rover Defender


The comms setup in the Land Rover is getting there slowly. We now have the ICOM 706 as the main HF rig working through the Tarheel antenna and mountain radio tuner. VHF and DMR are working through the Motorola 4600 which is capable of working both digital and analog.

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