August 2015 - Got married to Gemma :)
I have been licenced since 2001 as 2E1VAR having graduated to the bands from CB/11m. Originally operating from Brierley Hill in the West Midlands. In 2010 I moved with my partner, Gemma and 3 children, down to Ottery St. Mary, near Exeter, for work reasons.
I'm active on all bands/modes from 80m to 70cm including 4m/D-Star/Yaesu System Fusion.
My main HF line up is a Yaesu FTDX-3000/MD-100A8X or Heil Pro-set Elite Mic with a Yaesu SP-2000 speaker and FP-1030A PSU which I run through a trapped inverted L (pictured below), it's resonant on 80 and 40 but tunes nicely on 10 through 80, there's about 20 radials buried under the lawn to help things along, there is also a 10m dipole in the loft space.
You'll find me playing JT65 mostly these days on HF.
My main 6/2/70 radio is a Yaesu FT-991 connected through a Watson W-2000 Tri-band colinear.
In the car I use a Yaesu FTM-100DE for 2/70/C4FM
For C4FM at home I have a Yaesu FT-2DR and DV4-Mini and monitor FCS001-055
I use a Yaesu FT-2800M for monitoring the local Marine Band activity and the local GB3SW repeater.
I have an Icom IC-7100 which I use mainly for 4m and monitoring the local GB7NL D-Star Repeater.
I use an Icom ID-31e via a DV-Mega for D-Star work.
For DMR I have a TYT-390 and DV-Mega Bluestack.
I've recently added an Icom IC-7300 to the shack.
Another of my interests is monitoring airband which comes by way of a Uniden BCT-15X for military and a Uniden UBC-780XLT for civil, I use a Yupiteru MVT-8000 for monitoring spot frequencies, all connected to a Diamond D-777 in the loft.
On my bedside table is a realistic Pro-2006 for bedtime listening.
My virtual radar set up is a Moonraker Radar-100 colinear in the loft, 1090 preamp, RTL dongle and Planeplotter.
When I'm out and about on my feet I have a couple of Baofengs and a Uniden UBC-125XLT for use at airshows.
Here is the current shack
7 MHz Trap
Predicted 2m coverage
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My other interests include aviation, photography, scanning and a bit of Carp fishing when the schedule allows !
When time allows I do a spot of fishing, below is my PB, a Shatterford Catfish, scales bottomed out at 44lb :(
And one of Pool hall's babies !
In the summer months you'll find me pointing the Tamron skywards !
Britain's finest, BAe Harrier and English Electric Lightning
Update 2015 - Got Married !!!
The wifes new motor
Here's where I've been lately
Solar Flux Index - Solar winds - particles/fields reaching planet
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