I am a retired RAF officer of the engineer branch, now living in France in the Charente Maritime (SW coast).
In the 1960's I was an air signaller with RAF Coastal Command on Shackleton aircraft in Malta and at Ballykelly (N Ireland). In those days the primary long-range communication was via HF radio in Morse or in AM speech. SSB came later ! Later I served in RAF tactical signals where HF RATT was the primary means of communicating signals traffic worldwide, although we sometimes used Morse for initial contact and for difficult comms. The new mode of PSK would have been most welcome ! After TCW (Tactical Comms Wing) I served at RSRE and GCHQ before a tour in MOD where I was the desk officer for secure telephony, and after that was the branch chief CIS at NATO Airborne Early Warning, SHAPE. After leaving the RAF I was an instructor for Motorola Cellular Systems, and Learning Tree in London where I taught telecommunications and cellular systems. I retired in 2007; now I fix computers for the Brit community here near Royan, in SW France.
I am currently active on HF and VHF from my home here near La Rochelle (locator IN95KT) and often join the RAFARS nets and also work other hams as and when I practice the hobby. My HF rig is an FT2000 accompanied by an old FZ 2100 linear which gives me about 400 watts max. I have a Frizel FD4 Windom as my main antenna for 80 and 40 metres; above that I also have a Jaybeam MX3 Yagi.
I am a member of Radio REF(Radio Emmeteurs de France) and REF Union 17 (Radio Emmeteurs of the Charente Maritime). I also work local VHF where we have a repeater on the Ile d'Oleron, and also a local net.
I also hold the UK callsign G0NPH, and the Belgian Callsign ON9CPH.
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