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Thank you for visiting my page. Please confirm my log book and feel free to leave a web message. Member of the RSGB,ARRL, IARU and WAB sq sk09,log book 2022 and M.A.C DX group. Grid Square Io93ak.

 M.A.C DX group

  

 

Well, my interest in radio started when I was a kid. I can remember going around to my Granddad's house and sitting on his knee while he was sat smoking his pipe listening to the BBC World Broadcast. Then he'd say "listen son, there are stations in Moscow, Germany, etc". He was an avid short-wave listener. My Father and Uncle Gerard were dispatchers and radio operators in the Second World War. In them days everyone listened to radios and I used to sit with my father many a night listening to broadcasts all around the world, but secretly I used to wish he smoked a pipe because of the memories of my granddad :) So it was my closest family that got me into short-wave listening, rs50003 with any radio I could get my hands on - I'd visit junk shops at every opportunity to try and find a bargain.

In 1977 I married my wife Joyce and in that year (I can't really remember why) somebody exchanged a 23 channel CB radio as a payment for some work I had done. I didn't have a clue what it was, but it sparked my imagination again from when I was a child. I got the radio working on a rudimentary antenna and realised it was a citizens bands radio but in the UK at that time I could only hear half a dozen or so people. Then everyone started to get the 40 channel radio and this did my nut in - only having 23 channels! So then it started - 40 channels, all mode, getting down to 26 Megs, covering as much of the band as possible, and I started working USB for DX contests. I was hooked! I started venturing into amateur radio equipment and it got to the stage where I had a 40 foot tower at my QTH. It was then that I bit the bullet (to be truthful, only because I knew if the authorities turned up they would take my equipment) so in 1983 I sat my B Class - three times - and finally I passed and I became a B Operator on the amateur bands. My call sign was G1OFZ. in 1985 I furthered myself with the Morse test which was atrocious, I HATE that form of communication! hihi. I talked my wife into taking the test and she passed first time! She has now got my old call sign G1OFZ.

Our new family in 1980:

This is my first shack in the loft; it wasn't very practical - I kept falling out!

My second shack was set up on Joyce's dining table!

The radios are starting to get organised, even Julia is in on the act :)

New Icom 720A:

My new 2m set up:

 

Charlie (previous call G1SMO now G0KLD) and me (previous call G1OFZ) back in the day:

Pictures of my old QTH (1986)  and antenna system. Not seen on the pictures, a dipole for 160.

 

For many years we had fun on the radio. I was mainly on HF and Joyce mainly on 2m/70. My trade was a smelter of high grade steels but the advent of the depression in the 1980's under Margaret Thatcher resulted in me losing my job. With having two children (Julia and Paul) and a wife to support I tried various other jobs for very low pay but with no good results. So one night me and Joyce sat down and discussed having to make our own way in life and we decided to open our own business. That meant selling everything but the kitchen sink and of course my beloved radios. It sounds daft to say "beloved radios", but I got so much enjoyment out of them. My wife said that in the future when we were back on our feet we would be able to go back to the radios, relax a bit more and take our time with it.

So in 1989 Joyce and I opened our first business which I ran for a short time on my own because Joyce was busy with Julia and Paul. As the kids got older Joyce, Julia and Paul started working with me and I took another job on working nights in order to support our income as the business was growing. With a lot of hard work and slog from the family and myself we made the business a success and venturing into other businesses which gave us the opportunity to travel whilst following our hobbies and interests.

Meeting the captain, sailing to the Bahamas - asking if he knew where he was going :)

On the dingy to Vancouver, Canada:

Celebratory dinner with Dorian Yates in Las Vegas, after winning the Mr Olympia!

My son Paul on a Fishing trip to France:

My daughter Julia running the London Marathon:

In 2012 a friend popped into the office Darren G0WVV and said "You keep saying you are going to come back onto the amateur bands" and he threw me a Baofeng. I started to listen around the bands and heard a lot of activity in my local area and those using the repeater GB3PZ sounded like a good bunch of lads. They were chatting about Echolink, D-Star, Antenna's, etc etc. The spark was truly back! Over the last few years I've made a lot of new friends and renewed a lot of acquaintances from my old days on the airwaves. We monitor the frequency 144.500, and mb6df 144.850 dstar and allstar,echo link and play on the HF bands mostly 10-80 metres. It has been an exciting time especially now I am a grandad!

Mason John Breen and the twins: Emily Sharon Breen and Harry Paul Breen.

  

Grandkids doing the peaky blinders - Emily, Luke, Mason, Lewis and Harry:

My lovely wife Joyce and our best mate booboo.

 

New QTH (1996):

     

Getting the pond ready for Joyce.

In 2016, myself and the love of my life Joyce retired from our business, the Powerhouse Gym, which we opened in 1989. We also ran security companies from 1981 to 2010. As my wife said all those years ago, in the future when we were back on our feet we would be able to go back to the radios, relax a bit more and take our time with it. Since 2012 we've been building the shack up so we can enjoy our hobby from all those years ago. G0DTX G1OFZ.

My equipment:

 

FT2000 with DMU2000 and SP2000 speaker. Expert 1K-FA. Kenwood TS2000 2m70cm HF and Icom 7100 2m70cm HF DSTAR.  Anytone 4m. Handhelds: ICom ID51 2m70cm DSTAR and Baofeng UV-5R 2m70cm. Working on a mobile set up together with a friend of mine Charlie G0KLD. Kenwood TM-V71E VHF UHF HF radio and Alinco DX 70 TH.

Antennas:

1. Range HF Vertical 6/160m

2. HF-7B-DX Web 6/20m cobweb

3. Enfed wire 6/160m with 9 to 1 magnetic baluns, tunable with ATU

4. Diamond V2000 6/2/70m

5. 4m Dipole

6. D-Original DX-X-200-2-NW 2/70cm

7. Full size G5RV up at 40 feet

8.10 metre vertical

9. Magnetic baby loop by I3VHF. 10m to 40m

Me and the guys doing some aerial work, summer 2014:

     

M0CSN (John) G0DTX (me) and G0KLD (Charlie) having a laugh at the Manchester radio rally 2015; and us again with G4WLI (Peter) at the Red Rose rally Manchester 2016:

   

Red Rose Rally 2017. Picture one (left to right) M0CSN (John), G4WLI (Peter), M0AUT (Dave, sat down), myself G0DTX, G4URG (Sam), G0KLD (Charlie) and G0OHY (Arthur).

   

Tameside boys back together - M0CSN, G0KLD, G4URG and G0DTX.

 

The antenna set up now:

         Portable cobweb HI.

 My daughter Julia and wife Joyce G1OFZ.

Back on the air! Hair today, gone tomorrow :)

 

Thanks to my daughter Julia for helping me round my computer, Charlie G0KLD John M0CSN Brian M0NSI for getting me running on the digital modes. Helping putting up the antennas: my son Paul, his mates George and Rob, Charlie G0KLD, John M0CSN. 73.

 

Live long and prosper.

 

Yours,

John

DE G0DTX

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