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Hello Radio Friends. Welcome to my little Bio

Here I am again having another foray into the wonderful world of Amateur Radio. I have had a break from the hobby for the last 15 years due to work and other life events but recently got bitten by the bug to get back on air.

I have been interested in anything radio since I was a young boy where my earliest memory was sitting by our Radio Gram tuning the scale up and down for hours listening to the strange sounds emanating from the functional but equally beautiful piece of furniture.

I was first licensed in 1985 as G1PJN. In those early days I only worked Mobile on 2 Meters when I was travelling up and down the country from the various RAF Stations where I was based.

In 1987 I took the decision that I wanted to work the HF Bands so took on the challange to learn CW. From that very moment I knew that I loved the mode. I was eventually rewarded with my current Callsign (which is not always the easiest in Code!) I have also Operated as VP8CPY while spending four months stationed in the Falkland Islands.

This passion is still with me today although I do get frustrated as sometimes I'm hearing it but my mind wont decode it!

One of my main interests in the hobby is QRP Operation. I have built various receivers and transceivers in the past, albeit mainly from kits as well as other pieces of equipment that include ATU's, Audio Filters etc. You really do get a real buzz from working a distant station on something you have built yourself. I am also a member of the GQRP Club.

My current station for HF is a Flex 6300 SDR Tranceiver. This radio is amazing. I use it for all modes including CW, SSB, PSK31 and JT65. I also own a fully loaded Elecraft K2 (QRP Version) and an Elecraft KX1 for 40, 30 & 20 Meters. I am looking forward to working /P with the KX1 very soon.

I know the 6300 is not a dedicated QRP radio but with this  rig I can have the best of all worlds! :-) I am blown away by all of these rigs. It’s so exciting discovering this new technology and has yet again fuelled my enthusiasm for Ham Radio.

​For SSB I use a Heil PR781 mounted on the PL2T Boom. 

For CW I use the Kent Dual Paddle Key and the Palm Pico Paddle for /P work.

I  also enjoy using my two Straight Keys especially when I'm working another FISTS member. The Kent Straight Hand Key has a lovely smooth action and a delightful but slightly noisy sound. The Junker Key is very pleasing to use and is the type of key that I passed my 12 WPM Morse Exam on back in 1987. Mine originates from the 1970's and is a fine example of precision engineering.

My Antenna is a Hyendfed 40 - 10 Meter Dipole which is another awsome product.​

 

                                                              My Station

 

​​                                                                            I Like CW laugh

I can be found on all Bands from 40 - 10 all modes with a particular interest in the WARC Bands.

I am currently really enjoying working PSK31and JT65 with my Flex radio 6300 along with  Fldigi. I am constantly amazed at what I can work with just 3 Watts QRP... Canada... Dubai... Oman... from my very simple station.

As you can see from my photo, I also have a love of flying and have held my Microlight Pilots License for over 10 years. It is amazing to be able to fly and see the world from 2000 feet. I also intend to take the KX1 on my travels and combine both hobbies at once by operating /P from some little airfields around the UK.

My EQSL Card

 

I live with my Partner of 5 years, Trina, who often makes fun of my "strange" hobby, but supports me fully. We are also lucky enough to have a wonderful Minature Dachund (Sausage Dog) called "Wally" who often keeps me company in the Shack as long as the occasional Tennis Ball is thrown for his amusement.

                                                                                                                                                             

                                                                                                                                                                                 Me, Trina and Grandaughter Teagan

 

                                                                                                                                                

 Say Hello to Shack Dog Wally smiley                                                                                      ​

 

As a final thought. Someone has recently said to me "Why bother with Amateur Radio when you can pick up your IPhone and have a face to face contact with someone on the other side of the world instantly"?

My answer to them was COMMUNITY & FRIENDSHIP.

In this potentially awful world in which we now live, Amateur Radio still holds these two qualities and I for one am still proud to be called a Radio Ham.

I will QSL 100% through E-QSL (Its the future) cheeky

 

Best 73's

Nick G0HFL

 

GQRP Club No: 14879                                                                          

FISTS Nr: 17666

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