My current home station is based around the Yaesu FT-847 Transceiver. As my QTH is located in a Conservation Area my antennas are low key and I operate on HF using a "stealth antenna" consisting of a 66ft long inverted-L fed with an SGC-239 Automatic ATU, and on the VHF bands using a Diamond V2000 colinear.
I can be heard most days, during my daily commute, operating via my local repeaters (GB3HS and GB7HU) using an Icom IC-E2820 D-Star transceiver and can be tracked on APRS.FI, and on longer trips operating HF mobile using a Yaesu FT-857 Transciever using a variety of single-band whips.
I caught the radio and electronics bug at school, building an amplified crystal set from the innards of a perfectly functioning transistor radio! I was encouraged by my late Father, who worked for Post Office Telecommunications, to study for the RAE whilst doing my A-levels and was licensed in 1984 as G6ZTI. I became interested in data communications using packet radio whilst at University where this mode allowed me to operate from the Halls of Residence.
My lifelong interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) has been the cornerstone of my career in the Aerospace Industry, and I actively encourage young people to take this career choice - whenever possible, using amateur radio as the vehicle for demonstrating STEM in action. An example being my 2002 Radcom article “Satellites for Science Week”, which encouraged pupils at a local high school to gather telemetry from several satellites at home, using an Internet-connected APRS client program.
I served as the RSGB Deputy Regional Manager for East Yorkshire and North East Lincolnshire between 2000 and 2005, and through this role became active within the East Yorkshire Repeater Group and several Amateur Radio Clubs in my area. My own personal experiences of being stranded on a major arterial road in Hull during the flooding in 2007 brought home the unused potential that our repeater network has to offer, and the turning point came when the Yorkshire and Lincolnshire 4x4 Response sought the support of the East Yorkshire Repeater Group for radio communications training.
Following this success, I have been active with the East Yorkshire Repeater Group, running special events, demonstration stations and providing Radio Communications Foundation Training at all levels to Scouts, Cadets and Volunteer Responders. In 2010 I was successful in obtaining a significant grant from the National Lottery “Big Lottery Fund” for the group to fund the GB7HU D-Star Repeaters and further support our objectives of supporting community events and emergency communications.
I believe that in the UK, amateur radio has far more potential for providing emergency communications than is currently being realised, and I encourage any amateur to get involved with their local RSGB or RAEN affiliated group, and actively promote what amateur radio has to offer to the local community in times of need.
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