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I started my working life as an apprentice television engineer with a company called Radio Rentals. I took my Radio Amateurs exam when I was about 19 years old I think. Once I'd finished my apprenticeship, I left that trade and re-trained as a school teacher in 1968. I didn't get my morse up to speed until about 1976, I passed the morse test and got my callsign, and got active on CW. I think I've had about 10 QSOs using a microphone on HF bands, and thousands using CW. I guess being a teacher means talking all day, so I didn't want to talk on air as well!

Almost entirely CW, and 7Mhz band at the moment., but do occasionally go onto 144Mhz FM running a few watts into a co-linear, for local rag-chews, but I struggle to think of things to talk about!

My latest project is a QRP Labs QCX 5W transceiver for 7Mhz CW. I built the kit and it aligned and worked perfectly, first time - very pleased with myself! I've had a couple of dozen QRP QSOs with it, using a 12 volt supply, which equates to about 3.5 Watts of RF.

I've also made a cootie key paddle, using a hacksaw blade and a bit of Paxolin, and an electronic keyer using a PIC chip. I've lashed the two together and use them with the QCX trx, to give an all home-brewed station!


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