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First became interested in radio in 1958 [Age 13]. When my brother [now sadly sk, Feb 2013] worked for a government surplus company. First RX R1155 [bought home in a tropicalized box] made a  homebrew PSU. Spent a lot of time tuning on 40M AM, and pestered many hams in NW London for a shack visit. Unforgettable memories of all that homebrew gear and the personalities who built it !

I remember so much RF in their shacks !  The stations were generally "Open Breadboard" construction.Link coupled output, no Pi tank circuits,No coax feeders,then ! Quotes like " the aerial draws well on this band" Tuning for maximum brightness of series lamps or RF current meters, in open wire feeders, No SWR metering ! No Coax ! All AM, CW of course, When the operator "talked up, keyed up" the TX, the large final Valves [ tubes ] would "blush up to cherry red" on speech,or CW peaks. That was it ! I was hooked !

Moved to Somerset in 1959.

Carried on reading about electronic techniques, but did not feel confident to tackle electronics as a job, so next passion was motorcycles. Worked for 12 years as motorcycle mechanic, factory maintenance engineer. In 1972 after a serious ankle injury in a Factory, moved into consumer and professional electronic servicing, test engineering.

Ran my own TV, video and audio sales and service business from 1980 to 1986 in Shepton Mallet Somerset.From 1972 to 2009 spent working career on Electronic field and bench Servicing, Physics Technician, Computer Support, etc.

Retired, aged 65 in August 2010.

Ham experiences.

Took RAE at Weston-Super-Mare College December 1973. Licenced in March 1974 Operated with call sign G8IPO, on hombrew AM and SSB.Upgraded to G4GUG in 1978.Failed CW test twice, RX OK, Tx too nervous ! Operated from 220 metres [700 ft ] ASL Qth on the Mendip Hills in Somerset,from November 1975 to March 6th 2004. [Fantastic for HF and VHF]

Operated as GW4GUG in Caerphilly from March 2011 until close down in April 2016.

Please see  operation on www.qrz.com/db/gw4gug

Station now located at Michinhampton, Near Stroud in Gloucestershire.

HF antenna. Low 15 feet ! "Covert" 30 Metre [100 feet] circumference horizontal loop tuned CG3000 random wire autotuner.

2m/70cm X200 "White Stick Colinear"

 ICOM 7100 for  HF,VHF,UHF. Tytera MD380 UHF DMR/FM handie and early Kenwood 2m/70cm Handy.

Recently started using DV4MINI as a gateway for D-star. No accessible D-star repeaters in range.

Hope to try satellite operation in 2017.With G6LVB AZ/EL Control of s/h Yaesu 5400 rotator.

QRZ log started fairly recently from new qth. So Countries confirmed is very low !

Satisfied user of all versions of Ham Radio Deluxe since 2011.

Fully exploiting all features of the package on offer. And yes , to support lack of confidence on the morse paddle, I use machine generated CW. Hope to rebuild sending skill to 1980 level !

Enjoyed the whole experience of the hobby.

Face to face meetings with other enthusiasts. Building homebrew equipment, VHF transverters, QRO amplifiers, QRP rigs, Station accessories, HF and VHF antennas,self supporting, and tilt over towers and stone built radio shack.

 I qsl via eqsl, [AG] and lotw, no buro ! No printed cards.

Hoping to enjoy @ age 71, possibly my last sunspot maximum. 73 and 88 to all previous and new qso's 1974 to date.

 Best wishes for you and your family for 2017. Hope to meet you on the keyboard on the digital modes.

Apart from the 3 Morse test(s) , never had a single CW qso with a hand key. Moved straight to electronic keyer,

Started with Heathkit HD-10 Keyer.I remember you could not adjust dot/dash ratio.

I so wish I had some audio recordings on those early CW qso's. Concentrating so hard on spelling and syntax.

I'll bet it was awful morse ! Moved onto below........

Thank you G3RVM , for your accu-keyer design ! With dot and dash memories, self completing,

Made a lid operator like me sound half decent !

This is my 43 rd year as a Radio Amateur. Loved every minute !

Other passion is Classic Off Road Scrambles and Trials. British and World Superbike.European and World Speedway. Moto GP, Formula One , in fact anything with wheels and an engine ! Keen Motor Cycle Trials Rider 1968-1971. [See picture top right] Over 70 trophies. Rekindled interest in 1993.Rode as a veteran from 2001-2003, on Beta Techno and Fantic 200cc Twin shock, continued winning awards.Help on organisation of events, marshalling etc. In November 2003. Formed a limited company with 4 prominent photographers and journalists. Production Editor for glossy monthly " Classic Competition News" Production ceased in December 2005. Could not get a viable number of subscribers, to continue. In 2006,Became an Accredited Action Sports Photographer appointed by UK motorcycle sport licencing authority. Submitted many photos and reports to specialist press publications. Still hold my accreditation in 2016.

Ran a website dedicated to Classic Off-Road.From 2006-2008, With 13000 selected pictures, selling to riders and specialist publications. Archive of ~ 88000 pictures !

 

 

 

Homebrew designed and built 2 x 3-500 z tuned grid , plug in Pi-network coils for each band.

One of my most satisfying construction projects. Loafed along at 400 W pep output. Plate meters hardly moved !

Capable of ~ 1400 watts saturated two tone output.

Always ran , my trusty 100 Mhz Tektronix 'scope on output to stay within the spirit and letter of the licence, at 400 w pep o/p ! Honest ! Used at qth in Shepton Mallet 1990.

 

Adjusting Omega match on homebrew Full Size 20 M 3 ele yagi. 1990.

Wish tower was a bit higher, But.. at 700 feet ASL.Used at qth in Shepton Mallet 1990.

In a very windy location. Don't think the tower or antennas , would have lasted long !

 

 

2-4-6 metre antennas 1981

 

Homebrew Six and four metre antennas in 1981. When the sunspots were going down.

Spent most of 1981 on these bands. Used at qth in Shepton Mallet 1981.

 

 

2-4-6 metre antennas

 

Homebrew Six,four,two metre antennas in 1981.

When the sunspots were going down.

Spent most of 1981 on these bands.

Used at qth in Shepton Mallet 1981.

 

 

Hope you have enjoyed my journey from late 50's to present.

73 de Mike G4GUG  Ex GW4GUG, G8IPO.9H3MM

 

 



 




 

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