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Started playing radio at age 11 in Singapore and Malaya (now West Malaysia), where I found an ARRL Handbook for 1947 and went downhill from there. A home made MW radio (with a white spot transistor) at age 13 tuned high uncovered Top Band am. During the swl years a series of radios found pride of place including BC342, HRO, AR88, RA17 etc where listened all the way up to 10m.

During the '60s I listened to the anti-ssb dinosaurs on 80m but my 'Elmer' was Eric Knowles, G2XK in Harrogate, a 2m pioneer with a low-noise Nuvistor front end. I should have taken the RAE then and become a G3 but work got in the way. I finally took the RAE in 1975 and was licensed as G8LEF, playing on 2m, 70cm and 23cm - winning a fixed station category on 23cm one year with my hb 2C39 cavity.

I finally took the morse test in 1982 and promptly overdosed on cw MS/Au but also had a few QSOs on EME at moonset. Despite getting a taste for moonbounce my career got in the way again - but on retirement to France obtained the call F5VNB and played HF for 8 years. On return to the UK I have set up a 2m eme station, finding that computers rather than keys mean a lot more activity off the moon.

Running a K3 with low noise synthesizers, Kuhne TR144Pro, GPS disciplined by a Bodnar receiver, Afedri SDR-Net for MAP65, Beko SSPA,  most of the feeder is buried 7/8" heliax to an 18m tower with 4 x I0JXX12, Beko HP144 lna, and a SPID az/el rotator. There is a spare cable up the tower for the polarity relay with the yet-to-come Xpol antennas. First QSO with the new system was 3DA0MB.

QSL eme direct, also LoTW.


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