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Thanks for looking and also thanks if we've had a recent QSO. I have been a licensed radio 'ham' since 1982 and obtained my G4TGK call-sign in 1983. Since then, I have been fairly active, mainly on 10 and 15 metres, with ten being my favourite band. I am located at sea-level in the small town of New Romney, on Romney Marsh in the county of Kent. I have a very modest station and a maximum output of 100 watts, although usually about 20 - 30 watts on the digital modes. My radio is a Kenwood TS-480S, with a Signalink USB interface, and I have the Cushcraft MA5B antenna for 10, 12, 15, 17 & 20 metres.

My main interest is PSK31 and I am a member of the PODXS 070 club (#073), the 'Ten-Ten' club (#38334) and I am a member of the 'Radio Society of Great Britain'. I also like working DX but don't spend a lot of time on the radio and very seldom join in any 'pile-ups. If I come across any DX I'd give a call but wouldn't hang around very long if I wasn't successful. I have never used the cluster or any of the other modern so-called 'aids' to working DX.

My other interests, probably my main hobby, include model engineering and model railroads. I am a member of the Romney Marsh Model Engineering Society and was Secretary for 36 years - see www.rmmes.co.uk for further details. I have a 5-inch gauge coal-fired Southern Railway 0-4-4 'H' class lcomotive and also smaller gauge gas-fired and meths-fired locos. I also run 'G' scale Canadian locos and rolling stock on the club's outdoor layout (which is at the bottom of the garden and so is very handy)!

Other hobbies have included building and flying r/c model aircraft and gliders.  Think I am getting a bit too old for that now so have joined the 'drone' craze and now fly a r/c electric DJI Phantom Quadcopter complete with camera.  It's amazing to see the local area from the skies!

In 2015, a friend and myself went around Romney Marsh taking aerial photographs with our drones.  We made them into a book entitled 'Romney Marsh from the Air' and so far have sold over 1,500 copies, making around £16,000 for the Kent Air Ambulance, a local charity that saves lives.

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