Originally from Bristol, I now find myself living in ‘sunny’ (and stormy!) Brixham, on the south coast of Devon. I’ve been off the air for many years, but after listening to the local coastguard activity on a scanner whilst walking my dog every day for the last couple, have found my interest in radio re-awakened.
After a lengthy and expensive lesson painfully learned, I've FINALLY ended up with a modest 'shack', which I'm reasonably happy with!
For HF, a Yaesu FT-897 and MFJ Deluxe Versa Tuner II into a basic random wire, around 23 meters in length, running down the garden from an old washing-line post bolted to the back of the house, to a tall fence post near my garage. (I live part way down the side of a valley in a 'black hole'. If you hear me - it's you who has the good antenna! If 'I' can't hear YOU, I apologise, but I'm receiving S7-8 noise levels at my QTH!!).
When I'm not in the mood to be sat in the shack, and am sat in a comfy chair down in the living room watching a bit of TV or playing on my guitar, I STILL tend to keep a bit of an ear on what's going on (It's an addiction!!!) via a switched hidden run of RG213 'downlink' from the shack receive antennas to another Uniden UBX3500XLT and an old AOR AR-3000 within arms reach in the corner!!!!
If you hear me portable on 2 meters on the local repeater or via echolink, I'll probably be using my VX-7 from Battery Gardens, Brixham, Devon whilst out walking the dog. The following image shows what that looks like for me. I'll likely be sat on the seat on the left.
If your interested,I have a 'few'videos on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/TelsWeb
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