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I started off in Amateur Radio all the way back in 1977 with the help of my neighbour Bruce Davies G8KKS (a former member of BDARC). Armed with a Daiwa SR9 receiver and a dipole in the bedroom, I started to explore the exciting world of radio.

I took my examinations and became licenced with the Callsign G6ZKP (affectionatlely know as Zoo Keepers Pet!) and 6 months later I got the G4 call after making the trip to Portishead to take the then PO Morse test tutored by Roy G4IUX

I started my path in commercial radio a long time in 1988 4 years after I was licenced with a Hospital Radio station BHBN in Birmingham.  I was working with the likes of Johnny Gould, Phil Upton and Les Ross and after that I ran Radio Alex, another hospital station in Redditch for a few years. I gained an awful lot of experience and knowledge in that time. From there I went on to be the voice of Traffic and Travel in the Midlands working on both AA Roadwatch and Trafficlink, I presented travel on virtually all the Midlands radio stations, both independent local radio as well as all the BBC stations in the Midlands and beyond.  Also, I was one of the inaugural presenters on Rugby FM presenting Sunday Breakfast and the Love Zone.

Working in radio is one of the best things that happened in my life – I have presented every kind of programme going from breakfast shows to love zones on Community Radio stations, local radio ones too as well as where I started in Hospital Radio. You can find me on air every week on Atlantic RNI part of the legend Radio North Sea International - tune into from 6pm UK time at www.radio-northsea.de or download the Tune In Radio app from Google Play or the App Store - I'll be presenting my series of “The Retro Cafe", all the hits and headlines from years gone by. 

Since having a total shack/equipment overhaul last year I bought my new radio (Yaesu FT450D) and found a whole new world of digital modes communication, I am now also predominantly active on JT65 and FT8 as well as occasionally SSB when I am DX chasing!  The software I use is the WSJT-X for FT8 & JT65 and currently having a load of fun working all over the place.  Power levels on digital modes do not go above 25 watts

Antenna wise - I have a Diamond Colinear mounted on the roof of the house for 2m and 70cm - I am lucky form my QTH as I am 75 meters above sea level.  For HF I use a 53ft long wire which I can tune on any band from 80m through to 6m.  This is mounted on the flat roof of my house, 8 inches off the surface which works extremely well.

I use log4OM for my main station logging software which is also linked into ARRL's logbook of the world as well as Clublog and EQSL - at the moment I am not able to receive QSL cards via the buro but this will be changing soon as soon as I join the RSGB.

I am also active on Dstar with my Icom ID51E Plus with my DVAP dongle on a Raspberry Pi - you can normally find me on REF001C as well as DCS005B, M and H - if you hear me on Dstar please pop up and say hello!   You can catch me on 2m and 70cm from home and in the car.  In the car I run the Baofeng UV5RTP, I am normally on GB3EW / GB3EX or GB3TQ

Thanks to my mate George G7NOT I have now started to collect electronic awards, so far I have 2 awards via QRZ and some from the Digital Modes Club.


Wythall Amateur Radio Club and Digital Modes Club




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