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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.  My first Shortwave receiver was an Eddystone EC10 and an improvised randon length indoor long wire, that was in sunspot maxima and I was hearing the States on 10m - wow!

Inbetween doing my school exams I took my RAE and became licenced with the Callsign G6ZKP (1st September 1993) - affectionatlely know as Zoo Keepers Pet!  6 months later I got the G4 call when I took the  PO Morse test tutored by Roy G4IUX.

I then started my path in commercial radio in 1988 5 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. 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 news 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 original 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 - Hits n Headlines",  from the 60's to 90's. 

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 30 watts

Antenna wise - I have a Diamond Colinear mounted on the roof of the house for 2m and 70cm - I am lucky from 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 have got some great spots and QSO's too - VK and 7L was worked this year both on 40m JT65.  I use 2 websites for spot reporting, PSK Reporter and Hamspots.  For logging - I use log4OM which is also linked into ARRL's Logbook of the World as well as Clublog.  I QSL via EQSL - as soon as I have spoken to you my EQSL is on the way to you - please check your account and you will be able to see it, due to postage costs I dont QSL direct (apologies).  I upload my logs to Log of the World on a weekly basis - normally Sunday

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 GB3TR

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

Memberships - I am a member of the Wythall Amateur Radio Club  and have been for 3 years - the support they offer is 2nd to none and instrumental in helping me to learn CW again - thanks guys!  I am also a member of the Belgian and Croation Digital Modes Club and the European Phase Shift-Key ClubI have started to take an interest in the Satellites - thanks Adam MU0WLV and like to track SO-50 and AO-91 with my Baofeng UV5RTP - I have found a really useful website for this - www.work-sat.com - at the moment I am making my 1st homebrew antenna for this - the Geordiebeam by George M1GEO that I hope to get up and running in the near future.  Useful apps to track satellites is the "Heavens Above" or "AmsatDroid Free".

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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