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People have asked about the picture, my partner was making face masks for a show and was practising on me, very scary, hot and breathing through a tube.

University of life educated as school reports always said "not very bright but tries hard and does the best possible".   I have Amateur Radio to thank for nearly lifelong employment in many varied jobs (all technical), it has been a wonderful hobby.  I have made many longstanding friends and have enjoyed some 29 canal boat holidays with varied CDARC members.

The pile of failed homebrew pojects exceeds the working ones but I go back to them and slowly they work and are often improved to better standards than the original authors intended or managed when revisited using modern components and techniques.  Pet hate is the errors in RSGB books and Rad Com as well as PW.  It was only in my 60's I realised that most of my failed projects had their roots in rubbish or untested articles and typos.  Has found that the best projects come from the ARRL books.

I build to the style of Eamon Skelton EI9GQ, so called ugly construction (example above of rf speech processor in progress).  Actually, for one off projects a far better technical outcome can be achieved, with the added ease for alterations  and improvements, Eamon's Homebrew column is the best thing about RSGB Rad Com (IMHO).  I do miss Technical Topics written by G3VA, inspired many of my projects and just great fun to try out new techniques and ideas.. 

The joys I felt when I was 14 and my first one valve receiver actually worked are still the same,  I marvel when something I have built actually works and love field days/weekends, they are always different and throw up so many challenges each time, I do not agree that they "are all just the same" as some club members can be heard saying. (Soapbox).

Not a digital man at all but am trying to embrace newer ideas, will never understand PIC code or fractional N phased locked loops for example however, no matter how hard I try.  Just started trying JT65 decoding of beacons.  Will probably never use it to TX but the waterfall display is useful to see aircraft scattered signals, my location is best described as a hole in the ground.

Main interest is vhf/uhf to 1.3 ghz, do have H.F. since we class B's were allowed access to the bands, but only really use it to stay in touch with old friends and members.

Have dabbled with 10 GHz wideband, the transition to nb is still ongoing but after putting 100w at 2m into the transverter (modified white box), when it only needed 1 mw, it  has called a halt to further work for now (well 6 years ago).

CDARC web site is www.cdarc.org.uk, really great ham site.  I have supported (financially as well as activities) the Cambridge & DARC for nearly 35 years,  as we all should know a club will only survive and flourish if the membership contribute, even if the chosen activity is not in their area of interest.  The club is doing really well now, with a new committee with a wide range of activities represented.  I enjoy taking part in the club contest activities,  both HF and  VHF.  Still a lot to learn about contesting.

Close to 50 years membership of the RSGB (as a BRS as well as since  licenced).

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