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Always interested in radio since a young lad. Remember my parents first radio in about 1947 it was Ferranti Nova c1935. (I now have one of these in working order in my vintage radio collection).

Started work in 1961 at an elctronics factory, looking after the soldering irons! running errands!.

Worked as electricians mate after that, then had 2 years as a cinema projectionist at Odeon cinema Richmond, still remember the Mercury Arc rectifiers. Did two year day release electrical course at Wandsworth college, thanks to Odeon. In spare time built amplifiers and repaired radios/TV for friends.

Then went to work for Rediffusion television and stayed with them for about 18 years. Took and passed the City and Guilds Radio and Television servicing exams. Went through all the new devepoments, transistors, IC's colour PAL system,  Video recording , NICAM stereo etc. Then went abroad for a few years, upon return I had partnership in a radio repair shop in London.

My last years of employment was in computer/IT network support in a college.

Built my first rig in 1968 using EF80 valved Hartley oscillator for the VFO, EL84 valve (tube) modulater and 807 valve PA.OA2 HT stabiliser BY100 silcon rectifiers which were new devices back then.. (I got nicknamed "BY100" for a while after that!).

Took the RAE and passed in May 1971 but did not apply for licence until many years later as was hoping to master the CW (Morse) test. So that rig did not get used by me. (Exept into a dummy load). Hence the G7 call sign and not G8 or G3.

Had back then a Trio 9R59D receiver. Still have one today as part of my vintage collection.

Sometimes wish we could go back to the old days of homebrew and AM on Top Band!

Interested in vintage domestic radios which I enjoy restoring/repairing and I have a small collection.

Active mainly on 40m as I have a half size G5RV antena for HF work. For  VHF/UHF a Diamond Co-linear. Also a 6m dipole and for 80m and 160m a long wire.

I use a  Palstar AT2K ATU and also have an LDG AT-300 Pro auto tuner, I generally use the manual tuner.

I have a straight key and a Kent twin paddle key and try to use CW occasionally, but mainly use SSB.

I have Icom and Yaesu rigs. Also a Wouxon hand held 2m/70cm.

I have an Ameritron AL-811H and an Acom Linear amplifier.

 I am member of RSGB, R.A.O.T.A, W.A.B. and the Echleford Amateur Radio Society

73's Thanks for looking up my call sign.

HF conditions today.

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