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OK, born Brian Alfred Carter, 21st Jan 1941, got interested in radio in my early teens, made crystal sets then a 0-V-0 trf, then as a result of hearing a ham on 160m started building and using short wave radios graduating from 1-V-1 to simple and then double conversion superhets. Also bought Bomber Command R1155B and N to play with. Studied for my RAE and passed in May 1962 but couldn't push my morse past 10 wpm so wasn't licensed until the no code uhf license came out in 1964. As there was no 70cm commercial gear available at the time and exWD gear was like hens teeth I finally got on the air in early 1965 with an entirely home-brew station featuring a G2DD converter and an 8 watt tripler amp modified from a popular design of the time. When 2m capability was added to the B license I became active on that band on AM and FM, but rebelled when the geographical bandplan was replaced by a modal bandplan, refusing to be channelised and went over to SSB! Have operated with a Liner 2 and FT290R but bought an FT817 in 2003, just in time to have the UK code requirement dropped and my B license become an Advanced! So now I may be heard on all bands up to 70cm except for 136 kHz, 10 megs and 4 metres. I also have an FT857D and a lovely old Trio TS-520S. I am keen on SSTV and active in SOTA, both chasing and activating, and am a member of the SOTA Management Team.

I married a girl met at a climbing club, Pauline, in 1982 and have two boys and a girl, none of them are interested in radio (computers, now, that's different!) Our house has a garden 160 feet long which is currently inadequately utilised with a G5RV, but we are keen gardeners and have a collection of over 100 rhododendrons, 40 of which are species, some very rare. One flowered for the first time in captivity in our garden (followed a few days later by one in a greenhouse in the USA!) We try and have a weekend in the mountains at least once a month, though we are now very slow uphill!

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