Hello (Alo, Bore da, Ciao, Cead Mile Failte, Dobry den, Hallo, Helo, Hej, Hola, Namaste, Nei how mah, Ola, Salut, Saluton, Zdravo, Zdravstvujtye);
First licensed in 1968, my early "wireless years" were spent on VHF and UHF where I led the RAYNET team that devised and developed the CAIRO Remote Rig Interface (web). That, and a closely related project, were both officially recognised when I was awarded the 1984 RAYNET Trophy (web).
In 1989, I joined Paul, G4OHB, (QRZ) to instigate the Repeater GB3EH (= "Edge Hill", RB8, web) to serve the communities of Stratford-upon-Avon (Shakespeare!) and Banbury, and mobiles on the M40 motorway (London-Birmingham) corridor. This facility received an up-grade in June, 2013; its 25th or "silver jubilee" year.
Now, in full retirement, my home shack is equipped for HF operation with an FT 991 and FT DX 3000 (with an MD100 desk mic) into either a Cobweb antenna at about 10M AGL or else an inverted-G5RV at about 11M AGL. For VHF and UHF operations, I have an Anytone AT5189 (4M), a Navico AMR 1000S (2M) and a VGC VR-2200 (70cms).
My QTH, on an elevated part of Edgbaston, is built on the site of the first BBC studios in Birmingham (before Pebble Mill) and is less than a mile from the County Cricket Ground (Test Matches!) and only a kilometre from the Vale Residences of Birmingham University : WAB = SP08, Grid = IO92AL, ASL = 497 ft (ITU = 27, CQ = 14).
I am a member of Wythall Radio Club and, at least once a year, I operate as GW8CQH/A from Bwlchtocyn in Abersoch (LL53 7BT) on the Llyn Peninsula in North Wales : WAB = SH32, Grid = IO72RT.
Except in the UK winter months (Dec, Jan, Feb), you may well find me operating G8CQH/M from Narrow Boat : Egerton. This is for my other big hobby of canal recreation and restoration, which I share with XYL, Jill. On board, I operate an FT857 (also with an MD100 desk mic) and an LDG YT-100 ATU into a variety of experimental, trapped wire doublets. (Photos) Egerton is moored at Lady Lane Wharf on the Stratford-on-Avon Canal : WAB = SP17, Grid = IO92CI.
I am a member of British Inland Waterways On The Air group (BiWOTA; web) and Chairman of the Lapal Canal Trust (web) which is striving to restore the derelict half of the Dudley No. 2 Canal in the West Midlands.
Some additional information with photos may be found on our family website.
(In 1986/7, I held and operated the Maltese callsign: 9H3FV.)
I offer a talk and demo about CAIRO which I am prepared to take to UK radio clubs, if required.
Finally, although I hold the NODA (web) medal for my 35+ years "hamming it up" on the amateur musical stage (sometimes as the G&S 'patter-man'), I am not the Pete Best who was drummed-out of the formative Beatles ! "Badum-tish" web
73 de Pete
Pardon ? ......... This "Jait Can't Quite Hear" !
Photo 1 : High Summer on the delightful Worcester-Birmingham Canal near my QTH in Edgbaston.
Photo 2 : Mid-Winter can be spectacular on the Worcester-Birmingham Canal near my QTH in Edgbaston.
Photo 3 (and my QSL Card) : Jill (my XYL) and me cruising the Dudley No 2 Canal towards Gorsty Hill Tunnel in Halesowen.
Photos 4 : Life on board Egerton; a traditional rag rug on the shack floor. || Operating BiWOTA; August Bank Holiday 2012.
Photo 5 : I am not aware of any deterioration in the performance of the Cob-Web or the Solar Panels due to their mutual proximity?
Photo 6 : Wythall Radio Club operates as G0WRC, G1WAC, G4WAC, G7WAC .
Photo 7 : On stage as an inhabitant of Little Old Lady Land in Bournville MTC's aclaimed production of The Producers, April 2013.
Photo 8 : The Llyn Peninsula; as seen from the holiday QTH of GW8CQH.
" Burming-HAM " ! :
The city of Birmingham is the UK's second largest (after London) with a population well in excess of 1M people. But unlike major cities elsewhere, it did NOT come about as a river crossing. Together with Wolverhampton and Dudley, it forms the West Midlands conurbation on a wedge of elevated land which is only significantly exceeded in height by the mountains of Wales (to the west), the Pennines (to the North) and, to the East, the Urals in Russia! Thus Birmingham has NO big river (only three small ones) and, prior to industrialisation, it was a series of separate hamlets (villages) trading in small goods (notably jewelry and munitions) and the markets for agricultural produce.
The Industrial Revolution began, just over two centuries ago, when James Brindley started installing man-made, contour-following canals to link these hamlets together to provide a transport network to increase the volume of raw materials and goods which they could trade with each other. Then, to cope with the bottlenecks which soon followed the early success, Thomas Telford added further straight-line canals until, in its heyday, the entire region was threaded with 180 miles of artificial waterway and all at just one of three main water-levels! Not surprisingly, the rest of the UK had been following suit to give rise to "canal mania" and - arguably - the birth of modern western trading economics. Of course, railways and roads now supersede the role of these canals and about one third have been filled-in again to leave a mere 120 miles still available to navigation, nostalgia and recreation.
Today Birmingham is a massive City and home to many ethnically and culturally diverse residents. Once threaded by a public-transport of tramways which superseded the canals, many districts retain their wide, tree-lined boulevards and also have parkland and green-spaces more than any comparable city in Europe. Birmingham has 3 seperate Universities and boasts a wide range of museums, pubs, night-clubs and restaurants including the splendid Balti houses invented and perfected in our Kasmiri community.
Thanks for your visit on the air; let's see you here in person one day, perhaps?
73; Peter, G8CQH
The above is my own, personal summary.
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