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The station here comprises a Yaesu FT DX 3000 running 15W on digital modes or 100W SSB for voice into a half-size G5RV antenna. For 2m/70cm I use a Yaesu FT-8900 with a Diamond X-30 antenna. I have an MFJ-949E manual tuner available. Yaesu VX-5R 6m/2m/70cm for portable use. For mobile operation I have an Icom F2610 (70cm only) and mag mount antenna. Latest acquisition: a second-hand Kenwood MC-60 desk mic rewired to work on the Yaesu FT DX 3000.

One great feature of the FT DX 3000 is that it has a built-in digital interface, so I run a USB cable straight from the computer to the back of the radio and use various digital programs, like Winwarbler and WSJT-X on the computer for PSK and JT65. After initial setup and testing, the system works fine. On digital I usually wind the power down to 30W.

Another great feature is the 9MHz IF output. In the foreground of the photo above can be seen the RTL dongle and upconverter which I use to generate a spectrum and waterfall from the 9MHz IF out, again running via USB cable into SDR# software on the PC.

As a teenager I acquired my first short wave receiver, a government surplus PCR2 model, 6-valve HF superhet radio. I still have the leaflet containing the circuit diagram and a photo of the set, from which the picture at the top of the page is derived, although the radio itself was lost long ago.

I passed the Radio Amateur Exam in 1968 but unfortunately the Morse test got in the way of the full licence at that stage. Technology advanced greatly in the next decade and by the early nineteen eighties it was easy to buy solid state 2m mobile rigs, so I could finally apply for a G8 licence. In 1985 my circumstances changed, I sold the rig and my licence lapsed.

After an interval of almost 30 years, in early 2014 I was bitten by the bug a second time round, when I found that the Morse test was no longer an impediment. Luckily I was able to reinstate my original callsign G8WMZ and I returned to the air in June 2014.

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