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Thanks for dropping by. I live in the South East part of the United Kingdom in the County of Kent, which is often referred to as the 'Garden of England'.

My qth is the County town of Maidstone situated approximately 35 miles east of London.

I use the Kenwood TS-590S for HF and a Yaesu FT-991 for 2M, 70cm and Fusion activity and the occasional HF. My antenna is a Western HF10 dipole some 67 feet in length. This is located in the loft space due to restictions imposed by a very small garden and local covenents. I also use a vertical antenna partially hidden amongst shrubs.
Away from my QTH I use the FT-991 with an assortment of portable antennas including an ATAS-120A. I use a Buddipole and I-Pro Traveller setup as both verticle and dipole configurations whilst away from my qth. Both work extremely well.
QSL cards, eQSL and LoTW are welcome.

Oast Houses in Kent - A little bit of History

One of the most familiar sights to travelers in southeast England where I live, is the distinctive conical or pyramid-shaped oast house. These oast houses are a reminder of Britain's once thriving brewing industry.

Definitions:an oast house is a freestanding kiln for drying hops, "ale" is brewed without hops, "beer" is brewed with hops added.

Ale has been brewed in England since Roman times if not earlier, and for more than a millennia after every house would have brewed its own ale as a matter of course. Each inn brewed its own distinctive beverage. Even Queen's College, Oxford, brewed its own ale from 1340 well into the 20th century. It was not until the late 17th century that independent breweries began to appear.

English ale was made from fermented malt, but it was not until beer was introduced from the Low Countries in the year 1400 that hops were added to the process to create the beer.


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