Ham Radio – a hobby that is enjoyed by many – and endured by their family, friends and neighbours.
I’m based in Lincolnshire and got my Ham “ticket” in 2001 after passing what was then known as the City & Guilds RAE plus the 12wpm Morse test to get the old Class A (now known as the Full) licence.
Activity-wise, I tend to use CW+Digimodes from home, and CW+SSB when out portable. Although I like to chase the DX when possible, I’m happy to have a chat if conditions allow – if I’m on CW, I usually call at around 18wpm but am happy to QRS if asked. Aerials include: An 80m Doublet, a 20m loop and a VHF/UHF “white-stick”. Plus, there’s an Icom IC-2730 dual-bander in the car.
I particularly enjoy operating portable during the warmer months but have been known to brave the elements in the winter. When /P, and on HF, I will most likely be using a 40m Doublet. For VHF, I typically use a home-made Slim-Jim on 2m FM, a 5ele yagi for SSB, plus a simple dipole for 4m+6m. When /P, I use a Samsung tablet and my own tabLog application.
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