Welcome

Thanks for stopping by – I’m a radio amateur based in Chelmsford, Essex.  Radio Amateur’ing is a communications and technical hobby enjoyed by many.  Making contact with others by radio – either direct, via repeaters, through satellites or bouncing signals off the moon – is what we do.  Sometimes, we even meet-up and talk to each other face-to-face.

M0PZT Operating GB1JSS June Summer Solstice 2015This website is an outlet for my activities both in the Shack and out Portable as well as random musings and assorted QRM via my Spurious Emissions blog.

In the Shack, I use a Kenwood TS-590SG with an 80m Doublet, 20/15/10m Fan-Dipole and a 40m/30m 1/4-wave vertical.  VHF/UHF is taken care of with a 6m 3ele yagi and a V-2000.  When the weather is good, I like to operate portable with either an Elecraft KX3 or an FT-857 plus my tablet logging application, tabLog.  I typically use a 10m fishing-pole to support Inverted-V dipoles for 40m and 20m.

At home, I favour CW and datamodes such as JT/PSK/RTTY.  When I’m /P, I mostly operate SSB.  You can see if I’m active by viewing my PSK Reporter Stats or Reverse Beacon Network Spots.

I have written a few logging programs: If you’re looking for an all-in-one logging and digimode application, you can download PZTLog (free) plus the more advanced PZTLog Pro.  A more basic solution is uLog and there’s support for Android tablets by way of tabLog – this is used for my /P activities and can import into most other logging apps via ADIF.

During the early part of 2015, I identified a need for a fun way of demonstrating Morse Code (and the hobby in general) to the younger visitors at club events – The Morse Mouse is a simple “guess the letters” game and is free to use.  There are 3 levels of difficulty: Easy, Hard, Expert – perfect for the Ham who fancies their chances against the clock!

Although designed as a demonstration program rather than a code-learning tool, it can be useful if you wish to “up your speed” or simply practice with some random letters.

The Morse Mouse has been featured on the ARRL website, “CQ” magazine and Practical Wireless.

One of the most popular pages on my site is the CobWeb aerial which details construction of this compact 5-band aerial.  Details on its construction, sourcing parts (in the UK) and even obtaining a completed balun box are on that page.

About Me

My interest in amateur radio started when I was 12 with lots of SWL’ing on HF+2m along with learning CW – and managing to catch the peak of solar-cycle 22.  Originally intending to take the RAE in 1994, it wasn’t until I turned 20 that I got my “ticket” after passing what was then known as the City & Guilds RAE and the Morse test to get the old Class A licence – and taking the PZT suffix from my Father, who was G6PZT.