Ham Radio – a hobby that is enjoyed by many – and endured by their family, friends and neighbours.
I’m based in North Lincolnshire – enjoying the quiet life in an RF-friendly village and finally having enough garden to hold an 80m aerial. 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.
Radios include: Kenwood TS-590SG, an Icom IC-7300, Yaesu FT-857D. Aerials are: an 80m Doublet, a 20m loop and a VHF/UHF “white-stick”. Plus, there’s an Icom IC-2730 dual-bander in the PZT’mobile.
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 the IC-7300 and 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.