Thanks for stopping by – I’m a radio amateur based in Chelmsford, Essex. Here you’ll find details about my shack and aerials, plus my software efforts as well as some projects and technical stuff… I also keep a regular blog entitled Spurious Emissions which contains write-ups of my operating sessions, thoughts/rants and other QRM.
In the Shack, the main radio is the FT-950 for HF+6m and there’s an FT-857D for VHF/UHF and portable fun [see my 2015 /P kit here]. You’ll find me most active on HF where I enjoy datamodes such as JT/PSK/RTTY. I also operate CW, typically on the higher HF bands looking for that elusive “DX”. If I’m out cycling/walking, I may be visible using my APRS setup.
If you’re looking for an all-in-one logging and digimode application, PZTLog and PZTLog Pro are worth a look as is uLog which is a much more basic logging app. For /P logging, I have written an application for Android tablets: tabLog – this is used for all my /P activities as it imports directly into PZTLog which a pen+paper do not! Under development is a new Windows-tablet-based logger called PZTLogLite.
Stats: This site sees around 300 unique visitors each day and over 5000 per month…
My interest in amateur radio started when I was 12 with lots of SWL’ing on HF+2m along with learning CW. Originally intending to take the RAE in 1994, it wasn’t until 2001 that I got my “ticket” after passing what was then known as the C&G RAE and the Morse test to get the old Class A licence.
Portable: When the weather is good, I like to operate portable with the FT-857 and my tablet logging application, tabLog. I typically use a 10m fishing-pole to support Inverted-V dipoles for 40m, 20m and 15m.
Outside of the hobby, I write software for use in audio/broadcast, I cycle/run (M0PZT-7) to keep in shape and also consume a bit too much coffee.
Contact / QSL Details
My e-mail address is m0pzt <at> m0pzt.com – Feel free to e-mail me if you want to check that I got you “in the log”.
As of October 2014, I no longer send/receive paper QSL Cards. eQSL and LoTW are fine but please NO BURO or DIRECT QSL Cards. The only exception to this is for the special-event stations below. If you want to confirm a QSO via e-mail, that’s fine – I’m happy to check and confirm (or deny) a QSO electronically. eQSL : I will upload using M0PZT for QSOs made at Home and M0PZT/P for anything else – I often operate portable during the warmer months and, although there is no requirement for UK stations to sign /P, it is generally “good practice” – and as many people are fussy about suffixes, it’s only fair that I send from the “correct” callsign! If you send me an eQSL to either callsign – and providing it has the correct date/band/time – then I’ll confirm it.