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, satellites or the moon) is what we do.  Sometimes, we even talk to each other face-to-face.

Here you’ll find details about my shack and aerials, plus my software efforts as well as some projects and technical stuff.  I often write some of my most profound thoughts via the blog, Spurious Emissions which contains write-ups of my operating sessions, thoughts/rants and general QRM.

M0PZT at GB1JSS 2015

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.

I’m also a regular at the monthly “Skills Night” in Danbury where I offer programming of your radios, advice on datamodes+logging software.

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 as it imports directly into PZTLog via ADIF.  Under development is a new Windows-tablet-based logger called PZTLogLite.

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.

…and, of course, there’s the silly stuff: Amateur Radio Explained … and the DMR Guide.

About Me

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 I was 20 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 am quite partial to a nice coffee or a decent Merlot.