My interest in amateur radio started at an early age. During my
early teens, there
was 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 (now
known as the Advanced/Full) licence... After about a decade of not using CW, I
finally got myself a paddle and am happy to QSO at around 22wpm.
When the weather is good, I like to operate
portable with the
FT-857 and my
tablet logging application, tabLog.
I typically use a 9m fishing-pole to support Inverted-V dipoles for 40m,
20m and 15m. I also have vertical dipoles for the higher bands.
During the winter months, I relegate the fishing-pole the garden where it
supports an 80m Inverted-L - this is typically used on JT/PSK modes.