Welcome to my blog – which exists for no real purpose whatsoever other than as somewhere for me to put bits and pieces.
QTH is Leeds, UK. I’ve been interested in radio all my life from around 6 years old. Now 57 I thought it about time I finally got licensed and so I got my Foundation licence just before Christmas 2016. Time permitting I now plan to go the two further steps to the full licence.
While at school one of my main interests was RTTY. Back then I used to purchase old and broken Creed 7E’s, repair them and sell them on. Well, ok, there were only a few, but still. At one stage I had two 7E’s plus a reperforator (tape punch), a terminal unit / decoder that I cannot remember the name of but had two large front panel neons for mark and space, connected up to a Murphy B40 (I had a B41 too but never found much to decode). Apart from air traffic data (those endless columns of figures) the Russian news station TASS was always interesting to read because of the spin it put on Western things! Remember this was the 1970’s, no Web or indeed any electronic information, it was radio / TV or papers, so Russian propaganda-laden news coming out of a teleprinter in my workshop was rather different. Anyway, I plan to dip into the data modes when, and if I get an HF set.
I guess CB gave me a different taste of radio. Back in those days it was active and not really full of idiots. Well, not everywhere anyway. We could talk at any time in our local area unimpeded by ‘mike keyers’ and ‘bucket mouthers’. After this I got into motorsport radio to the extent that with a Land Rover and 27 foot mast I could get a signal out of the deepest parts of the Yorkshire forests where others failed.
But in all that time, since about 1975 in fact I never took the RAE. I always planned to but everything else got in the way. Then for a variety of reasons I found it impossible to find a club where I could take the exam, finally finding one with the help of the RSGB and with three rather long round trips took the Foundation exam mid-December and the rest, so far is history, although not very much of it yet.
I am a member of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), the British Vintage Wireless Society (BVWS), the British Amateur Television Club (BATC), the Tube Collectors Association (TCA), the Radio Amateur Old Timers’ Association (RAOTA) and a Friend of the British Amateur Radio Teledata Group (BARTG).