Welcome to my site, I operate my Amateur Radio Station from Minster on Sea, Isle of Sheppey.
Isle of Sheppey is an island off the North Kent coast linked by two bridges, my QTH is about 75 feet above sea level so is a challenge for VHF operation.
My first interest in Radio was back in the 60's when I was a member of the Ealing and District Amateur Radio Society, I remember with pleasure our half hour Morse code practice sessions every week, it must have helped as I still remember most of it, thanks to Bernie Page G3KLK and Bill Teal G3SGT who used to run the club. I started my City & Guilds RAE course, but like many young chaps decided that girls and motorbikes were far more interesting. (I sold my last motorbike, 1997 Honda Goldwing in November 2012)
Back then I had a B40d receiver, see link purchased from GW Smith in Lisle St, Soho, a dealer that has long gone, see vintage radio link, I think it's fair to say most amateurs then used ex military equipment and home-brews. I have always had an electrical/electronic job, I started out as an apprentice electrician with a contracting company then moved to GEC upgrading BT exchanges, that was when the Strowger electro-mechanical system was being used, those exchanges were very big and noisy, then onto vehicle electrics as an auto electrician, I worked on cars, buses and trucks, I then moved into IT with a local bus company.
It was during 2011, I decided it was time to get back into radio, I joined the Maidstone club, MYARS and got the Foundation ticket and passed the intermediate at the end of April 2012. I'm no longer a member of MYARS but have passed my advanced exam with the help of the Bath Distance Learning and BRATS.