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.
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 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.
Outside of the hobby, I write software for use in audio/broadcast, I
cycle/run (M0PZT-7) to keep in shape but also consume a bit too much coffee.
I'm quite partial to a decent Merlot.