My entry at the age of twelve was CB27/81. I had my Post Office licence and learnt from my piers, ham radio back then a mythological beast guarded by the feared RAE, just ask an 'elmer' to talk of the older tier system of privileges. My CB days meant I learnt by mistake, with more comedy moments than 'You've been framed' ! However it taught me how to talk to people, hold conversations and get more out of the kit. Telephony at it's best and sometimes worst. It says much about the hobby then and now, that it is still at the forefront of technical innovation. Experimenting and learning embraced by hams worldwide.
I'm like most hams find, work and limited space mean I have continued to develop a shack and antennae for different bands within those constraints. 14 mhz is long haul from hame and I use 7 mhz in the vehicle, I'll continue to work on a 40m solution at home and due to the inner suburban location have not overly woriied about 144 mhz and higher beyond repeater access for analogue and digital. The 4 * 4 is somewhat loaded as a project vehicle and enjoy the chats whilst rolling across country. Wires-X and Dstar are the current focus although I do sojourn into DMR and I really must finish my APRS gateway. I do enjoy the Wsprlite kits and as a nudge to project finishing this Christmas should attempt to finish my filter boards.
I have promised myself an Urban beam and 2021 may well be the year for that major project, I think in part to have make a concerted effort in order to use a major piece of engineering before maintenance and inevitable derepitude become obstacles to hobby enjoyment.
had the privilage of working at Bletchley Park, RSGB National Radio Centre.
If you are an RSGB member, just go to the main website and download a voucher. Take your licence if you wish to operate. Visit the volunteers for a chin wag anyway.
If you haven't visited the park, then you should. A day will not do this historic site justice.
A view from Bletchley and the wonderful 'ears' the N.R.C has