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 19 February 2009 05:40 PM
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eswnl

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I recently had an interest in Amateur radio, (after mucking about with a scanner and my electronics degree). I was just wondering if this sort of hobby appeals only to older people generally. I have never met any younger members at all, it seems to be older people who are retired.
 19 February 2009 06:40 PM
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Jointbox

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I am 30 years old and I have been licensed amateur radio operator for the past 15 years. I mainly use the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY for casual operating, contesting and dxing. There are many young people in the amateur radio ranks thanks to the foundation license. I suggest that if you are interested in amateur radio you contact the Radio Society of Great Britain and your local amateur radio club for more information. I honestly believe that if it wasn't for amateur radio I would not have been interested in science and engineering.

Regards Dan (M5AGV)
 24 February 2009 07:40 PM
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eswnl

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Originally posted by: g3xoi

There was a thread asking if members who were licenced would like to identify themselves.



Use the search facility and then see who pops up.



While I am licenced, see my ID, I fall well into your wrinklie category.


I tried the search, can't seem to find anything.
 24 February 2009 07:55 PM
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I just tried a search, since I had responded to that thread.

For whatever reason Search cannot find me...

I am GW4EYO ex GW8AOC which I received when I was 16.
420 MHz or rather 420 Mc/s and above only in those days.
Ancient and Modern, you could say?

Cheers!

Clive

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 25 February 2009 09:46 PM
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eswnl

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Originally posted by: AncientMariner

I just tried a search, since I had responded to that thread.



For whatever reason Search cannot find me...



I am GW4EYO ex GW8AOC which I received when I was 16.

420 MHz or rather 420 Mc/s and above only in those days.

Ancient and Modern, you could say?



Cheers!



Clive


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 27 February 2009 08:49 PM
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SDGANDER

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Yep, G7TGY.

SDG

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 10 March 2009 10:27 AM
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haguetim

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Hi, M0AFJ / G8GGP

Tim Hague MIET
 12 March 2009 02:41 AM
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adrians

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Hi I am an overseas amateur with the following calls ZS6AES,ZL1AES and G4JUO, Currently interested in packet and digital modes , also looking for a new assignment Link removed
adrian@hispeed.co.nz

73

Adrian IEng, MIET, Dip Projman
 10 April 2009 10:09 AM
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John Peckham

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I have'nt got a current licence but I was G8NUP. I might want to try again at some point . I still have a 2M rig and an RA17 Rx.

73s

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 10 April 2009 08:41 PM
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AncientMariner

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Nice receiver.

Cheers!

Clive GW4EYO

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 20 April 2009 10:53 AM
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haguetim

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Hopefully there will be some spectrum left.

Many amateurs are having problems with home PLT systems fitted by BT for distribution of data through the mains. OFCOM with the `light touch' (more like sloping shoulders) will not do anything apart from on a case by case basis.
It has been proven that these systems do not meet the EMC requirements and were brought to market by a very dodgy TCF signed off in Germany. Now the relevent committee at CISPR are trying to get the levels relaxed. If you see who is on the committee its the manufactures and telco's who are pushing these things including the head EMC guy at BT.
GCHQ, MoD, BBC are all worried about the proliferation of this technology.
see the Yahoo site
http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/UKQRM/

Edited: 20 April 2009 at 11:16 AM by haguetim
 20 April 2009 04:15 PM
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ashtont

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A friend of mine who is also in his 30s is also into that kind of stuff. I don't think that type of hobby is limited to older folks at all.
 21 April 2009 12:09 AM
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eswnl

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I wonder if these sort of hobbies can lead to any career opportunities at all?
 22 July 2009 05:34 PM
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mechweldengr

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I am KC8DRQ from the United States. My main interest is in building QRP systems and Amateur Television

73's
Rich (KC8DRQ)
 03 August 2009 04:58 PM
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ericmark

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GW7MGW I was late started first call sign VP8XBHZ then VP8BKM returned UK GW7MGW then Hong Kong VR2ZEP. But my son GW7PVD had his call sign while still at school I think 15 at the time and in club we do have a few up and coming young ones who are a real boom to local RAYNET as they can become tail end Charlie in mountain bike events.
 05 August 2009 11:02 AM
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alex200

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Thanks for sharing infor here

How can you define amateur radio! Iam intersted in !

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 07 September 2009 12:30 AM
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eswnl

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I will be taking my Intermediate exam soon.
 16 September 2009 03:03 PM
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eswnl

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Originally posted by: hazelleo

What immediate exam r u talking about...???




Its the exam for the 2nd level of Amateur radio in the UK. With it you can:

Increase your power from 10W to 50W.
Build your own radio and actually use it to transmit.
 24 September 2009 04:44 AM
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deleted_1_ve3ezp

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Now, well into the Old Codger ranks, I started in Ham Radio at age 18 whilst a grad. apprentice at TRE Malvern in 1950. Got my first call (G3HHY) after passing the City and Guilds tech. exam in Coventry and my 10wpm morse test at the Great Malvern PO, given to me, live, by one of the last of the PO telegraphers who was nearing retirement. To indicate how times have changed, my mother was named as the station licensee, and I was merely the operator (being underage)!

A long career in telecommunications engineering followed, and now as VE3EZP in Ontario, Canada,still very much into antenna design, modelling and optimization. I am very active on CW and SSB from 1.8MHz - 30MHz, VHF, UHF, and 10GHz, 24GHz. Also QRP (low power) design and operation, and vintage equipment restoration and use. The latter includes a 1936 National HRO receiver, purchased for 5 pounds sterling, and shipped with me when I migrated to Canada in 1958. It is still in regular use with the original valves.

Over the course of a very varied engineering lifetime with a spectral range from audio to microwave, I have met many, many professional engineers who, like me, started their careers via interests in ham radio. Try it you won't be disappointed, and you will wind up being in contact with friends for life, from all over the world.

John Watson, B.Sc.(Eng), P.Eng, MIET

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 24 September 2009 04:18 PM
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joeh512

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Well, I am 39 and just recently started getting in to some amateur radio. I hope I am not considered old lol

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