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 21 October 2009 01:54 PM
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lesliebutterfields

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Hi, Yes indeed,

I put the original question up.

I was trying to get an IET net up and running but unfortunately there was a bereavement in the family at the time and lets say that life went totally pear shaped for a while!

Anyway concentrating on the present my call is G0CIB and usually operate on hf.

Currently working on a technical forum called RSGBTech on yahoo which is open to ALL radio amateurs, please feel free to have a look.

If anyone would like to be involved in an IET net (suggest hf) but there's no reason why there could not be one on vhf for London please let me know.

Regards

Leslie G0CIB

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 23 October 2009 04:58 PM
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eswnl

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Originally posted by: ve3ezp

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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 30 December 2009 04:15 PM
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mwnw00359

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Does anyone know the average cost of getting into the hobby?, and do you still have to use your call sign before and after every transmission?

Thanks

Matty.

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 01 January 2010 01:31 PM
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Jointbox

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Hello Matt, there is no average cost really to building up your first amateur radio station, due to you can spend as much money as you want. It also depends on what part of the hobby takes your interest. I dread to think how much money I have spent over the years on amateur radio, but that has been my choice.

There is a lot of good second hand equipment on the market at very reasonable cost, and once you have got your equipment then you should get many years of operation out of it.

Most of my antennas have been home built in the last ten or so years, at very little cost, as I have found all my home made antennas have outperformed all the commercial ones that I have owned in this time.

As for identification of an amateur radio station, you have to ID every time you make initial calls (CQ calls) or establish contact with another amateur and at least once every fifteen minutes if the period of communication is longer than fifteen minutes.

I would also like to thank Leslie for his efforts on RSGBTech on Yahoo Groups, as I think it is a great group, in the true spirit of amateur radio.
 05 January 2010 08:42 AM
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satnavigator

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I am 45, and enjoying amateur radio since my primary school. Now it offers me a great lab for research in radio propagations on various frequency bands.

73's DE

Renato, 9A3RJ
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 26 January 2010 06:48 PM
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lesliebutterfields

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Thank you for your kind words but its also due to the efforts of Brian G8OSN and Ray G3ZRK.

I must admit there was a bit of trepidation in the beginning but it seems to be taking off very well.

Kind regards

Leslie G0CIB
 28 January 2010 04:56 PM
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rogergregory

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Yes indeed been into radio since I left school as G8TIN, then upgraded to G4OCO in 1982. Almost 51 years old and into HF / VHF dxing and contesting, ocassionly seen messing about with TV on GB3NQ, great stuff.
A good diversion from the stresses and strains of work and family!

Amateur Radio Rocks!!!!!!!!!!!

73


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 28 January 2010 09:33 PM
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Jointbox

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Well I think it was well worth the effort Leslie and it seems to be working very well indeed. Once again Leslie, Brian G8OSN and Ray G3ZRK thanks for RSGBTech.

Regards

Dan M5AGV
 03 February 2010 10:37 PM
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stenadee

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Hi i am active on topband mainly cw, running a gamma matched vertical for tx and several beverages for rx. licensed 1975, also ex ships r/o.

73 G4EIM
 06 May 2010 02:16 PM
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rogerg

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First licensed in UK aged 20, many years ago, then the kids arrived so no time anymore. One day . . . .
 22 June 2010 06:56 PM
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georgehandel

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Hi All,

I recently had an interest in Amateur radio.

Thanks,
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 27 July 2010 01:17 PM
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adigby

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First licenced in 1988 as GØJLX when I was in my 30's, and still avidly interested now, in my 50's (so hardly a crumbly).

My Dad was a WT op in WWII (Singapore) so it's in my blood I suppose. It's just one of those hobbies that infiltrates every aspect of your working life if you are at all interested in communications or any of the plethora of other areas Amateur Radio touches base with.

I'm a Chartered Engineer specialising in radio comms, radar and navaids, often to be found on HF, VHF or UHF bands in any one of several modes, either from home, or mobile or out portable on a hilltop somewhere.

I've been teaching it to up-and-coming Amateurs for the best part of 10 years now I suppose, at all UK levels, and I sincerely hope that some of my students will carry that on.

73 de Andy
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 23 March 2011 08:05 AM
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Banisterr

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I'll throw my hat into the ring as G4BEE (ex-G8EBK) and also 9H3BR.

First licensed in 1971 as a VHF/UHF only licensee while still at school. Needless to say it was my interest in amateur radio that set me off into my current career and IET membership. Initially as a hardware design engineer in the IT industry but a lobotomy in the mid-90's (and the MD saying 'hardware was dead') migrated me over to the 'softer' side of things ... but it's still engineering ... designing, testing, making things work and keeping them working !

Not very active these days, although as retirement looms, there has been a recent spurt of blowing the cobwebs off and refreshing the 'shack' and equipment in readiness for when, in theory, I should have more time 'to play'.

I don't do much building these days, but enjoy QRP operation from the hilltops on VHF or when on holiday as 9H3BR. This latter operation has enforced me to improve my CW to make the most of my 5 watts.

Member of RSGB and GQRP club.

73s all

Ray G4BEE
 06 April 2011 02:44 AM
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backinuk

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Hi
45 and just about to take my Foundation License, with Silverthorn Radio Club
Great bunch of guys there, admittedly there are quite a few fossils in the hobby, which highlights the importance of raising awareness
and trying to get the youth interested.
I'm building the MKARS80 in preperation for my intermediate exam, early days with it yet still put resistors on the board from the 1st components bag..

73's all

Michael
 15 April 2011 05:55 PM
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probiz

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Hello Everyone,

I am G6AVL, licensed since 1981 and now aged 68.

I am imminently returning to north east England after 12 years in southern Spain and have been looking at possible QTH locations on the internet.

A location we are considering is within 1km of a major section of the national grid. Has anyone had experience of the severity of interference that can be expected on any operating modes in the HF and VHF bands?

Am I likely to encounter significant problems from the broadband signals now being transmitted along these cables, or will it mainly be 50 Hz based?

Thanks in anticipation of any replies.

73 de Hilt (Hylton Thompson - G6AVL)
 26 April 2011 07:54 PM
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Jointbox

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Good luck with your foundation exam Michael and I hope the MKARS80 transceiver build goes well. I have had a lot of fun on amateur radio over the years, and I hope you get the same amount of enjoyment from it as me.

Regards Daniel M5AGV
 27 May 2011 01:16 AM
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backinuk

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Thanks Daniel
I passed the Foundation and now the proud owner of an Amatuer License
Now to get my 2E0 call sign.. :-)

73's
Michael M6MBM
 28 May 2011 05:05 AM
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deleted_1_Nimer

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I'm VE3DBO, certified as Basic with Honours in Canada since 2009. I don't have a station up & running yet, but I intend to run a packet radio station & single-sideband voice. Since I exceeded the minimum passing requirements in my exam, my honour score grants me the priviledge to any frequency above 50Hz. And since Canadian hams are actually certified & not license, my priviledge never expires.

Can anyone recommend a good packet radio modem for use on a computer with the following specs?

IBM R51
1.6 GHz CPU, 1 GB RAM, 60 GB HDD.
OS: Windows XP, Real-Mode MS-DOS 7.10 (Windows 98,) Ubuntu Linux.
Intel Pro/1000 MT network card, Intel Pro/wireless 2200BG wi-fi network card, IBM ThinkPad Fast Infrared Port, generic USB-to-RS-232 adapter.

Because I want to try & experiment with Apache to serve a website through packet radio.

73.

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 28 May 2011 06:45 PM
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Jointbox

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Congratulations on passing your foundation exam Michael. I hope you have a lot of fun and make lots of new friends on the bands.
 06 February 2012 10:23 PM
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DamageControl

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M0IED here
I am 30, active member of IVARC & RAYNET, love the hobby, it has so many aspects to play with and there is always scope to learn. I can often be heard between call outs on GB3SH.

As far as startup cost goes, it is as expensive as you wish to make it, I see it as a bit like fishing, you can have the most expensive rod and reel on the market and still catch nothing, but with a stick and some string catch a whoppa

Backinuk:
How did you get on with the mkars 80? I have one also, great radio to play with, also did you complete your 2E0???

73
Andy M0IED

Oh and Hi to Andy G0JLX the kind man with the keys for the exam room i sat my advanced exam in on that freezing cold night!
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