A Little Bit About Me
I run my own business – a design agency Blend Digital which is based in Gateshead, near Newcastle upon Tyne.
After having messed about with radios and electronics for years, I finally decided to do something about it last year and enrolled for the Radio Amateurs Foundation License. I passed at the Angel of the North Amateur Radio Club in Gateshead in Summer 2011 and went on to do the Intermediate License later that year. I’m now studying for my Advanced License and hope to sit this in summer 2012.
I’m enjoying Amateur Radio immensely and I’m now also a member of Tynemouth Amateur Radio Club. My wife loves Amateur Radio too as I’m always out of the house and she can now get to watch the television!
Why I Built This Website
Not being the brightest of buttons when it comes to electronics, I started searching the internet for websites and videos to back up what I was learning from my Advanced License Course.
As time went by I amassed quite a collection of links. It quickly became clear to me that I wasn’t the only one having difficulty understanding what we were learning. My fellow students seemed to be having difficulty too. In fact I realised that other individuals all over the globe could be in the same predicament.
So that is why I decided to put together this website. Initially it was meant just for me and my fellow students, but I’m sure others will find it useful too.
If it succeeds in helping just one of you to understand something you’ve been struggling with then I’ll be happy that it’s fulfilled it’s purpose.
Best wishes and 73s
Boring Radio Stuff
My main radio is a Yaesu FT-857 and I have a half size G5RV antenna for HF and a Dual Band Colinear for VHF/UHF.
In the car I normally use a Yaesu FT-60R VHF/UHF handheld transceiver with a small dual band antenna on the roof.
On weekends I often pop down to St. Mary’s Lighthouse car park in Whitley Bay with the excuse of walking the dog, where I like to work HF from the car via my FT-857 with a roof mounted ATAS-120 antenna.
When all else fails, you can sometimes find me on Echolink in the ever popular Ireland Conference!