sounded even stronger. After clearing with John it was the moment of pleasure (if VK’s weren’t enough ) when I heard Nori (JA4EPE) calling from Yamaguchi Prefecture in Japan. We had a short exchange of the usual details and there it was, my first ever Qso with Japan on 10m, FB old man! After a few minutes another call this time from Trevor (VK4ZFC) from St. Kewarra Bch, Cairns, Northern Queensland, Australia (photo above). He came across with a nice signal but within seconds Qsb arrived and the band was changing. After clearing with Trevor, my old friend Paul (HS0ZIN) called from Chonburi in Thailand (originates from Leeds) and the strongest I have ever heard him. I exchanged reports with Dave (5B4AHL) and a few other Russian stations before it ended, that was it, ‘qsl card day’ had to re-commence!
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I was born in the 1960’s and have lived all my life in the Coal Mining Town of Barnsley in South Yorkshire, Northern England. My parents were all from this area of Yorkshire and my father worked in the main Industry of the local Collieries as a face worker. I have been married to my wife Debbie for 35+ years and we have two children and two grandchildren.
I have been licensed for around 20 years after my interest was re-kindled when I retired from my role as a Police Officer within South Yorkshire Police Force. The latter few years were spent as Radio Operator in the Force Operations Control Room at Sheffield, before my career ended.
IOTA chasing is (and always has been) my real passion, as climbing the ladder to reach Honour Roll status was always my main aim. The 1000 Islands Trophy is still out of reach but I am heading in the right direction. I am currently a Board Member of IOTA Ltd and IREF.
In my free time I am a keen Photographer of Wildlife, Aviation, (anything really) but the QSL Manager role is my main passion within Ham Radio.