Good to be back on air today after just short of 12 weeks semi-qrt.
I took a few months off to catch up with some important jobs at home and concentrated on Qsl Managing with no radio at all. I had the break at Holy Island of course and that was all, last qso before today being 21st May 2011.
I also managed to get the new antenna sorted last weekend. I erected the G3TXQ Hexbeam built and supplied by Anthony MW0JZE ( at http://www.g3txq-hexbeam.com/ ). I have no doubt the antenna will perform very well as I have used it many times before and this of course prompted my purchase.
The standard and quality of the antenna and parts was second to none and I have no doubt it will prove a wise decision to change to it.
For further info on the antenna see the link above or contact me if you need any further information or have further questions.
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.