Good conditions again this morning allowed a brief spell QRV on SSB. After a good session on 12m yesterday, today I took the plunge on 17M.
The first call in the log was Yuu JA1OCC, a regular on 17m with a good signal. Shortly after him I was called by Barry ZL1BWL. Qsb was evident and not too easy but 57 in the clear and no problem with the qso at all.
Then, at around 0820 I was called again from Japan by Takahide JA6CDC. We had a brief qso and I was delighted when he gave his QTH as Takeo City in Saga Prefecture, Japan. This was #47 of the 47 Prefectures I needed to claim the Worked All Japan Award! I had been chasing this Prefecture for well over 18 months so what a great morning to finally log it and wrap up that particular goal.
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.