G6HOQ Amateur Radio Website
Hi there, My Name is Steve, I was first licenced in 1982 I think... a long time ago.. a visit to Selston Fete in 1980 whilst a CB'er introduced me to Amateur Radio in the guise of an Arcon (Amateur Radio Club of Nottingham) exhibition at the fete, and a chance meeting with Rob then G8RYK also from Selston, Rob now manages Anchor Supplies in Nottingham, a government surplus and ham radio dealer, thus started my amateur radio 'career', mainly active on 2m SSB as I never bothered with morse.
Latterly I was bitten by the packet bug, and eventually ran the GB7MUM packet BBS in Nottingham from the QTH of my employers (SP Electronics Ltd) who sponsored the hardware.
Packet virtually smothered all other 2m operations and I eventually hung up my microphone for many years.
In 2007 I re-applied for my licence and I am now active in HF/VHF/UHF, I say active - mostly listening and learning again. I have been in IT since the 80's and I am fascinated by the newer data modes, Digital SSTV is a weekly sched.
I'm 54 now and with 12 grandchildren so I have bought a place in Bulgaria which I hope eventually to semi-retire (escape).. apparently there are no planning permission requirements on aerials or towers.... whoohoo. I have purchased an Icom IC-706MkIIG (since upgraded to an Icom IC-7000 + LDG AT-7000) (since changed to a Kenwood TS-480) in readiness so I can take it over on holiday with me
Have a wander round the site, there is useful information on digital SSTV and downloads for Yaesu and Icom equipment, manuals and other information.
Currently off air, my last station conditions were Flex Radio 3000, Yaesu FT-897, to a multi-band dipole and 3 el 6m beam, mobile I used a Yaesu FT-857 to a Yaesu screwdriver antenna.