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new memberin north devon

Posted: 18 May 2018 15:14
by barryk
I am an old radio ham g3mtd ilve in braunton north devon the home of surfing -not me!
although still on 2metres.
i spend more time listening now
i us an sdrplay rsp2
just bought asmall ltecsum pl380 only £39 and excellent value for money.
as anyone carried out any mods 0n one
had a stroke 5 years ago and righty arm now us!!so soldering etc is a prolem.
as anyone used the tecsum external active antenna the an200 if so how good isit?

Re: new memberin north devon

Posted: 18 May 2018 20:33
by John Faulkner, Skegness
Hello Barry and welcome to the forum.

I hope somebody will be along shortly to answer your question about the Tecsun antenna.

I am also a G3. I have been trying to re-activate my station for a few days to take advantage of the Es using GT8. No luck, unfortunately, as the computer side of this always gets the better of me.

All the best, Barry.

John, G1VVP.

Re: new memberin north devon

Posted: 27 Sep 2018 15:35
by barryk
hi john
sorry to take a while replying.
I never took the rae when I was in the raf in the 1950s if you were in the forces you were exempt if you were in radio trade.
when I left the forces I when to work at the radar station on the yorks moors -fylingdales where I worked in computers -big ones then so!
so computers were my living.
had stroke 5 years ago and lost use of right arm so constructing is now not possible.
I am just trying to learn wordpress and make an upto date web page!
keeps me occupied .
I live in braunton north devon.
I have been playing with te liny radios and it is supring what they can receiver.
where are you based.
I came originaly from near mancherter.

Re: new memberin north devon

Posted: 27 Sep 2018 19:12
by John Faulkner, Skegness
Not a problem.

I am in Skegness, Lincolnshire. Originally from Nottinghamshire.

I love Manchester. A great city with so much happening. I was actually driving through Rusholme only a couple of weeks ago, looking for a curry house. Of course, there is such an enormous choice for that kind of thing on The Curry Mile, but there were far less available parking spaces than curry houses and so I had to drive on. A Nepalese establishment in Levenshulme satisfied my needs that evening.

My mother and father were in the RAF and I remember my father also saying how he didn't have to sit the RAE. I took my RAE in 1986 and became a G1, though I didn't begin to use my callsign until 2008. I lost interest fairly quickly as things like trying to fight my way through pile-ups was not my thing. If I ever take up amateur radio again, it will be an automated digital mode, such as WSPR or JT8. I could hide a small antenna in the garden. My landlord does not allow amateur radio antennas of any kind and I had to fight hard to get permission to have the FM antenna installed. The health and safety and insurance aspects were ridiculous. They can't touch me for small free-standing antennas though.

Not sure why I wrote that I am also a G3. :roll: Middle-aged moment. ;)

Re: new memberin north devon

Posted: 28 Sep 2018 13:14
by Tim Bucknall
welcome Barry,
hello from your old northern homeland,
nice location you have there! me & John went on dxpedition to Bude in 2000
keep checking for Spain on 105.0/102.9/96.9, Portugal 106.5 and Canaries 87.7!

Re: new memberin north devon

Posted: 21 Oct 2018 10:33
by Tim Bucknall
you getting any of the tropo Barry?