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LeedsChris
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Join date : 2020-04-20
QTH or Location : W Yorks
Equipment Used : Grant II, Antron 99

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PostSubject: Hello there!   Hello there! Icon_minitimeMon Apr 20, 2020 3:39 pm

Hi all, greetings from sunny Yorkshire.  Now the pubs are all closed I have a surplus of time/money that needs redirection, so what a good chance to relight the old radio bug that has been dormant for many years.  I haven't been on-air for 20/30 years (maybe longer, my memory is shafted) when I had a very tidy Stalker 9FDX and enjoyed both sides of the hobby, meaning UK FM and the 11m SSB DX.  Never been into Ham but the older I get the more it appeals, so maybe one day...

Fast-forward to about 2016 (based on email history, NOT memory) and I thought it would be fun to put a radio in my camper van, so picked up a brand new Grant II and a Tank Whip for static use in whichever pub carpark would have me.  I went for the Grant to keep my 10m options open if I ever do get a licence, but realistically I was hoping to find the UK/EU activity would be high enough to justify the leap-in-the dark of shelling out on the new kit.

Major disappointment all round, barely anything to hear at all, let alone have a talk back at, lol.  Not that I gave it a grand attempt to be fair, the old camper van hardly ever came out to play and the radio only got an hour or two of attention for a couple of times a year.  At this stage, the most fun I've had with the radio is modding it for full coverage, not actually comunicating with anyone, lol.

Jump forward again and the camper is sold-on, and the radio is back in the box.  I'm going to set it up in the garage and try to give it a better shot this time, as a base station instead.  The tank whip can stay on the shelf though, we'll try to improve on that.  Wish me luck...
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Call Sign : 26-CT-1836 Ham 2E0GGQ
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QTH or Location : London
Equipment Used : Radios & Wires & Stuff!
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PostSubject: Re: Hello there!   Hello there! Icon_minitimeMon Apr 20, 2020 6:54 pm

Hello Chris, welcome to the forum. Good luck!

73's Gary.
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Call Sign : 26-CT-3239 , 26-TG-987 , 26-RB-060 , 26-CO-3239
Posts : 966
Times Thanked : 71
Join date : 2019-09-30
QTH or Location : SW London
Equipment Used : Colt Excalibur SSB, President GrantII JacksonII McKinley EU, CRTSS6900N, Cobra 148 GTL-DX MK2, Zetagi B550p, Bremi BRL200, RM KL200P, KL203P, KL503P, Sirio 4000, Sirio 3000 Bull, Antron99 Fire up , Hawkins Thunderbolt SSD58+ ,KPO NM532-KPO NM452- Astatic 575M6 , Uniden and AOR scanner
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PostSubject: Re: Hello there!   Hello there! Icon_minitimeTue Apr 21, 2020 7:29 am

Hi Chris, welcome to the CTDX group
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Join date : 2020-04-20
QTH or Location : Grimsby England
Equipment Used : CRT SS7900 main rig crt Millenium mill also A Midland38 with power mic
Age : 63

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PostSubject: Re: Hello there!   Hello there! Icon_minitimeTue Apr 21, 2020 8:30 am

Hi LeedsChris welcome have fun kev
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QTH or Location : Manchester
Equipment Used : Optima, Superstar 360fm, Stalker 9fdx, President Jack
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PostSubject: Re: Hello there!   Hello there! Icon_minitimeTue Apr 21, 2020 10:43 am

Hello and welcome, Chris.

I hope you enjoy your return to the hobby.

73s John.
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PostSubject: Re: Hello there!   Hello there! Icon_minitimeTue Apr 21, 2020 5:35 pm

Hey cheers Gary, Steve, Kev, John. A good mix of Norf n Sarf there. I might make Leeds to Grimsby on a good clear night, we'll have to give it a bash when the antenna goes up. Should be here tomorra but I have to figure out the mounting pole yet. Ciao!
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PostSubject: Re: Hello there!   Hello there! Icon_minitimeTue Apr 21, 2020 7:05 pm

LeedsChris you never can tell how far one will reach in good conditions take care
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