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Ive had an interest in electronics for as long as I can remember, and I was a relatively small child when I first experienced the magic of a radio wave. I say radio wave, it was an infra red remote control for my grandfathers TV, I remember being really impressed how this invisible engery could control the volume (and I think the brightness) of the television. My fascination was boosted when I saw my brothers radio controlled car, this may have just been radio control to others, but to me, as a small child, this was magic, and at the age of about 9 or 10, at my request, my father took me to see the huge transmission mast at Crystal Palace, the home of the capital's TV and Radio transmitters. The pure size of this thing again fascinated me.

My fascination for radio technology was boosted in 1993 when at the age of thirteen I was given a CB radio, This taught me the very basics of radio communications and just about scratched the surface of antenna theory. (It also taught me how impractical HF is for local communication!) However, due to the decrease in the cost of PSTN modems and internet connectivity, the internet's popularity increased like crazy and the 11m band started to die, so by 1999 I had pretty much dissapeared from the 11m airwaves, and bar using the occasional PMR radio for work, the only radio I was exposed to was at the radio station for which I worked as a presenter but I never really got too involved with the RF side of things but, in 2005 I took on the support of the studio transmitter link and remote transmitter - I had to learn fast but was fortunate enough to have a great tutor.

Going back to my school days, I had always wanted to do the (then) RAE when I was at school, but had never had the opportunity, however a change in personal circumstance in 2008 and a well timed advert on a newsgroup meant I took the plunge and thanks to the folks at Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society, I attended the Foundation course and got my first amateur radio licence in 2008 my first callsign was M6MAR, in 2009, again through CARS I passed the intermediate exam and progressed to 2E0MHS and in December 2011 thanks to Reading and District Amateur Radio Society I passed the advanced exam and was issued with the callsign M0SGL.

Now, in the world of radio technology, the world is my oyster.. Although I dont really like the taste of oysters, nor do I wish to promote London's overpriced public transport system. (Besides making me late - they have never done me any favours!)

Most of my radio time, is spent rag-chewing on 2m, 4m or my local 70cms repeater GB3NS. You can also hear me from time to time usually on Reflector 1C of the DSTAR network. When im playing with HF, its is rarely in a contest. I dont have the attention span for it. If im in a contest, its either because im nice and am giving away points to others, or we are at a club field day, where although we take part in the contest, we never really take it seriously, again, its more to give points away to others. When oprating on HF, I spend much of my time on 17m mainly due to the lack of contesters present. I also enjoy playing with SSTV around 14.230USB

You may be interested to check out the ICQ podcast, where I present the occasional technical feature for the show. Just click on the link in the top right of this page.

Through this website, I hope to show you some of the things i get up to in Amateur Radio, and also provide a series of resources for newbies to the hobby.

Have a browse around this site, and please be sure to follow the links to some of my other interests and dont forget to check out my podcast links in the top right.

I hope to work you on the bands sometime.