Amateur Radio Bits & Bobs

A brief introduction


To the ramblings of G7SYW. My name is Roger, I currently live near to the town of Honiton, in the county of Devon which is in the South-West of the UK. This is in Locator square IO80. The website is based around my hobby of amateur radio.

After sitting and successfully passing the Radio Amateur Examinations (RAE) set by City & Guilds, OFCOM issued me with an amateur radio operating licence. When the licence was issued I was allocated the callsign of G7SYW.

After losing interest in amateur radio and other commitments taking over I took a break from the hobby and sold most of the equipment. My interest in ham radio has now been rekindled and I’m playing with my toys once again.

It was by pure chance that my QSL manager made contact to inform me that he had some QSL cards awaiting collection.
Upon receiving the cards, all from many years ago, my passion in the hobby began to re-ignite.

Because I had sold the majority of the equipment I previously owned, I’ve had to build the station up once again. Having returned to the ham radio hobby just a few months ago, I now also find myself at a new QTH (for the non-ham, QTH means location) with room for a purpose built shack in the garden.

About me

So, (Don’t you just hate it when people start a sentence with so?) I was born in North Essex in the early 1960’s. To some people that makes me ancient, to others, I’m still a spring chicken. You make up your own mind where I fit between those two!

I’ve had a keen interest in radio and most things electrical and electronic in general since about the age of nine or ten. I was always fascinated by listening to the foreign stations on a shortwave radio. I learnt a lot from watching a friend of my fathers’ fiddling about with various valves and components to bring “dead” radios back to life.

My introduction to amateur radio

It started with CB…

In the early 1980’s when my interest in electronics gave me the ideal introduction to repairing CB radios. In the early 90’s I had a Yaesu FT-290R to repair, it was after repairing it that I used it to listen to the local amateurs which inspired me to sit the exam to gain my licence.

I decided that my knowledge of radio circuits was sufficient but definitely lacked knowledge of operating procedures.
After a few weeks of home study I attended the local college and sat the exams.

Upon receiving the results I was pleased to learn I had passed both exams and was then able to apply for my licence. Read my radio history in more detail here.