Ham Radio

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My original callsign was G6AFY/T when I was first licenced back in 1965.

In those days a G6 licence meant that you were allowed only amateur television on the 70cm band. Later on my callsign was changed to G8AFY when the class B licences came out, but we were still only allowed to use the 70cm band.

It wasn’t until several years later that the licence was extended to cover 2m as well.

My son, Glenn, who was also a keen radio amateur, had his own station alongside mine until he died in 1990, aged only 28. It was as a mark of respect for him that I dropped my own callsign and took his, which was G8SUM.

I am not very active on the bands now because my hobbies take up so much of my time, but I do monitor 70cms and 2m when I can. I find the use of computers with amateur radio fascinating and I am trying out new ideas all the time.

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Mon indicatif d’appel initial était G6AFY/T quand j’ai eu mon autorisation en 1965.

A cette époque il fallait avoir un permis G6 pour pouvoir accéder à la télévision amateur sur la bande de 70 cm. Plus tard, mon indicatif d’appel a été changé en G8AFY à l’époque des permis classe B mais nous n’avions toujours que la possibilité d’utiliser la bande de 70 cm.

C’était que quelques années après que le permis a été étendu pour couvrir 2m aussi.

Mon fils, Glenn, qui était également un amateur de radio a eu sa propre station à côté de la mienne jusqu’à sa mort en 1990. Il avait seulement 28 ans. C’était comme marque de respect pour lui que j’ai laissé mon propre indicatif d’appel et que j’ai pris le sien qui était G8SUM.

Je ne suis plus très active de nos jours sur les bandes parceque mon passe-temps me prend beaucoup de mon temps mais j’écoute 70cms et 2m quand je peux. Je trouve fascinant l’utilisation des ordinateurs avec les radios amateurs et je suis toujours en train d’essayer de nouvelles idées.

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One Response to Ham Radio

  1. You have done so many interesting things Keith.
    Were you well versed in Morse Code? . . . 🙂

    My school friend’s father was a radio ham . . . I suppose emailing friends and blogging are almost the equivalent today . . . 🙂

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    I still do Amateur Radio, but now I use the Internet as the medium for transmitting and receiving instead of using high-powered transmitters and a garden full of aerials. I use voice and morse code (up to 15 words a minute). The program I use emulates a transceiver on the screen with all the knobs, meters and flashing lights just like the real thing! Click here to go and take a look, and eat your heart out! – Keith.

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