I did my National Service from 1954 - 1957, in the Royal Engineers
As a regular soldier. I was offered a place in the Army Photographers
School in London. I passed the course.

I was posted to Dortmund in Germany. On my arrival I was told
that the post of photographer for the regiment was no longer
available as the photographic requirements for the army would
now be performed by civilians.

I became a Signals Instructor after attending a technical course
in Gillingham, Kent, and then posted back to 23 Field Engineer
Regiment, 38 Field Squadron, as a Signals Instructor (Pronto)
as a corporal. Back then we operated AM in the 2 - 2.8 Mhz band.

The equipment consisted of Wireless sets 19, 22, 62, at around 2
Mhz, and 31 in the VHF band. It was my job to instruct officers and
other ranks the theory and operation of field wireless equipment,
battery charging, and the then new Phonetic Alphabet, still used

I was first licensed for AR in Australia, call sign VK6TTV, in 1989. My main interest at that time was Amateur Television with homebrew rigs. I started the Perth (W.A.) amateur television group in 1991. The group had it's own repeater VK6RTV.

I returned to the UK in 1998, and applied for a UK call in 1999. I was allocated M1DMR, and operated on 2 metres, with a Yaesu FT-290RII and a 25w linear, until the beginning of 2005. I then purchased a Yaesu FT-840 HF transceiver, and now also operate on the HF bands. My QTH is in Portsmouth on the sunny (sometimes) south coast of the UK.

My antennas leave a lot to be desired, as due to back yard restrictions, I am only able to use a half size G5RV for HF, and a VHF/UHF co-linear. I also have an antenna for 4 metres, a Sirio ¾ wave CX 4-68 vertical

I  like to keep my hand in with regard to home brew, so I build kits which saves a lot of time sourcing components. You will find a good link for good AR kits, on the links page.

I am a member of the Radio Society Of Great Britain, the British Amateur TV Club, and the Royal Signals Amateur Radio Society (4055)

I passed the 11 plus exam in 1947, and went on to the Southern
Grammar School For Boys, then situated in Albert Road, due to
the original school having been bombed in WW2