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My Journey Into Amateur Radio


My name is Peter, I hold the Amateur Radio callsign GØOMH while my daughter Mary holds the callsign M6AIZ. My interest in radio dates back to childhood in the late 1960's trying to listen for all those exotic place names that were written on the tuning dial on the Long Wave and Medium Wave bands of my father's 1950's valve (tube) domestic radio or wireless as it was often called in those days. Around 1973 a friend gave me a surplus WWII U.S. Army Signal Corps BC-348 receiver which really got me started in the wonderful hobby of shortwave listening.

Around 1974 I was introduced to pirate radio by a friend who had already been caught and prosecuted twice by the authorities for his illegal transmitting, he was so hooked on transmitting that I also caught the "bug" from him too. I started experimenting and building my own transmitters, playing music and chatting to other pirate stations at a range of 15 to 20 Miles (24 to 32 Kilometers) from my station on 227 meters (1320 Khz) and 182 meters (1640 Khz) on the Medium Wave band and also a little transmitting on the VHF broadcast band around 97 Mhz. Then it was my turn to be busted by the authorities in 1975 (not a pleasant experience) it didn't take long for them to find me as I was broadcasting from my parents home every day for months. Did they stop me? Of course not, like my friend I was back on the air in a few day's. We were young and not very wise, (who is at that age) but I will admit it was great fun. I only included this as it was my first taste of building/transmitting and a part of my journey into amateur radio.

After owning many receivers including a WWII British Wireless Set No 62 which was a transceiver and years of shortwave listening it was not until 1985 that I decided to study for my Amateur Radio licence. So after around six months self study I sat and passed the examination in 1986 at the Merchant Navy College in Greenhithe Kent and was eventually issued with the callsign of G7AYU. In 1989 I was taught the art of CW by Norman G3ZCV who's QTH was in the same road only 100 yards (91 Meters) from me. We met on the 2m band a couple of times a week for several months. In 1990 I sat my Morse test and passed first time. So that's the story so far, HI... Hope you find something interesting on my website.



Interests In Amateur Radio


My main radio interests are CW, amateur radio satellites and short-wave listening. I also enjoy operating on the 70 Mhz, (4 Metre band) and the 5 Mhz band (60 Meters), building QRP transceivers, building and experimenting with very low frequency (VLF) receivers plus other electronic goodies. IF you are local to me I am quite prepared to accept skeds on request on any HF, VHF or UHF band, just leave me a message on my forum.



Other Interests

I have always had a very keen interest in astronomy, radio astronomy and space flight also in aviation such as light aircraft and gliding. Plus building and flying radio control aircraft, meteorology, NOAA weather satellite decoding and ACARS.



Website and a time to stop and reflect


Building this website was really for my own edification, I love to learn new things. I'm only an amateur website builder (63 years young) and self-taught. I do not use templates or any website building programs just good old HTML and PHP using Notepad++ so please bear with me as I continue to work on the site. In other words thing can and will change.

On the 19th of June 2017 I was diagnosed has having a rare and incurable lung disease. I thought about closing the website down as I started looking on the dark side of the disease then around three weeks after being given the diagnosis I suddenly had the bright idea and urge to build a new web-page (the last one was on-line for over five years). I think throwing myself into the website building mode took my mind off my illness for a while at least.

This new web-page was launched on the 14th of July 2017. I want to say a very big thank you to all my regular visitors who have stuck with me over the years (believe it or not I have at least three or four) Hi, Hi. If you would like to contact me just click the link below.




73, Peter.


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Website launched on April 15th 2012 - Website last updated on 9th January 2019


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