About me

UPDATE: 2nd November 2017 this page really out of date – in 19 months so much has changed… update coming soon 🙂

UPDATE: 5th September 2016: I am now a Full licence holder – chuffed isnt enough to describe how i feel – really pleased with myself… if i’m honest the Intermediate is more than enough, I’ve been having such great fun with it and the limitations are minimal – SATS being a large interest at the moment and a Full licence isnt needed for that… really, getting the full licence was to prove something to myself for myself and I’ve done that… happy days!! 🙂

UPDATE: 25th August 2016: So, I took the UK FULL licence exam yesterday, now to wait approximately 10 days for the results 🙁 its a shame that the marking cant be done on the same day, the format of the exam itself is no different to the Foundation or Intermediate (ie multiple choice) and having to wait is already so painful. I honestly have no idea how well i did – there were some easy questions and some hard ones and because of that i am unsure of how well i did – i may have passed but i may have failed – nothing but the results will tell me which way though.. so hence the wait is excruciating just a day in to it and the RSGB wont even have received the envelop yet with my papers in… 6 days from date of receipt @ RSGB before they are posted and that’s working days and we have a bank holiday coming up so its going to be week commencing Monday 5th September at the earliest… ahh well patience is a virtue eh!

UPDATE: 29th June 2016: “Full Licence” exam will be 24th August 2016

+30 years ago my Dad and I started the process of obtaining the ‘knowledge’ – at the time I was 15 /16 years old and about to take / taking my CSE’s and ‘O’ Levels so I dropped out of the amateur stuff but my Dad (GU0BDI) carried on to obtain his full licence shortly after….

At the end of last year (2015) I pulled out an old 1981 CB (a cybernet 1000) from a box junk along with an old DV27 and thought I would see what activity was around on CB here in Guernsey, there was absolutely nothing – so my challenge was to re instigate interest… phrases like ‘pulling teeth’ or ‘herding cats’ comes to mind, I’m still chipping away though as CB was good fun for everyone…

Finding this CB re instigated my interest in amateur radio so at the end of last year I approached our local radio club (the Guernsey Amateur Radio Society http://www.gars.org.gg/ – GU3HFN) and on the 5th April 2016 two of us sat both the Foundation and Intermediate exams (we both passed both thanks to the help and guidance from 2U0TKB – GU4JHH – GU1IIW) – on the 14th April I received what was needed from the RSGB to get my call sign and thus 2U0DWD was born – my first licensed QSO….? had to be with GU0BDI 😉 I think this has re-sparked his interest again too…

I currently have the following equipment in my ‘shack’ or ‘kennel’ as my children like to call it…

  • FRG7700 plugged in to a random bit of wire, reception only really any good on 40m
  • FT817ND plugged in to a 2m/70cm collinear vertical & 20m homebrew dipole 30′ up (horizontal)
  • FT102 not plugged in to anything (needs the relays changing as no receive)
  • UV-5R+ plugged… in to me
  • and now added to the list an IC-735 – Thank you Colin (MU0FAL)!!

+ lots of other bits and bobs (I am yet to work out what they all are or their uses) have also been passed on to me by my Dad as he inherited from his brother G4TVZ (sk)

My first HF QSO was 1st May 2016 with 9A9RR