I was put on risk of redundancy after 18 years in 2012 as there was to be some re-
Following all the feelings that go with that dreadful word I thought perhaps I should take the offer and retire early, (more time to play radio I thought), so I finally got away early 2013 and I'm now enjoying retirement.
Since getting my full license I now have more time to to think of other avenues in radio to follow. I tried PSK31 at the BRATS shack when I was a member and decided to have a go at that, so ordered a few bits to build the interface. I've had many contacts and quite enjoy using this particular digital mode. I'm also interested in Morse, so I will brush up on what I already know and hopefully in time will get going on the bands. I've decided to just use eQSL for QSL cards, but will send paper cards via the bureau if requested, eQSL works well and cards can be exchanged on the day you make the contact.
I originally had wire dipoles in my attic for 6,10,17, 20 and 40 mtrs but due to high noise levels I installed a half size G5RV in the garden in March 2012, despite many people telling me it's not the antenna to buy, so far I'm happy with it. It has a 22ft fibreglass pole in the centre making it slightly inverted V.
I started with a Kenwood TS570SG and then moved on to an Icom 756Pro. Early 2012 I installed a collinear on a mast at about 25 ft from the ground for 2mtrs and 70cms and a 2mtr/70cms beam on a mast at the back of the house at about 22ft.
I sat the exam in 2013 and got my M0KLK callsign. I chose the KLK call sign as it was Bernie, G3KLK, who first sparked my interest in amateur radio. I was treasurer and member of the Swale Amateur Radio Club until October 2015 when the club closed due to lack of members, I'm now a member of MARTS Medway radio club.
In January 2014 I was approved by the RSGB to train and assess the practical projects for Foundation and Intermediate trainees at the BRATS club. Keith, M0KJA and I have assessed many Foundation and Intermediate practicals, all the candidates bar one have passed their exams first time and the one that failed passed on his second attempt. Since leaving the Bredhurst club we are now training candidates at MARTS.
You will hear me mainly on 20 and 40 metres SSB although I also enjoy PSK, I also use 2 metre and 70cms FM and SSB, I tried experimenting with DSTAR but wasn’t over impressed with linking over the Internet, but simplex digital communication is certainly far superior and has less problems with fading over distance.