Amateur (Ham) Radio -M6MLQ

My interest in Short Wave Radio Listening (SWL) began whilst living in Australia, from about 1958 onwards. A neighbour, who was a radio engineer, got me interested and was able to obtain an ex Royal Australian Air Force AR7 Communications Receiver. I used to listen most nights when in bed because stations from the Northern Hemisphere were coming in, generally, loud and clear. I quickly became a regular listener and then Monitor for the (then) BBC World Service; Canadian Broadcasting Service; Radio Nederland and the (then) West German National Station Deutsche Welle. Monitoring meant sending monthly reception and radio content reports to these stations, and I kept it up until returning to England in 1973.

Back in the United Kingdom I occasionally "listened - in " but not to the same extent, this time listening to stations in the Southern Hemisphere. After many years of real inactivity, a visit with my wife to Bletchley Park in 2014 - where the Enigma Code was broken- and the Radio Society of Great Britain's live Amateur Radio Station is located, started to rekindle my interest. My wife suggested that I ought to take the hobby up again but this time actively "go on air" rather than be a passive listener. So in March, 2015, I sat an exam through the Harwell Amateur Radio Society and duly passed the Foundation Licence exam, thus obtaining the call sign shown above, enabling me to transmit on 10 Watts of power. I actually started transmitting on 5th June 2015, after having purchased the required equipment. One year later I have amassed over 500 QSOs (contacts) in 57 Countries. Sometime this year I hope to do my Intermediate Licence exam which, if I pass will give me another call-sign and an increase in transmitting power up to 50 Watts.

Short Wave Listener

Ex RAAF AR7 Communications Receiver

My original ex- Royal Australian Air Force
AR 7 Communications Receiver
- 132Kcs - 29Mgs in 5 Bands.

Radio Shack with Eddystone EC10 Receiver

The Radio Shack with my Call-Sign.

My next Communications Receiver was an Eddystone EC10 all-transistor radio (shown bottom left above) which I had from about 1970 to April 2016.

My Transceiver is a Yaesu HF/50MHz FT- 450D, powered by a Nevada PS-30M Power Unit. The Antenna - a 40M Dipole ( long wire from House to large tree at bottom of garden) is fed by an MFJ-971 Portable Tuner via 50Ohm co-ax, a ladder line and 1:1 Balun.

Radio Shack with Kenwood Trio 9R-59DS Communications Receiver

This was replaced by a Kenwood Trio 9 R-59DS Communications Receiver, 40 years old but only used three times and in mint condition (shown bottom right above)

Selection of my QSL Cards based upon my 25 years shipping experiences in England and Australia
(see Shipping Pages on this Website)
QSL Card 1 -Maritime Historian
British Power Boat Motor Gun Boat 81, the sole surviving ocean going representataive of the hundreds of BPB craft. Shown in the Royal Naval Base at Portsmouth, Hampshire.

One of my favourite P and O ships, Himalaya at Outer West Station Pier, Port Melbourne circa 1957.
QSL Card 3-Abingdon-on-Thames
Abingdon-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.
QSL Card $, Maritime Historian
World War 2 photograph of my familiy's future houseboat; British Power Boat Motor Torpedo Boat 451 at speed duiring a sortie.
Amateur (HAM) Radio M6MLQ