Amateur (Ham) Radio -2E0MHM

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. As at midnight on 4th July 2016 I had amassed 551 QSOs (contacts) in 57 Countries and 92 Confirmations. At the end of June, 2016, I sat and passed my Intermediate Radio Exam and on 5th July received my new Radio Call-sign 2E0MHM. This means that I am now able to transmit with an increase in transmitting power up to 50 Watts. So now I start afresh in making contacts. Hopefully I may be able to include Australia, providing that the myriad of conditions are favourable - propagation, weather et al.

I started to transmit under my new call-sign on 6th July 2016. One year on exactly and I have amassed 524 QSOs with 63 Countries and 84 Confirmations.

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 Foundation
Call-Sign M6MLQ.

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 first Transceiver was 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.

In July 2016 I traded-in the Yaesu FT-450 for a more up-market ICOM IC-7300, shown in the middle section above.

I replaced the Eddystone in March 2016 with a Kenwood Trio 9 R-59DS Communications Receiver, 40 years old but only used three times and in mint condition (shown bottom above)

Selection of my QSL Cards, both in Foundation and Intermediate Licence formats,
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 $, Maritime Historian
World War 2 photograph of my familiy's future houseboat;
British Power Boat Motor Torpedo Boat 451 at speed during a sortie.

P and O's Canberra at Station Pier, Port Melbourne, on her Maiden Voyage, 27th June 1961.

P and O's new last British built Flagship, Oriana built for the company
before the cruise section was sold to the American Carnival Cruises,
photographed by me in Norway, July 2014.

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