I’m a licensed radio amateur from Salisbury (IO91CB) and hold the callsign of G7MJV. I’ve been licensed for 30 years.
I occasionally use the local 70cms DMR repeater, GB7SP, located at the local Hospital which links to the South West Cluster.
I studied for the RAE at Southampton Technical College back in the early 90s. My license to transmit was issued after passing the exams and sending my application to Ofcom..
My first experience of listening to radio amateurs on VHF was when I bought a scanner from Nevada Radio when they were in Munster Rd, Portsmouth.
I regularly listened to the radio activity GB3PC, on 145.775 Mhz, which was located on top of a tower block in the city.
In those days I had quite a good RF path to the local repeaters and could operate quit a few of them including GB3SN at Fourmarks.
I’ve also written a short history of how i became interested in shortwave radio and how I became a licensed radio ham that you might be interested in.
G7MJV – Radio Amateur in Salisbury IO91CB
I’ve just returned to amateur radio after a long break and now have very limited space available for aerials.
The radio that I now have is an Anytone AT-D878UVII Plus that is capable of both analogue and DMR.
The thought of having to get my head around a UK DMR codeplug did put me off to begin with but I seem to have managed.
I bought the radio from Martin Lynch although a did download a Moonraker code plug.
It gave me an idea what was involved in deiting and creating a codeplug. The UK DMR network is huge.
The codeplug that I used was one that I downloaded from the Facebook page for the Bristol 70cms Repeater Group (GB3BS).
One thing to remember about DMR repeaters. If you’re in the habit of keying up without saying anything your digital ID is still transmitted!
Hack Green WebSDR
Despite my lack of HF equipment, and space for aerials, I do like to listen to radio amateurs online. There’s an online receiver called the Hack Green WebSDR which is very useful. It covers the main HF frequencies and is easy to operate.
If you’re interested in becoming a licensed radio amateur then why no search online and see if there is a local club that you can visit and, maybe, join.
Andy – G7MJV – Salisbury (IO91CB), UK