Transmission Lines

Amateur Radio brings people, electronics and communication together. We use 'ham radio' to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or mobile phones. It's fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of emergencies when other systems fail.

I passed my City and Guilds exam (modern requirements are different) and won my licence in 1972, gaining the callsign G8GJC. My first 'radio shack' was a shed at the bottom of the garden: there's a picture of that in the sidebar. Today is an entirely different landscape: software-defined radio has usurped the old technology; digital modes offer entirely different forms of communication, and amateurs have access to their own satellites.

I enjoy operating at low-power levels - seeing how far a few Watts will take me. Voice contact sits alongside the digital modes (including good old Morse Code).

The RSGB is our national Society

Railway Lines

I have enjoyed driving locomotives in a number of gauges from 10 1/4" beasts to 3 1/2" wonders; but in truth, I now prefer running the smaller live-steam locos (the red one in the sidebar is coal-fired) and a couple of battery-powered ones.

Butterley Garden Railway is my friendly local club.

p.s. I have a thing about railway signals