On the air 1989-1996 and 2020-...

Current Station

  • Icom IC-705 : HF, 2m and 70cm All Mode QRP Portable - (+mat705 tuner)
  • Anytone AT-D878UV+ : 2m FM and DMR
  • Alinco DJ-F1 (1990 Vintage) : 2m FM : I am delighted I eventually managed to refurbish a battery pack and find a CTCSS board to bring it back into useful service!
  • MMDVM Duplex Hotspot : DMR
  • Portable/SOTA operation
    • SOTABEAMS Bandhopper II (20/40m Dipole)
    • SOTABEAMS BandSpringer (10-60m End Fed)
    • 2m/70cm Dual Band N9TAX Slim Jim
    • 2m/70cm Dual Band Telescopic Dipole (homebrew)
    • MFJ-1763 MFJ 2m 3 element yagi
    • 7Ah LiFePo4 Battery


I really enjoy getting out and about with radios - so I've been enjoying experimenting with SOTA

Returning in 2020

Like many people I found I had a wee bit of time on my hands unexpectedly during COVID19 so I decided to find out if I was still eligible for a license (turns out I was eligible for a "Full" license under the new rules) and if I could get my old callsign back, which I could. So I did the paperwork and decided to get back on the air.

Beginnings in the late '80s

I was a keen radio amateur in my teens, on mostly on 2m FM around Aberdeen (where I grew up) and later Dundee. GB3GN, GB3PR and S20 provided many QSOs on a converted Storno, a KDK FM2025, and later an Alinco DJ-F1E, and greatly enjoyed helping local RAYNET groups. I also had a homebrew colinear, a HF receiver, and a CW/RTTY decoder amongst other toys. I got my "B" license at 14 - the earliest age you could hold it at the time. Thanks to AARS, the club at Robert Gordons, and a number of amateurs who helped me get going back then."