Welcome to the ramblings of amateur radio operator G7SYW. My name is Roger, often abbreviated to Rod. I currently live near to the town of Braintree, in the county of Essex which is in South-East England.
So, (Don’t you just hate it when people start a sentence with so?) I was born in North Essex in the early 1960’s. To some people that makes me ancient, to others, I’m still a spring chicken. You make up your own mind where I fit between those two!
I’ve had a keen interest in amateur radio and most things electrical and electronic in general since about the age of four or five. Even as far back as primary school I was playing with batteries, bulbs & bits of wire. I was also reading books about electricity and anything electrical.
My first real memory of radio was hearing the original Radio Caroline pirate station broadcasting from a ship just off the Essex coast. Of course, as a child at the time I had no idea it was coming from aboard a ship, all I knew was it was something I liked.
I vividly remember the day Radio Caroline fell silent, being outside in the garden with my parents holding a bright red transistor radio, turning the tuning knob, desperately trying to find my favourite radio station, to no avail.
From those early times, I was always fascinated by listening to the different transmissions that I found on the radio.
Follow my journey into amateur radio commencing with the » Early Radio Experiences