the US national organization of Amateur Radio operators.
G7FEK Amateur Radio Web Site
I became interested in Amateur Radio in the 1970‘s after discovering ways of transmitting
signals to a medium wave radio as a young boy - although I only transmitted a few
meters it was the start of the radio bug for me. I was under 10 years old!!
My interest in radio was boosted as a teenager when I discovered CB radio in 1979
and dreamed of owning one of my own. In 1981 somehow I managed to persuade my dad
that it was a good idea if he bought a CB, since we were living in a remote part
of North Wales at that time and we might get snowed in!!. In fact we did get snowed
in that winter, but the radio didn’t help much! It was a great tool for making new
I was living very close to the Arfon VHF voice repeater (GB3AR) and I could receive
its signal on an old broadcast receiver. I heard Radio Amateurs for the first time
and I wanted to know more. Still it took me until 1988 to finally get licensed.
Over the years I’ve played with many areas of radio technology including television
transmission and slow scan television. I ran a packet radio node and worked on my
own double speed packet modem design, but sadly packet radio sort of died a death
when the Internet became popular. But still its nice to know that the work that Radio
Amateurs were doing contributed to things like GPRS and mobile Internet. What would
the world do without us? !!
I am also a member of the Norman Lockyer Observatory Society and have a keen interest
in Solar observations and their relationship with radio wave propagation, climate
change and other weather phenomena as well as meteor detection.
In 1997 my brother (also licensed) and I experimented with an early VoIP program
called “Pow Wow”. Those early experiments kindled a technical interest in linking
radios via the internet. At that time we still used dial up modems!! - But interest
grew and since 2003 I have operated a UHF Internet gateway in Exeter City (430.050
My Present Station Setup:
HF & 50 MHz
Main TRX - Alinco DX70TH (I run only 50W PEP / 20W AM or less)
QRP and AM: Homebrew 80m AM 2.5W rig using IRF510 / MFJ2940 20m SSB QRP (at 5W)
Antenna: choice of either 90 ft Doublet, or G7FEK nested marconi multiband vertical
- 80 thru to 6m
VHF / UHF
FDK Multi 700E - An Old 1970’s 2m FM transceiver (My first rig and still going) into
a HB9CV antenna
Portable VHF/UHF - Alinco dual band handie talkie.
About Mike, G7FEK
A very brief history of how I became interested in radio.