I have been interested in radio and electronics for as long as I can remember. I used to take things apart to see how they worked, still do sometimes. I made crystal sets, simple regen receivers (valves) and then modified ex Pye radio telephones for 2M and 70CMS.

I was licensed in 1972 as G8FRA and then as M5FRA after passing the 5WPM Morse test in 2000. I then went for the 12WPM test but the examiner never arrived and the Morse requirement was scrapped a few days later. Morse has become a bit of a passion, wish I had learned it in 1972, it would have been much easier!

My interests are CW, QRP and homebrew. There has never been a better time for making stuff. The sheer quality and volume of kits around now is staggering from the simple to the complex.