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Steven Burnand

As a lad I would collect old radio sets from the local rubbish tip and jumble sales. Then go back and plug them in. There were a few very loud bangs and I got shocks from a live chassis or two. Some theses old set’s had voltage running through the speaker and I found this out, in very much the same way. My enthusiasm grew as I repaired a few and I became hooked by the old glowing valves and listening to the short wave. I could here stations from all over the world, however some I could not tune in. Just down the road from Portland Road Gamley’s was GWM, so often, as a lad, I gravitated there. As Less had filled the place full of, old radios. I was 13 when I asked, what are those squawking sounds, on the sort wave and Less replied, radio hams. I then inquired how to listen to them and he suggested an AR88 with its BFO. My interests are still in the old equipment, although by trade I am a computer/network technician. I will be back on air soon, running a TS780S through a PC and an old faithful FT101ZD with the FM board fitted. My thanks go’s out, to all those that have helped me, get back on air again.

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BBQ Club meeting

Monday evening was a hat trick for our radio club, after a weekend of camping and contesting up at our radio shack on the hill. Perhaps not as warm as the weekends weather, although staying mostly dry our BBQ evening had great attendance from club members and their family. I would like to pass on …

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Summer is here and its BBQ time!

Another update and reminder to all club members that it’s our clubs annual BBQ tomorrow evening and the full details can be found on our websites forum. If you have not received the details and wish to find out more use the website Contact Form or phone a member of the clubs committee. Summer is …

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