Hello, and welcome to my amateur radio website. If you haven't yet worked me then my name is Penn and my amateur radio call sign is G0VQY. I am 48 years old and live in the picturesque fishing port of Brixham which is located on the south-west coast of England.
I have been an amateur radio operator since passing my Radio Amateur Examination back in 1994. Before this I was a very keen and avid citizen band operator which is where my interest for amateur radio came from. Although I still have a couple of CB radios covering the UK 40 and the European frequencies there are unfortunately not many people using these frequencies down here in Devon. However, it would be great if we could get back to what CB used to be like in the 80s and very early 90s. Unlike many amateurs who seem to forget their roots in CB radio I am actually quite proud to admit that CB is what got me into ham radio.
In 1986 I was busy working on a fishing trawler out of my home town of Brixham. One sunny May Sunday afternoon whilst out taking my dogs for a walk I dived into the swimming pool and suffered a catastrophic fracture to my neck which left me completely paralysed from the neck down. I am now confined to a wheelchair and unless the clever doctors find a cure it is very unlikely that I will ever walk again. But my philosophy is "life is what you make of it". I have forged out a life for myself which keeps me busy with my interests and activities, one of which is my absolute favourite hobby of angling. In particular I love carp fishing, especially when the weather is nice and warm in the summer time.
Compared to a lot of amateurs my amateur shack is fairly modest. The following is a list of the equipment I have installed in my shack.
SPE 1K linear amplifier
Heil Pro 40 microphone
ICOM SP 20 speaker
OB 11-5 beam (10-12-17-15-20)
18m HD Radio Structures windup/tilt over tower
Rat Pak antenna switch
Alpha Delta antenna switch (four way)
Alinco 30 amp power supply
2 m station
Yaesu 2800 FM transceiver
York 869 Homebase (UK 40)
Midland Power Max (European 40 channels FM)
President Himalaya vertical antenna
Astatic-based microphones on both radios