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My name is Penn, I was born in 1969 and live in a small fishing town called Brixham located on the south-west coast of England. In 1986 I dived into an outdoor swimming pool and sustained a serious neck injury which left me permanently paralysed and confined to a wheelchair. I have various hobbies such as angling, tropical fish keeping, computers and constructing and maintaining websites, and then of course amateur radio. I first became interested in radio in the early 80s when I used to use the citizens band frequencies. After I had my accident I then got back into CB and in 1995 I obtained my amateur radio licence. I now spend most of my operating time on HF, 20 m in particular where I enjoy talking to people all around the world. I use an ICOM 7800 along with a three element SteppIR directional beam antenna which is located on top of an 18 m heavy duty mast.