Chris Cox NØUK/G4JEC
Central States VHF Society
Twin Cities Metro Area Network
Royal Naval Amateur Radio Society
Americal Radio Relay League



Amateur Radio stuff.

Amateur Radio is one of my most favoured hobbies. I started out as a short wave listener back in 1975 after becoming an inaugural member of the Coulsdon Amateur Transmitting Society in Coulsdon, Surrey, which is in Southern England, and I have many fond memories of listening to the men at the club meetings, and spending weekends out in a field in the pouring rain taking part (as a logger) in various RSGB sponsored contests with the Coulsdon Contest Group. I could hardly wait for the day when I too could actually transmit on the bands!. I finally obtained my British amateur radio license in August 1978 when I was just 14 years old. As with many other amateurs in the United Kingdom, I started out with a class B ticket which gave me access to all of the amateur bands above 100 MHz, and did not require any proficiency in the use of Morse Code. 18 months later, however, I did take and pass my Post Office morse test allowing me to upgrade to a class A license. It is undoubtedly this initial 1 1/2 year period of of only being exposed to the VHF bands that has to this day caused me to be unlike most radio amateurs who reside in the good ole US of A, whereby the HF (short wave) band hold little interest for me. I far prefer wandering through the relative desert of the VHF, UHF, and microwave bands above 50 MHz...

If you're in the Twin Cities, try giving me a call on the local VHF group natter frequency (146.460 FM Simplex), or listen out for me on 10368.100 MHz USB or CW.


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Updated February 16th, 2005
Chris Cox - chrisc at chris.org