Please See eQSL Information Below.
Born and bred in Sheffield, England.
After leaving school, I took up the position of apprentice electrician at one of the (then) many steelworks in Sheffield, qualifying in 1979.
My first experience of ham radio was watching my brother Steve - G0JJV - working Australia with 10 watts of CW via a TS120V, and I have been hooked ever since.
I sat the RAE in 1990, and was issued with the class "B" callsign G7HTG. I then sat the 12wpm morse test to gain my class "A" call sign G0OUD.
My main interests are CW, homebrew and QRP. They all seem to meld together rather well for me as I enjoy building anything, bikes and trikes are another interest.
I became GD0OUD when we moved to the Isle of Man in November 2006, as the wife missed the family and the Island too much. I didn't take too much convincing to move over. If you have visited here, you know why. If you have not, that is your loss - look it up on the interweb!
The better half is now licensed as 2D0JEA. She will tell you: "If you can't beat them, join them". The grandson, Tom, is also licensed as 2D0TWM.
QSL is via the Bureau (preferred method), and LOTW. Direct is awkward as the Post Office here no longer accepts IRC's, but if you email me we can sort it out. Please note, UK stamps are NOT valid in the Isle of Man.
Due to the increasing number of eQSL's I am getting for bogus QSO's, I will no longer be sending or replying by this method. I can understand why the ARRL will not accept eQSL's for awards.
I am not interested in the various log book setups that exist on the internet. My personal log and LOTW are sufficient, and I see no benefit in duplicating my log over and over. Time wasted in that activity should be better spent on air.
I upload my log to LOTW at the end of each month. If you need confirmation sooner, please email me and we can sort it out.
I thank you for your interest, and taking the time to read my QRZ page, but I see no point in the recently introduced "e-contacts". Rather than spending time keyboard bashing, I'd like to be talking to you via one of the many modes we got our licences for - see below!
I am happy to arrange a sked if you want to work GD, whether it is for an award, a rag chew, or to ask how wet and windy it is today. My email address is on here somewhere, give me a call, I'm reasonably flexible on time and bands.
SWL reports are very welcome, I always reply, and QSL cards exchanged.
P.S. There are only about half a dozen CW ops on the Isle of Man, so if you hear " --. -.." (or " -- -.." from Bob up North!) on air, it's your lucky day!
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