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Hello Friends, I just wanted to send
you this message as your website is a
pleasure for the brain ! I'm also in
love with radio ham and short wave listening
/ "SWL" (especially with a Lowe radio !) I
like the way you talk about these hobbies.
All our best wishes from the North part of
Hello Yvon, Many thanks for your email, it's
good to hear from you and your message is very
much appreciated! Thanks again.
Mike, The name is Michael Barnard and the
QTH (location) is Kroonstad in South Africa.
Thank you for the articals on the Top Band
antennas... I tried out the Inverted-L and
I'm getting very good results with it... I
had to made some small adjustments in order
to get it to work properly under my specific
I am now telling every body to try out this
antenna because it is certainly doing a very
Thnaks again, 73 from South Africa...
Thanks Michael! Glad it's working well
for you too! More on this page: http://www.mds975.co.uk/Content/amateur_radio_antennas.html
Warm greetings from cloudy Uganda!
It's been my pleasure reading through your
My name is Ojok Moses Ricky 32 years old, a
founder and director of Genehen Broadcasting
Genehen Broadcasting Services (GBS) in
conjunction with Audience Dialogue,
Australia, trained and supported 12
community/local radio stations in Uganda
with funding from Stem van Afrika,
Netherlands in collaboration with Catholic
Media Council (CAMECO) Germany, and Uganda
Episcopal Conference in the area of audience
research from July 2014 – December 2014.
From December 8th –10th 2014 GBS trained and
supported Deutsche Welle Akadamie Germany
partner radio stations (two) in Jinja in
Eastern Uganda on the improvement in
audience knowledge, use of information and
From May – July 2015 GBS carried out an
independent evaluation of both the
implementation of the Democratic Governance
Facility's (DGF) media development strategy
as a whole and of 3 individual partner
projects implemented by Uganda Radio
Network, WizArts and African Centre for
In December 2015 GBS undertook a small scale
audience research for a Christian radio
station Voice of Life based in Arua town in
North West Uganda.
In March 2016, GBS oriented the staff of
Voice of Life on how to prepare for a radio
show, scripting and interviewing skills.
GBS continues to witness information gaps as
most radios do not engage/air audience needs
and preferences and would like to get into
community oriented broadcasting. Our service
will broaden the range of local services
provided in this area or locality and have
content distinct from that of any local
broadcast services already operating in this
area. Our services provided will primarily
be for the good of members of the
communities and in order to deliver social
I am an admirer of radio programmes that
engage the audience/community as it shows
commitment to highlighting community issues
through the community voices and also such
work demonstrates how to address
socio-economic issues by providing a
platform to discover community opinions,
hear their perspectives through the radio.
Radio is an excellent way to convey maximum
information on (rights and responsibilities,
health, education etc) to the population in
Uganda where oral tradition is important and
radio being the most accessible media.
A corner stone that makes a radio to affect
the lives of the community is when it knows
ever-evolving interests from the audience,
and integrate them (needs and wants) in the
programming yet, this is still a big gap
that needs to be filled to ensure that the
would-be-beneficiaries (community) benefits
from the radio programming.
However, lack of transmission and studio
equipment remains the major set back for GBS
to make this project happen, so if anyone
has anyone or any radio station has any
equipment in store that is no longer needed
and can be donated to me or assist with the
purchase of modest equipment it would be
Ojok Moses Ricky
Founder and director
Genehen Broadcasting Services
Skype: Ojok Moses Ricky
I only recently discovered your website
& have found it fascinating. I've been
licensed for 36 years & hold the call
G4MJA. I took a break from amateur radio for
several years & sold all my equipment
(pic of the former station attached). I
retired 4 years ago & having moved
house, 200 yds from where we previously
lived, have started to return to the hobby,
mainly short wave listening. My Son is also
a licensed amateur so we share the aerial, a
68ft long wire with a 9:1 Un/Un & choke
balun which works very well & isn't as
noisy as I had thought it would be. The
receiver I am using is a Lowe HF-150 running
into a Global AT-2000 AMU which works very
well. Of course it's a John Wilson/John
Thorpe design & I wonder if John Wilson
is still around? Again, many thanks for a
great website, I still have a lot more of it
'73, Mike Swift. G4MJA
Hi Mike, Many thanks for your email, it's much
appreciated! It sounds like you have a very
good set up. Best wishes, Mike
I stumbled across your site and was really
impressed by what you and your contributors
have created. I was particularly delighted
to see the Ladybird Book radio, which, like
many other of your contributors, I had
attempted to make as a child, but didn't
have the parts, or, to be honest, the
know-how or help available. Wouldn't it have
been great if we'd had the internet in the
early 80s! Anyway, it motivated me to pick
up a hobby I've done very little with for
over 20 years and, with the advice from your
website, having recreated some ZN414
circuits, I then decided to attempt the
So I was particularly pleased to see Dave
Bullimore's version using silicon
transistors, something I had previously
wanted to try doing, but wasn't sure where
to start. I used the screws and caps method
used in the book, as Dave did, which I found
very satisfying (have never really liked
soldering), but, because of the shorter
leads of modern components, had to use a
different layout, corresponding more closely
to the schematic.
story continues . . . . read more here
Hi Marcus, Thank you for your detailed
description of your own modified radio!
Hi Mike, I am writing to thank you for a
great web site with lots of help and
information. Even though I been license for
some years as G7LEB, it’s been a great help
as I have just started to get back in the
hobby seriously with DSTAR and HF. The
first thing I’m going to try to make is the
stand for my Icom ID-5100E. As I have never
been much good at projects, I think this
will be a good place to start plus I must
show the club members your site at the next
Regards, Fred G7LEB
Thank you Fred. Great to hear from
you! I am glad that you have found the
site useful! Icom
ID-5100 stand project
I have a question about the BBC
aerial project, if you don't
mind. I am keen to build one of these
aerials but wonder if it would still be
effective if mounted indoors in the loft.
Kind regards, Kevin Mallone
Hi Kevin, Many thanks for your email,
it's good to hear from you. To anwer your
question, Any aerial will work better outside
where it can be higher up and out in the
clear. However the aerial will work inside the
loft, and be better than any internal / ribbon
/ rod / rabbit ears type aerial.
Best wishes, Mike.
I like to listen to George Noory (I miss Art
Bell) on 970KHz AM. The problem is, when I
do copy the station, it's always oscillating
in and out and/or mixing with some tropical
station (I'm in South Florida US).
I tried an external loop with fewer turns
and no capacitor and just got similar
results as a long wire (except when I turned
the loop to attenuate both stations
simultaneously). My DX'ing SWL
longwire just picks up the QRM even with a
selective Hallicrafter's Sky Champion.
I was considering building and aiming a
beverage antenna of hundreds of feet with a
terminating resistor just to try to isolate
Upon building your
40 cm loop with 10 turns and a 400 pF
air cap, I now make the station resonate so
well that it successfully overpowers the
interference and takes charge when aimed and
tuned. I only regret making the
housing out of cardboard. The loop is that
orange plastic race track that Hotwheels or
Matchbox cars use from the 70's (it's that
I can't believe I'm listening to
near-perfect "Coast to Coast" exoscience and
UFO's etc. real time over the air. Ham Art
Bell who started the show would be proud.
And I can add a switched 200 or so mica cap
for the lower AM & take this with me to
play with on the road (my radio to use with
this is one of those Sangean, Tecsun, or
Crane-like radios but sold by Radio Shack in
their death throws and it just loves the
loop). Can't wait to try top band. I wonder
if I would ever pick up any long wave here
with a LW loop? I was going to try the
long-wire and switch the ground/cap
configuration on my L-Match to effectively
lengthen it, but darn the loop might work
Cheers and thanks again!
Tampa FL USA
Hi Jeff, Thanks for your email, it's great to
read that you have had so much success with
the Medium Wave Loop Aerial project! I
have added some further information on the Loop
Aerial page here >
First of all, thanks for sharing both the
English and German translations of this
song. I've loved it since I was a kid, and
for some reason have been listening to it a
lot lately. (Actually, the melody has become
kind of an ear-worm for me, it's driving me
Anyway, when I was a kid I took a German
class, and my teacher gave me the impression
this song was based on an actual event. I'm
glad to find out it's basically just a "what
if" song. Even though it's about terrible
things happening, it's still kind of fun and
I'll go ahead and let you go, just thought
I'd show a little appreciation from the
States. I'd love to visit the UK one day,
maybe live there a few months or something.
I've watched a lot of British TV here, and
it looks really pretty, even when it's
raining. Plus, I love your accents, all of
them really. Especially the gritty, earthy
accents like Newcastle. If I remember
correctly, that's where Brian Johnson comes
from, and I could listen to him all day!!
Just had drift thru your CB site
,very informative and brings back a few
I like the sound of Amateur
Radio, and there is a club near to me
ARC near Wigan. I have ordered the
Foundation No! book just for a read and to
get a better idea before committing. I
looked at the links and I'm still really not
sure what the jargon means however a I have
a few questions for you (below).
(Q) How long does it take to gain a
foundation licence? -
(A) If you
study the book and get some instruction
from a club it should not take very long
at all. It does, of course, depend
upon the when the club is actually holding
the exam!! If you already know something
about radio, and have had enthusiasm for
the subject for years, I would think that
one could pass an exam within a couple of
What can I do with once i have gained a
(A) You can
transmit on the bands that I mentioned
previously with 10 watts of power which,
given favourable propagation conditions,
will get you around the world. You
can use all sorts of different modes of
transmission; typically SSB, FM and
CW, but also AM, digital modes such as
D-Star Digital Voce, PSK and RTTY etc.
(Q) Apart from cost for the equipment what
other cost is there?
(A) There is a
very small exam fee.
(Q) Could I have a mobile station car and on
(A) You can
operate from a car (mobile), as pedestrian
mobile (on foot) from a field or other
'portable' location (portable) or from a
temporary address, such a friend's house,
holiday let or hotel with permission as
(Q) What is the average cost of of a mid
range set up ?
almost impossible to say, depending on
what type of rig you "want", what modes
you want to use and whether you want to
build some antennas; In my experience and
opinion, many (if not most) antennas that
are bought commercially at large expense
can be home-made ("Home-brewed") for a few
pence, or a few pounds and will work a lot
better if you give the projects some
thought, ask some expert advice and choose
the most efficient designs possible.
There are plenty of commercial aerials
available, and many cost hundreds of
pounds and promise "miracles" in the
marketing blurb. I can almost
guarantee that you can make something
better for a lot, lot less.
You'll need a good Antenna Matching
Unit - usually incorrectly referred to as
an Antenna Tuning Unit (ATU). I
favour remotely located Automatic Units
because for many antenna designs the best
place for the matching (impedance
transformation) to be done is at the
actual antenna Feed Point - NOT in the
'shack' next to, or inside the
radio. This is very often a recipe
for losing a lot of precious transmitter
power as unmatched feed-line losses.
Both my main aerials have the "ATU"
out in the garden in waterproof enclosures
- at or very near the antenna feed-point.
(Q) What distance could I transmit ?
(A) On VHF (2
Meters) it very much depends on where you
site the antenna - the higher the better
and well above roof tops - and the height
and 'prominence' of your location. So, if
you're on a bit of a hill, you could
easily go a long way - 50 miles or
more. If you're in a valley, or
surrounded by hills, then distances will
be a lot less. It's very much
dependent upon your location and
surrounding terrain. But whatever
the case - the use of the lowest loss
feeder that you can afford will
help. I favour very low loss
Westflex 103 - but consider top quality
MIL Spec RG213 as your absolute minimum
for VHF (2 Meters) and particularly for
I use a very simple DIpole Antenna
for 2 Meters and 70cms that I constructed
myself for less than £10.00 and it works
as well (if not better) than a commercial
"White Stick" antenna that costs over
£50.00. From my location near
Wolverhampton, in "flat conditions" I have
spoken to stations in Manchester, The
Wirral, Coventry, Rugby, Sutton, Hereford,
Gloucester and Worcester, for example.
On HF (that is 80 metres to 10
meters) a simple, but efficient Doublet
Antenna will enable you to talk all around
the UK and most of Europe easily. With
good Ionospheric Propagation - and good
timing - you'll be talk around the world.
My Doublet Antenna probably cost me no
more that £30 to make. With ingenuity and
a little more time and effort, I could
have probably made it for £10.00! It
also needs a good BalUn. Again this
can be made cheaply, or you can by a good
one (almost certainly the BEST one) from
G-Whip Antennas. Helpfully, G-Whip
will also sell you the Core very cheaply,
so that you can do the physical work of
making an enclosure youself and save a lot
However, it does need an ATU which,
for ease, I sited in the shed in a IP
rated enclosure. Now, an automatic
ATU costs a bit of money - maybe £130 to
£180 new. But you can get second hand of
course. However, once you have an
effective, and efficient method of
matching an antenna, it will last you for
years and years (if you look after it) and
can be used for endless other antenna
projects, experiments and designs.
Unlike buying a "Miracle" "All Band"
antenna for £200 or £300 in the first
place - inevitably find it disappointing
and realise that you've wasted your money
on an expensive "Dummy Load"!!
(Q) What about low power hand-held
can be very useful - particularly if they
have CTCSS and programmable memories. In
which case they can be used with amateur
radio Repeaters that make talking over
longer distances much easier. They can be
used mobile, portable and at alternative
There are some people who start of
with a hand-held as their main radio for
2M and 70CMS; Connected to a good external
antenna, mounted as high as possible above
the ground, with Low Loss RG213 or W103
can make a good basic starter into Amateur
To progress from this I could suggest
a Yeasu FT-897D or FT-857D transceiver as
this covers not only 2m VHF and 70cms UHF,
but also 160 metres to 10m HF and the 6m
VHF band with Multi-Modes of SSB, FM, AM
and CW and also, if you interface with a
PC or Laptop, other digital modes such as
PSK, WSPR and RTTY and many more.
You'll also need a good PSU, SWR
Meter, 'AMU' ("ATU") as mentioned above,
mounting hardware and poles for antenna (I
love inexpensive fibreglass fishing
poles!) , some simple tools, some
enthusiasm about "Radio" and propagation,
a little help and some books. The training
books (Foundation, Intermediate and
Advance) are often good references in
themselves, but there are many others!
Please have a good read through my
Amateur Radio pages for more tips!!
Hi Mike, Re your NDB pages (Non
Directional Beacons). Via G0KYA maybe?
The Glasgow Airport AC (Alpha Charlie) NDB
on the Westerly approach to Glasgow Airport
was torn down quite a few years ago now.
It was on 325Khz and about 5 miles from my
QTH. The beacon station
also carried a Locator Outer Marker
station. Both are long gone and
the buildings torn down and the site
returned to greenfield.
Gla s g o w
( L ) A C 3 2 5 . 0 5 5 4 8 5 0 N 0 0 4 3 2 3
3 W 2 5
The airfield only has ILS/Glideslope and a
VOR/DME (GOW) plus a single NDB (GLW)
Name: Glasgow NDB
Identifier: GLW (--. .-..
Frequency: 331 KHz
Location: 55.869801 | 55
52.188034 N | N55 52 11,
-4.433630 | 04 26.017799
W | W004 26 01, 26 ft /
8 m MSL
Intended use: low-level enroute
navigation (low power)
Associated airport: Glasgow
NDB (GLW) @ OurAirports
ourairports.com - Open aviation
data and mapping.
GOW (--. --- .--), 115.40 MHz, United
Kingdom 55.870499 | 55 52.229919 N |
N55 52 13, -4.445720 | 04 26.743212 W | W004
26 44, 37 ft / 11 m MSL
0.4 nm (0.8 km) from VOR-DME on track of 96°
true / 100° magnetic (102° radial)
Best wishes, Allan.
Hi Allan, Many thanks for all the useful
information! The original
is indeed from G0KYA
Hi, I just wanted to say thank you for your
website and the information and links
contained therein. I'm new to building
radios ( 48!) but enjoying the whole journey
Hi Mike, Just a quick note. I wanted
to thank you for your fantastic website,
which has kept me entertained and informed
since I discovered it some years ago. Yours
is my favourite site - the entire web would
be much duller without it!
Anyhoo...I hope you and Jules have a Great
Christmas, and A Peaceful, Prosperous New
Year. Thanks again for all your hard work -
and please keep it up!
Very Best Regards, Mickey - G7WST.
Hi Mickey, Thank you very much indeed
for your email and for your Christmas wishes!
You are very kind - too kind !! :-) May
we also wish you a very Merry Christmas and a
Happy New Year. "73
Mike and Jules
Hi Mike, I just wanted to say thank
you for your page. It is very interesting,
informative and also useful indeed. Don't
stop going on with it!
Hi, Just to
let you know, I built the field strength
meter from your web article for the shack.
It's a very useful item of test gear. I have
another that I made up years ago, but it is
mounted on a post for use in the garden (and
kept in garage when not being used) which
helps a lot when adjusting 2m/70cm homebrew
aerials, 3 element yagis or 2 ele quads.
Hi Richard, Many thanks for letting me
know, it's much appreciated!
See the project here : http://www.mds975.co.uk/Content/amateur_radio_projects.html#FSM
Thank you for a great site the
resistor/capacitor/led page is excellent
with it all there and complete on one page.
Great effort keep up the fantastic work
please. Too many sites just have the minimum
info, I suspect because they just want to
have their name in lights so to speak.
Your site is the first I have ever sent a
message back to praising the excellent work.
Many thanks, Peter Newman.
Cool Drive Communications, Ipswich,
Hi Peter, Many thanks for your message. I am
glad that you found the information
useful! Best wishes, Mike.
Hi there Mike, As promised, here is
the audio of when the crossover happens
between the end of Planet Rock on 105.2 and
the start of Absolute Radio in the West
Midlands area. There is a little song and
dance about it, - but that depends on what
you call song and dance. Sorry for the poor
quality of the recording, I still have a
tape recorder. I'm 23 years old, so yes,
great things tapes! Bring the retro into
radio (The audio is
now on the Airwaves page). Sorry if this
seems paltry, but I firmly believe in
archiving this, it is history after all; I
really love your site, it is close to my
I started listening to the radio, gosh, in
2004 or so, when local radio truly was that;
local. was told all about it via a
dear friend of mine, and was told to check
out the BBC station BBC WM which at the time
also broadcast in Coventry and Warwickshire
as an op-out service from Birmingham. They
were the days, it was a pure accident that I
found on how to adjust what my radio could
pick up. I'm blind you see, so radio was and
still is my salvation even to this day.
I used to get a wire, strip a bit of the
plastic from the end and tie it around the
aerial I . To my shock I was able to pick up
more stations such as BBC Radio Derby, BBC
Radio Oxford, and at the time radio
Northampton. Here is something
that may interest you http://radiotoday.co.uk/2015/09/bbc-london-94-9-to-rebrand-as-bbc-radio-london/
I hope you find it interesting.
Have a Cheery day, Majid Hussain
Hi Majid, Thank you so much for
this! I have now uploaded the Absolute
Radio audio to the Airwaves
page on the site - crediting you, of course. I
can now appreciate why radio is so important
to you. I have always loved the medium.
(...and the 'medium wave' too!!).
As you might imagine, I have done lots of
experiments with aerials over the years.
The trick is getting the size of the aerial,
or aerial wire, exactly correct with respect
to the wavelength and getting it as high and
in the clear as possible.
I must say that I had to laugh out loud when I
read your words "I started listening to the
radio gosh in 2004 or so, when local radio
truly was that; local".
I have been listening to the radio, and most
particularly local radio, since the early
1970's. I can say for certain that, as
far as commercial radio is concerned, local
radio was at best "on life support" by
2004, if not almost entirely dead. The
idea of commercial Local Radio (or ILR, as it
was called) was pretty much finished by the
end of the 1990's. Its death warrant probably
signed by the 1990 broadcasting act. The hey
days of real commercial Local Radio
broadcasting were essentially from the mid
1970's to the mid 1990's - although localism
was certainly in real decline by 1991. However
you mainly refer to the BBC, and the
same cannot be said for BBC Local Radio which,
despite periods of waxing and waning has, in
the main I believe, gone from strength to
strength in terms of material output.
Thanks again for all your efforts! Best
Hi, I have just set up an amateur radio
station again after 20 years off the air but
not quite got going yet. I found your web
page wile looking to find my WAB reference.
For many years I was a very active operator,
mainly CW (Morse code), and also a keen
constructor. For a number of academic
sessions I taught the RAE at our local
college but have long since forgotten most
of the syllabus, so, as a 'rusty' Radio
Amateur I have found your site
extremely useful - straightforward and easy
to understand. Congratulations!
Alistair (Al) Fyffe. GM4ENF
Hi Al, Thank you
for your kind comment and welcome back to the
A note from Noel after I helped with the
wiring configuration of his microphone
Hello Mike, I have finally got the
microphone switch box to work with all the
radios, including the Yaesu FT7800. Please
bear in mind that I built the circuit with
no bother; where the difficulty started was
me wanting to put it into a switch box, so
that I could use one headphone/boom mic on
all my pieces of equipment. As you
suggested, the faults lay in the multi-way
switch wiring, once I had worked my way
through the circuitry slowly, all is working
Thank you so much for your help, it was much
appreciated. In fact you have lit a spark, I
am looking for other projects to build.
73 de Noel, G4AVN.
Hi Noel, Thank you for letting me know.
I am very glad that everything is now working
as it should. I felt sure that it would be
something simple, so it's great that you
traced the problem. Best wishes, Mike.
a lot for your great homepage witch is a
good source for small and big projects
or ideas. I have bookmarked and
linked it on my QRZ.com
have attached some pictures of my copy
of your field strength meter. I found
all the parts in my cellar… J
Thanks a lot, vy 73’s de
Hartmut / DK5LH
Hi Hartmut, Thank you for your email
and thank you for putting the link on your QRZ
page! Your QRZ page is very interesting
- lots of material to think about. I am
glad that you found the field strength meter
project useful - Read
more about the project here
Best wishes, Mike.
The HAM community should be grateful to you
for providing and maintaining such useful
and practical info.
For me, the microphone part was the most
useful and I couldn't resist my temptation
to send a positive feedback. It helped a lot
in connecting a Shure 48 with my IC 7100 and
my ANAN 10 radios.
Thanks a million once again..!!
Best wishes ("73") and Greetings from VU
Krishna - VU3KAZ
Hi Krishna, Thank you so much for your email.
It's greatly appreciated and good to hear from
you. We are currently on holiday in Cyprus, so
having a bit of a break from radio -
(although I do have a 2m handheld with me just
in case!). If you'd like to contribute
anything about your radio and microphone set
up, please let me know and I will add it to
Thanks again. Best wishes, Mike.
Dear Mike, Thank you very
much for your very helpful, interesting
and informative website. I have been a
licensed Radio Amateur for over a year
and I see so many things!
Very Best Wishes ("73") from Erich
Thank you very much for your
email, it is very good to hear from you!
Sorry for the delay in replying,
but we are on holiday in Cyprus at the
moment and missing the radio!!!
Thanks again, 73, Mike.
Sad day as there will be no live
football commentary on Free Radio this
Interesting how Tom Ross worded it -
The "as detailed" bit - I can’t imagine he
is very happy - After all the work on BRMB
on sport in the 70’s and on I think that's
quite sad; Details of our coverage
this season, as detailed by the
Hi David, Thank you for getting in touch once
again, it's good to hear from you.
It is indeed sad that Free Radio will no
longer have live commentaries, but
unfortunately it is a sign of the times. I
believe that fewer and fewer local commercial
stations are able to broadcast live football
commentaries because the cost of the rights
being charged by the clubs are increasing,
while the audience for live coverage is
constantly falling, as (I would assume) the
advertising revenue for the local stations.
Unfortunately, for the most part, my
conclusion would be that it is no longer
viable, possible or sustainable.
These days live coverage is available so much
more easily from other sources; satellite TV
of course, but also via the internet from
legitimate streams, but also, perhaps
significantly, from illicit, illegal streaming
sites thereby bypassing the audience revenue
from legitimate providers..
It's a shame, but I suppose we are now back to
the days when BRMB sport on Saturday covered
the goals as they went in at each match,
rather than a live commentary of an entire
It's not helped by the fact that the match
schedules are now so fragmented caused,
perhaps in the main, by the satellite TV
domination of the game; not so much sport now,
just a business and a cash cow, which is
At the moment we are on holiday in Cyprus, the
island where BRMB's John Russell spent his
Best wishes, Mike.
Hi Mike - Haven't been in touch with you
for yonks, but I thought you might be
interested in this interesting little xtal
This little baby is a real breakthrough for
me as the set is now lighting an LED - AND
driving a speaker from a portable bull horn,
but no batteries or amplifier in tow...
I am including a very short video
clip, just in case anyone doubts that my
Oatbox crystal sets will light an LED !!
See the AVI
video clip here>
Hi Austin, It's great to hear from you.
The article is excellent as, indeed, is your
Crystal set itself! Thanks for sharing the
Thanks once again, Best wishes, Mike.
Hello Mike, I have a question if
you have the time and would like to answer
I was wanting to connect a studio
Microphone to my dual band Yaesu Ft-7900r
that I run as a base setup in my home.
I am very new to amateur radio and I'm
not sure if this would be feasible or
practical to do this on a 2 meter / 70cm
rig? The Mic that I would be using
would be an Electro-voice re-20. I already
run this microphone on my HF ft-950 Yaesu on
10 meter with good reports. I just like the
idea of running a boom mounted microphone
using a foot-switch activator. OK Mike, any
input that you could forward would greatly
Bill, KC3ERD, in USA Pennsylvania.
( Look me up on QRZ
visit me on QRZ.com
Thanks for your email, it's great to hear from
I agree with you; I run a mic on a boom for
all my rigs and can operate the PTT with a
food switch or hand switch on the desk. It's a
very convenient way of operating.
The FT-7800 / FT-7900 and similar rigs are
designed to be used with higher output
electret condenser microphones rather than
lower output dynamic microphones such as the
RE20, so that is what I use.
I have tried higher output dynamic microphones
with these types of rigs, but due the
complexity of having to add preamplifier
circuits, it's much easier and better to use
an electret microphone. This reduces the
problem of RF feedback which is very often a
problem with dynamic mic's that need
amplification - even the rig manufacturer made
dynamic desk mics with preamps often suffer
I have done many experiments with my own mics
and with other ham's mics and invariably a
cheap ($5.00) electret mic sounds just as good
as an expensive ($200.00 to $500.00) dynamic
microphone. Indeed, in a recent experiment,
another ham's $2.00 electret sounded better
than his £250.00 Heil ! He sold the Heil
and also was able to buy another rig with the
The point is that communications audio is
limited to around a top frequency range of
3kHz to 5kHz whereas expensive dynamic
microphones boast response up to around 18kHz
or 20kHz - therefore most of that audio is
simply filtered off by the transmitter - and
certainly filtered out by the other guy's
receiver, and so is wasted - as is the $200 or
$300 difference in cost.
So, in my experience, it's simply better (and
a heck of a lot cheaper) to use an inexpensive
electret condenser element.
I have put the circuit for a suitable
interface circuit of the website.
I hope that helps!
73, Mike (M0MTJ
Hi Mike, Thank you for taking the time to
responding to my question, it is very much
appreciated. After reading your response,
about you using higher output electret
condenser microphones it got me to thinking
about back in the early 80's when I was
operating in the CB (11 Meter Band),I had
purchased a few of the electret condenser
capsules from Radio Shack to do some
experiments. Low and behold digging into my
old parts bin I found two of the capsules.
I'm not sure what the frequency response is
anymore but I can remember exciting them at
about 6 to 8 VDC with good results. Well
Mike, it looks like I'll be going back to
the drawing board and trying to build a
better mouse trap or should I say
With that being said, I would like to
thank you again for your time and
consideration and to also comment on your
Web page. Very informative, professionally
structured and an asset to any Ham Operator
that visits your site.
Keep up the good work Mike, I have your
page book-marked and will be visiting your
site often. 73's my friend from across the
pond and hope to hear you on the airwave's.
This is KC3ERD to M0MTJ signing
Just been looking at your site, specifically
the section on the old
Ladybird 'Transistor Radio'.
That takes me back to the late 70's when a
schoolfriend and I used to dabble with
electronics. For some reason, my radios
always worked a little better than his even
though we would sit and build each stage
together and compare results. We even used
to swap components between the two sets as
we went along to try and find out where the
problems were coming from. It wasn't until
much later that the penny dropped.
The original plans involved marking out the
baseboard with a pencil, and using screws
and screw-cups to hold the components in
place. That was one factor. Turns out my
buddy used a 2B pencil and marked his board
quite heavily so the graphite in the pencil
marks caused leakage around the circuit. I'd
marked my board with Biro so didn't have the
I also lived in a centrally heated house
whereas my friend lived in a rather damp 300
year old cottage. I'm betting his wooden
board was a often a little more 'damp' than
mine, adding to leakage and instability
problems! His lived on the windowsill in his
bedroom....single glazed and used to suffer
from terrible condensation. When not
visiting his house, mine lived under the bed
in a slightly less humid atmosphere!
Happy days, and thanks for a great trip down
Thanks Mike. That is a very interesting
and extremely useful observation. I'll also
add your comments to the TRF radio
. Thanks again, Mike.
Dear Mike, Just a quick note to say
thank you for both rekindling my interest in
Amateur radio, and saving my sanity over a
period of months while I've read through
your website, studied antennas and generally
enjoyed browsing through your pages.
I'm currently in Brazil, and as a 2W0
(intermediate licence holder) I have not
been able to operate. I'd all but given up
on the hobby, in Brazil. I missed my chance
to take the full license on a home visit, so
with no full licence, no operating.
The loss of my FT817 when returning here
after a visit home last year (bag stolen at
São Paulo international airport) was almost
the final straw. Then I stumbled across your
website. It saved my interest in the
I'm returning home in August, so I'm back to
studying for the full licence, and planning
a little station and hoping to be back on
the air soon. Active mind and all that.
I was wondering what your thoughts are on
the Icom IC7600? Initially, I'm planning on
buying an FT 857D for a little SOTA work - a
bonus excuse to get out onto the hills and
lose a few pounds too - but ideally I want a
dedicated HF rig for home use. I've
always been a Yeasu lad up to now, but the
IC-7600 has really caught my eye.
What's your impression of the radio?
Thanks once more, Ian Miles 2W0IWM
Hi Ian, Many thanks for your email,
it's great to hear from you.
I am so glad that the pages have proved useful
- even inspirational.
Sorry to read that things did not work out in
Brazil. It's certainly a shame that the
Intermediate licence does not allow you to
operate outside the UK, so good luck with the
Advanced studies. I am sure you'll do well.
I have not used an FT-817, but I do have an
FT-857 which I keep for portable or
transportable use. It's certainly a useful
radio - obviously somewhat larger and more
power hungry than the FT-817 - but I feel that
being able to use 25, 50 or even 100 watts on
HF is useful. Like the FT-817 it has the
bonus of 2m and 70cms SSB and FM which makes
it a "shack in a box" as they say
I think that the receivers are quite similar
in both the 857 and 817 - i.e. not cutting
edge by today's receiver standards with IF
DSP, but plenty good enough to have lots of
For a similar cost, Yaesu produce the FT-450D
which has more modern architecture. I have
read and heard good things about them (the
latest and current version that is). The
FT-450 is small, by desktop standards, so a
lot of functions are in menus. However it does
have digital IF DSP filtering. The 450 covers
H.F. Top to 6m, but no 2m or 70cm.
A radio that is popular here is the Kenwood
TS-2000. Another shack in the cox that covers
Top to 70cm. Again, like the 857, it is now an
older design, so can't compete with modern IF
DSP receivers, but versatile and sure to be
hours of fun.
I also have the Kenwood TS-590s which is
extremely popular here. It's outstandingly
good value for money and covers Top to
6meters. I made some nice 6m ssb contacts on
the 590 only this week.
The other radios that offer good value for
money currently are the Yaesu FTDX-1200 and
FTDX-3000. The FTDX-1200 is, I suppose a
re-working of the older FT-950 - same size and
similar connectivity (no USB) - but with a
colour screen, which makes it saleable, I
guess. The FTDX3000 is rather different and,
for not a huge jump in cost, includes
additional filtering and an entirely different
architecture. I did have the FTDX-3000 on my
short-list last year and had a 'test drive',
but I did not like the ergonomics, I found it
awkward. I was not keen on the audio either,
or the slightly cheap feel - a bit like a
1990's midi hi-fi system with lots of coloured
lights. Of course, it's so much of a
personal thing. Some other amateurs that I
have spoken to have complained about the audio
too. One was initially pleased with an
FTDX-1200, but seemed to soon move it on, to
get an IC-7410. Of course, this really
is all personal, so you need to try before you
buy. There are plenty of happy users out
However the IC-7600 is an amazing txver (in my
opinion). I always hankered after an
IC-756Pro, but then it was discontinued and
its replacement, The IC7600, had a huge jump
However the price has since fallen
dramatically, so I bought one last year.
I can honestly say it's one of the best things
that I have ever bought in any area of
interest, not just radio. (The other one
is a Nikon DSLR). I love using the 7600,
it really is a joy and I'm always rather
amazed by its performance
The 7600 does have very good specifications,
but it's not all about spec's. Ergonomics are
very important too (as mentioned above) - and
that's a personal thing. The ergonomics, for
me, are almost perfect (save for the position
of the RF power knob, which is a tad awkward
The IC-7410 isn't far behind the IC-7600 and
I'd be quite happy to own one of those
too. If I had the funds, I'd quite like
a 7410 as a spare / backup / second /
So, the choice is yours. There really is
plenty to choose from.
Good luck and have fun. I hope we'll be able
to have a QSO one day.
More about Amateur Radio Here : http://www.mds975.co.uk/Content/amateur_radio_01.html
Having just dumped yet another expensive yet
short lived DAB radio I was searching the
internet for a small LW radio receiver to
use when out dog walking when I found your
fascinating site. It has rekindled my
interest in "simple" electronics and I have
just placed an order with Rapid for some of
their Keystage 4 radio kits.
If the radio I build works I plan to have a
go at the Cooks Matches radio that is
described on your site. I just wanted
to say thank you for creating and
maintaining your site.
Best wishes, Simon
Many thanks for your email and your kind
Unfortunately DAB can be a disappointment in
so many ways. I too have had a couple die
prematurely, whereas I still have old tuners
and radios from the 1970's that are still
going strong. Sadly, it seems, many DAB radios
are expensive to buy, but very cheaply and
shoddily manufactured. It's an absurd waste
I have had lots of building these DIY
electronic projects and I am sure you will
do. I hope that you will be able to
share the results!
Best wishes, Mike.
More here : http://www.mds975.co.uk/Content/trfradios.html
Hello Mike, My name is Daniel and I am from
the USA. I saw your posting online on how to
create a 2m, J Pole antenna. I have to say
that you did a really good job building that
antenna. I look forward to building this
antenna and doing some field testing this
summer with it. I have a 2m Mobile Yaesu
that would be perfect with this antenna.
Hi Daniel, Many thanks for your email and kind
comments. I am sure that you will enjoy
building the J-Pole and find it to be a most
More here : http://www.mds975.co.uk/Content/amateur_radio_antennas_05.html
Hi there Mike, Here is website that I
thought you may find interesting, it is to
do with pirate radio. www.thepiratearchive.net
I hope you enjoy, thank you for
Best wishes, Majid Hussain.
Hi Majid, Thank you so much for your
email. That is a great link!
Best wishes, Mike.
Greetings, I happened to stumble onto your
web while searching for "fishing pole
antenna". I am thinking about building
an antenna using a fishing rod blank. The
thought is that it would make a reasonable
antenna for use on my kayak. Shakespeare
makes a bunch of antennas (mostly all marine
VHF) that look like fishing poles without
I am thinking a j-pole design would be just
about right. Seeing your wire soldered on as
the wire radiator section confirms my
thought that it would be okay.
I am hoping to get a battery powered light
atop the antenna and an orange flag to fly.
Hopefully it will help to keep me from being
ran over by something faster! - Thanks for
your informative site!
Best regards, Fred N7FMH
Thanks very much Fred! The J-Pole is
certainly a good antenna.
Just to say thanks. I sold a 3900 then they
emailed me as they had not had a multimode
before and wanted to use on uk40. You have
explained better than I could :
Nice work - Thanks, Steve
Hi Steve, Thanks for your email. I am glad
that the information was helpful! Mike.
Hi Mike, I was reading your article here: http://www.mds975.co.uk/Content/aerials2.html and I was
wondering if you would like to chat a bit
about a 3-loop spiral copper-pipe,
torroid-coupled antenna that I custom-built
for a 3-tube regenerative AM radio?
It works quite well but there is a lot a
don't understand about optimizing it (AM DX
newbie) and I would appreciate some
suggestions. If you have the time I'll send
Thanks, John G. Hackett
St. Louis, Missouri USA
Hi John, Good to hear from you. I would
certainly like to find out more about your
aerial and perhaps include your information on
the webpage too. It sounds very interesting.
Best wishes, Mike.
John did, indeed, provide plenty of additional
information that can be found on this new page
: Aerials 3
Hi, I Just want to say how much I like your
website. So much info on radios, the best I
seen so far.
Thank you, Doug, KC2YME - Member
Thanks Doug - much appreciated! Mike.
Dear Mike and Jules, I am a retired
(but hopefully still young at heart)
university teacher and researcher from the
UK, now living in Patagonia Argentina.
I write to congratulate you on your webpages
which I only found an hour ago. They
have brought back many happy memories and
your obvious enthusiasm for life is much
I only found your site by chance
through Google. I had woken up
thinking of ferrite rods and the first
transistor set I ever saw and heard back in
Newcastle around 1957-58. It is an occasion
I can remember vividly.
My thinking of ferrite rods last night
was surely prompted by my receiving an email
yesterday from an old school friend who
subsequently went on to be a local football
commentator with BBC radio. We had been
wondering what various class mates who we
had lost touch with had gone on to do.
One of them was Chalky White who had built
that transistor radio at home.
Chalky was a real scientific wizard
whose influence on me I have always
appreciated. I had not a clue how a ferrite
rod worked at the time. Nor, more
significantly, did I realize what a major
role ferrite would play in my subsequent
life. Indeed without ferrite I would
probably not be living here in Patagonia nor
have had so many memorable experiences.
The videos Royal Coin Congratulations
by Magnetic Coins at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cav0XaMsncE
and Amazing Balancing Coins by Grand
should give you a clue.
I think you will enjoy them. Its
amazing what can be done with UK coins,
paper clips and ferrite block magnets.
Why not try yourselves. Surely your
friendly cat will be amazed too.
More at http://www.magicpenny.org,
All good wishes and congratulations
P.S. Reading of your enthusiasm
for the BBC - Yesterday I also
received an email from John Bennett of the
"Sunday Club" on BBC Radio Ulster - one of
the hidden gems of the BBC (10.00 pm
Sundays). John interviewed me after
the Edinburgh Science Festival in 1993!
Hi Robin, Many thanks for your email, your
kind comments, information and links! We will
certainly enjoy investigating your links
further! Thanks again, Best wishes, Mike
Hi, I bought this
B@Q sundial for $20 at flea market in
Brownsville, Texas. Offered 300 for it said
to be 200 years old but has allen head
bolts? Still worth 20$
Hi Lester, It's great to hear from you and
thanks for your email. It's very interesting
to read that you found the same sundial. 200
year allen head bolts? - Perhaps not! Very
At $20.00 - you have found a really nice
Thanks again, Mike.
Hi Mike, I have been looking into how to
obtain an Amateur
Radio licence and have begun sending
out various emails to people in my local
area. I wanted to just say thank you for
your website and the resources on it. I was
struggling to get on the ladder, the easiest
part has been ordering my radio in
anticipation of use!
I have listened to Amateur bands for many
years and I am excited to begin the journey,
so your website has been a real help to me
as it's been a place I can find out things
in plain English which is a pleasant change.
Keep it up and thank you.
Regards, Craig Goldsmith
Hi Craig, Many thanks for your message.
I am glad that you have found the pages
useful. Good luck with your studies!
Best wishes, Mike and Jules.
Hi Mike, My name is Ed, callsign IV3TQE.
Because I was looking for traps home-brew
information, Google reports some your web
pages. As a Dxer I read quite everything
about ham-antennas but I liked very much the
article on Vinyl also. You did a very good
Thanks Mike. Best wishes, Ed.
Thanks Ed, much appreciated!
Cheers Mike, I m Steve Adams, N4JRW, I
live in Pompano Beach, just north of Fort
Lauderdale in Florida. I just spent a bunch
of time reading your great 'home-brew' page.
All I can say, when this much great info
presented, is "Thanks". What a great
resource in one sitting, really first rate
stuff Mike, I'm really am impressed.
Thanks for taking the time to get it all
together for the rest of us; going to
sharing the link with my locals.
Take Care Mike, 73, Steve Adams.
Hi Steve, Many thanks for your message, it's
great to hear from you and thanks for your
kind comments. Best wishes, Mike.
Mike, My parents (Kenway and Young) were
radio entertainers particularly in the war
years. Their main programme Howdy Folks ran
weekly for about eighteen months. It
effectively took over the ITMA (It's That
Man Again) slot when that that programme was
off the air between Jan 1940 and July 1941.
They are not particularly well-remembered
and their popularity faded in the early
fifties, but they were much part of early
broadcasting. Earliest TV being in the
scheduled experimental transmissions by the
Baird process in 1932/3. Sadly,
nothing of their work exists in the BBC
sound archives, except for a private
recording of the BBC Royal Command
performance at Windsor Castle for
Elizabeth's 16th Birthday, but British
Pathé has a few films of them which
can bring back memories.
I was doing a bit of research into 1940's
radio and have come across daily 'News in
Norwegian' programmes which started on the
evening of 9th April following the German
invasion of Norway that morning. From then
on 15 minutes of News went out at 6.45am and
6.30pm daily in the Home Service through
until March 1943. The Norwegian News slot
turned up just before Howdy Folks.
The point is that it was transmitted as part
of the BBC domestic programming, not on a
special European Service.
I'm not a technical man, but am interested
to know if Norway would have readily picked
up medium wave transmissions from the
UK? We were, of course, showing
solidarity with the Norwegians and were to
welcome their Royal Family and government
leaders in June 1940, but to use half an
hour a day of Home Service programming for
one foreign language was
remarkable. (News in Welsh was
only 5 minutes a day !)
The BBC Radio Times website is http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk
where all broadcast programmes from 1923 to
2009 can be accessed is fascinating to
Any thoughts? Hilary Young
Hi Hilary, Thanks for your email and
interesting query. I was not aware of the
Norwegian news programme.
I would think that the signals from the BBC
would be receivable in Norway at those times
of day. Medium wave signals to tend to travel
greater distances at night, between dusk and
dawn, due to changes in the D layer of the
earth's ionosphere. The D layer is present
during daylight and absorbs medium wave
frequencies, restricting reception to about
100 to 200 miles for high powered
transmitters. At night the D layer dissipates
allowing the signals to travel up to the
higher F layers which refract the signals back
down to earth so that they are receivable at
greater distances - maybe 1000 miles or so for
high power transmissions. This is the effect
that allowed Radio Luxembourg to be heard in
the UK on 208 metres (1440 kHz) at night,
while it was not possible to receive the
station during the daytime.
I can confirm that I have listened to medium
wave stations from Norway here in the UK, so I
can imagine that Norway would be able to hear
high power UK stations, so I hope that helps
explain the Norwegian news broadcasts. Best
Hi Mike, I found your website after much
searching; I came up with lots of sites with
various information about loop antennas, but
yours is by far the most comprehensive and
easiest to understand from a layman's point
of view. I congratulate you for such good
I am in outback Queensland Australia, quite
remote. So radio is very important to us out
here. My use for my antenna will be to pull
in distant AM broadcasts from within
Queensland (200 to 500 kilometres away) and
just very occasionally from interstate in
outback areas of Australia. Mostly the
signal may not be reflected, just very weak
due to distance. Hope you understand my
I have constructed a square loop frame with
750 mm sides (diameter) and I have two 320pf
air gap tuning gangs. It finds stations and
tunes them relatively well.
Yours faithfully, Geoff Douglas.
Hi Geoff, Many thanks for your email and
comments, they are much appreciated. Geoff
also went on to ask some questions about
antennas, which are answered at the bottom of
. Thanks again Geoff.
Greetings Mike, I wanted to pass along
a quick thank you for the FT-897 analog
meter design. I assembled one this afternoon
and it is working quite well. I appreciate
your efforts in publishing the pictures and
excellent write-up. (More
about the FT-Meter)
73 and cheers, Steve Kelsey, W0COD
Hi Steve, Many thanks for your email,
it's good to hear from you. I'm glad to read
that your FT-Meter construction project went
well! Best wishes, Mike.
Hi Mike, I thoroughly enjoyed your website,
especially the dual band vertical for 2 and
70. I have limited myself so far, to
Sotabeam-like dipoles, however I have lots
of 25mm conduit so I could get a lot more
Best 73, Frank, G7THI, Cumbria.
Hi Frank, It's great to hear from you. Thanks
for your kind comments they are much
appreciated. I always like to help others in
any possible way that I can, so it's pleasing
when someone finds something useful or
interesting on my web pages. Have fun with you
25mm conduit! 73, Mike.
about the simple 2m and 70cm antennas here)
Hello Mike, I
have just been reading your pages on QRZ.com
and your own site. Like you, I got
interested in radio a very long time ago -
about 1970, but my interest in mechanical
and electrical things began even earlier
on. My first radio was built using
OC44's in fact I still have a couple in a
drawer in case one day I want to rebuild my
second ever circuit.
My first circuit had been less successful
and almost explosive; I thought that I could
run a 2.5 volt torch bulb from a mains
socket if I used some components and made a
circuit. So with a few 16v capacitors, and a
diode or two I was ready to throw the
switch. I did use caution and used a plug
socket on the side of a chimney breast in my
room and a snooker cue to actuate the
switch..... After the smoke had cleared and
my hearing started to return I inspected the
damage. Well, my circuit was gone and so was
the wall socket! That took a bit of
explaining but I think I got away with it.
My father did guide me cautiously after that
episode, and helped me build a few things,
but whenever there was a fuse that blew in
the home they started by asking what I was
doing first to try and locate the fault.
Anyway, to cut a long story short, I moved
to France in my 20's and after a couple of
years learning the lingo, and having made a
few crystal radios in my early teens, I
started playing about with some of the very
first CB's in France. I was even filmed by
French TV " FR3" about the illegal use
of CB's. That took me by surprise when I saw
my self on TV not having known that I had
been filmed in secret.
I learned a lot at that time and
experimented a great deal, building radios,
aerials and even some of my own components.
432 MHz receivers made using FM army
receivers (BC603), TV tuners and high gain
pre-amplifers to receive amateur television
on 438.5 and 1200 MHz.
I later decided to drop the CB and buy an
amateur radio transceiver. For a year I
waited for a reply to my request to take the
radio exam and I was about to give up
waiting for my exam. I blamed that on their
not wanting a Englishman to become a French
radio ham. But with some helps and a simple
phone call from Paul F2YT, the exam were papers
flying in my direction and a few weeks later
I had passed my exam at Lille in the north
My first call-sign was F1HIC. I was on the
road at the time my license and call-sign
came through, but I had the radio already
installed in my truck and after the daily
phone call home to see if it had arrived yet
I ran out and bought a note book and started
my first log. I was finally on the air,
legally at last, even becoming the first
Englishman since the war to be a member of
the French Civil Defense as a radio
operator, and equipping my own mobile radio
van as a communications centre.
Over the years I have moved back to the UK
and again returned to live in France,
accumulating a few call signs along the way,
F1HIC, FD1HIC, G1YEB, M5AET and now F5VHZ. I
have operated from ships, dinghies, cars,
trucks, and motorcycles.
I have dabbled in everything except packet
radio...never could stand the "burp, burp
burp of packet racket" but did a lot
on RTTY and ATV having built my own
equipment for both. For the last 20 years of
my working career I have been in electronics
and radio as an engineer. Now, retired early
through health problems, I am again
re-activating my station and getting back on
In my lifetime I have only ever bought about
half a dozen new antennas, An Ascot 2 meter
whip, a 9 element Tonna, a 16 element
Jaybeam for 2 meters, a Moonraker 7 MHz whip
, and a dual band VHF / UHF Diamond whip.
All the other antennas that I have ever
owned have been recycled PMR, TV and
military ones or as for the most part, have
been 'home brew'. In all I would think I
have made over a hundred, and not just for
I have made antennas for all frequencies
ranging from 80 meters to 10 GHz. I am no
expert and I am still learning, I but have
enjoyed making and testing every one of
them. Some of my best years were as a radio
engineer where I designed several antennas
and saw them made commercially. That's
why I found your page so interesting.
It's great to promote the true essence of
"AMATEUR RADIO" There is no better
satisfaction than building your own
equipment and getting a good result.
OK, not everyone is able to build electronic
circuits, but almost anyone can build an
antenna and that's the bit that makes
communication possible. I have made
antenna's that have performed as well or
better than commercial ones and have ones in
use now that I made over 20 years ago - they
are still working.
I helped for a few years in the UK at the
Bletchley Park Radio Club GB3BP, helping
newcomers and older hams alike as well as
helping with the running of two repeaters in
the Milton Keynes area.
We never stop learning and one of the
greatest pleasures is having self
satisfaction from making it oneself.
Well done for promoting your site and I hope
that many newcomers and old hands alike find
your pages useful. Hopefully they will
follow us into the fascinating world of
radio, and make some of their own gear as
Thank you for helping them and the very best
of good luck with your web pages.
Many, many thanks for your detailed and
considered email. Your comments are all taken
on board and I really enjoyed reading your
recollections and tales of your early
experiments. Particularly the explosive one!
At probably a similar age, I managed to
electrocute myself three times on mains
electricity. I can still see the smouldering
skin and smell the singed hair!! I have not
done it again since!
Thanks for sharing your experiences with
antenna construction. While it is still
possible to build a complete transceiver as a
radio amateur today, it is probably more
likely that we will opt for simpler add-on and
accessory projects and, of course, antennas.
It is very rewarding to be able to talk across
100's or 1000's of miles on an antenna that
you've built yourself! I do hope that my pages
encourage some experimentation and 'home-brew'
construction, rather than simply operating
commercial 'appliances'. I could not agree
more about 'home brew' (DIY) construction!
I am glad that you find the pages interesting.
Thanks again for writing - it's much
appreciated. Best wishes, Mike.
For more information about the subjects
mentioned, please see these pages:
Radio 'HomeBrew' Projects
- CB Radio
Hello Mike, I Breezed into your site by a
random sequence of events, and enjoyed it
immensely! - My wife (not interested in
radio at all!) and I are both cat lovers,
and I also am a bit of an anorak about
broadcast local radio, as, it would appear
One of my greatest regrets is that I somehow
managed to record over an old reel-to-reel
tape I had of the opening of Pennine Radio
(Pennine 235) back in the 1970s. I was
mortified when I realised what I’d done!
(The answer to the pub question, “What was
the first record ever played on Pennine
Radio when it first opened in 1975?” is “I
can’t let Maggie Go”, by the Honeybus – file
that away somewhere and remember me when you
I also applaud your campaign to revive
interest in vinyl, there’s something so
fabulously “tactile” about vinyl, even down
to the colour and design of the labels on
the records which modern media (in
particular downloads!) just miss out on
somehow. Those pictures I have
in my mind’s eye of those words “Columbia”
revolving serenely on the turntable at 45rpm
are just so evocative of an earlier and more
innocent age, somehow.
Keep up the good work, and thanks for your
G4FUI – www.g4fui.net
Thanks you so much for your wonderful email.
It's great to hear from you - apologies for my
delay in replying.
Happy New Year!
Like you, I loved broadcast local radio of
'yesteryear'! It's a great shame that it is
essentially gone now - except for the remnants
that remain in the form of a few tapes. I can
therefore understand your being mortified by
erasing a precious recording. I certainly
would be too! It's happened to me. Your pub
quiz question is great! Do you remember when
the medium wave transmitter mast was felled by
vandals who did not like the comments by James
Thanks for your comments about vinyl too.
Fortunately I kept all my LP records and
singles and can now enjoy them immensely on a
turntable that is better than I could have
ever hoped to own back in the time that I
bought the discs!
Being a radio amateur too, maybe we can have a
QSO one day by sked. My favourite band is 40
Meters. Last year I was fortunate enough to be
able to obtain a new transceiver and also
constructed and installed a new home-brew
Doublet antenna; I am really pleased
Thanks again! 73 Mike
Hi, Warm greetings Mike from Bonnie
Scotland. I have admired your website from
afar whilst living in New Zealand as ZL3DWS
and Australia as VK2DWS, especially
the MK484 matchbox projects.
I’m writing because I have some brand new
items still in retail packaging that can be
used to build these radios. I purchased
these in 2012 and they are no longer needed.
They are in perfect condition. The items
16x Ferrite Aerial rod and coil
15x Tuning Capacitors 60-160pf (usual
60x PCB’s for MK484 Radio Kit at Rapid Part
18x Protobloc Breadboard AD-100 Rapid Part
No. 34-0666 as used to build George Dobbs
MK484 radio – the modern version (I can
email pdf of building instructions)
wondered if you’d like to offer them on your
website to folk for the cost of postage etc
or use them with a local group of school
children you might like to build matchbox
All the best, David W Searle
Hi David, Many thanks for your kind offer. I
have provided the details on the TRF Radio
Just a quick thank-you for your excellent
webpages at mds975.co.uk
As a radio and hi-fi enthusiast I have
really enjoyed a-lot of your content, the
history of UK radio and the Technics SL-1200
info pages a particular fave.
Great work and many thanks.
Hi Ian, Thank you! Your comments are much
appreciated. It is a very time consuming and
labour intensive endeavour.
Hi Mike, I have recently acquired a Kenwood
R5000 receiver and fortunately and recently
moved to a house with a large garden – hence
I now have the opportunity to set up a long
Having stumbled across your web site I have
found your item on ATU’s. With a basic
understanding of electronics ( from my youth
! ) – I’m hopeful to benefit from many of
your articles. Many thanks for sharing your
Regards, Alan Puckey
Hi Alan, Many thanks and good luck with
your new set up!
Hi Mike, Thanks for sharing your expertise
I am an American living in Mexico and want
to use a longwire antenna of about 130 feet
for shortwave listening. Am thinking
to bring the signal into the house with a
9:1 unun and RG8x coax, then fine tune with
your ATU MK II into my Yaesu FT-847.
I wish I could find people like you here
where I live in Mexico to share ideas, and
passion for whatever hobby it might be, SWL,
amateur radio, and so forth.
My great grandparents are British but I
haven't visited your country, but will
someday. I am envious because you have
so many enthusiasts for many interesting
activities in your country. I even have the
idea that all your countrymen have amazing
gardens in their backyards...
Thank you Mike, Ransom Peek in Patzcuaro,
Hi Ransom, Many thanks for your kind email.
More about "ATU's
Hi Mike, I came across your site by chance,
and thought you might be interested in a few
old photos I have, from when I worked at
Mercia Sound? Referred to on air as Spider,
I worked mainly on the breakfast show, for
Gordon, writing comedy lines and making up
competitions. You may remember Claws the
Porridge Puss? I have a couple of photos
from the exhibition at the Herbert. I later
did a short summer tour with Gordon, as the
Phantom Flan Flinger. Great fun it was, too.
Sadly, I didn't receive an invite to the
anniversary celebration, but, I still have
fond memories of those days. I also wrote
most of the Lateral Thinkers competition
questions for Andy Lloyd that you mentioned,
and recall being sent out one morning by
Mike Henfield, to wake up Andy's then
girlfriend Kay Oliver.
All the best, Adam Webb
Hi Adam, Many thanks for your Mercia
Sound memories. Please
see the Mercia Sound page here
and the photographs
of Claws The Porridge Puss on this page
Hello Mike!, I love your website -
especially as I was on BRMB FM from
September 1992 for about a year doing the
old Night Beat and Swing Shifts! I am
pasting below a clip I have of myself and
Brendan - let me know if this sort of thing
Hi Linda, Thanks for your email, I always love
to hear clips of the good old BRMB Radio, so
thanks for posting that one. Do let me know if
you have any more. Find out more about
Hi, Mike and Jules, Thanks a lot for your
website. What a tremendous job you did. I am
DL2BQD and the DL (Germany) rep for the GQRP
club here, so I am interested in all these
radio matters. A friend of mine built a neat
"radio matchbox line" and explained and
introduced the DL QRP group to it during the
I started an own website to show the
chronicle of my local society: http://www.swschwedt.de/kunden/dl2bqd/html/dl2bqd_radio.html
deal with some items on travelling and radio
building, however I stopped
expanding it. I am 73 by now, so when I will
have a wee bit more time I am sure to
reconstruct it again.
Good luck to you, take care both, 73! Dieter
Hi Dieter, Many thanks for your email and for
the link to your website which is much
appreciated. "73" Mike and Jules.
Hi Mike, I was still on the trail of the
matchbox radio. At first I was cheating by
using a couple of PCBs and kits, but they
weren't quite small enough to go into a
matchbox. You'll see a MW & LW built up
kit here, not yet progressed to a project
box. I tried the PC Wireless circuit twice
on copper clad vero board, but it just
wouldn't have it. So I took a kit board
apart and used the components.
The circuit diagram was virtually the same
as PVW, except it had a capacitor and
resistor coming off the amp transistor to
the ground and the resistor was lowered from
680k to 100k. I just wired in together and
hey presto, it worked and was almost the
right size for the box. The only thing is,
matchboxes are much smaller than they used
to be and this made it harder. I therefore
put the trimmer base down, as it was too
tall to fit the box, even side ways on.
Although this did allow me to fit a 2"
ferrite bar in the box.
Hi, Thanks for the information and
photographs, I have put them on the Matchbox
Radio page here
Hi Mike, I am building the ESP
P06 phono stage and I wanted to say
that I found your page very helpful in its
construction. I am not hot at electronics so
seeing the arrangement on your page was a
Cheers, Wayne Wardman. Canberra
Hi Wayne, Thanks for the kind comments - much
appreciated. I was so pleased with mine that I
soon built a second one for another hi-fi
system! Cheers, Mike.
Hi Mike, Hope it's all going well. It's been
a long time since I last sent something
over. I thought I'd send you a couple of
clips from Scotland (very much being in the
news recently). These clips are from Radio
Clyde (George Bowie and Gary Marshall) and
Radio Forth (Scott Wilson) in March 1992. By
that time Forth was known as RFM and Clyde
was Clyde One, reflecting the splitting of
am/fm frequences in ILR at that time. It's
interesting to hear some voices from the
1992 general election coverage that resonate
to this day. Enjoy!
Thanks Julian! You can hear the audio
on the Airwaves
Mike, I recently came across your very
informative website, and had noticed your
interest in 'sundials' - and though
the information is correct, you do not
appear to mention the most popular type (the
interactive "Human Sundial"). These actually
use a PERSON'S OWN SHADOW to tell the
correct 'clock' time, plus they even change
themselves for Daylight-saving in Spring and
Each one is
UNIQUE to its own specific location, plus
could be made from a variety of different
'materials' to blend-in with its setting -
and unlike conventional sundials, these
cannot easily be stolen or vandalised
either. Although such "Sunclocks" are mainly
used by Schools, to brighten-up their
playground with an interactive and
decorative marking (which also has many
'curriculum-wide' educational benefits) -
they are also used in everything from Parks,
private gardens, to a 'visitor attraction'
for Stately Homes ! It was even used
as a 'memorial' for the "Space-shuttle"
disaster in 2003.
If you would
like more information (plus view hundreds of
photographs from Australia to Alaska and
Tasmania to Tibet), then please see our
website at www.sunclocks.com - plus you
might even want to 'link' to it as well,
just so people do not assume that all
'sundials' are the pedestal-mounted type.
Great website I always use when I'm looking
for a winter project. Thanks again for
Hi Steven, Many thanks for your email. Your
comments are much appreciated. 73, Mike.
Two emails about Amateur / CB
Hello Mike, I
wonder if you can help please? I am one of
an older generation who was into citizens
band radio when my children where young, I
now have teenage grandchildren, and would
like to take up "CB" hobby again.
I've always been
into shortwave radio listening and have
couple of good receivers, but where we live,
on the Norfolk - Suffolk border, I can't
find any shops or other CB people who can
advice me. I am interested in the President
Grant 11 radio as I know law has changed and
we can now use the "SSB" mode. I would like
help with what type of aerial etc. We live
in very rural area where it is flat and,
apart from about a dozen houses, it is
I hope you
can advise. Regards, Brian. (July 2014)
Hi, I would just like to
say thank you for such an informative site
about CB radio. After many years being
absent from the hobby (30 years) I bit the
bullet and invested in a President Grant 2
CB radio which I am very pleased with.
However, I find the airways are very quiet
here in Windermere, Cumbria. I’m still going
to invest in a homebase antenna and found
your site very helpful and informative in
all aspects of CB radio.
Colin. (July 2014)
I have had much fun with CB radio, but it does
depend upon who's available in your area. Some
areas have a number of enthusiasts, running
good base stations. CB also seems to remain
popular with truckers and is also popular with
4x4 and off-road enthusiasts.
The new permissions of 12 watts with the "SSB"
mode may help promote activity and, indeed, if
ionospheric propagation is good you may make
some longer distance contacts.
Ionospheric propagation is not an everyday
occurrence and also goes in 11 year cycles; we
have passed the peak of activity, so are on
the downward curve, with the next peak due in
10 or 11 years time, however the band can
still be very active from time to time.
The better quality the antenna and the higher
it is mounted will improve performance. You
cannot really go wrong with a good quality
Silver Rod type antenna - either 1/2 wave or
5/8th wave. They represent very good value for
money compared to performance.
As important as the antenna itself is making
sure that you use the very best possible
quality coaxial cable. This ensures the lowest
loss - i.e. minimizing the loss of your
transmitted power and also minimizing the loss
of any received signals. I'd always use 10mm
diameter, MIL Spec, RG8 or RG213 coaxial
You can find many good CB Radio retailers form
the links on this page: CB
If you don't find many people on the air in
your area, and you have a general interest in
radio as a means of communication, I would
seriously encourage you to think about taking
the radio amateurs Foundation exam and getting
licensed. I now find it far more rewarding for
many reasons - such as very many more people
to talk to (thousands, not dozens); many more
bands to use e.g. VHF (2 meters) and UHF (70
centimeters) for local chat and H.F. for
regular long distance contacts around the UK,
around Europe and around the world - with the
opportunity for better understanding, self
education and self training in many different
and exciting aspects and areas of the general
More at the Radio Society of Great Britain - http://rsgb.org/
Clubs and Training - http://rsgb.org/main/clubs-training/
Amateur radio dealers can be found from the
links on this page: Amateur
reply. I phoned one of the radio clubs in
Norwich through the clubs listed on the RSGB
website (above), and spoke to a really nice
chap, he was so helpful and, of course, it
got me thinking again about which road I go
down - amateur radio or CB or maybe both!
thanks for your help and what a great
website. Good luck to you both, Brian.
Mike, What a
very pleasant surprise! In searching for
antenna information, I discovered your
wonderful site!! I just spent 2 hours
reading through some of the interesting
articles about antennas- my favorite ham
radio subject! I appreciate your photos and
detailed explanations of the hardware used.
I have bookmarked this page for future
reference and plan to read every article
for such a terrific and informative site!
Hi Marlin, Many thanks for your email, it's
great to hear from you! Thank you too for your
kind comments, I am glad that you find the
Hi Mike! My
son has recently shown interest in radios
after finding his grandfather's ham radio in
the attic, which is how he found your page
further sparked his interest. He also
really loved "Understanding
Morse Code Calls"
. Being a
homeschool mom, I try to encourage my kids
to reach out and make personal connections
beyond our home, and I think this is the
much, we can't wait to hear from you!
Hi Trish, Many thanks for your email. Glad
that the old radio in that attic sparked an
interest! Good luck with the Morse Code!
Best wishes, Mike.
This is a
very old site but your readers might find it
(June 4th 2014)
Hi Martin, Thank you for the information -
it's greatly appreciated.
Hi Mike, I am
very keen to build the BBC VHF / FM
, but I have a couple of questions if
you don't mind.
instructions, is the dipole polythene
mounting block the only piece of insulation
needed? Is there no further (electrical)
insulation required between the boom,
reflector, dipole, directors and balun?
Also, I may need to (somehow!) reinforce the
arms as we have big birds here!!
Hi Bill, Thanks for your email. Yes, the
polythene block is the only insulator used, to
ensure that the driven elements cannot make
any contact with the boom. The directors and
reflector are attached directly to the boom
metal to metal. Using metal saddles will
strengthen the construction - I would consider
them essential to strengthen the elements
against birds! You may be able to salvage
suitable saddles from old broken aerials, or
obtain new ones from amateur radio antenna
specialists such as Sandpiper Aerials perhaps.
I hope that helps. Best wishes, Mike.
Hi Mike, What
a helpful and useful website many thanks.
I do a lot of motorhome travelling
with an oldish radio that provides some of
the audio entertainment. Searching for radio
frequencies of favourite radio stations is
more than a little tedious without the data
that you provide, well done and again, very
Hi Peter, Many thanks for your email, it's
good to read your comments. Thank you for
taking the time, much appreciated.
lived in the UK for twenty-seven years, and
became an avid radio listener, but I left
your green and pleasant land and now live on
the American Gulf Coast.
question is, do you have an MP3 of the early
morning sign-on of Radio Four. It was
a musical medley of anthems from the
Commonwealth, and quite beautiful. If
you know where this could be obtained, I
would be very thankful.
website, by the way.
Thank you and
best regards, Claborne Floyd.
Hi Mike, I am
returning to amateur
a 10 year lay off and I will return with my
old call M1TAP. I have been looking at
antennas to use at my QTH (home). I think
that I will start with a G-Whip end fed
multi band with 9:1 unun then later on I
intend to build myself a 'Cobweb'.
reason for contacting you is to say thanks
for all the time and effort you must go to
to produce your website. It is full of
useful information and links and has been
very valuable to me.
This time I
am going to keep things simple; the rig i
have decided on is the Elecraft KX3. I hope
to do some portable "SOTA" and some Worked
All Britain work - all QRP (low power)
SSB and CW (morse code).
I hope to
catch you on the air one day
wishes, Alan (M1TAP)
Hi Alan, Thank you very much for your email.
I am glad to real about your return to the
bands. The G-Whip wide-bander should be a good
all round starter antenna, in fact I think
that many people use this type of antenna as a
permanent solution. I have not tried a cobweb
type antenna, but it is one that I would like
to try, however I don't have the space to
accommodate one. I do think that it is really
I friend of mine has a KX3 QRP rig and really
likes it - he particularly enjoys portable
operation and CW. The KX3 certainly seems to
get consistently good reviews.
Thanks for your kind comments! Best wishes,
Mike - M0MTJ
Hi Mike, I
have been researching some direct conversion
receivers, and your web site is a wealth of
information. I have built a few kit
transceivers, as well as a few just from
schematics, and have several regens that I
enjoy listening to in the evenings.
I have just
tried The Rugster from AA7EE’s web site and
although the schematic was very simple, I
just could not get it to operate very well.
I suspect my toroid substitution, as well as
the tuning diode had some problems. I
want to read more on the theory of the dc
receivers and your web site will give me
many hours of enjoyment.
I do refer to
the amateur radio handbook, as well as
experimental methods in rf design, but
sometimes too many technical detail ends up
confusing me. I am 63 years old and
have been a ham for 26 years, and have built
power supplies and antennas in the past, but
the last few years I have been really
enjoying homemade receivers as well as
repairing some older tube types. Take
and thanks for the work you do on the
PS ... The
first article I looked at was one written by
George Dobbs, I had met him at Dayton
last year and have joined GQRP club, now his
smiling face is turning up everytime I
look up something radio related. He's
a very nice Man
Hi John, Thank you for your email, it's really
good to hear from you.
I have enjoyed building several home-brew TRF
receivers and last year I built one of the
GQRP Kits Sudden receivers. It works very
well, as you might expect since it was
designed by George Dobbs. I don't have masses
of spare time for radio, but I do like
tinkering, constructing circuits,
experimenting with antennas and getting behind
the microphone occasionally when I can!
I have not met George Dobbs but I have had
some correspondence with him in the past and
he has always been very helpful and generous.
Thanks again for your email - and keep on
Hi, What a
great web site! I was around in the 1980's
with Mercia Sound and loved it.
All the best, Steve.
Hi Steve, Many thanks for your email, great to
hear for you. Good days!
, I read your
website with interest. I'm based in Northern
Ireland and I'm very interested in a
possible CB revival here. I accidentally
found out about the recent licence changes
and also about the introduction of SSB.
bought a wee rig and have it set up. I'm thinking of
setting up a website for Northern Ireland to
see if I can at least have a location of
info online for Northern Ireland people.
me that they are selling CBs really well.
wondering if you had any contact or info for
Northern Ireland folk?
website.. it's a great source of
Hi Anthony, Thanks for your email.
Unfortunately I don't have any contacts in
your area, but setting up a website sounds
like a good idea. I'll put some links on my
own website if you do.
Good luck and best wishes, Mike.
thought you might be interested to see a
photo of my most recent creation - my
version of the Ladybird radio. It works very
well for only three transistors!
more and see the photographs here >
Thanks Karen - excellent work!
Hi Mike, A
belated Happy New Year to you and yours too.
I've picked up a Lowe HF-225,
which I really like. I like it even more
than the FRG-7700 I have, it's simpler but
somehow feels and sounds better. The filters
are brilliant! Anyway, have to get that loop
built before AM broadcasting is history.
Furthest heard so far is Algeria on MW, but
I think they run about 1MW, so is
understandable that it is heard here.
I will be
upgrading the HF antenna soon too. It will
still be a dipole, but will be a tad higher
up without looking too "in your face" for
the surrounding neighbours. I use it mostly
for reception and only run 30W max when I do
get on, so, won't really be a problem.
enough waffle. Found the info on the Lowe
very interesting and am considering cobbling
together a D-225 if I can get the parts
rather than wait for one to come along on
Ebay. It's not an essential item, but I
would like to have one fitted.
All the best
from Bristol. David - M0ZLI
Fantastic job you have done with your page!
I keep returning to it over and over again.
There's a massive amount of useful
purchased an Audio Technica AT120E/T
cartridge on ebay, but when it arrived it
was the AT120e model. Is there any
difference between the two or did Audio
Technica decided to change the name? I
haven't unpacked it yet. I have searched the
internet but no one seems to "care" about
Have you got
any advice for me? Should I send it back to
the dealer or what?
By the way, I
have a Technics SL1200 mkII ca. 1985.
forward to hear from you. Jan Hovland
Hi Jan, Thanks for your email. To be honest, I
have never been 100% certain as to why Audio
Technica refer the the AT120 with a T suffix.
The E suffix, as I understand it, refers to
Eliptical. However Audio Technica only make
one AT120 model, so I am certain that there
are no alternatives and you have the 'correct'
Most dealers simply call it the AT120.
That's what I bought, in fact I have two of
them. Both are labelled AT120E. So I believe
that you have the correct cartridge. There
isn't another one, so don't send it back.
I hope that helps.
Best wishes, Mike.
and thanks for your reply :-)
Ok, I won't send it back. Phew, that lifted
a big weight from my heart!
Now I will
figure out how to align it correctly with a
two point gauge. And of course all the other
adjustments! Was it 50 hrs before it reached
This helped a
lot ! Thank you very much! Jan.
Hi, Thank you. I found that it is worth taking
the effort aligning the cartridge properly. It
does take a lot of patience and great care
however. It can also take some time to get
The cartridge will take some time to reach
peak performance. It will certainly sound
gradually better and better as you work your
way through a nice big arm full of LP's. Not
that it will sound bad from the outset, but my
impression is that it will become little bit
smoother, more fulsome and confident.
Happy listening! Best wishes, Mike.
you very much for the info. Hey maybe I will
mail you a couple of questions some time :-)
Hi Mike, It's
time to call in again. The last four weeks
I've been experimenting with one valve regen
AM receivers - a big step forward for a man
who's dealt all his life in diodes,
transistors and IC's.
I've sent you
a pic of 2 sets that I've recently completed
and finally, after weeks of reading,
studying, shopping for parts and building
and rebuilding, I have these 2 sets that
work rather well. See
I can receive
all 13 local AM stations here in Brisbane as
well as some DX stations as well. The best
DX so far, is the ABC local station
(1548kHz) out at Emerald in the Queensland
"bush". That is a distance of some 635 Kms
from the Brisbane CBD Post Office (all such
distances are measured from the central PO)
so that's not bad for a 1T4 valve a tuned
circuit, some bits and pieces and a few
(February 22nd 2014)
Hello again Austin. Thanks for the news. I
have added the updates here
Hi Mike, I’ve been reading
the MB21 and MDS975 sites for many years and
today, after following the rx-chat-list link
to you BRMB pages, I have just realised that
I have been talking to you on 4m (70 MHz)
and didn’t realise…. D’oh.
always monitor 70.450 MHz and 433.500
MHz when I’m in the shack. I’ve always
been an ‘anorak’ first, amateur second –
so I love the broadcast radio sites. I
have a few piccies on the MB21
gallery, however my QSL card is a bit of
a giveaway - see QRZ.com
You’d be surprised how many people,
especially on the LF bands, ask for my
card because they’ve seen it on QRZ.
Regards, Martin G4VZO, Kingswinford
Dear Mike, While searching
the Internet for tutorials on Tuned Circuits
I came across an amazing Image Gallery
devoted to Tuned Circuits:
fascinating "haystack" I was delighted to
find your wonderful website of exceptional
value to the novice student of radio
theory. Most breadboards used in the
US are plastic with wires on the back side
of the board. For the young person trying to
visualize how to physically create a
circuit from wire diagrams, not being able
to see the path of the wire conductor which
connects each component, adds to the
confusion. Using (you might say)
"surface-mount" technology, Ie., mounting
each discrete component on an inexpensive
wood board and connecting each component
from the top, helps a great deal.
On this side
of the Atlantic there was a time when the
K12 public school system offered classes in
radio and television repair. These High
School "shop" classes in electronics is
where many young Electronic Technicians and
Electrical. Engineers in America got their
start. Amateur Radio was also a source, and
still is to a limited extent.
permits and financial resources allow, it
would be nice to see you create some YouTube
videos guiding the more advanced student
through the process of reading wire
diagrams and troubleshooting radio circuits
using a Digital Volt Ohm Meter and
Oscilloscope at a later date.
again for the wonderful website.
Elmer W. Ross
Everett/Tacoma, Washington, USA
Hi, Many thanks for your kind email. Please
accept my apologies for the delay in replying.
I don't think that I can produce videos,
although it's a nice idea. Time constraints
certainly rule this out at present. Anyway,
it's great to hear from you and thanks again
for taking the time, it's much appreciated.
Best wishes, Mike. M0MTJ
Great to browse your website.
that very edition of the September 1975
Everyday Electronics magazine and then
saving up to buy the components to build the
radio. I think I got the parts
mail order from Henry's. It was great to see
the scanned pages from the magazine as they
are etched in my mind.
to use the ZN414 for a tuner as later on I
built various transistor audio amplifiers.
Hi Simon, Thanks for your email. This was one
of my favourite projects and, as you can see
from the pages, I have made several more since
Best wishes, Mike.
ambling through your site for a few days, on
and off, and have found it to be very
interesting. I too am a fan of ELO, anything
"radio" and was interested to read your bit
about 99 Red Balloons. I think I still have
the 45 somewhere, and I'm sure the English
and German variants were on the single.
Either way, they were both great!
I too have
been through the SW/CB/Ham mangle, and tend
to listen more than I transmit, which a lot
more would do well to emulate ;o).
Thanks for rekindling my interest in MW DX,
I will be making a 40" loop antenna in the
near future. I made one many years ago (30)
and they work a treat, best DX was from KNIX
on 1570 back then, to my then QTH in
Wellington, New Zealand. I have an audio
enough waffle. Thanks for a very informative
and interesting site...quite a mix!
Hi David, Thanks for your email. We played 99
Red Balloons only a few weeks ago and both
said what a good record. I still love it!
I'm glad that you liked the Loop Antenna
article. I find loops to be very useful for MW
reception. Make the most of it though - you
never know when we're going to lose analogue
radio in the UK. If things go according to
plan, Germany will have closed many of its MW
and LW transmitter by the end of 2014.
The latest page, that I have just added,
contains some pages from the IBA's yearbook,
Television and Radio, concerning BRMB from
1976 to 1987:
Happy New Year and good DX!
Hi Mike, A
quiet afternoon and a chance to spend time
surfing the net has led me to your site, now
bookmarked for return visits.
I grew up
with BRMB and have fond memories of Les Ross
- a true broadcasting great - and later Phil
Holden. There are several records which
remind me of Les' stock one-liners every
time I hear them "That one finished with a
tinkle; my mother always said you should
have a tinkle before you start!" still
cracks me up.
Holden causing panic by failing to turn up
on time for his Sunday morning show when he
forgot to put his clocks forward.
of the search was to find any recollections
of Brendan Kearney's Saturday morning show
with the assistance of 3 teenage presenters
- Debbie something, Spencer Allmark (?) and
another, quite mature sounding lad (who,
from memory, may have lost his life shortly
afterwards). Timing was probably mid-80s.
I'll see if I
still have some recordings of Les - I did
have his live outside broadcast on the
morning of BT privatisation for some reason
- but suspect my wife may have "tidied them
Hi Adrian, Thanks for your email. Les did have
some funny one liners. I remember him saying
"Ever since it got light this morning it's got
darker" and "That record really does finish
right at the very end."
Now that you mention Brendan Kearney's show
(Razzamatazz), I do remember the names Debbie
and Spencer, but I cannot remember the third
person. Rashida Subedar kindly sent in some
comments about Razzamatazz which can be found on this
It would be great to receive any recordings of
Les Ross that you have. I have put some new
ones on the site recently, and I have a few
more to go on there too.
Thanks again for your email. Best wishes,
I came across
your website a couple of years ago when I
became interested in taking the foundation
course and found your website a great read
and a great fun place to be!
learning difficulties and really struggled
with my licence test but I passed in August
2009! I cannot believe it only took you 6
months to get to full licence! Wow you must
have worked so hard! I remember getting the
intermediate book and became so overcome
with it that I put it down and never looked
I just wanted
to wish you and Jules a Merry Christmas and
thanks for sharing your site and life with
us on the internet! You have a great site
and it must have takes ages to build! Mine
) has taken me ages
and its a fraction of the size of yours :-)
I wish you
and Jules all the very best and if Ofcom
don't take us M6's of the air, I hope to
work you one day!
73, Matt M6CEB
Hi Matt, Thanks for your email, it's really
good to read that you have achieved your
Foundation licence. You have also done very
well in producing your own detailed website.
Best wishes, Mike.
Dear Mike, I hope you are
well. I have mailed you in the past
about matters related to BRMB, and you have
always been very helpful, so I thought I'd
let you know my latest on Radio Acocks
Green. Yesterday, I had the great pleasure
of having a long chat to Jasper Carrott,
both on my local BBC Radio station, and
later on, face to face. After much
mirth, I asked him about Acocks Green, and
he was surprised that anyone remembered it.
only one edition, and it was mostly him and
Ed Doolan. It was originally broadcast
at Christmas (I forgot to ask him which
year) and was a one hour show. I told
him about the recordings on your site, and
that the longest recording was about 40
minutes. After thinking back he told
me that the show was one hour long, but
included music (the latest hit 45's), he
remembers recording about 35 to 40 minutes
of material with the gang, so concluded that
if the recording that you own is about 40
minutes in length and it has no pop music in
it, then that's all there is.
some great stuff while I was with him, such
as the Tony Waiter voice, and he remembered
the cup winners, winners cup shield
So, there it
is, straight from the horses mouth, you do
hold the complete recording.
for such a great website,
Mick Philpott (G7WST)
Hi Mick, Many thanks for you email. It's
really interesting to read that you met Jasper
Carrott and that he could recite some classic
material to you. It's also good to read that
the recording appears to be complete! Thanks
for letting me know, it's much appreciated.
Best wishes, Mike.
thanks for putting me in contact with Doug.
He has been very kind and helpful in
providing me with the transistors and some
Myself and my
son have had great fun with the Ladybird
). We had lots of issues getting the
regeneration to work well. In the end this
was all resolved by getting hold of some
'new old stock' (NOS) OA81 diodes. I think
the diodes are quite critical in ensuring
the OC45 is biased correctly. 1N5711
Schottky diodes were fantastic in the
crystal set but poor in the regeneration
stage. I tried some moderns 1N34a diodes
which also didn’t perform well. In fact, I
couldn’t get the gain low enough using
these, even with the trimmer set to the
minimum the radio would oscillate. Great
selectivity/sensitivity but almost
impossible to control. With OC81s, the radio
burst into life and behaved well.
I did make a
few changes to the design. I had to change
the collector resistor of the second
transistor to 1k5. 4k7 was far too big,
causing the transistor to saturate and
resulting in heavily distorted audio. I
replaced the 10pF trimmer with a variable
capacitor so I can more easily control the
regeneration. (I used a 20pF varicap with
22pF in series). I only had a 350pF tuning
cap, so I added an extra 20 turns to the
antenna coil. This seemed about right as the
radio covers the entire AM broadcast band
and a bit more besides. (I also added a
couple of turns to the secondary coil to
keep the same turns ratio.) I also added a
power switch and LED indicator.
I was able to
tune well over 20 or 30 stations last night,
with different degrees of fidelity and
loudness, although it takes a bit of
practice with the regeneration and tuning.
Local stations are loud, in fact the output
stage overloads badly if you turn the volume
up. So all in all, really pleasing. I’ll
send you some photos when I get round to
taking some. I now feel inspired to make
another regenerative radio, there are quite
a few interesting designs on the web…..
Hi Mark, Many thanks for your update. Very
interesting indeed! I'd love to see a list of
stations that you are able to receive. I look
forward to your photographs and any further
developments. Thanks again, Mike.
Mike, I really like your website, and
thought I would just say thank you for all
the information contained there.
built your FT-Meter and chuffed to bits with
it......pic attached. Flushed with
success I may have a go at your Field
Strength Meter next.
to both of you.
Hi Wallace, Thank you for your email.
You have certainly made a great job of your
meter! See a larger photo and find out
more about the project here
there! I enjoyed your website and have
shared it on my Face Book page. https://www.facebook.com/groups/73hobbyradiobuffs/
If you face
book, come by check us out & maybe even
join! I don’t know if you share fb
links in your links section. If so,
Thank you and
"73" from Spencer Sholly, KB5WQW in Killeen,
Hi, Many thanks for your email. Thanks for
putting the link on fb. I am not on fb myself,
but I am certainly very happy to include the
Hi Mike &
Jules, I just stumbled across your great
website. What particularly caught my
interest were the ‘Ladybird
book’ radios. I remember, 35 years ago
as a kid, myself and my dad building this up
and sadly failing to get it to work. Well,
my interest has been rekindled and I think
the time has come to have another go at it
with my own son. After much sorting through
boxes in the loft I have found the book and
I think most of the components are
obtainable in one form or another. The main
problems are the transistors. You mentioned
in your website you have some old stock. If
so, could I purchase a set off you? Or
perhaps you know of somewhere in the UK
where I might find reliable devices? I
really don’t know how well old Germanium
transistors age. Does the doping ‘migrate’?
the schematic and design methodology given
what I now know about electronics (yes, I
grew up to be an electronic engineer), I can
see several pitfalls in getting the radio
working. I wonder how many have failed in
their quest to get the thing working. I
suspect just getting decent electrical
connection with the brass screw cups is
tricky. The regenerative stage looks like
‘black art’ which might need a bit of
tinkering to get it to work well. And the
output stage biasing looks poor. I’m not
surprised Shane experienced some thermal
I also fondly
remember the medium wave mini in everyday
electronics and the plethora of ZN414 based
designs of that period. I wish I had the old
magazines still, but I think they are long
thanks for your fantastic resource.
Hi Mark, Thank you for your email.
I remember having problems when I first
attempted construction as a youngster in the
early 1970's. The amplified crystal set worked
quite well for the main stations, Radio 3,
Radio 4 and Radio One. But then Droitwich was
only a dozen miles away!
When I eventually got the regeneration stage
working properly (probably a year or two
later, but I forget now) I remember being very
pleased that the radio was directive enough,
and selective enough to be able to receive BBC
Radio Birmingham, Radio Luxemburg and, my
favourite station by that time, BRMB Radio.
I have not experienced the thermal runaway
problem, but I know others have, so the
biassing should really be redesigned. It would
be really nice to redesign the circuit, as
close as possible to the original, so that
common NPN devices could be used.
The brass screws and screw cup approach was
certainly a novel idea and one that allowed
solderless construction for novices, but it
certainly had its problems!
The ZN414 circuits are great fun!
I don't have any Mullard transistors, but I
have emailed Doug Wallace inquiring if he has
We'll let you know! Best wishes, Mike &
Hi, Thank you
very much for the Convoy recording. It made my XYL
(wife) very happy. If all things were so
simple. It has brought back many happy
memories of Citizens
Band Radio and we didn't even need
We knew CB
in AM pre-legal days. We met, engaged in 7
days, married in 12 months and still
together 32 years later so CB brought
"Sparky" and the "Queen of hearts" together
in 1981. And, in an alternative universe, we
ran a DTI correct radio-communications
supply/ build/ repeater station/
import-export company. Don't ask about the
things in-between. No doubt we could
exchange lots of tales over a bevvy or two.
I have some
test equipment for sale, sadly its here in
Italy but if someone was interested in a
deal we've a spare room....and the wine (1-2
euros a LTR for the good stuff), whole Parma
hams, Italian seasoning = real food (which
is why we moved here) and the pizza's!!! It
spoils you for anything frozen in the future
and don't ask about the oil - that could
start a war, the stuff in the shops is what
they use to can fish here but who knew until
we got here and were educated...
But all that said Marmite, Chinese or Indian
foods are non existent unless you're in a
city like Rome. Canned & frozen goods
are just becoming more available, so still
we stand behind old ladies who want a
quarter kilo of bread from a fresh loaf and
2 slices of ham with one sausage and a 20g
prosciutto double minced for lunch.
We came for a slower pace of life and here
it is - after (past tense) running a B&B
for 6 years. Sorry for the ad', even after 8
years we're still enamored and having eaten
a slow lunch from 12.30 to 4.30 outside in
the sun today you can understand why.
So again our
thanks for the link and hope you are having,
or plan to have, as much enjoyment from life
as we expect to, one chance so go for it,
IZ0JUB) & xyl
Hi, We're glad that you enjoyed the recording
of Convoy and that everyone is happy!!
Here, BBC Radio Five Live featured a short and
amusing piece about CB radio last weekend.
I've posted it here:
BBC News also have a new video piece about
amateur radio here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-24917880
You've certainly had a very interesting radio
life! Your situation now sounds absolutely
idyllic. Well, apart from the lack of
Marmite!! :-) I hope we can have as much
Thanks for your email.
"73" Mike & Jules
MØMTJ & M6ORS
, I just want to
say that I am very impressed from your web
A very useful
Hi Dan, Many thanks for your email, it's great
to hear from you. We are glad that the web
pages have been of some use!!
73 & Good DX, Mike, MØMTJ
& Jules, M6ORS
Hi, I just
wanted to say a heartfelt “thanks” for
including the Wiltshire Radio clips on your
website – those jingles are engraved on my
brain but I hadn’t heard them for 30 years,
so you can imagine my delight on revisiting
them. It’s also good to know I’m not the
only one who preserves this sort of thing so
lovingly – post 1985 (when I first acquired
a cassette player), I’ve saved loads of
radio jingles – GWR, Fox FM, the “Network
Chart with David Jensen” and perhaps most
obscurely, a C-60’s worth of the loop tape
BBC Wiltshire Sound ran as a demo in the run
up to its launch in 1989 ... a priceless
treasure in my eyes, if no one else’s!
again and very best wishes, Rosie.
Hi Rosie, Thank you very much for your email.
I am glad that you enjoyed the audio. I have
recently been sent a small box of cassettes
containing some recordings of one of my
favourite stations from the 1980's, BRMB
Radio. The recordings are mostly from about
1980 - 1981 and I am in the process of
digitizing them and putting them on the
website. If you'd like to submit your audio
recordings to share with everyone just let me
know and I'll put them on the site too. I am
certainly keen to hear the Wiltshire Sound
Thanks again for getting in touch. Kind
came across a number of old cassette tapes I
had recorded of Les Ross breakfast shows
from when I was a teenager. There is some
audio of Ed Doolan and other BRMB presenters
from the same era. I remembered that you had
a website containing BRMB audio from the
time that BRMB was a real local radio
station and wondered if these tapes would be
of any interest to you.
never failed to make me laugh every morning
for years so I am glad I made some
recordings of his shows and it is great that
they can find a home so that others of the
same generation can recall some classic
radio history and a new audience can get to
hear a wit and humor which is sadly missing
from the radio today.
Hi Patrick, Many thanks for your email.
It's very kind of you to send these recordings
to me. I am certainly very keen to make them
available for others to hear again on the
website. You're right; this was a time when
BRMB was a really great local radio station!
I am gradually working through digitizing the
cassettes and uploading them to the BRMB
Audio page here
your brilliant site and have become immersed
in it. It brings back many memories having
been a keen listener to Independent Local
Radio back in the seventies. I was
particularly interested in the stuff about
Les Ross and of course the audio
clips. One thing I did notice is your
ling to Les’ current work on Big City Radio
is out of date. It can now be accessed on
www.bigcityradio.org.uk with recent shows at
I think I do
have old BRMB recordings somewhere in my
loft. If I find anything interesting I’ll be
happy to share it with you.
Hi David, Thanks for taking the time to write.
I have now updated the links. Regards, Mike.
I just wanted
to drop you a line to thank you for putting
Meanwell Late Show audio files on the
site. I used to love listening to these as a
teenager and always found the subjects and
guest strangely compelling......
I have been
looking for any other audio files of the
show and they just don't seem to exist
anywhere. Do you have anymore at all? I’d be
really grateful if you could point me in the
right direction if you do.
Love the Mark Keen
stuff on the Mercia Sound site as well – all
about nostalgia eh?
and keep up the good work.
Hi Nick, Many thanks for your comments, I am
glad that you enjoyed the Nick Meanwell and
Mark Keen audio. Unfortunately that's all we
have at present!
I have just
re-visited your excellent website and found
of BRMB’s opening day
programme. I had a dedication
read out during their first hour (at 0641)
and it was great to hear it again after all
these years. Yes, I WAS listening to it in
Penzance, Cornwall, probably using a Sony
AM/FM tuner and long wire. Got up
early especially to hear the opening show,
and phoned them up (it caused a family row
at the time). I have a reel to
reel recording of it somewhere, but have not
used my only working?? reel to reel recorder
for some years and the tape would be hard to
put an “anorak quality” signal into Cornwall
at certain times of the day, before the
opening of Plymouth Sound on the same
frequency. Their directional
transmitting aerial (at Langley Mill, north
east of Birmingham) fired at us down the
Bristol Channel. It was the first ILR
station I heard and I had been listening to
the pre-launch test transmissions.
mid 70s I was a regular (mobile) listener to
Swansea Sound, which propagated well into
West Cornwall. I had a couple of
their car stickers on my first car (and one
of those massive fibreglass whip aerials
which were popular at the time).
Hi Patrick, Many thanks for sharing your
memories of the first days of broadcasting
from one of Britain's pioneering Independent
Local Radio stations. I am glad that you
enjoyed the recordings, especially as you were
featured on the first day's programme. It's
quite amazing that you were able to receive
the Birmingham local radio station all that
distance away in Cornwall on a Sony AM/FM
Great to hear from another fellow Radio
Amateur. Thanks again.
I have just
seen your website and I understand you are
interested in old radio recordings of BRMB.
I have an old tape with an edited recording
of Tony Butler's football results and
phone-in show from May 1983. I was a student
at Birmingham University at the time and a
fairly regular listener. Not quite sure why
it was edited to miss out the records and
news bulletins but it is mostly Tony's
interviews and the phone banter with his
callers, 'on yer bike' and all that!
I was just
about to wipe it but f you are interested I
can forward this tape to you. It's on an old
cassette tape, probably not the greatest
mono recording from a tape/radio combo, and
unfortunately I don't have the means to
digitize it, but you're welcome to.
I had no idea
TB was still broadcasting until last year,
but not surprised to read he got into
trouble a couple of times. He was always
pretty blunt and to the point. Perhaps that
was his appeal?
there will be some snippets you can sample
and load onto your website. I think Tony
Butler used 'on yer bike' long before Norman
Tebbit borrowed the phrase. He also seemed
to like using 'let me tell you' and 'can't
be bad' a lot - maybe that was in relation
to Birmingham City who had a really awful
season in 82-83 but climbed out of the
relegation places in the final week. With
Wolves being promoted, there were 5 teams
from the West Midlands in the top league the
I worked out
that side 1 and part of side 2 was recorded
on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May 1983 - the
day after the BRMB Walkathon - and the rest
of side 2 up to the closing theme was on Sat
7th May 1983. They must have played footie
on the Bank Holiday Mondays back then.
tape, I have to admit I don't remember much
from those days but do recall the Tony
Butler theme tune that he played out with
each week, and also those 'Regency
Windows..... we can do it' ads that must
have played every half hour or so...
the great website.
Hi Chris, Many thanks for saving this tape and
sending it in. So glad
you didn't wipe it !!!!!!
Listen to the cassette recordings here:
Sport with Tony Butler in May 1983
Thanks for a very useful and informative
website, we appear to have very similar
All the best from Paul Madden, GW8HYT,
across your website and tried your FT Meter
Project. It works! I was very
happy with it and wanted to share to you
what I’ve done. I have incorporated it into
my EMACS: Emcomm Modular Ammo Can System.
a photograph of Jesse's FT-Meter here
Thanks for your email Jesse - a very neat
I know very
little about amateur
radio but I decided to read up on the
subject, that’s how I wound up on your
website. It’s nice to know that there are
people who use something different from
social networks in order to communicate.
Hi Eugene, Many thanks for taking the time to
email me. It's great to hear from you. I hope
that you found some interesting and useful
Thanks again, and as we say, "73", Mike.
been in touch for ages, thought I'd just say
I've been going through the old tapes. In
the last couple of weeks I came across one
of my most earliest cassettes (a Currys C90)
and found on there that I had about 12
minutes of an old John Peel show. When I
checked the age of it using references to
the music he played in the clip, it turns
out it's older than I first thought. I'm
dating it around somewhere between July and
September 1977. A good vintage and it is an
iconic snapshot of what those listeners who
tuned in on medium wave radio late at night
would have heard at that time. Punk was just
hitting the scene, as Generation X or Gen X
as they were known, were defined by Peel as
'the best of the new bands'. Hear
the John Peel clip in the Audio section of
the Airwaves page here
I though you
might like to have a copy. I do remember
that I must have recorded it on my brother's
music centre, or he did as he was a fan at
the time. I didn't even have my own tape
recorder when this went out! Apart from the
fading - it was night time MW - it's good
fun. This would have still been on
247m in the autumn of 1977 - the wavelength
changes did not happen until 1978, when
Radio One moved to 275 and 285 metres medium
Thanks Julian, this a great little clip of the
great John Peel.
your site on and off for a few years now and
finally got around to building a matchbox
radio. I'd made one as a child during the
'70s from the PW article, with the original
Ferranti ZN414 and I'd always wanted to make
another one to have, particularly so that I
always had a mini radio to listen to the
cricket on LW.
I have a
feeling that my wife will probably disown me
over the next few weeks, when I bore he
rigid with how the projects are coming on.
your informative website.
All the best, Al. Read more
Here's a more
authentic pic of another newsman in the BRMB
Radio newsroom (me) circa 1977 - about May
Hi John, Great to hear from you again. Thanks
for the photograph
and also for the audio
which is greatly appreciated.
Great website page about BRMB - excellent
you would like to know (not sure if you have
already heard) that Les Ross
is now back
on Big City Radio every Sunday afternoon
with Celebrations - every Sunday afternoon
from 2pm to 4pm. It's a "this day in
history" style show with Les' style and each
song or piece of music played is linked to a
Birthday or other celebration that's
happening in the coming week. It's an
excellent show and great to have Les back on
the radio. http://www.happychappymedia.com/bigcityradio/
Thanks Steve, that's great news!
Hello Mike, You
might remember me - you have a picture of my
'matchbox radio' on your site! For
some time now I've been doing what I call
extreme PIC programming and once again I'm
longing for analogue! (Sometimes I wish I
had been born earlier so that I could have
participated in the analogue boom years of
the 50s and 60s. In saying that, I would
probably have come up against serious
opposition as a woman back then.)
Anyway, I am
hoping to put time to making a HAC
regenerative receiver and I think your site
will provide all the information I need to
do that. I return to your site quite
frequently by the way. An amusing
revelation: As a kid I built and used a
'Science Fair Globe Patrol' regenerative
radio from Tandy. I was stunned to often
hear TV signals on 30MHz. I found out a year
or two later that TV IFs were typically
30MHz! It should have been obvious really -
I only ever heard these signals when the TV
was on downstairs!
Thanks for a
great site, Mike.
Thanks for your email Karen. I certainly
remember your previous correspondence about
and I also remember Tandy's
Science Fair Globe Patrol radio. I also
discovered one or two 'odd' signals that were,
it transpired, the Intermediate Frequencies of
nearby receiving equipment. I'll be interested
to read about your latest HAC radio project.
The details on this page, Hear
All Continents radio
enough information since the constructional
layout is not especially critical. The most
critical part is winding, and then adjusting
the coil. Best wishes, Mike.
Hello Mike, I am
a shortwave listener since 1990 and I love
it. I have a UBC-3500XLT radio scanner, an
Eton E1 AM/FM/shortwave Radio that covers 80
metres to 11meters and more. This year for
my Christmas gift of my uncle gave me an
Intek KT-930EE dual band radio - and there
is my problem I don't know how to operate
it. Could you please help me out? When
scanning, the radio stops stops on even very
weak or faint signal where is no radio
communication. What must I do to hear some
Peter from Belgium.
Thank you for your email. Sadly your email
address does not work and my reply was
returned as undeliverable, so here is my
The radio that you have is actually a
transceiver (i.e a transmitter / receiver) for
licensed radio bands. It will receive 136 to
174 MHz and 400 to 470 MHz. Since many signals
in these ranges could be digital and pagers
you may not hear a great deal - perhaps
nothing except some amateur radio operators
However there may be some analogue speech
transmissions that you could receive - e.g. in
the UK we may hear some analog taxi services
around 160 to 175 MHz. You will need to ensure
that the squelch is not set too low, otherwise
the scanner will stop on too many very weak
and noisy signals. In any case it will also
stop on a lot of digital / packet
transmissions that will just be noise of
various types - no speech.
Please be careful: Under no circumstances
whatsoever should you ever try to transmit
using this radio - it would be illegal and
cause problems for licensed users.
If you want further training you may find a
nearby amateur radio club that can help you
pass the necessary exams:
The Intek website is here: http://www.intek-radios.com
The user instruction manual can be downloaded
from the product page here: http://www.intek-radios.com/?C=Product_V.php&Id=37
I hope that helps. 73 Mike.
Hi guys, I just
thought I’d drop you a quick message to say
that I’d visited your web site and enjoyed
having a look through your photos especially
recently rejuvenated radio ham, G8BYB, and
my wife Carol, M6MEW, is very new to the
hobby having got her ticket 3 weeks
ago. We also have many cats wandering
about the place. They are mainly
Bengals but we also have some wild
cats. Yes, we breed Bengal cats. Love
the shack and I’ve just
realised I’d already visited your web site
before for some reason.
applying the finishing touches to our shack,
although Carol has decided she wants her
Andrew, G8BYB http://www.eriador-cats.com
Hi Andrew and Carol, Thank you so much for
your email, it's great to hear from you. It's
very interesting to read that you are a
' and that your wife is also
newly licensed - well done from us! Glad that
you liked the photographs of the cats. We have
also had a look at your own website - which is
full of such beautiful and adorable creatures
- all too lovely for words!
Glad you also liked the shack, which has to be
efficiently squeezed into a corner of the box
room! But it works. We await a photo of your
Thanks again for taking the time to email.
Best wishes ('73' as they say), Mike and
Hi Mike, I have a
question that I'm hoping you might be able
to answer for me. I am contemplating
building a crystal
set radio to particular online basic
However,before I get involved I wanted to
know roughly what stations I might be able
to pick up in the Bromley Kent area
especially with respect to 'Digital' now and
in the near future. I am also a bit confused
over the suggestion that I might need an AM
transmitter. If you are able to throw any
light on this subject ,it would be
Thank you. Regards,
Thanks for your email about crystal
The need for a miniature AM transmitter would
arise if you lived in an area, or a country,
without any medium wave / AM transmissions. In
which case you would need to generate your own
transmission for the crystal set to receive.
A crystal set, because it has no power of its
own, requires a good strong signal to work -
all that powers a crystal set is the energy
supplied to it from the radio stations 'picked
up' the aerial. A crystal set, therefore,
usually needs a large aerial too!
Norway is in the process of switching off ALL
analogue radio transmitters. All their
medium/AM radio transmitters have already been
switched off and FM will also be abandoned
very soon, with all these transmitters being
decommissioned and dismantled. The replacement
is a digital radio service that needs complex,
power hungry radios to listen - and which are
certainly not receivable on a simple crystal
Another example is where medium wave / AM
radio does not strong, or indeed any signals
is western Scotland and the Outer Hebrides -
an area that has in fact never been served by
medium wave / AM radio transmitters.
So in western Scotland and Norway a crystal
set would not work. If you wanted to receive
something on a crystal set in these or similar
areas you would need a miniature AM
transmitter to transmit some music or recorded
programmes from CD's, LP's, cassette tapes or
However in London there should be a number of
stations on medium wave (AM) that you should
be able to receive on a crystal set:
From the main medium wave transmitter at
BBC Radio Five Live (909 kHz)
Talk Sport (1089 kHz)
Absolute Radio (1215 kHz)
You may possibly also receive:
Gold on 1548 kHz from Saffron Green
LBC on 1152 from Saffron Green
Possibly 558kHz from Crystal Palace and
maybesome other nearby 'local' transmitters,
e.g. on 963 or 972, or 1035, 1305, 1332, 1413
kHz - perhaps (?).
In the UK analogue switch-off (i.e. FM / AM)
was planned for 2015, but that may be pushed
back due to the poor quality and unpopularity
of our digital DAB radio service.
I hope that helps! Best wishes, Mike.
Hi Mike, Just a
quick note to say how much I enjoyed the ILR
section of your website. I was inspired to
write by the recent ‘biopic /docudrama about
Kenny Everett on BBC 4 which brought back
some great memories.
I used to
spend a number of half term holidays in the
1970s’ zooming all over the UK with my
father usually delivering parts to the great
British car industry so BRMB was no stranger
to the Ford Cortina’s medium wave only
radio. As you well know it was on 261m
(seemingly the ILR frequency of choice) so
you could leave London on the M1 listening
to LBC and almost have an automatic re-tune
to BRMB and then Piccadilly, if you were
heading toward the British Leyland factory
stations were great and put today’s ‘local’
radio to shame. The dumbing down of the
original ILR network is nothing short of a
disgrace. As for the new digital only
stations the less said the better (with the
honourable exception of BBC 6 Music) – and
the powers that be are surprised by the lack
of take up … perhaps they haven’t listened
to any of it!
I’m now the
one behind the wheel zooming up and down the
M1 and I usually take a pile of CDs to
listen to rather than listen to the rubbish
pumped out by Heart and Capital; Can anyone
tell me what ‘ownership’ and ‘involvement’
someone living in Cardiff or Sheffield have
of a station called Capital???
interesting to me how much of Radio 2’s
output over the last 10 years at times
sounds so much like the ‘old’ ILR. It’s
equally interesting how they always clean up
when the audience figures are released so it
proves those stations were on the right
Keep up the
good work. [See the BRMB
Radio page here]
Thanks for your email James. You make some
very interesting observations and I cannot
take issue with a word you write. It is
documented that stations like Capital and
Heart have just a few hundred records in total
on their playlists, while BBC Radio One and
BBC Radio Two have about 3000 tracks each on
their respective playlists. No doubt only part
of the reason while the commercial stations
sound so utterly dire and why Radio One and
Radio Two do very well!
Best wishes, Mike.
Hi, I was
wondering if you could help. My aunt lives
in Warcop Cumbria and enjoyed listening to
the Welsh radio (South Wales I think) she
now cannot get it at all. I have searched
through websites trying to find an
answer and am hoping you could throw some
light on this. I don't think she has a
digital radio - could she get the Welsh
signal if she had a one? Any help would be
Hi Ann, Thanks for your email. I have to
presume that your aunt was listening to BBC
Radio Wales. BBC Radio Wales is transmitted on
Medium Wave ("AM") and is probably the only
Welsh service that one might be able to
receive in Cumbria - except under certain
unusual atmospheric conditions.
Obviously Radio Wales is only intended to be
received in Wales itself, although it can be
heard very well along the Welsh borders, parts
of the Midlands and around Bristol and the
West Country. I would have thought, however,
that at certain times of day - particularly
during darkness - that BBC Radio Wales could
be received to some degree in Cumbria on
The main frequency is 882 kHz Medium Wave from
a high powered transmitter at Washford
(Somerset!), serving South Wales with and
another medium powered transmitter at Penmon
on Anglesey for north west Wales. There may
also be a chance of receiving the lower
powered transmitter that serves Wrexham and
parts of North East Wales on 657 kHz Medium
The BBC Radio Wales transmitters remain the
same as they always have been, so nothing has
changed in that respect. The main influence of
distant medium wave reception is the earth's
changing ionosphere, which varies according to
season and time of day.
Radio Wales does also transmit to some parts
of Wales on VHF/FM - but these transmissions
would not be receivable in Cumbria under
normal conditions. Radio Wales is also on DAB
within parts of Wales - but again not
receivable in Cumbria.
Radio Wales is not
England on DAB or VHF/FM. However you will
find BBC Radio Wales on FREESAT - the free
satellite television service. It is worth
checking this out if you are keen. Natuarally
BBC Radio Wales is also available via the
Other radio stations that broadcast in Wales
include BBC Radio Cymru which is available on
VHF/FM across the province and also on DAB in
one or two areas. There are also a handful of
commercial stations, however none of these
VHF/FM or DAB stations would be receivable in
Cumbria under normal conditions.
If you want to try to receive the medium wave
signal of Radio Wales on 882 kHz or 657 kHz
you'll need to use the best quality radio that
you can and perhaps give it some added
assistance from a "Loop Aerial
that is described on the website here
Loop Aerial will improve the distant reception
of medium wave considerably.
Best wishes, Mike.
Hi, I've been
reading through the death of Fox FM.
It had all the information that I was
looking for and answered many questions.
What I would also like to know is what
happened to the old presenters?' Where
are they now? It was a great shame when the
station finished and it's never been the
for any information
By the way,
do you remember the hilarious day Phil Angel
went up in the Unipart Flying Fox and had to
be brought down because he felt ill?
Hi Mark, Thanks for your email. It is indeed a
great shame that yet another good local
station has been closed down by the soulless
conglomerate. I don't know where everyone from
Fox has gone, but here are some:
Jane Markham went to Classic FM I believe and
is now a voice-over artist.
I last heard Tony James on BBC Radio Cumbria a
couple of years ago.
Steve Ellis sadly died in 1995.
Phil Miles worked for County Sound before Fox
FM and I think also Red Dragon Radio. I don't
know what he has done since.
I think Phil Angell went on to work at UKRD in
I think Steve Priestly was on BRMB for some
time after Fox FM.
As I say, that's all I can remember, so I am
not sure about the rest of the Fox FM team.
I hope that helps a bit!
Best wishes, Mike.
Mike, I have sent you the whole 2 hours of
the first 'final' Les Ross Breakfast Show on
BRMB from 10th March 1989 The show is in two
separate files, 0700-0800 and 0800-0900,
I've compressed it to 64kbs, unfortunately
the original cassette recording was not up
to my usual home recording quality but none
the less a piece of BRMB history that I'd
like to share.
There will be
more files coming your way over the next few
weeks as I will be able to dedicate more of
my spare time to transferring my audio
cassettes, I hope you will find them of
Thank you Rob, This is fantastic material! I
look forward to receiving more. In the mean
to the first 'final' Les Ross Breakfast Show
on BRMB here
and also Rob's recording of
Sport Special with Tony Butler here
Hi, I was a
reporter and newsreader at BRMB between 1981
and 1984, working under Brian Sheppard and
Colin Palmer. I spent three of my happiest
years working for the station.
[On adding Martin to the BRMB page] I was hardly up
there with the greats like Les Ross or Ed
Doolan - but it gives me particular pride
and pleasure to see myself listed, through
your work, as part of the collective memory
of the station, and I still have some
bulletins, jingles and general clips on
cassette tape. If you're interested, I will
get them down from the loft and send them to
Thank you for
everything you're doing to keep the BRMB
memory alive - it was a wonderful station
and I am very sad that it has disappeared
from the airwaves.
(Now working for The
Associated Press in London)
Thank you very much for your email. I fear
that I have barely scratched the surface of
BRMB's history, but at the pages have been
able to preserve something of the story and
sounds of what was a superb local radio
I would be very grateful for the recordings
that you have, I am sure that they would make
an excellent addition to the BRMB pages.
Thanks again, it's greatly appreciated. Best
website. Although I now live in
Canada, I was a Black Country kid and
started listening to BRMB in 1976 I
think. I was a Hospital Radio DJ in
Dudley and I got to know some of the
presenters including Roger Day, Les Ross,
and others. I am still in touch with
I was on BRMB
a few times myself, as a guest DJ. I
have one of those as an MP3 file (it's me
and Roger Day doing a Sunday morning show in
1982), let me know the best way to send it
to you and you can put it on your
site. I also have a Les Ross breakfast
show from 1987. You are welcome to
both files. I also have an MP3 of
radio jingles from the 1970s and there's a
lot of Midlands stuff on there.
Congrats on a
great website, and I look forward to hearing
Thanks so much for your email. It's great to
hear from you, and thanks for the compliments.
It's very interesting to read that you were a
presenter on both hospital radio and BRMB too.
Roger Day is a great 'radio guy'. We attended
his talk at the Lichfield Garrick Theatre on
his very varied life and career in
radio. That was when he was at Saga
105.7 here in the West Midlands.
Since then that station has also been closed
and the 105.7 transmitter has become a relay
of GMG's national Smooth Radio brand - which
itself has recently been subsumed into
Global's portfolio, and and its future has
been thrown into doubt.
Thanks for the offer of your BRMB audio
recordings for the archives. I will be more
than delighted to accept anything that you
Thanks again for the very offer - I can't wait
to hear your recordings!
Great to hear
from you. Feel free to
enjoy and put them on your site, giving me
(Terry Hughes) some credit would be nice.
Let's keep in
touch and you never know, I might find a few
more tapes! (I have some
hospital radio and other ones too).
Thanks for going to so much trouble.
I always credit the contributors - it's very
important when trying to save little bits of
history to acknowledge the efforts of those,
like yourself, who have taken so much time to
send material in.
Thanks again, I will download them tonight and
put them on the site - crediting you, of
Les Ross Breakfast Show with the BRMB Flying
Eye and Roger Day and Terry Hughes can be
Just to say a
big thank you for putting the Les Ross "Yesterday
Never Comes" recordings on line!
enjoyed them! Nim Nim Nim!
Thanks John, and thanks again to Robert Scott
who sent them in. We really enjoyed them too!
With regard to
some technical questions about
restoring a 1961 vintage Grundig
Majestic Entertainment System ......
Mike, You are too kind sir!
Thank you so very much for your
wonderfully prompt responses and for
endeavoring to assist me through
Very truly yours, Allen Boobar, Los
Thanks Allen, Well we haven't
entirely cracked the problem yet - but
hopefully we'll find a solution! Best
regard to many questions posed and answered
Mike, Awesome, awesome, awesome
information. Many thanks!
My pleasure Rob! Best wishes, Mike.
know you have been in contact with
my good friend Mark G0MGX but I felt
I needed to say thanks and
acknowledge your work on a 160m
sloper antenna. [Antenna
It works very well here and, thanks
to Mark who built several inductors
until one gave us an SWR of 1.1 on
the CW end of the band and also
braised several copper rods together
for form a reasonable earth under a
large pine tree. He has
passed on to me details of the
website of K7MEM which may well
inspire me to try a 'sloper' for 80m
I've always wanted a top band
antenna but felt that I didn't have
the room - but thanks to your idea
and Mark's enthusiasm for the
project I now have what I wanted -
I'm being heard (and can hear) into
European Russia with it so it
Thanks again - I enjoyed your
website very much. 73, Vince G0ORC (August
Thanks for taking the time to let me
to you and Mark, G0MGX, on a project
very well done!
Best wishes, Mike, M0MTJ.
I wanted to let you know how
grateful I am for your website and
share some things about my quest for
a good record player.
Early 2011 my mom called me telling
me she wanted to get rid of my late
dad's collection of (mainly jazz)
78's. I gladly went over to pick
them up, including his data records
on cards, and now had to think of
the best way to start playing 'm. I
did try to persuade her to throw in
the Thorens TD-124, but she still
wants to play her own vinyls, so the
record player stayed. [edit - read full text here..]
I started to browse the web for
advice, dreaming about
building my own audiophile belt
drive player, finding out a lot of
interesting stuff on playing 78's,
and finding all kinds of off the
shelve units for big budgets which
looked great on the pictures. Now I
have to say something about my hi-fi
enthusiasm: I always read massive
amounts about audiophile solutions,
but I do become kind of skeptical
when authors start braiding their
own interlinks and putting speaker
cables on mini tripods. My own set
is a mid range NAD T742 surround
receiver, a good set of Dali Royal
speakers, and good but no nonsense
cabling. In my quest I kept on
landing back on your page, also
through other sites and forums, and
found your approach to be very close
to what I like to see: Practical
solutions, advice for good quality
products, without the mystery that
is so often found on hi-fi pages. [edit
- read full text here..]
So now I am happily playing my own
old vinyl, and my dad's 78's. My
vinyl sounds as never before, what a
difference! For the 78's I had this
impression of slightly fast running
play back with a lot of noise and a
funny sound profile. Now, with a
good stable deck with easy pitch
control, a good needle, equalizing
preamp and a good cleaner, I do
realize 78's can actually play back
as true hi-fi, even when it is of
course still mono. It is also fun to
do, because there are so many
variables, every record might need
some minor adjustments to make it
sound exactly right.
Your site and your research and
information has helped me
tremendously on my quest for a
record player. Thank you so much for
making this all available online!!!
Best regards, Helmer Verbruggen, The
[Read Helmer's full unedited story
Dear Helmer, Very many thanks for your email -
you have had a fascinating and ultimately
rewarding journey through sound! It's
especially interesting to see new ideas and
different designs such as your excellent case
making skills! Yours is another inspiring tale
of finding enjoyment from a large record
collection. Thanks again for writing such a
detailed account! Mike and Jules.
Hi Mike &
Jules, I'm just in the process of
transferring some of my home recorded audio
cassettes to digital and I've come across a
tape I compiled in September 1984 which has
a number of episodes of 'Yesterday Never
Comes' from the Les Ross breakfast show on
BRMB Radio. I have about 16 episodes
complete which I've now digitized to mp3
audio files. I must admit I've known that
I've had these recordings for years but
they've been boxed away, I have finally
decided to make the effort and transfer what
I have to the pc...it's so easy isn't it ? !
I'm more than glad to share what I have,
it's a pleasure looking through your site
and I'm sure that I have other BRMB
recordings from the early 1980's amongst my
cassettes, I'll advise you of my finds in
due course. I seem to have
trimmed most of the episodes of 'Yesterday
Never Comes' at the time,
taking for granted that the Les Ross
'banter' was the norm at the time, oh...how
times change !
I've sent you
18 episodes of Yesterday Never Comes, and
I'll continue digging through my cassettes
and anything BRMB related I'll whizz across
to you, I went through a period of recording
commercials !! Don't ask !!!! They laughed
then and probably still laugh now - I know
! I'll be in touch
Robert Scott, South Yardley, Birmingham.
Hi Robert, Very many thanks for your
email. It was only last week that I was
thinking about Yesterday Never Comes and going
though my cassettes trying to find anything
that I might have. Sadly I could not find any
episodes. It's therefore amazing that you have
found such a comprehensive collection. Your
recordings are great and I find it remarkable
how many of my cassettes have stood the test
of time. Yesterday Never Comes certainly made
me laugh out loud - it was crazy wasn't it?!
You're quite right, we just take these things
for granted at the time, thinking that it will
never change. I now wish that I had made many
more recordings, but it's too late now, so it
is very pleasing to receive yours. It's very
sad to think that we're unlikely to witness
such a great, wide ranging, radio station
again, but we can reflect on these happy
For those that don't know, "Yesterday Never
Comes" is the true life story of the ups and
downs and the ins and outs - and sometimes the
un-soled shoes - of the people of Little
Whittle, not far from Wattle: Listen
to Rob's recordings of 'Yesterday Never
Comes' from Les Ross on BRMB Radio in 1984
Thanks very much indeed for sending
in these gems!
Best wishes, Mike & Jules
Thank you very much for the info you have
published in you web site. Very informative,
interesting and educative. Thank you once
KJ Kumar, California.
Hi, My pleasure - Thank you so much for your
message, it's great to hear from you in sunny
California. Best wishes, Mike.
searching for the electrical circuits when
by chance I came to your site: http://www.mds975.co.uk/Content/trfradios02.html
It is great
delight to see the content of the book
Making A Transistor Radio on line and the
experience of others on the page. I want to
mention that in 1974 when I was in VIII
standard I got this book issued from the
school library and by just going through it
I felt I could assemble it, I took the book
to my father and asked for his permission,
he permitted me and I prepared the board in
my school workshop, and searched for the
parts in the town (Udaipur, Rajasthan,
India) and after that was able to assemble
it, it gave me an immense pleasure which is
still with me at the age of 54 yrs.
This wonderful book paved the path for my
forever interest in electronics and I still
do something or the other. recently found
that Internet is quite helpful in this
regard, I congratulate you for this content
on the site, and take the liberty to improve
it to make it with parts available
presently. I lost my set and equipment while
I was travelling, only the memories are with
and Regards from the other end of the world,
Ravinder, Very many thanks for taking the
trouble to send an email and for the kind
comments and your own interesting story
about Making A Transistor Radio. What a
great shame that your own radio set went
missing while travelling. Happy memories
though!! Best wishes, Mike.
Hi Mike, I hope
all is well, I visit your site occasionally
for A. good info on the SL1200 and B. to see
my old sadly passed away pusscat Radio Puss.
So here we
have, Mrs Radio puss with her litter of
Motorola P210 hand portable transceivers.
Mick. [July 2012]
Hi Mick, Very many thanks for your email.
It's good to read your news and particularly
to see your photograph of Mrs Radio Puss.
Beautiful, and a great litter of P210 radios
Thanks again - Best wishes, Mike and Jules.
Hi Mike, I am
just listening to your recording of "When
Pirates Ruled The Airwaves" and so I found
your other pages - Thank you so much. I am
also having fun visiting your page :
www.mds975.co.uk - lots of interesting
greetings from Munich, Bavaria.
Hi Alec, Very many thanks for your email.
We're glad to read that you enjoyed the topics
and particularly When Pirates Ruled The
Greetings to you too! Thanks again, Mike.
wondering If you could tell me what type of
radio would be most useful in an emergency
situation where normal means of
communication weren't available. I'm also
looking for a fairly cheap model that has a
I want to buy
a hand-held device....there's a lot out
there! I'm assuming UHF/VHF aren't CB
radios? Also what is the most commonly used
transceiver? CB, or ham, or whatever. I want
to increase the possibility of communication
to a maximum so therefore would like to know
what devices would be most suitable. I'm
well aware I am showing my ignorance of the
subject, but I believe this may have a very
practical use in the future, so again would
appreciate any pointers you could give me.
Any help you
could provide as well as the best place to
get hold of one would be fantastic and much
Hi Mark, thanks for your email. A two way
radio can be handy at times - though hopefully
we will not have an emergency that requires
its use! A CB radio can keep you in contact
with other friends or family locally and be
operated in a power cut if installed in a car
and running from the car's battery.
I list a number of dealers on the links page:
The Thunderpole website is one that is usually
good at indicating a particular radio's
functions, such as scanning. Scanning in this
case refers to scanning the CB band - not any
other radio bands. Thunderpole also have
some complete kit ideas available - but I
imagine any of the dealers that I mention
could put a complete kit together that suits
your particular needs - if CB is what you
want. The Intek H520, for example, is a hand
held CB with a scan function.
You might also consider PMR-446 hand held
transceivers. Like CB they do not require a
licence. These use UHF (446 MHz) rather than
the HF (27 MHz) that is used by CB; they and
are lower output devices with an output of
about 0.5 watt, compared to a CB radio's 4
watt output. I am not sure about scanning
functions on these, so you'd have to check
that with a dealer.
As an alternative to PMR-446 and CB Radio, you
might consider amateur radio as it has the
potential for much greater ranges. It is radio
amateurs that are often used to maintain
communications in areas of the world where
there has been some kind of a disaster.
Amateur Radio does require a licence due to
the higher transmitter powers allowed and the
consequent potential for causing interference
to other users. You would first need to sit
the Foundation Licence exam to obtain the
necessary licence and be issued with a 'call
sign'. This would allow you access to
different HF, VHF and UHF bands with up to 10
watts transmitted power. There are hand held
transceivers available that include a scan
function and have output powers of typically
between 2 and 5 watts. You'd could visit a
nearby amateur radio club or contact the Radio
Society of Great Britain (RSGB
discover more about the subject and
I hope that covers everything. Best wishes,
getting back to me so quickly Mike, you
covered everything and thanks also for the
link. You're a good man Mike, cheers :)
Mike and Jules,
I ran across your website whilst
experimenting with different circuits using
the MK484. I saw that you have a link to
Bowood Electronics in the UK. I have been
using them also for years and I wondered if
you had seen their MK484 Kit on there. It
can be ordered complete (- 32 ohm earphones
) and includes a specification sheet and the
schematic diagram, and the wire and ferrite
rod are included to wind to your suiting. The MK484 Kit
part number is KT001 and it costs $9.15 $US.
Also if you e-mail [the owner] Will, he
might sell you the circuit board separately. The link to the
kits page is:
Just thought you guys might want to know.
You have a neat website and it is fun to
build simple "Old Time" stuff.
Hi Jamie, Many
thanks for your email. We have used Bowood
Electronics for some years too and also bought
the MK484 kit from them. It's very good,
thanks for the reminder - we'll post your
Thanks, Mike & Jules.
Hi, Thanks for your
site. I have been trying to track down info
about a [radio] phenomenon where I lived,
near Kingston upon Thames, before the start
of ILR, commercial radio [Capital Radio] in
There was a
transmission three nights a week on FM
stereo, not BBC, in high quality on
Tue/Wed/Thurs I believe. Same frequency was
used, but each night it was called by a
different name. The one I remember best was
called Radio Aquarius, which would play a
single program in the evening, for two
hours, of underground and progressive music
in hi-fi stereo. I remember them playing The
Doors 'Riders on the Storm' when it was
first released, which would place it in
1971, but it ran for a year or two either
This was not
Radio Jackie, local to that area (Radio
Jackie was hard to receive where I lived),
and was around the time of Radio North Sea
International, but far superior in quality.
As a young
teenager, this station introduced me to much
of the music I still like today. I forget
the format of the other two nights, but I
believe one may have been jazz and the other
soul. I have no idea who was behind these
[broadcasts], their legality, or how they
were funded, as they featured no adverts,
but the quality suggests this was more than
is that this may have been some form of
transmission tests in the run up to Capital
Radio which filled a gaping void in radio a
year or so after this period, and the way
the broadcasts worked as discrete 2 hour
programmes on three nights kind of lends
itself to that.
whether you can shed any light on this
phenomenon, as I can find no mention of it
[10th May 2012]
Hi Michelle, Thanks for your email and
In the late 1960's Radio Free London North and
South shared 255 metres. There was also the
Radio Free Helen Network on 197metres -
consisting of Radio Helen 1/2/3 /north/south,
Radio Revenge, Radio Freedom, Radio Apollo,
Radio Telstar and Radio Spectrum all
broadcasting in turn, from different locations
but on the same frequency.
Later came a group of 'pirate' stations that
shared the facility known as "The London
Transmitter Of Independent Radio" - or
L.T.I.R. - which broadcast various radio
stations with different programme styles four
nights a week. This certainly wasn't Capital
Radio or the IBA, but they were a group of
individuals striving for high quality music
broadcasting on VHF / FM.
L.T.I.R. grew out of Radio Jackie's original
use of a high quality VHF transmitter on
Saturday nights on 94.4 MHz and was set up
with the intention of providing its high
quality VHF signal to other radio stations.
Between 1971 and 1972 the L.T.I.R. broadcast
different radio stations four nights a week,
each providing different programme and music
The stations that used the L.T.I.R VHF / FM
facility were: Radio Aquarius
- Broadcast on Friday nights providing light
music with Barry as the Disc Engineer; Radio London Underground
(growing out of Radio Jackie's
programmes) - From 1971 - in April 1972
broadcast regularly on Sunday evenings /
nights for eight months with progressive
music, pop and classical plus documentaries; Radio Classic
; Radio Odyssey
; Radio Jackie
I have some more information and details along
with lots of external links to more
information on this page: Pirate Radio
Best wishes, Mike.
Mike, It is interesting, because as
well my memory of it being Thursday night
being wrong, this version of a track from
the musical 'Hair' played by James Last kind
of confirms that Radio Aquarius was Light
entertainment, on a Friday evening. Whereas,
'Underground' would have been where things
like the Doors were played, and that was on
a Sunday evening.
memory, and strange how hard it is to pin
down obscure facts from before the age of
like Mantovani and Semprini, were all things
my parents would have liked, but not me.
Although I did listen to some Mantovani and
Semprini 78's about five years ago, and was
impressed by the surreality of some of the
sounds they produced.
[23rd May 2012]
Thanks Carly - Indeed it is a great resource
and we've added it to the Amateur
Hi Mike, We are a
couple who have just returned from Spain
after about 5 months. While there we
watched a huge amount of sport mainly tennis
and football. On our return to the
U.K. we find that any sport worth watching
has been lost highly expensive satellite
stations. How is that somebody who
doesn't live in our country is allowed to
monopolize our sports viewing?
We are sure there must be millions of
viewers of a like mind. What can be
done about this ludicrous situation?
Ron & Sheila West
Hello Ron and Shiela,
Many thanks for your email.
I suppose you have come back to the UK for the
I doubt anything whatsoever can be done, in
this case I think big money and influence
rules. Remember, only last week that Ofcom
waved through a 30% increase in the price of
postage stamps. Terrestrial channels such as
ITV, Channel Four, Channel Five and even the
BBC may not be able to compete with the
billions and the power and influence from
other areas of the telecom's sector.
Sadly I think that this may be only the tip of
the iceberg. The recent World
Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-12) has
effectively handed a chunk of radio spectrum,
currently used by domestic terrestrial
television broadcasting, to the mobile phone /
data companies for 4G networks. Certain
corporations are doubtless eager to get their
hands on this spectrum so that can be used for
hugely profitable data transmission. Yet more
spectrum, currently used for domestic
terrestrial television, will no doubt be
handed over in the near future for the '5G'
mobile telecom's auction. [more]
Thanks again for your email. Enjoy the
Best wishes, Mike.
Hi Mike, I have
passed my amateur radio foundation exam and
was told to just log onto the ofcom site and
using my exam code to get my call sign. I
have been to the Ofcom site but cannot see
where I do this, can you assist?
Best Regards, Steve
Very well done indeed on passing the exam!
You will need to apply to create a user name
and password, if you don't already have them,
to log in. From there you should be able to
input your details and then be offered a list
of available call signs to choose from.
However, Ofcom don't make their site
particularly easy to use, so you have problems
you may find it's easier to telephone them in
the week. Their licensing staff are always
extremely helpful, polite and professional.
You may find it less frustrating doing it this
Once you obtain your licence I would advise
that you print out a couple of copies from the
pdf file that you will download from the Ofcom
Keep one print out in a safe place at home and
keep the other with you in a plastic wallet to
keep with you when you operate portable or
Don't forget to also print out the terms and
conditions and refer to them. This pdf is also
found on your licensing overview page, or
I hope that helps.
Best wishes, Mike.
Mike, After some
persistent Googling I found your excellent
site while searching for the BBC WWII
medium-wave single-frequency network
I thought you might be interested in the
attached photograph of a crystal, which I
know was used in BBC MF [transmitter] drives
of a certain era, and I suspect might have
been the carrier master-oscillator for one
of the group H transmitters (2*737 =
1474kHz). The crystal is beautifully
made; it has pride of place on our coffee
You're welcome to use it on the site:
similarly a PYE MM radio ( photo) which I
recently restored to working order for a
Hi John, Thanks very much indeed for your
photographs. We have included the photographs
of the Pye model MM radio and the crystal on
Radio History page
Thanks again, much appreciated. Mike.
Hi Mike, Our new
website (see below) is now online and
live! It is dedicated to the staff who
manned RAF (840 SU) Siggiewi throughout the
years: http://www.raf-siggiewi-malta.com I am adding 3
more pages in the next few days, one deals
with how RAF Siggiewi was in years gone by,
another shows how it is today and the third
is for lost friends.
So far the comments have been good and a lot
of guys are coming out of the woodwork with
information. Dave Bawden.
Thanks Dave, great new site! Mike.
Hi Mike, very
extensive & interesting site. I look
forward to reading more as time permits. We
have a smallish allotment here in Rosebud,
South-East of Melbourne (contrary to all
those "wide open spaces" stories that seem
to illustrate the ideal Aussie home!!), so
your lw antenna projects would probably work
well here. Anyway, thanks for the great
info, Cheers from Mark VK3PDG
Hi Mark, Many thanks for your email, it's very
good to hear from you. I'm glad that you found
something useful on the site. Good luck with
your antennas, I hope that you find something
effective that works well in your space!
had the antenna for his Lowe HF 225 stolen
from his sailing boat. The radio is used to
receive marine weather forecasts and warnings.
I was able to offer some advice on how to rig
up a wire antenna that could be used on a
Mike, Thank you for all your help. I have
rigged a temporary antenna using a length of
wire as you recommend and its works fine
after a little tweaking. I am now looking at
a permanent replacement, once again thank
you for the links you supplied.
Mike, it is nice to still be able to find
some one like yourself who is willing to
help and offer advice, you truly have been
Kind regards, David
It's a pleasure, glad it's working, and if you
have reception problems you'll now know what
to do. Best wishes, Mike.
Mike, First of all congratulations on
an excellent web page to the offshore
stations. I was one of the
newsreaders/presenters on Pirate BBC Essex
at Easter 2004. I never slept very well on
the ship and when I came ashore felt like I
still had sea legs, but it was great working
with those of whom I used to listen to on
I wonder if you could include the
documentary that Johnnie Walker and I made
for the former Classic Gold Network in 1997,
it was, by co-incidence also called When
Pirates Ruled the Waves. The programme
includes interviews with a number of people
involved at the time with newer interviews
with Paul Burnett and Dave Lee Travis. It
has been, over the years, re-edited for the
BBC local stations principally those in the
eastern counties through Keith Skues. He and
I worked together at the Beeb Eastern
Counties Network and produced eight
documentaries on Rock’n’Roll and Jazz.
(Done! - It can be
In 1989, while I was a PO at the BBC in the
west, I also produced a two part
feature entitled The Birth of Caroline which
primarily dealt with the start up of the old
lady of the sea [Radio Caroline] and Allan
Crawford’s Radio Atlanta.
My last major contracted broadcasting was
with the BBC in the south, after some 23
plus years on the air both BBC, ILR and US
radio. I still broadcast in the west on the
radio station which I helped set up a
few years ago, now known as Swindon
105.5 My latest guest on the programme
was ….Keith Skues who majored on his non
......I also wrote and produced the original
version of Searching the Ether the history
of pre-war and immediate post-war commercial
radio, for which the radio documentary
produced between 1979 and 1981 was
transmitted via the IBA programme share
scheme and ran on 20 stations, which was
about half the ILR network at the time. . It
was produced independently and re-edited at
Radio 210 in Reading. It was nominated for
the Rediffusion-Radio Month Awards of 1982.
It didn’t win but it gave me the kudos
having been the senior partner behind it. I
don't have the original radio script, but if
you Google the title, there should be
sufficient there for you to put something in
if you would like to. Interviewees were: Bob
Danvers Walker, Roy Plomley, Betty and
Bernard "Benjy" McNab, Noel Johnson (who
played Dan Dare and Dick Barton),Leslie
Crowther (supplied by Ovaltine) Teddy
Johnson and Pete Murray.
In 1982, I was asked to attend a meeting
with Trevor Dann and Brian Thompson (no
relation) at the BBC with the proposed Story
of Pop Radio series..and as a courtesy they
called part one Across the Ether.
I still have the original six editions on
cassette. My Golden Days archive is split
between the East Anglian Music Archive
in Norwich, a luxury B-and B’s garage near
where I live and my loft. I call it an
archive, my wife calls it something else….
Cheers for now.
great stuff, keep it coming!
Kind regards, Alan Thompson
Thank you for all your great
information and the prompt to put Johnnie
Walker's programme, When Pirates Ruled The
Waves, onto our Airwaves Page. The programme
can be found here
Look for Alan's programme "Searching The
Ether! - Commercial stations from the
Continent - parts 1 and 2" on the Offshore
Echos page here: http://www.offshoreechos.com/radionormandie/RadioNormandy01b.htm
There is lots of other fascinating material on
that site including an interesting documentary
called The First Pirate about Captain Plugge,
first broadcast on BBC Radio Four.
Thank you again for your informative email
Best wishes, Mike.
Mike, My name is Ray in the state of Rhode
Island, USA. You have a great web site. I'm
setting my station up now, I have an Extra
Class ticket (full amateur radio licence)
but I have not been active for a few years,
so I will try to spend more time on the
bands. I have your site marked as a best
site, so thank you for all your hard work.
It is radio amateurs like you that keep ham
73 (Best wishes) Ray N1XAE
Hi Ray, Thanks for your email, it's great to
hear from you. Thanks very much for your
complimentary words about the website - you
are too kind. I hope that everything goes
smoothly for you as you set up your station
and that the weather is kind to your antennas!
Thanks again Ray!
Best wishes, Mike - M0MTJ
asks for some help: Good day
Mike, My name is David Bawden (Dave) and I
am a retired Canadian, but many years ago I
was attached to RAF Siggiewi (840 Signals
Unit) as an HF/DF operator. I am looking for
any old photo’s of the HF/DF shack that was
located a short walk from the base of RAF
Siggiewi for my website http://www.raf-siggiewi-malta.com
Obviously nothing shows on Google Earth
after all of this time, but I wondered if
someone may have photo’s or information on
its former location?
going to have to spend time and sort through
the thousands of photo’s I have from my days
in the service and hope something shows up.
The problem is that at the time you were
posted to a station, you really didn’t want
photo’s of it because you were there all the
time. Now is when hindsight comes into play
and you WISH you had taken some.
I appreciate your link and hopefully there
will be someone out there who has something.
Interesting site. Cheers, Dave Bawden.
Hello Dave, Thanks for getting in contact
Dave. We hope that someone who has a
photograph of the HF DF shack at RAF Siggiewi
and will contact
us here. In the mean time don't forget to
visit Dave's webpage of RAF Siggiewi
Hi Mike, I
thought I would drop you a line about
another easy build and cheap antenna design,
it's for v.h.f./u.h.f. but can be scaled up
to h.f. As your
web pages are used very often by
myself, and quite a few other M3s and M6s
that I know of in my area, as a great
reference point for home brew antennas "a
big thank you from me personally"
recent 100mph plus high winds here in the
North of England, due to a dangerously bent
pole, my 2m/70cm 4 element beam on the roof
had to come down for safety reasons; I have
been looking for an easy lightweight cheap
home-brew (DIY) vertical antenna to replace
it and relocate the beam to an easy access
wall bracket on the side of the house.
During my search I came across a very
interesting webpage from down under (VK)
which is well worth a look and could be a
good antenna to include within your
information. I hope it interests you.
so far, I have made a v.h.f. "slim jim"
antenna, many end fed fishing pole HF
verticals and a large fishing pole HF delta
(which is also down after the winds) but
definitely the best yet for my very poor RF
Pot Antenna: http://vk2zoi.com
Hi Phil, Very many thanks for your email. I am
glad that some of the pointers on my web pages
have helped you and your friends.
When I first started out looking for a
suitable antenna I did find it quite a
daunting task to sift the wheat from the
chaff, as it were. Ther is an awful lot of
chaff out there - as you have probably found!
I am very sorry to read that you suffered
damage in the recent high winds. That must be
very frustrating indeed for you.
I have a rather tall pole on the side of the
house with a short 2/70 collinear mounted on
top and I have to admit that I was certainly
rather worried about it. However it survived
I'm relieved to say. As a precaution before
the winds arrived, I had reduced the
height of the sectionalised fibreglass Tecadi
pole that I use to support my Inverted L, and
reduced my telescopic aluminium mast that
holds a vertical fibreglass collinear and a 2m
/ 70 cm yagi to its minimum height and lashed
it down. They were both, thankfully, undamaged
by the ferocious winds.
You seem to find fibreglass fishing poles as
useful as I do! They really are great for both
experiments and permanent installations.
Thanks for the heads up to the
http://vk2zoi.com site. The flowerpot looks
very interesting indeed! I will have a good
look through that information and put a link
on the web pages. Great idea!
Thanks again for your really excellent email.
Say hello to your fellow radio amateurs from
me - and keep up your experiments. Brilliant
Cheers and 73
, After another
trip down memory lane on your site I have
something else to contribute to the BRMB
pages. Firstly apologies, it wasn't Sue
Foster in the newsroom but Sue Todd of
course, the wife of the late John Russel.
Blame my faulty memory.
2nd - you
might be interested in posting the attached
pic of me circa 1976 when I was in the
this page > .
3rdly - I
note mention of George Gavin doing sport but
whatever happened to George Reeves who
assisted Tony Butler?
Blackburn, I presume his stint at XTra-AM
happened to Allan Nin?
Would love to
hear from people like Rob Golding and Colin
Palmer again. I will be in the UK in July
for three months and would welcome the
opportunity to catch up with any former
colleagues at BRMB 1975-1977.
Newsroom, Aston Cross, 1975-1976.
Hi John, Many thanks for the photograph and
more thoughts about BRMB. I hope that more
BRMB people will get in touch and help answer
your questions - so let's throw it out and
kick it around! Please get in touch here >
It's such a shame that BRMB has pretty much
met it's demise in all but name - and that
could go by April 2012, if it's not all a
desperate publicity stunt by a now beleaguered
management! So sad.
Thanks again John. All the best, Mike.
Some stations in the UK came through in the
summer of 2000 here on the island of Oland
in south east Sweden.
Here is a recording from June 11th
2000 on 96.4 MHz vhf/FM at 19:38 hrs:
file: BRMB received in Sweden in year 2000
Who is the nice presenter in this audio
FM radio enthusiast.
Hello Kjell, Thanks for your email and the
The voice sounds like Stuart Ellis to me - but
I have my doubts about that because I think
Stuart Ellis had left BRMB by 1998, unless he
was doing a 'stand in'. So, I think that it
must be someone else, but I am not sure who.
I must admit that my enthusiasm for BRMB was
fading by 2000. Capital Radio had bought the
station some years previously (now sold on
again) and the station was never as good again
as it once was. I was listening occasionally
in 2000 (always to the Breakfast Show with Les
Ross), but I cannot accurately remember the
names that were on air at that time.
It's amazing to think that you heard a local
station so far away in Sweden when there must
be so many other stations using 96.4. Some
Sporadic E ?
I will try to think some more about that
voice! In the mean time I wish you well and
Best wishes, Mike.
P.S. I just found some air checks of Stuart
Ellis on his website. Visit Stuart's website
and click on "Audio Archive" and see what you
Does anyone know
better? Please contact us here
Hi Mike, I absolutely
loved your site regarding choices between
the various multiband
antennas, I thought the attention to
detail was wonderful... Mind you, I'm still
as confused as ever as each individual lot
is obviously different?
Thank you so
much for all the graft you have obviously
Thanks very much Mark - There's certainly
plenty to choose from! Best wishes,
Hi Mike, I just
ran across your website, and as a fairly new
ham, I want to thank you for putting so much
information into one convenient page. I am
just scratching the surface of your site,
and look forward to spending much time
sorting through all the info. I also really
Ham station. Due to space limitations
(i.e. children) , I have been forced into a
small corner of my home, and it is nice to
see someone running a quality station from
such small corner. Now I realize I need to
take my station equipment vertical, instead
again for the time you have put into your
site. I hope to work you on the air
Dear Fred, Thank you very much indeed for your
email, it's really great to hear from you. I
am glad that you have found my page of
interest and I hope that it may be of help to
you. As you have seen, space is certainly a
problem for me, both in the shack and for
antennas outside. Nevertheless I have managed
to squeeze it all in somehow!
I am glad that you like the idea of going
vertical. It really was the only scheme that
could work for me in the limited space. Good
luck with you station - maybe you can tell me
how you get on with arranging your shack in
Thanks again. Mike.
I response to our
regarding his Rega Planar
2 turntable and replacement phono cartridge
for playing a collection of vinyl records
. A comprehensive
and generously helpful response.
thanks once again for all your help and
advice....more than enough to restore
anyone's faith in the internet.
Thanks Eric I am glad that I could help you
get your discs spinning again so that you
could play some of your favourite music.
Hi Mike, I wonder
if you can help with a problem. I have
attached a picture of an old amateur radio
station who I believe to be a relative of my
brother-in law John G3PTO. John
) sadly died a
couple of years ago. The station is possibly
that of 2QW which I believe was located in
the West Midlands area. Can you help with
identifying the approximate date of the
picture from the equipment or provide any
The photograph was possibly taken before the
start of World War 1, and may be of 2QW
which was possibly the first licenced radio
amateur in the Wolverhampton area. This
photograph is believed to show his West
Bromwich home. He was my father's uncle, and
the morse key is still in use by myself,
having been passed down to me when 2QW
became a silent key.
Your comments would be much appreciated.
73, Peter G3THW.
26th 2011 ]
Hi Peter, Many thanks for your email,
the photograph is fascinating.
I honestly cannot date the image, but as
you've already guessed I certainly could be
from the 1920's. You have probably seen the
Maps of Great Britain
produced by The
Wireless Press Limited on the website. The
callsign certainly fits in with that era,
though it is not actually mentioned on the
map. The photograph of station VE2BV
from 1936, also on my website, shows some
early radio equipment, which bears some
Sadly, however, I have no other information. A
search of Google appears to draw a blank too -
as you will have no doubt discovered. If
anything else springs to mind I will be sure
to let you know.
If anyone reading this has more information on
2QW and any other very early amateur radio
stations please do contact us
Best wishes, Mike & Jules.
Hi Mike, I
suppose it's 'Men of a certain age' but over
the last couple of years I keep finding your
site. I'm a Radio Amateur (G8ZWN), have an
interest in pirate radio, have just got a
SL1200 and I've had cats all my life and
would not be without one (or 2).
Thanks for a great site and a great
resource. Out of interest what Turntable mat
do you use on your SL1200, mine still has
the dodgy slip mat and plastic thing from
it's former life as a home DJ deck. The accompanied
picture was put on face book entitled
'My Cat's A Ham' and some said I set it up
but I didn't. Sadly this fellow isn't with
me anymore but he was a good puss and his
memory lives on.
, Michael Barrett
. [December 2011]
Hi Michael, Many thanks for you kind
words. We do seem to have very many things in
I use the standard Technics platter mat on my
turntable - it's not a DJ slip mat, just
standard rubber, but quite thick. I love the
photo of your beautiful cat - such characters
aren't they! A sad loss. We love the
photograph of your cat - thanks for letting us
include it on the site.
Thanks again, Mike.
, I'd love you to
have a picture of my old mate on the site,
attached is another. I won't bombard you but
I have a lot of pictures af cats that have a
definite interest in technology so If I send
any your way feel free to do what you want
with them. Some time ago when I buried an old
cat i read something on the web which went
along the lines of 'Remember me in the
same way you did as when I was alive' and
I do for all of the things I have loved
that have moved on'.
Michael Barrett Davies.
Thank you! We'll put your wonderful
photographs on the site soon. Best wishes,
Mike and Jules
Vinyl Heaven pages
] - Hi, I wonder
if you can help me? My husband has
recently dug out all his old vinyl and his
old record deck - couldn't tell you what
make it is but it's a pretty good one.
Anyway we went to try and plug it into our
Yamaha CRX-330 mini hifi system only to
discover it doesn't have a turntable input
(Pre-amp) to enable us the two
together. To be honest we're quite
happy with a little hifi but it could do
with updating and I'd like to buy one for
him for Christmas which has a turntable
input - any advice?
Hope you can help. Gill
Hi Gill, Thanks for your quaestion.
Sadly, as you have found, most mini and micro
stereo systems do not have a dedicated
turntable input. A turntable requires a
special input, that has a pre-amplifier with
R.I.A.A. equalisation. Some stereo systems
will have a standard line-level "AUX" input
than can be used to connect a device such as
an mp3 player, DVD player or cassette deck
etc. This type of input is not suitable for
connecting a turntable directly however, but
using an additional external turntable
preamplifier, such as the NAD PP2 or a
Pro-ject Phono Box for example, will allow the
use of a turntable with a standard line leve
Unfortunately the Yamaha CRX-330 system has no
auxilary inputs whatsoever - so you'll need a
new system. I recently researched some micro
hi-fi systems and was very impressed with the
Denon DM38DAB. Along with FM and DAB radio
tuners and CD player, the Denon system has a
multitude of additional inputs: A 3.5mm stereo
input jack on the front panel for connecting
any MP3 player or other device; a USB port for
iPod docking and control; a tape deck loop
consisting of four phono sockets on the rear
panel; a standard line level auxilary input
consisting of a stereo pair of Phono sockets
on the rear panel. It sounded very good indeed
and appears to be good value for money. This
could be just the system you need.
You will still need a turntable preamplifier
(e.g. NAD PP2 or a Pro-ject Phono Box) to
connect your turntable to the system via the
rear auxilary input. Please visit a specialst
hi-fi dealer such as Superfi
Sound and Vision
, Audio T
to have a look and a listen. I am sure
that such a system will suit you very well
indeed. Do let me know how you get on! Mike.
Great, thanks so much for your help!
Kind regards, Gill
Mike, I have just read your web page with
interest as I have just acquired a Palstar
PS30 power supply. However it was supplied
without a user manual and I have been
trawling the internet looking for details. I
wondered whether it would be possible for
you to scan and email me a copy. I would
willingly contribute to any
scanning/printing costs etc.
With kind regards, Chris, M6XJP
Dear Chris, Many thanks for your email, nice
to hear from you. Do you have a specific
question about the PSU? I do indeed have a
printed copy of the manual filed away, so I
have added it to the website for you here
Best wishes, Mike, M0MTJ
Afternoon Mike, Thank you so much, that was
most kind of you. In response to your
earlier email the reason for my enquiry was
that, unlike the common perception that
males just connect things up and then read
the manuals at their leisure(if at all), I
value my gear and wanted to make sure I
didn’t do anything detrimental. I know it’s
only a simple PSU but better safe than
I have to
congratulate you on your website – a mine of
really useful information – which I have
tagged for future reference. I am also
extremely envious of your obvious technical
ability. I have to say that since obtaining
my licence in March last year (a present to
myself on achieving pensionable age!) I have
found nothing but friendship and endless
help from the Amateur fraternity. Your kind
assistance on this matter is just further
proof. Many thanks once again.
Kind Regards, Chris, M6XJP
Hello Chris, Thanks for your reply. It's a
pleasure to help you. I hope that the
information was useful. You are quite right -
it is always good to read the manual before
connecting and using new equipment. I usually
try to download the manual and read up on the
basics before even buying something new.
Thanks for the compliments on the website. I
always hope it's useful to someone, even if
it's only the host of useful links! I am a
relative newcomer to amateur radio too, but I
have spent many years with an interest in
radio, SWL and things of an electronic nature.
I must admit that I am no expert, there are
very many more operators on the bands with
vastly greater experience than I have, and a
more detailed technical ability - but thank
you for your compliments! I keep trying!
I hope that your experiences in amateur radio
continue to be good ones. I do always try to
be of help where I can, and it's rewarding
when that is possible. I must say that I (like
everyone I suppose) feel that there is an an
opportunity to learn something new every
day! Find out more about Amateur
Best wishes, Mike & Jules.
Dear Mike, I
wanted to send out a quick thank you letter
in regards to your sundials
work at an after school program and your
resources have been very helpful, we've been
making sundials the past few days.
and I have been working on creating a
section of our website which has fun links
for kids to use at home. I used a few
of your links in there for the kids and
their parents to check out, so thanks!
Thanks Barbara! Mike and Jules.
Hi Mike, I am thinking
about beginning as a licensed radio amateur.
What is the minimum equipment that I must
buy? I like a Yaesu FT-897d. I'd appreciate
your comments very much. Thanks in advance
Regards, Fernando Osorio
Many thanks for your email Fernando. The
FT-897D is an excellent transceiver. It is
very versatile because it is a nice size to
use as a base station radio, but it is also
transportable so can be used mobile ( /M) or
even portable ( /P).
What else do you need? Well.....You will need
to study for your licensing exams, so a good
study book from you local amateur radio
society is an absolute necessity.
Once you have passed your exam and been
granted your licence and obtained your
call-sign from the licensing authority you
will need some other things: A power supply to
power the radio. A 25 amp PSU is common for
this radio. You will also need an antenna or
antennas for H.F. work (1.8 to 29 MHz) and an
antenna for 2metre and 70cms (144 and 430
MHz). Perhaps later you might consider another
antenna for 6 metres (50 MHz). For H.F.
operations you will need an Antenna Matching
Unit (often referred to as an ATU) to match
the varying impedance of the antenna to the 50
Ohm impedance required by the
transceiver. Many ATU's have built in
VSWR and Power Meters, but if not you will
need a separate, external VSWR / Power Meter.
A dummy load is pretty much essential too.
You'll also need basic tools, for example:
Digital multimeter (DMM), 50W Soldering iron,
screwdrivers, spanners, pliers, ruler, tape
measure, calculator etc. You can read more here>
I hope that helps you. Good luck with your
exam and licence.
73 (Best regards)
Hi there, I have
been trying (unsuccessfully for a while now)
to track down a copy of the instruction
manual for a Lowe
HF-125 receiver. It has just come back
to me after spending the last 15 plus years
in a loft and I want to fire it up
again. Any suggestions as to where I
might get my hands on a copy of the manual,
would be much appreciated.
Hi Tony, Thanks for your email. I have sent
you a copy of the HF125 manual as an
attachment. Hope that helps and that you enjoy
using your classic Lowe
that's brilliant. Thank you so much.
Hi Mike, I chanced on
your site while reading up on DAB radio as
my wife and I just bought a Sony DAB, I
noticed your Siamese Sienna, as we have 7
Siamese and 2 moggies. We also show some of
our Siamese cats. You may like to
take a look at my wife's website to see all
our cats! The URL is www.lizs-lot.co.uk
Maybe if you
deem it worthy you would consider putting a
link to it? if you do i will make sure a
link is put on it back to your website.
(DAB radio novice and Siamese owner &
Hi Graham, Thanks for your email. We've have
had a look at you website - it's excellent.
What a wonderful collection of cats you
have!! I will certainly put a link to it
from the cats
. Thanks again, Mike & Jules.
stumbled upon your website today and I found
it endlessly interesting, it is a real
treasure trove of information. When I get
enough time I feel I may have to try and
build one of the crystal sets, and if it's
easy enough try and get my Scouts to
complete some. I am going to have to book
mark your page and keep coming back to it as
it is very interesting.
I am a bit of
a radio fan myself, I volunteer at Kingstown
Radio which is Hospital Radio for Hull &
East Yorkshire. Thanks for putting so much
time into your site, I have included a link
on my homepage http://www.richardellarby.co.uk
Yours, Richard Ellarby
Hi Richard, Thank you very much for your email
- glad you found our site! A crystal set is
always a fascinating project and could be a
very good Scouts project. Thanks for the link!
Best wishes, Mike.
That Everyday Electronics ZN414 matchbox
radio brings back memories. I made
exactly the same one in the long hot summer
of '76. I first used it on a coach
trip from Surrey to Devon to join my parents
on holiday. I'd stayed behind to take
my driving test. Oh to be 17 again
(but with the knowledge I have now ;¬)
Hi Andy, Many thanks for your email. Oh yes -
happy days. The Matchbox Radio was a great
project that I enjoyed building and
re-building and modifying and taking
everywhere! Thanks for your own memories of
the project! Find the
Matchbox Radio project here
Regarding your Vinyl Heaven pages, have you
heard of this Ed Saunders 'Red Ed' in
conical and elliptical versions? They
seem to be OEM versions of the Goldring Elan
and Elektra! http://www.edsaunders.com/reded.htm Regards,
Thanks Felix - That's a great find for budget
conscious vinyl lovers! Cheers, Mike.
living in Ashover in the UK I used to be
good pals with Penny Lowe, her Dad owned
Lowe Electronics. Do you have any idea what
happened to the Lowe family? I now live in
Vancouver after many years in Africa and
America. Any leads would be appreciated.
any help. Simon Fellows
supachramp [at sign] yahoo.com
Hi Simon, Thank you very much for your email.
Sadly I cannot answer your question so I hope
someone that knows reads this and can let us
Best wishes, Mike.
Hi Mike, I would
like to congratulate you and thank you for
your uploads of BRMB recordings from 80s and
90s. I was particularly interested in the
George Gavin and Tom Ross football phone
ins. I was a keen listener and never missed
a show and never thought that I would hear
them again until I came across your
Hi Bobby, Thank you for your kind comments -
glad you enjoyed the BRMB archives! Best
wishes, Mike & Jules. You can find the BRMB audio
Congratulations on a great web site. I
remember building one of the Ladybird book
circuits back in 1975 and was quite pleased
with the result. This was at a time when
transistors seemed expensive. Nowadays, I
have amassed quite a stock of radio
components, the result of being an
electronics hoarder. I am looking at
building the Triple T
receiver and noticed your nicely finished
Hi Symon, Tnaks for your kind comments. You
can read more about the HAC
All Continents Triple T Radio here>
Hello Mike, I’ve
tracked you down because I would love to
know what happened to Martin Dean. Martin
had a great late night show on Radio 210,
playing new age and jazz funk. I recorded
one of his shows which I still have on
cassette and still listen to Even with
access to internet radio stations around the
world, I have not yet found a programme to
better it Any news of Martin, or any other
recordings of his programmes (this is a long
shot) would be much appreciated
Terry Bailey, Basingstoke, Hants.
Hi Terry, Thanks for your email. Julian Watson
is an enthusiast in that area and knows a
great deal about Radio 210 and GWR (WR) so I
have passed your details on to him and asked
question. He replied:
Yes Deano did a great soul show. I do have a
few clips from his shows post 102.9 going on
air, so I can help Terry a little in this
respect. As for what happened to Martin, he
was always a keen computer man and the last
I heard he had gone back to working with
computers after he left 210. This was some
time ago. Hope this helps. Julian"
More abour Radio 210 here>
Best wishes, Mike.
congratulations on your excellent site about
BRMB, which brings back many memories. I
came across this interview with John Slater,
in which he talks about his time at
Thank you Stan for alerting me to that
excellent article - it all adds to the rich
tapestry that was BRMB! Our BRMB pages can be
Best wishes, Mike & Jules.
Hey Mike, Glad to
see you are still around. Don't have time
now to look around but I will later. My
site, which I see I forgot to include (or
maybe I did not have it up then!) is:
cat pictures or personal stuff except my
tech stuff, but I do have a wonderful Manx
cat. She's black and somebody named her
Pepper. She is quite verbal sometimes. Her
meow is like that of a chain-smoking lounge
singer... really rough and somewhat
annoying. I've been trying to get her to
learn a sweeter meow, but so far no luck. I
have a picture
of her here >.
Best to you
Texas (and no, I don't have a horse or
drive a pickup truck!)
Thank you Mike for your kind comments and
Mike, I was
passed your link from one of our club
members and you had such a section on the
pop pirates I thought this might interest
(now Silent Key) mentioned some thing in a
QSO some years ago when he was alive! That
he had been involved in something illegal
and it had nearly cost him is marriage and
his life. He asked me to scan some images
and then he let on about his past writing
this article which he had kept secret from
club members but as time gone by he felt it
would be of interest.
not print the part on the 2 women that got
married while he was at sea but the News of
the World printed it and his wife was not
happy. At the end of the article you will
see that he left a week early and his
replacement was then drowned in the boating
incident. Last year the sister contacted me
for more information as she lives local in
Henley on Thames, so I was able to point her
in some directions but time has moved on and
the information that was available is
it for your reading and you are most welcome
to use it or link to it. Read
this is subject to change as we're doing a
revamp of the website.
RADARC. Committee Member http://www.radarc.org
Hi Min, Thank you very much for your email and
excellent aricle which you can read
Hi, I've been
reading your excellent history of
radio broadcasting. I feel,
however, that I must take issue with you on
one point. You state that "INR1" was
advertised as a non-pop licence, and was
awarded to Classic FM " I believe that
this is incorrect because, if my memory
serves me right, the licence was awarded to
Showtime Radio, which was to broadcast from
studios in Milton Keynes. The problem was,
that the promised financial backing failed
to materialise and the licence was handed
back. It was then that the 2nd choice,
Classic FM, was given the opportunity to
become the first national commercial radio
Classic FMs test transmissions they
broadcast from the Peterborough transmitter
as Radio 101.6 - "One O One Point Six" - and
I believe the first voice on 101.9 was that
of Nick Bailey. Other broadcasters included
Petroc Trelawney and Henry Kelly.
I hope you
are not offended by my contacting you like
this and may I compliment you on your
Michael B Cox
Hi Michael, Thanks for your email. I'd
forgotten that little bit of detail, but I
think that you are right.
I did remember that Showtime Radio was
initially in the running, but dropped out due
to financial trouble of some kind. I cannot
remember if they actually got to the stage of
winning the licence then handing it back, or
if the licence went to Classic FM (due to the
financial doubts over Showtime) before the
actual licence award was made.
I do feel sure that the Radio Authority
advertised INR1 on the basis that it would be
a non-pop service - i.e. not the chart music
oriented radio station. Showtime Radio would,
I feel, have also fitted that description - as
would a jazz, country or folk music based
station I suppose.
Perhaps I'll have to research these finer
The pre-launch marketing tests for Classic FM
were called "Radio 1 - 0 - 1 point 6"
These programmes were broadcasts from a series
of 'RSL' transmitters dotted around the
country, all broadcasting a simulcast of
"Radio 101.6" distributed nationally (via
satellite IIRC). The transmitters would all
have been low power - perhaps 25 watts - to
conform with the RSL restrictions of low
power, fairly low aerial height and 28 day
GWR was one of the main backers of the Classic
FM venture and at that time GWR had just
bought Mercia Sound in Coventry. The city of
Coventry was one of the locations for a "Radio
101.6" transmitter and perhaps the fact the
GWR owned Mercia Sound meant that the city was
part of the reason for this. I had assumed
that they sited the RSL transmitting antenna
on the Mercia Sound building in Coventry - but
I never had this confirmed.
The purpose of "Radio 101.6" was for marketing
and to test the 'sound', play-list and the
content of Classic FM, when it launched.
Nicholas Tresillian was regularly heard
presenting on "Radio 101.6" - I believe that
he was the founding Chairman of the radio
Later, of course, work on installing the first
stage of the main VHF/FM transmitter network
began. First on air for test transmissions was
Wrotham in Kent. Later, as you note, the main
high power transmitter at Peterborough using
101.9 MHz was installed.
Thanks again. Cheers, Mike!
Hi Mike, Many
thanks for your kind comments about Cool
Gales and me on your website. Yet another
customer has pointed them out to me
recently, and I'm remiss for not thanking
you much sooner.
Cool Gales Ltd
The Victoria School House
Bath BA2 6LU, UK
T 0800 043 6710
T +44 (0)1225 478400
F +44 (0)1225 478401
Dear Ivan, Thank YOU very much for your email
and thanks. Thank you you also for your
excellent service, that I mentioned on the web
Hi Mike, Great
memories of Mercia
from your site (it was the station that
inspired me into radio), especially seeing
“Private Life, Public Image” on which my
father was featured one week. I'm now a part
time presenter. I did have my own evening
show on permanent station Corby Radio, have
also presented on Ashby Radio, Whittle FM,
& Radio Lutterworth, all of which were
RSL. I now have a show Global Dancefloor
which is broadcast by 58 stations worldwide,
all the fault of Mercia Sound in 1980!
Keep up the
good work and memories.
Julian Little. www.domustiles.com
Hi, I was
browsing trying to find someone who does
repairs to Lowe Receivers and saw that you
had contact with a Gary Elesmore who said
that he did. Do you know if he still does
this work, I would be most grateful if you
could advise. I do like the website
excellent info. Best regards Peter
Hi Mike, I don’t
know if you’re interested in any of the
history, but I’d like to think I was one the
main facilitators of CB
in the UK from 79 to legalisation. If not
the first, were in the first 2 or 3 major
importers (and undoubtedly the largest), we
supported CB Radio Magazine from when Miles
first started it up, advertising in every
copy from Issue #1 (I still have them all
I also wrote
the infamous ‘CB Song’ in 1980 with Spatz
Melzer that was promoted on 10/4 day in
1980, and is still selling well on eBay.
pre-legalisation days were surreal in many
ways, with some huge personalities, most of
whom I’ve lost touch with. It’s interesting
to see that some of the equipment suppliers
on your links page were my customers in
those days, over 30 years ago.
there’s anything you’d like to know, drop me
Marshall (now living in the USA)
Hi Andy, Thanks for sharing your early CB
memories. Excellent! More about Citizens
Band Radio here>
Hello Mike, What
a great site I compliment you on all your
hard work. I remember BRMB
back in 1974 when I lived in Stratford upon
Avon. In fact I won a record and tee shirt!!
I also did a lot of charity work for the
blind driving a narrow boat up the cut to
give the people a day out; I heard the
appeal on BRMB.
I write to
ask if I can put a link onto our club web
site, the Barry Amateur Radio Society
thanks and appreciation for a very
GW0ANA, Chairman, B.A.R.S.
Hi Glyn. Very many thanks for your email.
Those far off days of BRMB
the seventies were indeed great times! We're
only too happy to add a link to your club site
Hi Mike, I have
just stumbled across the article on
community radio. Here are a couple of
pictures to go with the text. I am the guy
standing on the left and the guy on the
right is from BBC Bristol - sorry it
was a long time ago! Chris Hibbert
Thanks Chris, that's much appreciated. See the
article and Chris' photographs here: Community
Hi Mike, Please
can you put me in touch with a someone from
whom I can order a permanant crystal (diode)
for my 1922 Crystal set. Many thanks for
your help. Bob Lewis
. [March 2011]
Hi Bob, I imagine that it would be quite
difficult to source the original detector for
this radio, but you may find something similar
that would do the job. I have provided some
company names and links below that may be able
to help or point you in the right direction.
If you cannot find a suitable detector
immediately you could connect a modern
germanium diode into the circuit. Diode type
OA47 or 1N34 would work very well indeed, but
you could also try an OA80, OA81, OA90 or OA91
if you have one. Here are the contact details
that may be able to help with rare and vintage
J BIRKETT Radio Components - 25 THE STRAIT,
LINCOLN, LN2 1JD. Telephone (uk) 01522
Birkett's often have rare and so called
'surplus' components in stock, particularly
surplus air-spaced tuning capacitors.
6V6 - Electronic Nostalgia and Vintage
Components. Visit http://www.6v6.co.uk
VINTAGE COMPONENTS - Another possible source
of components, TRF valve radio kits and (most
excitingly) low power AM Medium Wave
transmitters for listeners and experimenters
who no longer have a local AM broadcast
station within range: http://www.vcomp.co.uk/index.htm
Here are some other interesting links for you:
Detector, you will no doubt find some more!!
Best wishes, Mike & Jules.
for your helpful reply to my enquiry. I am
not very proficient with the computer. I
will ring the company in
Lincoln. My receiver is in good
condition, it stands next to a 1935 Ecko
radio, the round type. Goodbye for the
moment. Bob Lewis
Mike, I just
thought I'd drop a line to say how pleased I
am to have found your site. I stumbled
across it yesterday via the usual convoluted
route - Town Hall concert in Leeds, listened
to Purcell's Abdelazar suite, said to my
companion that it used to be the intro music
to a BBC radio service, couldn't remember
what that was called, hit the web and bingo,
found your site and the name Network Three.
dipped in to Vinyl Heaven. I have a
load of LPs and inherited a Technics SL2000
deck from my dad about 20 years ago.
It still goes well although I've had
difficulty sourcing styli and decent record
cleaning kit. When I've got a minute
(!) I'll use the contacts on your site to
get that sorted. I inherited a pile of
LPs from him too as he was a hi-fi fanatic
but haven't managed to play them yet.
I intend to
read your history of UK radio as I heard so
much about the early days from my dad, who
was building his own sets in the early
1920s. I've 2 copies of the Radio
Times from 1924, before it became the
Corporation, and they give a fascinating
insight into what wireless was like then.
Thanks so much for putting your site
together. Keep up the good work.
Regards, Pete Shilson.
Thank you so much for your extremely kind
email, it's really good to hear from you. I am
glad that my brief radio history was of some
help! It is just a brief account really and as
such I included links to some other resources
that provide greater insight and detail which
I hope will prove fruitful for you.
As for vinyl records, I still enjoy the
medium very much. I wish I had the time and
money and, particularly space, to invest in
some classic, vintage hi-fi components from
years gone by. I often look at photographs of
hi-fi separates from the 1970's and 1980's and
wish that I could collect and accommodate just
a few of them! I still love the look and
appeal of some of the equipment of that era
from Rotel, JVC, Sony, Technics, NAD, Sansui
and Akai - to name a few. I am really glad
that I have the Technics turntable, that
really is something I'd never change. What a
piece of equipment!
I haven't used an SL2000, but I am certain
that you'll spend endless happy hours with it.
I don't know what sort of cartridge would be
fitted to it, but assuming that the arm has a
standard 1/2" headshell, then any good modern
replacement cartridge could be fitted to it,
which should make future stylus replacement a
lot easier. The arm may also allow for a new
headshell to be fitted, if necessary.
Look after those 1920's Radio Times!! Wow -
fascinating indeed! Happy listening -
Best wishes, Mike & Jules.
Mike, Great site
you have an excellent page on aerials, I'm
looking to build aerials for hf and 2m now
that we have moved house and have the space
again. After viewing your pages I'm thinking
fan dipole for the 20-10 metre bands,
inverted trapped L for 160-40 metre bands
and either a dipole or halo for the 2
interesting for me was too see your pages
about Mercia Sound as the house we have just
bought and moved into has been the family
home of Stuart Linnell for the last eight
years or so. I too remember the test
transmissions and early days of the station
here in Coventry, although my love of radio
stems more from building a crystal
(germanium diode) radio and listening to
BBC's Radio 4 and 2 on a portable transistor
radio my grandad gave me and then CB radio
(handles Microchip and FM Deviator) here in
Coventry from 1983/4 on and off to 2000,
whilst a Telecommunications Technician
Apprentice at GEC Telecommunications taking
my RAE in 1988 at Coventry Technical College
with the encouragement of a CB friend (and
Elmer), (Mobile Mike, G4RCS). Anyway just
wanted to say thanks for the info available
on your site.
Andrew Brookes (operator of amateur radio
Hi Andrew, Thanks for your email. I have not
experimented with a fan dipole personally, but
I know someone who has and the results did
seem very impressive. The inverted L should
also be a very good choice. A dipole for 2m
keeps things nice and simple for an effective
home-brew project. As for Mercia Sound, it's
fascinating to read that you have bought your
house from Stuart Linnell. He's a rather
interesting character I feel. He was there in
the great and glorious days of Mercia Sound in
the 1980's, but was also at the helm as the
station went down market in the 1990's finding
itself where it is today, at the lowest common
denominator. I suppose we cannot really blame
him entirely, the policy must have been set by
the station's corporate owners and encourged /
caused by the policies of the regulators The
Radio Authority and its successor Ofcom. There
must have also been some rocky times in more
recent years with the Laser Broadcasting
failure which affected Sunshine Radio in
Hereford I beleive.
However it is now really pleasing to see
Stuart Linnell doing what he does best, that
at BBC Radio Northampton. Excellent!
As you may have read, my fascination with
radio also stems from crystal sets and TRF
radio experiments as a lad in the 1970's. On
those radios I listened to Radio 2 on 1500m
and sometimes Luxembourg on 208m if I was
lucky! I also dabbled with CB and gained an
amateur radio licence, but I am really still a
listener day to day, while doing some
occasional experiments and construction.
Thanks for your memories which are
fascinating. Kind Regards, Mike.
Sound pages here>
Radio pages here>
I was very
interested to see the Radio Vicomte mast
photos on your website. I visited the studio
some time ago and was shown around the small
house. The station manager pointed out the
small dish on the building which transmits
the signal to the main transmitter on the
hill through a gap in the trees and
buildings. The receiving dish is visible in
your photos. I'm going there next week and I
would be happy to photograph the dish at the
studio if you would like. The station
transmits a rather bizarre mixture of music
and is a very strong signal at my house in
Hi Chris, Thank you very much for your kind
email. The photographs were taken by our
friend Martin Watkins when he visited that
area of France. I'd certainly be very grateful
for any new photographs of the TX site, studio
building or dishes that you can take. I have
not heard the radio station, but it does sound
like a happy mixture!! The photographs
of the Radio
Vicomte transmitter site can be seen here
Thanks again - very much, and I look forward
to some new photo's! Regards, Mike &
Good day Mike. I
stumbled across your website quite by luck
while surfing for shortwave links. You
certainly have a very extensive website!
I've just spent a couple of hours, looking
and reading, and have barely scratched the
surface. I am particularily interested in
your amateur radio
activities/equipment/history etc. I've been
an enthusiastic SWL'r [Short Wave Listener]
for over 50 years and I love anything to do
with radio, shortwave, antennas, ham gear.
Never got my amateur licence but I do like
to listen to the world. I use a Kenwood
R-5000 receiver connected to a simple
longwire antenna that is end fed with coax.
Back-up is a Radio Shack DX-394. Both
receivers are good performers.
I received a
SWL'r certificate recently from SWARL and I
joined eQSL.cc just 2 days ago. My sign is
VE3022SWL. We live here in Orangeville,
Ontario, Canada and this town is about 1
hour NW of Toronto. I looked you up on
QRZ.com which I joined also, although I have
no content posted there yet--something to
an attachment in this email--it's just a pic
of my new SWL certificate. Back to your
website now because it's only 19:37 hours
Nice to meet
you and 73 de Doug Stevens in Canada!
Wave Radio pages here>
Hello Doug, Thank you very much for
your email, it's really good to 'hear'
from you. The Kenwood is certainly a nice
receiver. I not used the DX-394, but I do
have a Realistic (Radio Shack) scanner
which has always been very good, so
I can imagine that the DX-394 is very good
too. I have always enjoyed experimenting
with aerials and other simple accessory
circuits and simple receivers too. Thanks
for your certificate (above).
Jules and I have been to Canada twice and
thoroughly enjoyed ourselves - it's a
truly wonderful country. One of our trips
was to Toronto. We did not pass by
Orangeville unfortunately, but we did get
driven past Peterborough on the way to the
excellent dogsled centre at Winterdance
in the Haliburton mountains. We were also
taken past Burlington, Hamilton and Saint
Catherines on the way to Niagara and
Niagara on the Lake. As for radio in that
area - I really enjoyed the CBC along with
AM640 Talk Radio Toronto, Newstalk 1010
CFRB and 610 CKTB.
While we were on holiday in the
Mediterranean last year we met a couple
more great Canadians - Frank and
Sue. They beckoned us into a lovely little
cafe bar in Turkey as we were walking past
checking out the menus. We did not know
them at the time, but Frank called out
"The beer's great in here!", so we went in
and had a good old laugh. - So it's nice
to meet another Canadian via the email and
internet right here!! Thanks again for
your email. Give our regards to wonderful
Hello Mike, I
came across your website on the net and
I was wondering if there is a
possibility for a link exchange. I sell
CB's and related equipment mainly for
truckers and 4x4 users. I am a licensed
amateur as well and will be selling
amateur stuff on the site once
everything else is on
Regards, Toby Dunne.
Hi Toby, Thanks for the information. we've
added a link on the CB
Radio Links Page here>
Mike & Jules.
Very nice web
site. Excellent graphics.
Especially like the page on capacitor setups
for loop antenna tuners.
Kennewick, Washington, USA
Hi Ed, Thanks for your email and particularly
for your kind comments. I do try to do my best
to make things clear, so I am glad that you
found the medium wave loop antenna information
helpful. Thanks again, Best wishes, Mike &
Hello, I'm a big
music and radio fan. sadly radio and music
has changed but I still love listening to
old music on the radio and I'm trying to
find any memorabilia from Red Rose Radio
before it became Rock FM, around the time
Red Rose Gold started and all the presenters
that were on at that particular time. Any
information about the station and where a
lot of the presenters moved on to would be
gratefully received. Many thanks,
Hi Mick, Thank you very much indeed for your
email. You are quite correct, music and radio
has changed a great deal. Sadly commercial
radio has changed a great deal for the worse
and most of it is utterly dire these days.
Regrettably the only recordings of Red Rose
Radio from the 1980's are those that are
already on the website, which you have
probably already found. I wish there was more
from that era. Hopefully you may be able to
unearth some more audio of Red Rose somewhere
- so Good Luck! Best wishes, Mike & Jules.