I am retired after working for nearly 30 years as a bus driver married with one stepson and one step grandson.

I became interested in radio in the early 1980s with the explosion of CB and passed my foundation licence in 2005 my intermediate in March 2018 and my full in November 2020.

I prefer Icom radios for HF I have had Yaesu radios in the past but the full SDR of the IC7300 and IC7610 (i have had both) are superior to me and seem far easier to use with easier menu structures but this is purely a personal opinion.

My main interest is HF SSB I used to operate some FT8 but not anymore since I find SSB far more interesting and challenging and much prefer to talk to people on the radio. I do not do much contesting but have entered some every now and again.

I am a founder member of the Gilmore Radio Club a brand new club in the Northwest of England formed November 2021 for more details go to https://m0juw.co.uk/

My shack consists of :

For HF:

  • Icom IC7610 Transceiver
  • RM Italy BLA350 plus linear amplifier (300w)
  • Palstar AT 2k Antenna Tuner
  • Heil PR 718G Microphone


  • Yaesu FTM100DE
  • Yaesu FT8900
  • Yaesu FT70DE Handheld

For QRP:

  • Yaesu FT818ND


  • Spiderbeam heavy duty (600w) Aerial 51 assymetrical dipole inverted V for HF
  • Diamond V2000 tri band collinear 6m 2m 70cm

My other hobbies are fishing, astronomy, a bit of photography and rock music especially vinyl. I also play electric and acoustic guitar albeit not as much these days I also enjoy walking and visiting national trust properties.

Please add your Callsigns to my web contacts tab and it would be appreciated if you could confirm QSOs on QRZ or logbook of the world.

My logs are uploaded same day to QRZ, Logbook of the world, EQSL and Clublog.

Paper cards are always welcome for my collection 100% return card Direct or Bureau.

Many thanks for looking me up 73 for now.

Keith M0JYP – GRC Team Member