2E0RMI  page 1 of 3

M3RMI - Foundation licence callsign, 2E0RMI - Intermediate licence callsign.

amateur radio-ing...
radio anorak

My current radio interest is amateur radio. I passed my Foundation licence in February 2006 after a training course run by our local club the Chelmsford Amateur Radio Society (CARS) & was up & running on 2 metres within a week, using a borrowed rig & a magmount aerial on a biscuit tin lid hanging out the window. Well, amateur radio is all about experimentation ! I soon progressed on to my own 2 metre rig, a Yaesu FT-1802, & a home made slim jim on the roof.


My latest acquisition, an Icom IC-T3H handheld. A very good, robust, relatively easy to use handheld, capable of 0.5 watts or 5.5 watts. As with most rigs, this is able to do far more than I need, but is reasonably straightforward to understand for my uses (2m / repeaters / echolink). Recently put to the test on top of Cnicht near Croesor in North Wales, & worked well over to Holyhead.

radio anorak

Note the telescopic aerial used here - seems to improve reception & transmission. Also note the CARS mug - have a look at the CARS website for 'mugs around the world...!' (website listed on my links page).

Staying in Wales, on holiday I operate as 2W0RMI / A. The picture on the right shows a good slim jim - no - at the top of the pole... below is a close up...


From here the wire goes down to my feed point at the end of the garden - a junction box on the fence - & is fed from the roof shack by RG58 cable. To make up the extra length & to get 128' overall, I wrapped 20' of copper wire around a piece of plastic drainpipe which only takes up about 4' in length.

Also leading from the feed point are 4 copper wire radials running all over the garden buried in the grass. This seemed a good idea at the time until subsequent very hot weather made my carefully cut 'V's in the grass (to bury the copper wire) open up... well - who wants a perfect lawn...

One of the radials is also connected to the aluminium greenhouse (on the advice of some well respected amateur radio colleagues) & to date we haven't noticed any adverse affects on the tomatoes, although Ann avoids the greenhouse when I'm transmitting...

The eventual aim is to convert this to a W3DZZ aerial with 40m & 80m traps, but for the time being I have a random length of wire running from the back of the ATU out of the roof window & to the apple tree at the bottom of the garden for general HF use.