Early childhood years were
blighted by a strange affliction for scavenging surplus
components from scrap PCB's acquired from local electronic
factories. Furtive visits to the local newsagent soon followed
to procure unsuitable
publications such as "Everyday Electronics" and "Practical Wireless".
Sadly, the condition
worsened with the granting of an amateur license. The "ticket" was
obtained back in the dark ages when most amateurs first words were
broadcast using valve based AM equipment on "Top Band". The call
sign G4EID, was first heard around August 1975.
While most normal
children were out enjoying themselves playing, this sad soul was always
to be found in his bedroom snorting assorted flux and solder fumes
from bungled masterpieces of electronic construction.
further torment was in store when it was decided to get to the bottom of
all this radio trickery. This resulted in three misspent years at the
University of Liverpool, who, following a disastrous administrative error, awarded an honours degree in
Electronic Engineering in 1980.
Worse was to follow.
An inept interview performance at a large electronics Company still
did not prevent the sufferer being offered employment in a field that
did little to stop the deterioration in his condition. The employer must
still be regretting that decision thirty odd years later.
The only therapy
that appears to relieve the symptoms, is regular attendance at church.
This is a place called Anfield, where God like creatures in red are
worshipped by thousands of like minded individuals. It is understood the
religion itself is referred to as Liverpool Football Club. The quaffing
a large amounts of Real Ale also helps, this activity can be observed on
most Monday evenings at various hostelries in and around Southport.
Seriously though, a
hearty thank you to my late Mother and Father, who, back in the early
days, encouraged me while keeping me on the straight and narrow. Thank
you too, to all those members at the then Ainsdale Radio club, who, back
in the seventies, tolerated a young'un who thought he knew everything,
but now realises he obviously didn't :-) And to a very tolerant XYL who
must still wonder what she let herself get into!
In Jan 2004, G4EID
also became licensed with the US callsign KM8H. Current activities are
mainly related to internet linking and a little HF activity. Thanks to
all the users of the internet nodes too, without you guys, it really
wouldn't be worth it.
In 2005, our
son Michael became licenced as M3HQN, the curse lives on....
Amateur radio is a
wonderful hobby. Long may it continue.