Having been captured by my father Derek’s interest in Short Wave listening, we took the amateur radio license course together at North Trafford College of Further Education, South Manchester, run by John Beaumont G3NGD in 1978 when I was 15 years old. Following our success at the exam, we quickly took the morse test and I was first licensed in September 1979 whilst still at school in Stretford, Manchester. My father Derek was licensed at the same time as G4IRM. (Incidentally, Stretford is home to Manchester United football club and Lancashire County Cricket Club).
I was off the air between about 1983 and 2001 whilst other interests took over my free time but have since come back and resurrected by interest in CW, which is where 99% of my operating is done. Occasionally I can be heard on SSB or data-modes if there’s something rare enough at the other end or maybe a contest going on.
My main interests are DX’ing and contesting and I enjoy nothing better than being on the DX end of a pile-up. I also hold a United States extra class license: N4IRN.
I work as a freelance IT and business consultant. I live with my wife Janet and have lots of other interests including windsurfing, skiing,motorcycling and the outdoors.
Other Calls held/used:
7P8RN, C56/G4IRN, S79IRN, FH/G4IRN, F/G4IRN, 3DA0RN, ZS6/G4IRN, 9H3RN, GI4IRN, GM4IRN, TZ6RN, ZB2/G4IRN, EA9/G4IRN, TF/G4IRN, I/G4IRN, G4IRN/VK6, EI/G4IRN, 5B/G4IRN, LZ/G4IRN, YU/G4IRN, Z3/G4IRN, 9A/G4IRN, EL2RN, CE3/G4IRN, D44TWQ, GW4IRN.
ALL QSL VIA G4IRN (see policy below).
GB5HQ (2006), GB7HQ (2007,8,9), GR2HQ (2010, 11,13), GO2HQ (2012) – RSGB team for IARU HF Championship;
TZ5A (2005,6), 3X5A (2007,8), EL2A (2012)- CQ WW CW VooDoo Contest Group.
HV0A (October 2008)
Radio GaGa Contest Group – AAA Contest Group – Echelford Amateur Radio Society – South Manchester Radio Club – Wey Valley Amateur Radio Group – Radio Society of Great Britain – Chiltern DX Club – GM DX Group – VooDoo Contest Group - CW Ops (Member #268) – First Class Operators’ Club FOC (Member #2000) – RSGB IARU Contest Team – 2O12L Organising Committee – Central Arizona DX Association.
Recent CQWW CW Contest Activity:
2005: TZ5A Multi/Multi – 2nd in World
2006:TZ5A Multi/Multi – 3rd in World
2007: 3X5A Multi/Multi – 1st in World + Multi-Op DXped award
2008: 3X5A Multi/Multi – 2nd in World
2009: 5B/G4IRN SOSB(A)/20 HP – 2nd in World (new Cyprus record)
2010: P3F M/2 – 4th in World
2011: 5B/G4IRN SOSB(A)/20 HP – 1st in World
2012: EL2A Multi/Multi - 4th in World + Multi-Op DXped award
2013: P3F Multi/2 – Awaiting results.
I subscribe to the DX Code of Conduct:http://dx-code.org/
My latest key: