My name is Steve, and my QTH is the town of BOLTON in N.W. England

Location is IO83TN, 12 Km N.W. of Manchester.

The equipment used at the moment is the YAESU FT-450D on HF and 50Mhz, 100w O/P, FT-857D Multi-mode, Multi-band Transceiver, 100w O/P 1.6Mhz – 50Mhz, 50w 144Mhz, 20w 432Mhz, driving Spectrum Communications 70Mhz Transverter, 25w o/p and SD-Lab 1296Mhz Transverter, 2w o/p.

Still using my Yaesu FT101E and home built Z-Match. Also still using my home built VHF / UHF Receiver with the Eddystone 898 dial!



On H.F. the antennas are a half-size G5RV and End fed longwire with MFJ-945E ATU, on VHF/UHF we have a dual-band 144/432Mhz yagi, 2 element yagi for 70mhz and a dipole for 50Mhz. The vertical antenna is a Silver Diamond discone covering 50Mhz – 432Mhz. On 1296Mhz using a 21 ele Tonna.


11 thoughts on “About

    Lewis said:
    July 6, 2015 at 12:56 am

    Great blog Steve, spent many hours reading through. Love the nostalgic posts! 73 DE M3HHY

    Uwe Granzow said:
    October 6, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Nice to work you with ur 817 on 2mtrs- my pleasure! 73s de Uwe DL3BQA

    Steve said:
    December 16, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Hi steve, great web site you have, enjoyed looking at it. I spoke to the owner of Modern Radio today and she said she’s selling up but she is moving to smaller premises, so I’m pleased about that. Also, I passed my Foundation licence last week and waiting for my call sign from Ofcom, and I’m seriously considering the ft 450d, can I ask for your thoughts on the 450d?
    A couple of coincidences: I also live in Bolton, and I’m also called Steve.

      g4aqb responded:
      December 16, 2015 at 10:19 pm

      Hi Steve, Thank you for your comments and congratulations on passing your Foundation licence! I will never forget the excitement of passing my RAE and Morse Test back in 1971. I was active on 160m for a long time and later on 2m with home built equipment. I had a break during the 1990’s and up to about 2005 when I went into teaching because it took up most of my time. In 2005 I bought a Yaesu FT817 which I have used for about 10 years. Now I am semi-retired and although I still teach at my Primary School I have a lot more time to devote to Amateur Radio.
      Earlier this year I bought the Yaesu Ft450D, I chose it because it is easy to use and am not overwhelmed with buttons, it is also quite small and compact. It is a nice HF and 50mhz rig giving 100w on all bands, the built in auto ATU is easy to use, this a bonus because they are expensive to buy separately. I have always like Yaesu equipment, I still have the old FT101E. Some amateurs prefer Icom or Kenwood, but I am happy with the Yaesu Ft450D and you can’t beat the price! I also have the Yaesu FT875D which does more or less the same as the Ft450D but has 2m and 70cm. I use it mainly for 2m and 70cm as well as driving my 4m and 23cm transverters.
      Best of luck Steve with you new callsign, I am always around the Tuesday evening activity contests, if you hear me give me a shout. let me know what your new callsign is Steve.


      Steve G4AQB

        Steve said:
        December 19, 2015 at 1:36 pm

        Still waiting on the postman!! I’ll certainly let you know my callsign and listen out for you.

    Steve said:
    December 23, 2015 at 1:35 pm

    Hi Steve, as promised my callsign is M6MYH…. Now to wait for Boxing day/January sales.

      g4aqb responded:
      December 23, 2015 at 10:59 pm

      Oooo….that is a nice Christmassy callsign! The first word that came into my head was Myrrh 🙂 Enjoy!

    Steve said:
    December 25, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Cheers Steve, now I can’t get ‘Myrrh’ out of my head…. my xyl said that with my Manchester accent I sound like ‘ Me Yankee Yotel’ ….. now roll on the sales.

    Merry Christmas


    Mick Davies G8ZWN said:
    April 14, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Hi Steve, Great website with lots of interesting stuff, sent the link home to read at my leisure

    Ben Woodfield said:
    September 10, 2016 at 12:33 am

    Thanks Steve, I am quite new to radio and have my Amateur exam coming up. I found you’re page while looking at a USB dongle that can be used as a radio scanner across a wide range. I have a few inexpensive radios but I’m thinking about getting one and experimenting with different home made antennas. Would love to ask you a few questions raser.13@hotmail.com

    Steve Mayer (first name Stafford but too posh) said:
    July 4, 2019 at 3:31 am

    Thanks steve I havent used my ham equipment for years… Used to be G6KYO but handed this callsign over to my younger brother years ago when I became G0HQH….Loved packet, slowscan, ssb, and cw as used to be in Royal Signals in the early 70’s…. You sight has kept me up till 4.0 am but no worries as been retired now for nearly two years. must get some antennas up Hi….. Great site…. I suppose the internet drew me away but I well remember logging into the BBS systems in the day…. Uncanninly we did it hell of a lot cheaper than the cost of broadband today lol (lots of laughter)….
    I am sure I will be viewing your excellent site again but at moment doing a top to bottom decorating job plus trying to keep up with the grass and hedges, less hours in the day than when I was working lol…..
    Unlike yourself my main occupation was mining, then wagon driving when coal wasnt the fuel of the day no more…

    God help them if the next brainwave comes to fruitition in 2050 of zero co2 or whatever it called, everyone will be going work on a pushbike (as we did lol). The supermarkets will look like caravan sites as cars sit there charging up, well those who can afford an electric car ha ha…

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