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Welcome to my Website. I am known to everyone as PETER My Call sign is now MW0RPB. Previous call signs included MW1CJS and MW3RPB.

I acquired my MW1CJS call sign in 1997 by sitting a 2-part City and Guilds Radio Examination, which I passed with credits on both papers!

That in turn gave me a class B, licence that allowed me to transmit on all amateur bands above 30 Mhz.

I got involved with and still use 2 Mtrs and 70cms for the transmission of analogue SSTV, and Easypal digital SSTV,

All Free software! and all the information you will need can be found at http://www.g0hwc.com/sstv_drm_news.html

But it was not long before I got involved with making and using equipment for Amateur Television on 1.3 Ghz bands, (ATV). This also included converting old Satellite receiver boxes for receiving ATV and transmitters for live video pictures back and forth through the GB3ZZ repeater owned and run by http://www.stvg.co.uk/gb3zz.html

I also built my own antennas for this band and other equipment,. But when the New Foundation Licences MW3 came into force a few years later which was a very easy exam to take and still is!

This would allow you to transmit on HF although only with 10 Watts RF whereas a class B licence you was only allowed from 30 Mhz and up!

So I did the same as many others did at the time and sat the Morse code part of the Foundation test! This then gave me an M3 Licence which allowed me onto the HF bands!

Using only 10 watts or less I have had contacts worldwide with good reports on HF and VHF

So power is not all it takes!

I later in 2002 took the 5 Wpm Morse exam. This then gave me a class A licence and this allowed me 400 watts on HF,

I have never used this amount of power yet the most I use is 50 – 100 watts and get satisfactory results!

I have many Interests mostly involved with Radio and Electronics and also CCTV Cameras and Computers etc.

I am the Vice Secretary of the Cwmbran And District Amateur Radio Society.

I am also known as the Chief Gopher at the club, Because I am usually involved in all activities in or out of the club along with other members

See link http://www.mc0yad.club we meet every Wednesday at the Henllys Village hall Henllys, Cwmbran, at 19:00hrs where all are welcome and for further details follow the link to club website above.

I worked as an Electrical Engineer on many jobs carrying out Electrical installation works, Electronic & Electrical Repairs, Inspection and testing for over 45 years nationwide!

I am know retired from Employment and this now gives me more time to play Radio which I enjoy along with many other activities as mentioned on this website.

My latest interest is Arduino computers and the programming of them.

I am also interested in APRS but still learning on this one!

At the time of writing this I have suffered an house fire and lost almost everything radio related along with personal possessions but we were insured so it softened the blow a bit, I will be back in action in about 6 - 9 months time once we get sorted out and get our house back after the repairs have taken place!

I believe everyone should do an inventory for their radio gear and make sure you are suitably covered on your insurance! Because when you add it all up you will be surprised what it all amounts to, I Listed up to £23,000 and was only insured for £8,750 for electrical goods!

But look on the bright side we are still alive and lived to tell the tale!

It could've been a different story if we had been asleep when the fire occurred!

According to forensics the cause of the fire was a fluorescent light that caught fire in the attic! Unfortunately for me most of my amateur radio gear was stored in the attic!

My thanks go out to everyone that has helped us and especially the Gwent fire and Emergency services that were promptly in attendance and with their expertise got the fire quickly under control!

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