My name is Andrew Amos and I live in Goffs Oak, Hertfordshire UK (IO91xr). I started my Amateur Radio journey as a young boy but had a long delay before formalising it, gaining my UK Foundation License in Spring 2016.
I hold a BSc(Hons) in Computing Science and have been working in the Financial Services area all my working career. I am very interested in the combination of IT and Amateur Radio and find all the varied aspects of the hobby fascinating. My work takes me to many exotic locations on business and I very rarely spend more than the odd week in the UK – this does mean that time is limited to enjoy the hobby to the full. I am already dreaming of retirement!
My father kick-started my Amateur Radio interest when I was in my early teens, he is a very much retired electrical engineer who previously worked on some unrecognised RF related radio projects during WWII, receiving the callsign G3AGM in September 1946. Unfortunately his encouragement was lost on my teenage years and only recently has the opportunity to continue come to me. Both my young sons gained their UK Intermediate Licenses in January 2017 and can be heard on the air as 2E0GGA and 2E0MXA. – thankfully they have a more focussed head on them compared to me in my youth!
In October 2017 I built a 2M 6 element Yagi (based upon the calculations provided by G6ODA) and have started to operate more on VHF SSB & CW, monitoring the SSB calling frequency 144.230 and often on the local 2M SSB net on 144.210. I recently (Sep-Nov 2017) attended the CWOps Level 2 course but found it challenging to fit the study and practise into my hectic work schedule. I’m very keen to progress with CW and will persevere at my own pace until my competence increases. I look forward to work CW as my primary mode very soon.