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 144.300 and often on the local 2M SSB net on 144.210.
Between September and November 2017, I attended the online 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.
2018 has been the year of D-Star! After dabbling, and getting frustrated, with C4FM I looked into other digital modes and decided D-Star was worth some time investigating. I have spent time understanding the protocol and, in the early days, frequented the common reflectors (REF001C and REF030C) and found the community most welcoming. Soon I came to the realisation that the so-called “mega reflectors” are great for newcomers but the real way to use D-Star is either Direct Callsign Routing or through Smart Groups. In November 2018, I setup the London based XLX994 reflector and run two Smart Groups (TORC1 and TORC2) linked to modules A and B. I have been encouraged by the early users of the reflector (mainly through the Smart Groups) and hope to encourage more use through our embryonic radio club “The Online Radio Club” (more details to follow).