Hello, I’m Robert Lynch callsign M0NVQ
Hello, I’m Robert Lynch, an amateur radio operator, and my callsign is M0NVQ. My QTH is Oldham, Greater Manchester.
My blog for rallies, events, contests, suppliers
This is my amateur radio blog, which means only amateur radio topics will be covered. You will find my blog posts about amateur radio as well as details of forthcoming amateur radio rallies, events on the air, contests, amateur radio suppliers, and other amateur radio websites.
How I became interested in Amateur Radio
I first became interested in amateur radio in 1972 when I joined Sutton Coldfield Radio Society http://www.g3rsc.co.uk/. However, ‘A’ levels followed by university, a rewarding career, and busy family life kept me occupied. However, in 2012, I decided that I wanted to retire. My plan was to spend more time at home with my wife and to pursue a hobby. So I contacted Rochdale And District Amateur Radio (RADARS) and took my examinations:
- Foundation examination – callsign M6RCL in November 2012
- Intermediate examination – callsign 2E0FIT in February 2013
- Advanced examination – callsign M0NVQ in May 2013
Robert Lynch callsign M0NVQ – amateur radio operating
There are quite a few repeaters near me and I have my own MMDVM hotspot. So it is easy for me to access both D-Star and DMR. I use my Anytone AT-D868UV and Hytera PD785 DMR for DMR and my Icom ID-51E Plus for D-Star.
I have a Diamond V2000 (2m/70cm/6m) antenna. Secured on a forty-foot fibreglass mast above the roof, this antenna works well. I can use this antenna with my Yaesu FT-817ND or any of my handheld transceivers.
Working the Saudi-OSCAR 50 satellite using my Baofeng GT-3 or Alinco DJ-G7 with my homebrew yagi has proven to be good fun.
When away from the QTH, I use my telescopic fibreglass pole and inverted V antennas for QRP operation on the HF bands.
Recently I was elected Chair of Rochdale And District Amateur Radio Society https://g0roc.co.uk and also Rally Organiser for the club’s two rallies each year. I helped re-establish the DMR repeater GB7MR as an operational part of the Northern DMR Cluster www.northerndmrcluster.com. Rochdale And District Amateur Radio Society now sponsors the running costs of the repeater. The club also works to ensure that the repeater remains a permanent feature of the Northern Cluster. This benefits the many local DMR enthusiasts.