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SEAR’s Meeting, May 9th 2017

Journey into Amateur Radio by Peter Sipple, M0PSX

At this month's club night, we were privileged to hear a fascinating talk by Pete Sipple, SEARS member and founder of Essex Ham. The talk was a mixture of anecdotes about Pete's journey into Amateur Radio and the genre itself.  

We all learnt some unexpected things about Pete's experiences as a ham, and some new things about ham radio as well. Like so many others, he started in CB.  He was recruited by CARS at an IMD (International Marconi Day) event.  His first interest was data modes, during which time the intrepid Pete graduated in a year to the full license.  

He moved on to satellites, training, and founding Essex Ham.  His latest interest is TX Factor, a ham video series - look out for him in front of the camera next month.

Some of Pete's "bread pudding" moments include acquiring the callsigns G4ZU and KK6HKI for Essex Ham, meeting Jim Bacon (the well-known weather broadcaster and ham enthusiast), QSO-ing from Radio Caroline, ham visits to light-houses, an Essex Air Ambulance helicopter, nuclear bunkers, the launch of the ham tracker balloon "Essex Ham 1", running the Tim Peak events in schools, working an in-flight aircraft from a SEARS event, and many others.

But Pete remains a media man at heart.  He started as a 16-year-old stripling as a DJ at the Southend Hospital radio station, and continues in that charitable work to this day.  The Essex Ham website and nets are another form of media, and he clearly has excellent journalistic and public speaking skills.  So we're lucky that Pete has applied these skills to our hobby.  Our thanks, and long may you remain a valued part of our community.

The above nicked word for word from Dave’s May newsletter.