About Me 16

Me in the HimalayasMy names is James Stevens and my passion is Amateur Radio. I’m a newly licensed ham (since 2013) but have progressed through the licensing scheme in less than a year to get my advanced callsign M0JCQ.

I like a broad spectrum of the hobby but my main passions are around portable operating where I can combine my love of the outdoors with some radio fun. I’m a keen SOTA activator and contest operator but equally I quite like a good inter-G ragchew on 40m.

My local club is Chesham & District Amateur Society (CDARS) where I serve as chairman.

The picture here is of me quite some time ago (circa 2009) while in the Himalayas in Nepal, sadly I wasn’t a ham at the time so didn’t have any radio equipment with me! I was at the Annapurna Base Camp at 4,050m ASL, the mountains behind me went up another 4km!

If you wish to contact me you can get hold of me on M0JCQ AT hamblog.co.uk (replace AT with @).

16 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Reply Kes Feb 4,2014 11:06

    Hi James, if not a secret, what engine runs yor blog?

    Regards, Kes. m0pkz

  2. Reply Jim Chambers Jan 31,2016 13:35

    Hi James, Have just discovered your great site.
    Have just returned to the bands after a break of 30 years!!! At 85 I hope to have a bit of fun portable when it warms up.

    Running low power on psk with indoor loop.

    Thanks for the band plan for psk and other info.
    Bye, Jim Chambers G4IBK MBE. North London

    • Reply James Stevens Jan 31,2016 14:01

      Thanks for your kind words Jim, glad you like it and welcome back to the hobby, there’s plenty of new things in terms of digital modes and PSK is a great place to start!

      Good luck with the portable ops, I find this a great way of maximising my fun in the hobby as my home QTH is also a compromise like yourself.

      73, James M0JCQ

  3. Reply KEN HARPER -G0EKH Feb 1,2016 04:44

    Hi James, very much enjoyed your blog! Beware regarding bullet you found, from photo it appears to be an un-fired 7.62 blank round so could therefore still be a danger if not handled carefully. Best wishes & thanks again for terrific blog site.

    • Reply James Stevens Feb 1,2016 09:13

      Thanks for your kind words Ken. Thanks for the info regarding the bullet I found approaching the High Willhays on Dartmoor. There’s quite a lot of this kind of stuff up there as the Okahampton army camp is just down the road and they often close the whole area for training exercises!

      73 James M0JCQ

  4. Reply Wolf, OE7FTJ Feb 14,2016 19:02

    Hi James!

    You give here a lot of useful information about KX3 and SOTA. Did you take the KX3 as a cabin luggage on the plane and did you encounter any problems at the security check in EA8?

    73 de Wolf, oe7ftj

    • Reply James Stevens Feb 15,2016 10:18

      Hi Wolf,

      I’ve taken my KX3 and Yaesu 817 on flights a few times. I’ve had no trouble with the radios themselves, but security prefer if you take it out of your carry on luggage like you would a laptop or tablet.

      I had trouble when I once mentioned to check-in staff that I had a SLAB battery. The poor girl didn’t really understand what it was and this caused our check-in to be delayed where they insisted I couldn’t carry it on. I equally insisted that they show me where in their prohibited goods rulebook this was stated. They couldn’t show me so I drifted away and got through security with no trouble.

      I now carry a LiFePo battery which looks a lot less threatening and I also don’t mention it to check-in staff! It’s never been picked out during baggage scans. Just make sure you take it in your carry on luggage as they are prohibited in hold luggage.

      73, James M0JCQ

  5. Reply Jon G4LJW Mar 2,2016 14:51

    Hi James – very interesting stuff on your site. I’m aiming to do some pportable and SOTA stuff later this year, probably with an HB1B.

    I understand you’re using WordPress, but which template – it looks very nice indeed. I’ve linked to one of your articles on one of my Tumblr sites, which I hope is ok,

    best wishes,

    Jon.

    • Reply James Stevens Mar 7,2016 16:09

      Thanks for the kind words Jon. FB on the link and certainly not a problem.

      The site uses a customised version of the Montezuma theme 🙂

      73, James M0JCQ

  6. Reply Jaap Apr 26,2016 19:50

    Hi, I am editor for the june 2016 number of the Dutch Hamradio Magazine CQPA. I would like to use one of your beautiful pictures of the antenna, tent, sea and sunset. This because of the summertime and use of hamradio for fun outside! Please contact me, 73

    • Reply James Stevens May 3,2016 11:59

      Hi Jaap,

      I’d be happy to help but can you let me know which one you’d like to use?

      They may be getting published in another magazine and I can’t use it anywhere else. I should be able to find a suitable alternative if you let me know what you’re looking for.

      73, James M0JCQ

  7. Reply Maciek May 28,2016 19:53

    Nice WP theme James.
    What is it?

    • Reply James Stevens Jun 13,2016 13:22

      Hi Maciek,

      It’s the Montezuma theme with a few customisations.

      73, James M0JCQ

  8. Reply Steve KA2YRA Nov 3,2016 11:31

    Thank you for the excellent blog. You help inspire me to get outdoors and moving more often.

  9. Reply Candy Mar 31,2017 08:12

    Thank you for your blog. I get a lot of information from your blog and know your blog from qrznow.com.

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