All about me – well almost!
The author inspecting an impaction rod from a Harwell-designed Large Particle Impaction Rod Sampler during his PhD thesis field work at the Sellafield Nuclear Reprocessing plant in Cumbria, UK.
I obtained my BSc. (Hons) in Environmental Science from Thames Polytechnic, now University of Greenwich, in 1990 and my final year research project looked at the speciation of lead within street dusts deposited close to schools.
This was followed by an MSc. in Environmental Science at Imperial College (London, UK). My dissertation involved the use of a wind tunnel at Silwood Park to quantify capture characteristics of various types of cloths. The cloths were later used to sample the sea-to-air-to-land spray along a transect of the West Cumbrian coast. I gained my PhD in 1997, also from Imperial College and funded by Westlakes Research Institute, Moor Row Cumbria, and my thesis looked at particle size characteristics of radioactivity discharged from the Sellafield nuclear reprocessing plant, West Cumbria, United Kingdom.
In 1996, whilst I was bumming around finalising my PhD thesis, I obtained a Cert. Ed. (FE) which is a teaching certificate for the post-16 sector, after which I taught chemistry and science for a couple of years.
In early 2000 I started work in the Civil Service and worked in various a regulatory roles: radiological protection (how ironic!), food additive authorisations and regulation, pesticide oversight and animal feed authorisation and legislation. Within this latter role I gained much experience in Brussels as part of a UK government department rapporteur team who met regularly to discuss issues related to animal safety, toxicology and efficacy.
I have been a licensed radio amateur since 1985 and was introduced to amateur radio in 1981 when CB (citizens band) became legal in the UK. I enjoy the challenges in modelling and constructing my antennas when possible.
I use an antennas modelling software package called EZNEC and for HF/VHF and UHF antenna construction, the software is eerily spot-on. I also build much of my ancillary amateur radio electrical equipment, including meters and other signal detection equipment. In effect, my hobby has prepared me well for almost anything related to the transmission and reception of radio signals from DC to daylight. Isn’t it funny and how synchronistic that Life prepares us so well in advance for all the stuff we engage with later in life! The image on the left is a piece of land next to my apartment in Greece where I lived for 7 years. It is here that I finally had the space to play amateur radio in its true spirit. I spent many happy hours constructing and tuning various types of antennas including loops, verticals, dipoles, directional yagis and phase diversity antennas.
I have now moved back my natal England and live in Merseyside near Liverpool, where my business is based. I am however happy to travel in order to offer my services as widely as possible.