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New member from Coventry, UK

Discussion in 'Welcomes and Introductions' started by Mike-G1HGD, Jun 19, 2012.

  1. Mike-G1HGD

    Mike-G1HGD New to SC

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    Jun 17, 2012
    Coventry
    Hi,
    My name is Mike, and I live in Coventry in the centre of the UK. I'm in my mid 40s, and have been a keen photographer since I was 12. My other main hobby is amateur radio, as you might be able to tell from my user name. I've been licensed since I was 16, and am currently active on the HF bands, mostly on data modes.
    Current camera gear is
    Olympus E-620, Panasonic LX5, LX3, TZ10 (and just ordered a G2), Olympus OM1, MjuII, Trip for film.
    Have had and parted with various Nikon and Canon cameras, a Voitlander Bessa R, and a Leica M4-P over the last few years, some of which I am still kicking myself for letting go!
    I don't get enough opportunity to go to places that I consider interesting enough to photograph, but do try to finds things around me to do my best with.
    My biggest downfall is my composition, I simply don't have an eye for a good photo, but I will keep on trying to improve!
    Cheers for now, and I hope to make some new friends on here.
    Mike.
     
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  2. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    Hello and welcome Mike and it certainly looks like you know your way round a camera (or two). I'm sure you'll enjoy it here.
     
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  3. Neiltluck

    Neiltluck SC Regular

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    Apr 20, 2012
    Derbyshire, England
    Neil Luck
    Welcome Mike,

    Look forward to seeing some of your pictures....if it stops raining in the uk long enough for you to take any!

    Sent from my Samsung Galaxy Note using Tapatalk
     
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  4. elsie350

    elsie350 SC Regular

    121
    Apr 7, 2012
    Hi Mike

    Nice and sunny in Gloucester, hoping it stays that way!

    Welcome to the forum, look forward to seeing your pictures :)
     
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  5. kyteflyer

    kyteflyer ~@¿@~

    Jan 31, 2011
    Newcastle, Australia
    Sue
    Hi, Mike, welcome from the land downunder :)
     
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  6. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Mike that call rings a bell - did you used to (perhaps still do?) write for a couple of the UK amateur radio magazines?
     
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  7. Mike-G1HGD

    Mike-G1HGD New to SC

    6
    Jun 17, 2012
    Coventry
    Crikey, donkeys years ago I had a few things in them, and I was quite involved with the ISWL and developed a checklist of countries, zones, prefixes etc which I handed over to them.

    I was also chairman of the Mid-Warwickshire ARS for a few years.

    I was young and enthusiastic back in those days! ;-)

    Cheers,

    Mike.
     
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  8. HeatherTheVet

    HeatherTheVet SC All-Pro

    Apr 23, 2011
    Scotland
    Heather
    Greetings, Mike!
    I'm sure there are plenty things in Coventry to take pictures of - I hear the streets are filled with naked ladies on horses.
    Show us some of your stuff when we get a minute, and if you ask for constructive criticism there are some very accomplished and helpful folk on here who are great at nudging you in the right direction.

    Heather (Glasgow)
     
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  9. Mike-G1HGD

    Mike-G1HGD New to SC

    6
    Jun 17, 2012
    Coventry
    Thanks Heather, I will do when I get the chance.
    As for you first comment, you are thinking about a couple of particular areas of Coventry I believe!! ;-)
    Cheers,
    Mike.
     
  10. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    donkeys indeed.
    sat my RAE in the early '90s, got a G7 which I never activated.
    Sold my last decent radio (AOR7030) in order to buy a digital P&S in 2006.
    Somewhere I still have a Pervisell decoder (25-pin serial type) and a copy of HamComm ... though as none of my computers have a serial port, and I don't have a wireless ... both are useless to me! I also still have a load of Datong gear which I keep meaning to eBay ...

    glad to have you here anyway, Mike

    Paul
     
  11. Mike-G1HGD

    Mike-G1HGD New to SC

    6
    Jun 17, 2012
    Coventry
    Paul, you should - some of the Datong gear is becoming really sought after now - you might be in for a very pleasant surprise!

    73 de Mike.
     
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  12. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Mike, a belated welcome from across the pond!

    And yes, please do post some of your pictures when you feel like it.:2thumbs:
     
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  13. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    Luke
    another welcome from the States. Keep in mind that what doesn;t seem photo-worthy to you because you see it every day may hold interest for others who don;t get to see it.
     
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  14. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    BB
    Absolutely true, Luke!