Hello and welcome to my Blog, my name is Chris, a bus driver for First Mendip based in Wells, Somerset. Married to Fiona, we live in Midsomer Norton near Bath, with Boots the cat. My main hobby is Amateur Radio and I hold the call sign G4KVI. I am the repeater keeper for GB3UB and MB7UB. I have a fascination for the weather and all things to do with nature and science. I am a biker and currently ride a Honda CBfF600. As a Christian I worship, when shifts allow at St. Nicholas Church in Radstock. These are my observations on my life, both at work and at home.

26 Jul 2020

The mystery of the hidden wifi signal.

I have been frustrated by a hidden WiFi signal that follows my 5G network. After searching around I checked the MAC address which started ffa8. This turned out to be our Google display in the lounge. It was set with Guest mode activated. Turning it off solved the problem. So, so simple!!

25 May 2020


I am currently furloughed from my Bus driving job as a result of having diabetes. I'm obviously not ill and its often frustrating not to be able to do things like DIY. However, its for a very good reason. I have though been able to some online courses and, of course play lots of radio and pick up a couple of awards.

It's my birthday coming up and my Wife very kindly bought me two new aerials.

One a 50/2/70 vertical and the other a 2/70 beam. The vertical is up and working extremely well.

30 Jan 2020

New Aerial

Following my purchase of a Yaesu FT991, my first new radio for over 20 years, I have been having fun on HF and more specifically FT8. This mode is fantastic. I am amazed just how far a lowish power signal can go. Anyway, back to the aerial. I have for a long time used a 20m dipole. Works OK but not very well on lower bands. So, after a long while I finally got round to converting it to a doublet. I am very pleased with the results so far. Some little tweaking and a little extra 300 ohm feeder is required to improve ease of use.

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