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Brian's professional broadcast TV background naturally led to an avid interest in ATV; an opportunity for early retirement in the 90s saw his transition to "professional radio amateur", giving him more time to assist local and DX stations with technical ATV issues. Living in a QTH located 850 feet ASL, on the side of Winter Hill Lancashire, provided a wonderful take off for the higher bands, even yielding a 3 cm FM ATV link to EI2DJ in Dublin somewhat earlier than recorded by the official list of "firsts". Brian's video signals were received across the UK and parts of Europe with an early adoption of DATV too. Only a slight enhancement was required for Brian to receive GB3HV (DATV in very early 2008) and the IoW repeater and his transmissions were also seen via many popular repeaters around the country.
Here's a quick clip of GB3HV, as received by G3SMU in May 2008, with deep QSB and some radar interference:
http://www.g7lwt.com/documents/datv/g3s ... v_datv.wmv
More recently Brian's eyesight failed which cruelly prevented him pursuing his passion for all forms of ATV. Local ATVers G1LWX and 2E0SAF kindly spent many visits implementing HF antenna systems, which rekindled Brian's interest in top band and 40 metres - eliminating QRM was the new challenge. The vertical that Mike and Sean installed all but silenced the local QRM much to Brian's delight.
RIP Brian - here's hoping for GD DX up there!
73 de Darren
I was concerned about Brian when I was last up there in August when I did not hear him on the air. For those that don't know, Brian was LOS from my family home about 500m away along the same road and consequently, a strong signal. I had known him since the 1980s. I could also regularly hear him here in Harwell on 144.750. I always looked forward to our regular 2m and 70cm chats which ranged from pretty technical to local issues, like which local Chinese takeaway was the best to order from and what incoming weather (rain) we could see from our vantage point looking over the Cheshire plain.
Its going to be very quiet up on Winter Hill from now on.
23cms DATV from i083qn ( wn68ns )
70cms DATV from io83qn ( wn68ns )
It was definitely a first to see PM5544 adorning a coffin but Brian's test card brought a smile of recognition and delight to friends and ATV aficionados alike.
73 de Darren