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Bill Shack


Name: William "Bill" Joyce.

Nickname: Maverick.

D.O.B: 2nd May 1961.

M6: 19th March 2015.

2E0: 3rd December 2015.

Callsigns: M6WGJ, 2E0OCW.

I was born in Wallingford, (at that time it was in the County of Berkshire, now it is in Oxfordshire), and I lived in and around Reading until 1991 when I moved to Market Harborough. Now living near Oakham. My first experiences in radio communication were in the late 70’s & early 80’s when CB Radio became all the rage, brought on by the release of the film “Convoy” in 1978, up until then I knew very little about Radio Communication in general and even less about Amateur Radio.

I have always been a very active person, always doing something, so never really found the time to pursue radio any further. Rock & Blues Music (Drummer in several Bands over the years), Stox Car Racing (Saloon Stox), Shooting (Shotguns Mostly), Motor Cycles, Gliding & Historical Re-enacting kept me busy and left very little time for anything else, but as time went on, it was becoming more apparent that as I got older, there were a few health issues that were starting to affect my ability to do a lot of the things I enjoyed doing. An inner ear problem which affected my balance quite badly at first meant that Bikes and Gliding were no longer possible, Also at that time, I begun to experience a lot of pain in my legs and arms mostly and after many months was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia. Since then, the condition has increased such that my mobility has suffered considerably, so I had to start looking into something else to occupy my time, as becoming dormant was never going to be an option for me.
It was around this time that the guys that I re-enact with were all talking about setting up second world war communication displays and the thought of that suddenly sparked the idea of learning Morse Code, the obvious next step was to become a Radio Amateur so in February 2015, I began to look into the possibility of pursuing that.
I have to admit, I was a little disappointed to find out that Morse code was no longer a part of obtaining an Amateur Licence, but undeterred, I carried on with the process, obtaining my Foundation Licence in March. Just before passing my first exam and having spoken to Graham Mason (G4PTK) via email a couple of times, I decided to join “Melton Mowbray Amateur Radio Society” and it was there I met, among others, Ivan Eamus (G3KLT).

Ivan came and introduced himself to me on my first visit to the club and during our chat, I happened to mention my interest in Morse and he immediately offered to help me with it if I wished, an offer I could not refuse. So Ivan has become a sort of mentor to me for all things Amateur Radio... He has helped me with my CW, although I am still not quite there yet, but also my electronics knowledge, something that I really needed for my Intermediate, which I obtained in December 2015, and also my Full, which I hope to go for in the not too distant future.

So that as they say is that, Amateur Radio has now become my main hobby, I still get to Clay Shoot occasionally which is one of my other passions, and I still get to a few Re-enactment shows, but I am nowhere near as active in that as I used to be, mostly due to my Fibromyalgia, which restricts my movements, but with Amateur Radio, I can do it all year round, in the warm and dry and at anytime day or night, what more could one want.....

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