This is my dream rig!! I own an FT-450 which is okay but the Icom 7610 it's in it's own class!! If anyone would like to donate towards the new rig fun it would be most welcome.

My name is Gareth (Gaz) and my QTH is Edenbridge, United Kingdom. I'm an engineer that has a great job working for one of the top companies in the UK (well in my opinion anyway), I'm an engineering manager for Hovis and I work with some great people and although work can be challenging it's a lot of fun. To blow off steam I have a couple of hobbies, amateur radio, and archery although the last lot of storms took out my archery target and safety netting which I've not rebuilt yet. I've been into amateur radio since the age of 5 years old when I became so fascinated with a book by the Rev George Dobbs G3RJV about making a transistor radio. I was hooked from the day that I read that book and have drifted in and out of the hobby ever since. My call sign is G7WJW and I'm active on HF with a homebrew multiband vertical that's roughly 7m long made from aluminum 2" tubing that tunes on all the ham bands from 40m to 6m with 16 ground radials cut for 40m, and it's tucked in a tree to hide it from the neighbours. It's not the best antenna but it works and I've made contacts from many parts of the world on SSB and FT8. I like to build receivers and transceivers from scratch and from kits although I don't get as much time as I would like what with juggling work and family life.