Monday, 2 March 2020

Ham Radio-Guest Post: Roland Raven-Hart's reception of a U.S. broadcaster in South America made headlines in 1923

Guest Post: Roland Raven-Hart's reception of a U.S. broadcaster in South America made headlines in 1923

Ham Radio-Guest Post: Roland Raven-Hart's reception of a U.S. broadcaster in South America made headlines in 1923





Ham Radio-Digging in the Noise: Weak Signal Audio Recovery with the AirSpy HF+ and Elad FDM-S2

Digging in the Noise: Weak Signal Audio Recovery with the AirSpy HF+ and Elad FDM-S2


Ham Radio-Digging in the Noise: Weak Signal Audio Recovery with the AirSpy HF+ and Elad FDM-S2



Ham Radio-FM DXing: Troy's unexpected catch


Ham Radio-FM DXing: Troy's unexpected catch


Ham Radio-Sporadic E

Ham Radio-Sporadic E




Ham Radio-articles

Ham Radio-articles. Thank you for your emails and comments about my Ham-Radio website which includes my other hobby of photography and Portrait painting, as requested a list of articles and pages are attached below.

Ham Radio-articles

John Allsopp G4YDM



  1. Portable operation
  2. Vertical aerials
  3. Loop aerials
  4. Cubical quad aerial
  5. The half-square
  6. A ham caught in oil
  7. Ham Radio aerials
  8. Ham Radio terms
  9. Ham Radio receivers
  10. Ham Radio propagation
  11. Ham radio digital modes
  12. Ham Radio fascinating hobby
  13. Ham Radio John G4YDM
  14. Ham Radio VHF UHF aerial
  15. Ham Radio SDR receiver
  16. Ham Radio mistakes
  17. QSL Cards
  18. How to make an efficient aerial
  19. From Ham Radio to H.N.D.
  20. Off Centre Fed Aerial
  21. Portable working near the sea
  22. Ham or Amateur Radio
  23. Using DX-commander aerial
  24. Half Wave End Fed Aerial
  25. What is a balun
  26. Ham Radio with no repeaters
  27. D-STAR Digital mode
  28. ICOM R-71E Receiver
  29. ICOM IC-7000 Receiver
  30. The Frame Aerial
  31. Ham Radio Noise



A great QRP rig Yaesu FT-7

A great QRP transceiver FT-7



I hope you find these articles useful in helping you start in the fascinating Ham Radio hobby, it's not expensive really as many believe, you can start off with simple homemade transceivers made from a book as I did years back or from one of the many kits available, kits have the advantage of being supplied with all you need to build the project without having to source components yourself.

Ham radio has many fascinating areas to explore from operating with low power QRP through to contest operating to building transceivers and aerial systems, there's something for everyone in this hobby, including airband receiving which is something I did when I first started building receivers. I converted a Pye Westminster AM for the reception of Usworth Airfield, Usworth an RAF base during world war two now is a car factory where Nissan cars are built. 

Ham Radio-articles



Ham Radio constructor-paints Sports Celebrities

Ham Radio constructor-paints Sports Celebrities 


Ham Radio constructor-paints Sports Celebrities.  Here I have listed a number of sporting heroes that I have painted over a number of years, all my art is created on linen canvas using oil-based paint.

Thank you for your many emails and comments about my sporting heroes, you have been asking if I would paint your hero, the answer is yes, I will paint Football Art, Rugby art, Cricket art, Tennis players, in fact, any art you wish including American football players, simply use the contact form on this page to get in touch with me.



1. Newcastle United Player Manager Alan Shearer                       Alan Shearer

2. Sunderland Football Club Player                                                Niall Quinn

3. Newcastle United Kevin Keegan                                                 Kevin Keegan

4. Newcastle Falcons Johnny Wilkinson                                          Johnny Wilkinson










Ham Radio constructor-paints Sports Celebrities 

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Ham Radio op-paints a Bride

Ham Radio op-paints a Bride 




 Bride Portrait by Artist John Allsopp   I am always adding new themes to my ever-increasing art portfolio and as you can see this is a painting of a beautiful young lady on her very special day, her wedding. Apparently, it was a 1940 style wedding and her hairstyle matched the occasion, I was not aware of this style until many after the wedding when I was chatting to the young lady you see in the portrait.

I am sure you will agree with me when I say the work was somewhat challenging, the veil was a complicated part the dress itself presented many challenges and it was the first time to capture a bunch of flowers held by the bride. 

Creation came from the study of the wedding album, there were over one hundred pictures taken inside the church outside and of course many others in the bride's mother's house and inside the wedding car. I studied them all to get a feeling of the personality of this lady and came up with this portrait, it is a combination of many references that came from her wedding album.

The portrait is one of my large works however when I see this painting on the wall of this ladies' mother's home it looks perfect, twenty-four by thirty-six inches is quite a big painting but it works as I am sure you will agree.

This was the second bridal painting I completed, apparently, wedding portraits are rare in the UK but quite common in other parts of the world. You never stop learning about art there is always something new to research and learn.

The background color was added after I completed the body of the painting, originally the background was dark which I thought would draw the onlooker's eyes to the main subject area being the lady's face however after further thought I decided to color the background green if you look hard the green pattern is actually impressions of leaves.

Artists appreciate comments from people who see their work, I am no exception please do not hesitate to comment in the box at the bottom of this page, tell me what you like and what you don't like, comments are great primary research and help me to discover new areas of art.

Ham Radio op-paints a Bride 



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Ham Radio Op-explains Acrylic paint

Ham Radio Op-explains Acrylic paint 


Ham Radio Op-explains Acrylic paint.   Acrylic paint is a fast-drying paint made of pigment suspended in an acrylic polymer emulsion used by many artists because of its quick-drying nature. Artists use it on many surfaces including wood leather paper linen watercolor artists. Why do I use oil paint?


oil paint has more pigment allowing me to create works that are a lot richer more vivid in color acrylic drys differently to oil they tend to darken where oil does not, however, there are many artists who prefer to work in acrylic and their works are superb.

Acrylic paint dries within an hour where oil takes longer it also depends on the environment I work in a warm room other artists have studios outside their houses where the ambient temperature changes.

Acrylic is versatile water-soluble and less toxic than oil once dry other layers of different colors can be overlaid on top of the previous color without it disturbing the previous layer.

I have used this medium along with many others it's a very individual choice that you use it all comes down to trial and error and of course the main point practice that's the only way you or anyone else will learn. Educate first then hone the skill by practice.

The painting attached below was created well over twenty years ago in oil on linen canvas, the colors are still as rich and vivid as they were when the painting was completed.


Ham Radio Op-explains Acrylic paint 


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Ham Radio op G4YDM-Celebrity Art

Ham Radio op G4YDM-Celebrity Art 

Ham Radio op G4YDM-Celebrity Art.  Celebrity Art, famous people captured in oil on canvas or pencil or acrylic does really matter as long as you like the portrait, I work in oil exclusively, why because oil colors are outstanding they don't fade as much over time and they are vivid there is nothing like the tonal variety you achieve in a portrait using oil.

Look at this portrait of Kevin Keegan the colors are the same as they were when I painted it, vivid colors that draw the eye into the portrait, Kevin Keegan has and continues to attract many comments from Newcastle United Football fans, look at his face, it makes you feel happy, emotions change when you look at art, pictures speak thousands of words.

I like to capture the personality of my subjects, if I don't know them how do I do it, studying is the key I spend time to look at people whether it's on TV in newspapers magazines whatever, over time I build up a picture in my minds eye after I decide I simply put paint to canvas. You can pick up a personality by listening to their voice.

Celebrity art, who is a celebrity simply someone that you can recognize straight away, I have shown my portraits to people who have never heard of the subject by name but show them a picture and they get that wow moment when the penny starts to role.

As a realist this is what I strive for, you may not know the face my name but show someone a picture and they light up.  Realism is what I have developing over the years it started with Disney characters they are very recognizable like most cartoons.

People of a different age will obviously have a different opinion when it comes to realistic art, I remember showing my portrait of the Queen Mother to children around six-year-old only a few said they knew who she was but all were taken at how real she looked. Show the same portrait to an older generation and the reaction is very different. The Queen Mother was well known by British people especially those who lived through the second world war, Queen Mum was held in adoration by many.




Ham Radio op G4YDM-Celebrity Art 


Ham Radio op John G4YDM-whats a portrait.

Ham Radio op John G4YDM-whats a portrait. 


Ham Radio op John G4YDM-whats a portrait.  A portrait is a reproduction of a photograph of a person, in my case, a highly realistic resemblance must be achieved after all I am someone who fits the description of a realist a category used by many to classify an artistic style.

A portrait does not have to be taken from a photograph I have worked live to capture people in a realistic manner, but pictures do help, I like to work alone in my studio, for me its the best way to work because I am free from distractions, I never work beside the telephone but I often listen to Pavarotti when painting.

Portraits have been created over many hundreds of years some show in great detail the costumes worn at that point of time and are used by many students who study historical design etc.

Realism is something that I have been working on for many years I am attempting to create a near-perfect reproduction of the person or pet famous people are painted all the time by artists because they are very well known. I concentrated on the British Royal family, they are well known all over the world, I have received great feedback from my portraits capturing people like the Queen.


I painted the queen to mark a point in time, many artists work with this idea, when they create a portrait it helps with their marketing, after all, if you don't market who would know what you do where you live and what inspires you or influences you have when you paint.

I would like to thank everyone who has taken the time and trouble to email me through my contact form, your comments are the fuel to keep me painting.

Ham Radio op John G4YDM-whats a portrait. 


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Ham Radio op G4YDM-highlights Thomas Gainsborough

Ham Radio op G4YDM-highlights Thomas Gainsborough 


Thomas Gainsborough one of my favorite Artists this work is called chasing a butterfly. Thomas Gainsborough 1727-1788

Ham Radio op G4YDM-highlights Thomas Gainsborough.    I draw inspiration from life in general, walking reading taking photographs all add to my love of art, you could write volumes about famous paintings they are so very interesting from a historical viewpoint.
Clothing fixes the time this parting was created by Gainsborough it is obvious when I compare these children and what they are wearing to a period in late 1700,s
You can feel the love Gainsborough had for his children in this portrait an attentive parent watching two of his offspring gently following a pursuit that countless children throughout time have enjoyed the innocent pursuit of catching a butterfly.

What do you see and read when you look at my portraits especially portraits of the Royal Family?


Several people have replied to my question, one observer said it epitomizes the British people another saw great leadership and sustainability, what will you see?


Ham Radio op G4YDM-highlights Thomas Gainsborough 






Ham Radio op G4YDM-highlights George Washington

Ham Radio op G4YDM-highlights George Washington 





Ham Radio op G4YDM-highlights George Washington.   Thank you for your emails and comments about my Original Artwork, many readers of this blog, especially people living in North America are asking if there is any connection between Washington Tyne Wear and Washington District of Columbia, the answer is yes, Washington used to be located in County Durham, CD as opposed DC, we have George Washington connections.

My home of Washington England is the ancestral home of the George Washington family, the picture above shows the Old hall is it is known by people who live here, there is a celebration each year on independence day where local historians raise the stars and stripes flag.


The picture above shows the interior of the Washington Old Hall, there's a painting hanging on one of the walls in the hall showing George Washington. The property is owned by the National Trust here in the United Kingdom, if you wish to read more about the Hall and the connection with where I live and George Washington, please click the link below called National Trust.


Ham Radio op G4YDM-highlights George Washington 

National trust.

Ham Radio operator John G4YDM-captures a Princess

Ham Radio operator John G4YDM-captures a Princess 


 



Ham Radio operator John G4YDM-captures a Princess.    My portrait of Princess Diana was created after being very moved by her sudden and untimely death. Ideas come from all sorts of sources whether they are positive or negative. When I look back and remember how sad her two children were, Prince William and Prince Harry, there was no way I was going to miss out on capturing a portrait of a person who I have high regard for.


This picture actually is actually a picture of the print which was taken from my original oil on canvas portrait. I looked around the web to see if I could get a friend of Princess Diana who would sign my print, signing helps to add value to works of art especially if the signer is famous. Lord Puttnam signature to be used on my print. You can see his name in the bottom right-hand side of the print.

The original painting is twenty-four inches by thirty-six inches and was completely created using pencil on prepared linen canvas. I use a variety of applicants to prepare linen canvas one of them being gesso. 


I wanted to show the happy Diana of Wales the one which we all know and love. Many people are drawn to her eyes, eyes, as the old adage goes, are the windows into the soul. Artistic impression allows the creative artist to change and adapt as he or she moves along, I am no exception to this rule, I changed the style of hat, her earrings, and dress color to produce my painting.

Creating bespoke pieces of artwork takes be back to my happy childhood days at Shafto terrace in Washington County Durham, it was a great place to live, I would watch the pit heap glowing on a windy night, the top of the slag heap at Washington F pit was obviously still very hot and would ignite when the wind blew.

Diana's print was sold all over the world, an exhibition organized by the Government in Auckland New Zealand brought orders from many art dealers who were keen to have a famous much-loved print of the British Royal family to offer to their customers.

Themes are what Artists usually go for but in my case, I diversify a lot, it helps me thinking creatively and not get too bogged down with one subject. I know many who become overwhelmed and frustrated with their work, it may be because unlike me they don't think outside of the box and experiment with different subject areas.


Ham Radio operator John G4YDM-captures a Princess 


Ham Radio operator-captures Niall Quinn

Ham Radio operator-captures Niall Quinn 








Niall Quinn By Artist John Allsopp.  Anyone living in the North East of England will know how passionate people are up here especially when it comes to Football. I read a lot about fans and their psychology how they stick together and bring out tribal instincts that we all possess.

Niall was on Local TV many times here in the North East of England and he jelled very well with the local community. I picked up on this relationship Niall had with his fans and started to ask around the people I know who follow Sunderland about their opinion about Niall.

The replies were very positive, this was one of the triggers I had to sit down to plan this painting. Gathering information is generally classed as Market research by entrepreneurs and lectures in Business, if you ask folk and gather information directly from its primary research, the number you find in books or the web to help you plan your business plan is called secondary because someone else gathered the data.

I wanted to paint a portrait where the subject showed conviction, in the case of Niall Quinn when you look into his eyes you not only see the passion you also see conviction he is telling you to pass me the ball, I, ll score a goal. It took me some time to attempt to show conviction and passion in Niall,s face, however, as an Artist I believe I have succeeded.

When I look at my work it takes me back to Shafto terrace in Washington County Durham, I was born at number 21. It was a colliery owned house, my Dad Stan Allsopp was a Blacksmith at Washington F Pit. I always got a Disney Character coloring book for Christmas, who didn't in those days? I would sit patiently going through pictures of Donald Duck changing the drawing and colors, what was I doing all those years ago? creating bespoke art.

Many Artists work from pictures and stills captured from video clips, I am no exception to this skill, I take a considerable amount of time to plan and manage my new work looking for aspects of a picture that I can change to get the best facial expression, I needed Niall to look convicted to his goal.


Niall Quinn was one of my first published editions, Sunderland Football Club bought 600 prints, they were displayed in the Sunderland Club shop in the Galleries shopping center and within the Sunderland Club shop. They sold like hotcakes and I got a lot of feedback from not only Football fans but the general public too.

I found out during my early years that I had a creative streak, maybe it came from my Mother Doreen she was a superb knitter and would create her own take on designs like shetland jerseys, etc.

Ham Radio operator-captures Niall Quinn 




Ham Radio enthusiast-captures the head of a Dachshund

Ham Radio enthusiast-captures the  head of a Dachshund 








Ham Radio enthusiast-captures the head of a Dachshund.  This fine character is called Casper he's a wire-haired Dachshund I painted him about twelve years ago for a relative of mine who wanted a painting for a good friends Christmas present portraits of pets and loved ones to make great bespoke gifts, please drop me a line if you are interested in having your dog cat or horse painted.

I always sow my paintings without frame I think it takes the eye away from the subject, frames are a very personal add on to a painting and I usually let people decide on what frame they would like, your local framer has many styles to offer to suit your taste and decor.

Casper was photographed by me, I use pictures as reference, it is difficult to sit and sketch dogs because in Caspers case he wanted me to play with him all the time, he is a great little dog, so photographs are the better choice than live sessions sketching mans best friend.

Photographs may be an issue if you don't have a good camera and knowledge of photography that's not a big problem ever town in every country around the world has a professional photographer nearby he or she will be delighted to photograph your pet for you, that way you will get a good clear picture of your best friend. I don't restrict myself to dogs, I would dearly love to be asked to paint a horse or a cat, please don't hesitate to contact me. I will paint any subject really because I simply like to paint.

Caspers painting is twenty-four inches by twenty-four inches an ideal size for a portrait of your dog, just imagine having your dog painted and hanging on your home's chimney breast. Paintings not only decorate a room they create interesting conversations, but many people's first reaction is also Wow where did you get that from!

Dachshunds are very doleful creatures in fact that they are often classed as doleful Dachs, they do you look rather subdued but believe me they have great characters and are very loving little dogs and make great pets.

Thank you for reading my blog post, please do not hesitate to write and ask about my work, I would love to hear from you. If you have suggestions about subjects you would like to see painted simply drop me a line. Thank you

Ham Radio enthusiast-captures the  head of a Dachshund 



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Ham Radio constructor and Artist-Inspired by others in Art

Ham Radio constructor and Artist-Inspired by others in Art 


Ham Radio constructor and Artist-Inspired by others in Art. Inspired by others in Art by Artist John Allsopp.  Inspiration, what is it where does it come from, question I am often asked when creating Art. The answer is simple really, research look at what others are producing could you do the same, no probably not, however looking at artists' work helps you form your own style.

Read their stories of how they developed their artwork.

There's always a story behind a picture when you look at art or a photograph we subconsciously make various decisions about what we see. Imagine why it was taken what message does it convey can you align with it, does it move you emotionally? 

What does this say, these are the thoughts I have when thinking about new work, behind every photograph painting portrait there is a story, a story that adds value to the work.

I think this is beautiful the colors in the painting are very vivid and the tonal quality excellent.






Ham Radio constructor and Artist-Inspired by others in Art 




Ham Radio op John G4YDM-County Durham North East England.

Ham Radio op John G4YDM-County Durham North East England.

Ham Radio op John G4YDM-County Durham North East England.  County Durham has some really interesting places and some scenic roads for that summer tour, I like the Stanhope area and a little visitor center in its center, where you can get a nice cup of tea and a piece of cake, I took these pictures of the visitor center a few years ago it still looks the same today.

Essentially I,m a portrait artist and many readers of my blog or website will have seen my portraits of football players dogs and the Royal family, I like to work in oil because its rich tonal qualities and vivid colors make it the best medium when you are trying to achieve highly realistic works of art.

You can see my portraits of Alan Shearer Niall Quinn and Kevin Keegan by using the search facility on the home page.

I enjoy taking pictures of local places of interest, many form the basis of paintings and portraits pictures and photography only adds to my interest in art and painting. 



Stanhope County Durham beauty spot

Stanhope County Durham beauty spot

Stanhope County Durham beauty spot

Stanhope County Durham beauty spot

Stanhope County Durham beauty spot

Stanhope County Durham beauty spot

Stanhope County Durham beauty spot

Stanhope County Durham beauty spot



Ham Radio op John G4YDM-County Durham North East England.

Ham Radio Op-catches Wire-haired Dachshund in oil

Ham Radio Op-catches Wire-haired Dachshund in oil






Ham Radio Op-catches Wire-haired Dachshund in oil.   This is our pet Digby he's a wire-haired Dachshund and unfortunately, he is no longer with us. Why did I paint a dog what is the connection with dogs and my art? My father Stan Allsopp was a dog breeder and dog show enthusiast for many years we have always had a dog its a pet I grew up with.

Wirehaired Dachshund

I mentioned earlier on in my writings that influences come from all corners and from life experiences when I look back it was natural one day for me to paint a portrait of a dog. I have a wide portfolio of art and all come from events in my life, we all have memorable events Digby is a most pleasant thought, we had many happy hours with him.

Digby was painted in oil on linen canvas, I took several photographs of him as a source of reference, pictures are used by countless amounts of art people. From these pictures, I built up the picture of the painting you see. 

Like all art paintings and portraits are a challenge, in this painting you not only see the subject you also see a detailed background. Sometimes the background can be as complicated as the subject, in this instance I decided after painting the dog that there something missing. What was missing ? was a detail of the background, art sometimes needs a complementary backdrop to push the main subject forward, I think I have achieved my goal in this painting.

We have always had a dog y father traveled miles to dog shows and was lucky to exhibit at Crufts. I have painted other dogs and will put them up on this blog for you to see in the future. I have quite a large portfolio of artwork produced over many years, its only now when I can concentrate on producing more art and I intend to publish new work on a website that is currently under construction.

I am often asked why is a Telecommunications Engineer producing oil portraits, I am not unique many people have hobby interests that seem to be far removed from their normal work. Radio and art are connected, art is very technical together with Engineering it is something that I have enjoyed for many years if I wasn't building crystal set radios I was engaged in Disney coloring books.

I came from a home that was very happy, my Dad was always involved in doing alterations and improvements to our house, he worked as a Blacksmith at the F Pit in Washington County Durham. My Mother Doreen was very good with her hands and enjoyed designing many new types of knitting patterns, She was a very practical person making new things from old all the time knitting and cross-stitch were crafts that she excelled in maybe art and creating is a trait I inherited from my parents DNA

Ham Radio Op-catches Wire-haired Dachshund in oil



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Ham Radio enthusiast-captures the Yorkshire Dales

Ham Radio enthusiast-captures the Yorkshire Dales


Ham Radio enthusiast-captures the Yorkshire Dales.   I enjoy driving to Hawes in North Yorkshire home of the famous Wensley dale cheese factory, its a very picturesque drive in summer but can through up challenges during winter, snow can fall quickly and catch you out!

I,m essentially an artist specializing in portraits in oil on linen canvas, many readers of this website will know that I have captured dogs in oil my parents and members of the Royal family including The Queen Princess Diana and Prince William, all of my portraits are created in oil-there is in my opinion no better medium than oil, it has rich tones and vivid colors.

I have portraits of famous Nort-East football players including Alan Shearer Kevin Keegan and Niall Quinn, you can view them all on my home page, just click the link below.




Hawes in North Yorkshire during the winter

Hawes in North Yorkshire during the winter

Hawes in North Yorkshire during the winter

Hawes in North Yorkshire during the winter

Hawes in North Yorkshire during the winter

Hawes in North Yorkshire during the winter

Hawes in North Yorkshire during the winter

Hawes in North Yorkshire during the winter

Ham Radio enthusiast-captures the Yorkshire Dales




Ham Radio Operator-paints Wedding Portraits

Ham Radio Operator-paints Wedding Portraits

As radio hams we often have other interests, I enjoy QRP mainly on the HF bands using CW which is a passion, portrait painting is another of my interests a skill honed over many years.


1. Bridal portrait with flowers.                                   Bride with flowers


2. Wedding portrait of a couple.                       My first Wedding Portrait.











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Ham Radio Operator-paints Wedding Portraits

Ham Radio Op John G4YDM-captures Winter in Hawes North Yorkshire-North East England

Ham Radio Op John G4YDM-captures Winter in Hawes North Yorkshire-North East England

Ham Radio Op John G4YDM-captures Winter in Hawes North Yorkshire-North East England.   I enjoy driving to Hawes in North Yorkshire home of the famous Wensley dale cheese factory, its a very picturesque drive in summer but can through up challenges during winter, snow can fall quickly and catch you out!


I,m essentially an artist specializing in portraits in oil on linen canvas, many readers of this website will know that I have captured dogs in oil my parents and members of the Royal family including The Queen Princess Diana and Prince William, all of my portraits are created in oil-there is in my opinion no better medium than oil, it has rich tones and vivid colors.

I have portraits of famous Nort-East football players including Alan Shearer Kevin Keegan and Niall Quinn, you can view them all on my home page, just click the link below.




Hawes in North Yorkshire during the winter

Hawes in North Yorkshire during the winter

Hawes in North Yorkshire during the winter

Hawes in North Yorkshire during the winter

Hawes in North Yorkshire during the winter

Hawes in North Yorkshire during the winter

Hawes in North Yorkshire during the winter

Hawes in North Yorkshire during the winter


Ham Radio Op John G4YDM-captures Winter in Hawes North Yorkshire-North East England


Ham Radio operator-highlights connections George Washington.

Ham Radio operator-highlights connections George Washington.

Ham Radio operator-highlights connections George Washington.   Washington Tyne & Wear, North East England ancestral home of George Washington.
  Thank you for your comments about my oil portraits featuring Alan Shearer and Kevin Keegan, these paintings which I created a number of years ago still bring in emails from as far away as Australia and New Zealand, however a lot of people who write following my website uploads are from the North East originally and can appreciate many of my portraits and their connections.

Essentially I,m a portrait painter but photography has played its role in not only as a form of reference for paintings and portraits-it also acts as a memory jogger for people especially if they were born and lived in the Northeast for some time.

These pictures which were requested by many ex-miners who lived in Washington and have now emigrated to far distant lands including Spain and France, however, they all have fond memories of the F pit in Washington a sight that I saw every morning-I was born on Shafto Terrace which overlooked the F Pit Colliery.

These pictures show the colliery band marching down the front street in Washington and people walking behind the band along Richardson terrace to meet up with the coach to take them to Durham-the bus, as usual, is parked behind where Woolworth store used to be.

Thank you again for your comments about this website!






Washington Tyne Wear Durham Big Meeting July 14th, 2012

Washington Tyne Wear Durham Big Meeting July 14th, 2012

Washington Tyne Wear Durham Big Meeting July 14th, 2012

Washington Tyne Wear Durham Big Meeting July 14th, 2012

Washington Tyne Wear Durham Big Meeting July 14th, 2012

Washington Tyne Wear Durham Big Meeting July 14th, 2012

Washington Tyne Wear Durham Big Meeting July 14th, 2012
Washington Tyne Wear Durham Big Meeting July 14th, 2012
Washington Tyne Wear Durham Big Meeting July 14th, 2012


Ham Radio operator-highlights connections George Washington.


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