My QTH

Grid square : IO92LP
IARU region: 1
ITU zone : 27
CQ zone : 14
IOTA. : EU-005 Great Britain

Here you can find the minutiae of my whereabouts, and for most of the people who visit this site, they will not venture any further
   

Grid squareIO92LP
IRAU region1
ITU zone27
CQ zone14
IOTAEU-005 Great Britain

If this refers to you, thank you for visiting, I hope to see you again soon.


For everyone else, here is some further info, if you are having trouble sleeping or if you have some time to kill please read on.

So why is this page titled QTH?

In radio there are a number of what are called ‘Q’ codes. These are like a shorthand system, used within the community for passing information on modes such as CW – Morse code or digital modes, where information needs to be passed quickly and accurately. The “Q” code, QTH in its most basic form means “Location” hence that is the page title explained. Further information on Q codes can be found here.

Leicester in the county of Leicestershire

I live on the eastern outskirts of the city, approximately 3 miles from the city centre.

Leicestershire is a landlocked county in the English Midlands. Its main urban area is the City of Leicester, now a separate authority within the shire. The county borders Nottinghamshire to the north, Lincolnshire to the north-east, Rutland to the east, Northamptonshire to the south-east, Warwickshire to the south-west, Staffordshire to the west, and Derbyshire to the north-west. The border with Warwickshire is Roman Watling Street, the A5. 

About 650,000 people live in Leicestershire, and 300,000 in the city of Leicester. Loughborough is the second largest town. Otherwise Leicestershire is a rural county, famous for its farmers and farming. Stilton cheese, Red Leicester cheese, and the Melton Mowbray Pork Pie are three of Leicestershire’s most famous products. 

Red Leicester Cheese
Melton Mowbray Pork Pie
Stilton Cheese
The main river in the county is the Soar, which is a tributary of the Trent. A crossing point of the Soar was responsible for the Iron Age settlement that began Leicester. It was also used by the Romans. Loughborough is also a crossing point of the Soar.

Other towns include Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Coalville, Hinckley, Market Harborough, Melton Mowbray, Oadby, Wigston and Lutterworth. 
 
In Viking times, Leicestershire was part of the Danelaw, the Viking controlled eastern half of England, and there are still many Viking names as well as Saxon ones. The main roads going into Leicester city end in gate, which comes from the old Viking word for road, ‘gata’. 
 
A large part of the north-west of the county is within the new National Forest. 
Leicestershire became famous in the Middle Ages for its wool-based clothing industries, and it specialised in knitwear, socks and shoes.

This was all done by hand in the villages of Leicestershire, but when machines were developed, it become concentrated in mills, most of which were in Leicester city (and particularly the area known as Frog Island).

The need for machines also meant that engineering was an important industry. Today much of that old industry has gone, except for high quality clothing and speciality textiles. 
The tomb of King Richard is revealed

Leicester city has recently become well known for the discovery of the body of King Richard III, the last of the Plantagenet kings. He has more recently been reburied in Leicester Cathedral.

Loughborough is famous for its university, which is a centre of excellence for sports development.


Leicester De Montfort university in the city centre is a university of academic excellence, and probably its most famous achievement was the development and understanding of DNA genetic profiling by Sir Alec Jeffreys in late 1984. 

As with any large city, Leicester has its problems and is a sprawling mass of old and new, wealthy and not so wealthy, along with its fair share of social issues. However the surrounding countryside is beautiful, we are very fortunate to have the best of both worlds, where turning left we can be in the most wonderful scenery within minutes and turning right we can be within the hustle and bustle of a large city in no time at all. We have the National space centre here along with many other museums, galleries and sporting venues, there really is something for everyone.

So, this is where I live, and I love it. Thanks for passing by