Ross Lewis
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Bass Guitar
I have played the Electric Bass for 4 years having passed Grade 6 Rockschool Exam with Merit and have performed with both covers Bands and original Artists. I enjoy playing fretless Bass most of all and currently use both 4 and 6 string Fretless Bass Instruments. I prefer Passive Pickups for their sound quality (also there are no batteries to run down). My favourite Strings are Fender 9120's and La Bella Deep Talkin' Flat Wound Bass Strings.
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I have been fishing since the age of 8 years old and although I do not get out as much as I would like, I do manage to catch the occasional Carp, Pike and Trout. My favourite style of Fishing includes the use of artificial Lures of all types for Predatory Species. I also do love watching a Float as it slides away into the depths (well maybe an inch or two). I have also been known to spend many hours on the river bank apparently trying to teach worms how to swim.
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Geek Stuff
I left school in 1981 and developed an interest in new Technology during the 80's which was moving rapidly to say the least. My first Computer was an Amstrad PC 1640 HD20 with ECG Monitor and Dot Matrix Printer, 20Mb Hard Drive and 5-1/4 inch floppy disk. I paid £2200 for that lot in 1986. Should have kept it, along with all of the other items of "Tech" that I scrimped and saved to buy, then dumped when I got bored with them.
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Amateur Radio
I became interested in Amateur Radio a few years ago and joined the Stourbridge Amateur Radio Society, leading to taking my Foundation License. Having passed, I have a Callsign of M6RLZ, which entitles me to use a selection of available Amateur Bands with restrictions on Transmitted Power Output of 10 Watts maximum. I have plenty to learn and plan to progress to take the Intermediate Exam in the near future. I currently use an old Yaesu FT290 on the 2 metre Band, plus a Baofeng Handheld Transceiver operating on 70cm and 2M Bands.
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Digital Photography
Long after I forgot about the Film Camera that I used when the Kids were growing up, I discovered the joys of Digital Cameras. The first ones I owned were rubbish but these days it is difficult to find a bad one. I currently use Pentax / Ricoh Cameras and find them to provide a good balance of practical ergonomics and good quality at an affordable price (also taking into account the Lenses required, which can start to mount up).
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35mm Film Photography
I have rediscovered the joys of using Film Cameras over the past 10 years or so and expect to always have one or two in my collection. Used with a decent quality Film (my favourite is Fuji Superia 400) and Film Scanner I have managed to get photos of better quality than many Digital attempts, depending upon the situation (lighting etc..), especialy in terms of colour qualities using a Film Camera. Good news is that all my Pentax Lenses fit both the Pentax Digital and Film Camera Bodies.
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