Thank you for the welcome.
I started SWL around 1974, in the days when there was no such thing as digital read outs for frequencies...just the dial. Most of my listening was on medium wave and sometimes long wave. Short wave was something I discovered around 1975, and was immediately fascinated by the array of foreign languages that I was hearing.
I was aware of pirate radio mostly care of the news, reports of stations being closed down etc...in those days, obtaining a broadcasting license was quite a long and drawn out process.
I discovered CB almost at its U.K. Inception and rejoiced when we were allowed to legally transmit..November 1981, subject to license conditions.
I sat the amateur radio exam around 1985 but never applied for the license as frankly, I didn't find the conversations very stimulating and thus didn't think expending a large amount of money on equipment, worth it.
After retirement, the time was right to take up a hobby or peruse an Open University degree. I decided to revisit the world of radio and purchased a fairly basic radio that covered 27 MHz up to around 900 MHz. I wasn't impressed by what, or rather wasn't hearing but put this down to the antenna. I then purchased a Tecsun S2000 and set up a long wire antenna with excellent results although it soon became evident that RF was going to be a problem. A balun or two later, I was happy with the results....but I wanted better. It was at that point that I researched the merits of active loop antennas and a new receiver, which I went on to purchase. I am now set up with the Welbrook active loop antenna and a Icom IC R8500 and have been enjoying some excellent receptions which I record and post on a Facebook radio site that I belong to, as evidence of the contact.
Long may this wonderful hobby last.