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Justin Lindars 2E0JVL, founder of Lindars Radios, reports, “It all started back in June 2017 from home where I won a collection of amateur radio equipment from a local auction by mistake!

Justin Lindars 2E0JVL, founder of Lindars Radios, reports, “It all started back in June 2017 from home where I won a collection of amateur radio equipment from a local auction by mistake! Being a first-time user to the auction site I thought I was pressing the refresh button each time watching the bidding going up. It turns out this was the bidding button and not the refresh and the lucky winner was me to my surprise. I went to collect my winnings and it turned out there was a lot more than in the photos. This is where it all began; I sold the first radio from that job lot and made my money back instantly. This gave me the idea that perhaps I could do this a few more times. Amateur radio has been a hobby of mine for many years and I really enjoyed buying and testing the radios from auctions. “It wasn’t long before the house started to fill up with interesting radios and accessories such that I started to realise I would need to take on a small premises. This led to a rather interesting stock system that utilised the children’s wardrobes and various cupboards around the house. “I built an ecommerce website to list all the items of stock, which was rapidly increasing on a daily basis: www.amateurradiosales.co.uk “Due to the nature of rather unusual radio equipment I made contact with a local amateur radio club member, Rob G3MYM, who very kindly helps me identify various pieces of equipment. I joined the local Yeovil amateur radio club and they are always very supportive of any of my new ventures. “Some time ago I was fortunate to find a unit on a local industrial estate that we share with another fellow amateur radio enthusiast Lee G7OGG, who runs PC Zone (Yeovil). “In March 2019 due to the increased sales on the website and in the shop, I took on a new member of staff, Rachel, who photographs and inputs the stock to be sold on the website. “Within the shop we have a vintage wireless museum area, a good selection of vintage and collectable Morse keys, and a library of books and manuals on all things radio related. We have a popular Call Wall (callsigns) for every amateur who visits the shop and, of course, a great selection of new and used amateur radio equipment and accessories. We have an area available for customers to sit down and try out our equipment. We have an external HF antenna, which can be used for transmit and receive. “On July 6th we had an open day with Yaesu demonstrating the latest FTDX101D transceiver. One of our customers kindly described the shop as an Aladdin’s cave for amateur radio enthusiasts.

 

This article was featured in the September 2019 issue of Practical Wireless