Hi Colin, yes Alice has a ham licence , she's had it since 93, but is inactive as far as transmitting is concerned. The reception etc here is not good with all the overhead power lines and things. At 71 you are far from too old to get a licence, I did about three years ago. It has been simplified in recent years and there are now three grades. I did the course and test for the first grade one just to prove I could at my age. We were going to a local radio club and they ran classes, so I had a go. To tell you the truth, I'm not that interested, When we have the camper finished, Alice plans on going up to the deserted Beacons and setting up a mobile station. No interference up there. The whole hobby has been damaged by cheap electronic equipment, ethernet powerline adaptors etc which make so much noise. The good news is that the sun spots are on the way back up, so propogation should improve.
Yes, I might indeed call for help, you are far more experienced with this sort of build than me.
Would be very nice if we could meet up some time, We don't live that far apart.
All the best Nerys and Alice.