Andy Watts

I’m Andy Watts, I live in the Cathedral City of Salisbury and used to run a computer repair business. I moved here almost 15 years ago and I have to say that I can’t think of a nicer place to live.

When I first came to Salisbury, my plan was to become a sole trader and start a small business from home.

Andy Watts - Salisbury

I did a lot of research into self-employment and spoke to a man from what was Business Link. It was a government-funded business advice and guidance service.

I’ve always had an interest in home computers as a hobby and this is what I was proposing to get involved with as far as employment.

Back in the early 90s, my first PC was a Goldstar 286-12 running MS-DOS and Windows 3.0 and I’ve owned a PC ever since.. that’s quite a few years.

So, after much thought, I registered with HMRC as being self employed. I then started to set up a computer repair business. I was pretty confident that I could deal with most desktop PC and laptop repairs so I started to advertise.

I’m pleased to say that Salisbury computer repairs did quite well and I had a steady flow of customers in and around this area of Wiltshire and beyond.

Salisbury Computer Repairs closed during the pandemic, in 2020. I’m quite happy being a retired computer repair technician.

More About Andy Watts

There’s not a great deal more to tell about really, or at least, not what I want to publish online. Since closing my business, I’ve taken early retirement and now and am enjoying a happy retirement in Salisbury. I now live in a retirement flat on the western side of the city. It’s a small complex, the other residents are great and I’m a happy bunny.

I do have various hobbies and interests as well as being a dog owner.

Amateur Radio

I’ve been a licensed radio ham for 30 years although I’m not really very active these days. Maybe in the future I’ll start chatting to people around the world again.. 

If amateur radio is something that might interest you then you can contact the Radio Society of Great Britain – https://rsgb.org

#Update – Nov 2023# I’ve just built a spiral loop antenna for 14MHz (20M) and am monitoring a digital mode (FT8) with an old RTL-SDR that I found in the drawer.

I’m quite surprised that it can pick up stations from all over Europe and beyond. 

PSK Reporter is turning out to be a very useful website for monitoring other FT8 stations. It turns out that there are a couple of radio hams near to me who are using digital modes on HF.

My amateur radio call sign is G7MJV

Writing

Since I retired I’ve started doing a little writing in my spare time. I’m not particularly creative but it’s a good way to pass the time and I enjoy it. I already have a web hosting contract for this site so have created a WordPress.org website for my blog. 

Andy Watts – Salisbury