Welcome to the amateur radio station of Ante Laurijssen, VA2BBW
Echolink Node #482729
I first got interested in radio in general when I was a teenager. My father had a little RadioShack shortwave radio receiver that he had been given when he came to Canada from the Netherlands so he could listen to Radio Netherlands. Although he never really used it, I certainly loved tuning across the bands and listening to those strange signals coming from all over the world. I then got into CB radio along with a couple of friends, but only for a short while. For a number of years I had forgotten about radio completely.
Then, in 2008, I got the bug again and studied for my amateur radio exam. After passing it and getting HF privileges, I got on the air and became very involved in this interesting hobby. Although I am a real CW (morse code) nut, I also enjoy SSB, AM, FM as well as digital modes on occasion. I also enjoy chatting with the local guys on the Ottawa and Gatineau repeaters, but my main focus is chasing DX with my humble setup. I also love to collect QSL cards. I am also active with the Straight Key Century Club, of which I am member #5963T. And although I am not really a contester, I enjoy participating, if only to snag a new DX station.
I have used the following callsigns in the past:
All these callsigns are confirmed seperately on LoTW and the can all be searched on Clublog.org.
***2014 Canadian postal rates have recently seen a significant increase***
Direct: DX Stations It is appreciated if you send a SAE with 2 green stamps to help cover the return postage. It costs $2.50 CAD to mail overseas from Canada.
US Stations It is appreciated if you send a SAE with 1 green stamp to help cover the return postage. It costs $1.20 CAD to mail to the USA from Canada.
Canadian Stations It is appreciated if you send a SASE.
Bureau: Very simple... You send me a card via the bureau and I'll send you one the same way!
eQSL: I upload my logs periodically to eQSL.cc. If you haven't gotten my confirmation yet, don't worry. It will appear eventually.
LOTW: I upload my logs periodically to LOTW. If you haven't gotten my confirmation yet, don't worry. It will appear eventually.
OQRS: You may request a QSL card from me via Clublog.org. You can request a bureau card as well as a direct card. If you choose direct, you will be charged $2.00 USD to help cover postage. I periodically upload my logs to Clublog.org. If you don't see our QSO yet, don't worry. It will appear eventually.
For any questions or enquiries about a QSO we have had, or a QSL card, you may email me at the address that appears once you log on to QRZ.com. If you cannot find our QSO in my online log, email me the details and I will have a look in my paper logs. Mistakes can happen!
-Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) (#5963T)(Centurion #420, Tribune #281)
-Polar Bear QRP Club (#219)
-Yaesu FT-450 for HF
-Yaesu FT-857D for VHF/UHF
-MFJ 948 tuner
-Hendricks PFR3 QRP Kit 40-30-20m transceiver
-Yaesu VX8GR handheld for APRS/Portable VHF-UHF
-2 element vertical array (31ft jackite poles as masts) with Array Solutions Stack Match 2 plus (for BIP-BOP operation - In-phase: N-S direction, Opposite-Phase: E-W direction)
-88ft multiband homebrew attic doublet fed with ladder line for HF
-168ft experimental NVIS doublet fed with coax (strung along the top of my fence, about 6ft off the ground)
-2m Arrow attic J-pole
-Homebrew and commercial CW keys (Single lever paddle, bugs, straight keys, sideswiper, etc...)
-Yaesu FT1900 for 2m mobile
One of my favourite parts of the hobby is to collect QSL cards. If we have had a QSO, feel free to send me one of your cards. I don't QSL every QSO, but I try to do so for as many as possible. Now that I can use the bureau, it should be a little easier on my wallet! I hope you enjoy my cards, all of which I designed myself.
Current QSL Card
Front and back of my QSL card #6
Retired QSL Cards
These are my previous cards that have now been retired.
I have recently been learning about computer programming and have started working with the Python programming language. As a first programming project, I decided to create a simple console-based logging program for ham radio. SimPyL is totally free and open-source, and I'm working on trying to make it as OS-independent as possible. Please check it out:
I'd love to hear any feedback, comments, ideas, etc. Although it's still in the prealpha stage, give it a try and let me know what you think!
73 de VA2BBW !
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