I got my first taste of short wave many many years ago when I found an old tube radio receiver in my parents attic and would listen to Radio Peking, Radio Australia and many more. I was hooked when I learned that I could have my own radio equipment and also talk around the world. I took the licence test in 1970 and received my first call, DK4YA, and was soon on the air with a home made 50W two band 80/20m radio and a dipole antenna and the rest is history.
My job in mining and mineral exploration has taken me around the world and I was lucky to have had ham licences in some of the places where I lived and worked, always in remote and adventerous locations.
My xyl and I were very fortunate to find an ideal place to retire to and built our house on a peninsula in Lake Ontario in Prince Edward County, some 200km east of Toronto. The county is a picturesque rural setting with vineyards around us and many artists have set up shop here. If you are into bird watching the county is one of the best places in Canada to do so.This qth is also just perfect for the radio hobby, being surrounded on three sides by miles of water and very little man made noise.
View onto Lake Ontario from my radio room, looking north.
I still have qsl cards for my previous calls which are: DK4YA - F0BAU/FC (former prefix for TK )- DK4YA/VE8 (also from IOTA NA-047) and DK4YA/VE3- VE8PW - CJ8PW - CG8PW - XN8PW - XK8PW - XL8PW - VE8PW/8 (IOTA NA-131) - VE8PW/8 (IOTA NA-007) - VK8PW -VK8PW/8 (IOTA OC-229) - AX8PW - AX8PW/8.
I also own the call VY0PW which I use at times in the summer from a work location in CQ Zone 2, in the Canadian Eastern Arctic, Nunavut. I am an active IOTA and DX chaser and like rag chewing as well.
You may send cards for VA3DXA and VY0PW via bureau or direct. For direct qsl requests please note that return postage from Canada to overseas is 2 green stamps or one new IRC; US locations one green stamp please.
I am now semi retired and still do some consulting in my old field, but have more time to attend to my other hobbies and travel with my xyl and play with the grand children.
Beside the radio hobby I very much enjoy being a volunteer in the aircraft restoration shop of the National Air Force Museum of Canada, attached to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) Air Base at Trenton, home of 8 Wing, not far from my qth. At present we are working on an Avro Anson Mark II, a twin engine multi purpose trainer from the last war and a twin engine Lockheed Hudson. A Beech 18, the prototype of the Avro CT144 Tutor , a Northrop Nomad and others will be next. It is like model airplane building, just on a much bigger scale.
Avro Anson Mk II under restoration in the shop, The plane was a navigational trainer used by the RCAF till the mid fifties. Photo taken in Oct. 2013.
One year later Oct. 2014, making slow progress.
We are lucky to have found two of the original radios carried on board, see below, however they no longer work.
NEC AR2 Receiver 8-21Mc built in 1940 Ser No 244 Bendix TA-12G 40W AM/CW transmitter Ser. No 1316
Lockheed Hudson under restoration by the metal bangers; this will be a special SAR version with an air drop life boat.
The National Air Force Museum is always adding new displays and here is a real rare one, a Sikorsky S-51, Canada's first military helicopter, active until the mid fifties and called H-5 in RCAF service.
Sikorsky S-51 (H-5) RCAF serlal 9601 Trenton Air Force Museum
Part of the outside airpark. A RCAF CF-5A in the foreground, followed by a RCAF CF-104D and an ex East German AF Mig-21MF.
On the far left the world's last airworthy Boeing 720 used as a test bed.
The museum also exhibits a WW2 HP Halifax bomber,one of only two left in the world.
Try this link to see more of the museum: http://www.airforcemuseum.ca/
My other major hobbies are radio controlled model ships and model H0 trains..
The ham station set up at my place:
ICOM 756 PROII, ICOM 7600, ICOM PW-1
ICOM 735, Ameritron AL-80A
Yaesu FT-7800 2m/70cm
Cushcraft R-5 Vertical
Fritzel FD-4 80/40m
ICOM AH-7000 2m/70cm
Cushcraft X-7 beam on US Tower, nice summer day, with AH-7000 on top
X-7 and tower after a snow storm
US Tower crank-up, 16m
Using Logger 32 software. I upload my log to LoTW frequently.
Hope to catch you on the bands.
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