Originally licensed as VA3PPP while at Conestoga College In Kitchener, Ontario, Canada where I studied Electronics Engineering Technology(1995-1998). After struggling for a several years with a nagging neighbour(RFI of course), I was forced to grind the legs off the tower and remove it completely. In the spring of 2011, I felt the need to turn on a radio after digging it up in my own garage after 11 years of inactivity. When I heard European DX coming in on the old RCI2970, I was instantly hooked. Rewrote my exam a week later. Now, licensed as VA3ELE, I have found a new pleasure of in the world of weak signals. I can be found on 144,432 and 1296 while on the base, and very often found DX'ing on the HF bands while mobile.
APRS MAPSfor Troposheric conditions.If tropo is good, shoot me an email for a sched on 2m or 432 or 1296 SSB, SLOW CW(just learning the code) or and of the Digital modes. Im always looking for new grids. I can also be found on the 144/432 forum/chathttp://www.on4kst.org/chat/login.php?band=8
I'd like to thank NC1I and K2UYH for their hard work and patience at being my first 2 EME contacts on 432!
New pictures coming of the current Station.
Below is the temporary station consisting of an Icom IC820H for 144/432, a Yaesu FT-857D is used as IF for a Microwave Modules MMT1296 transverter. Also barely visable is a small 100watt amplifier for 432, it is RF Concepts 4-110. The rack mount amplifier is for 1296, currently putting out 18watts. Right now feedlines are 2 x 7/8" heliax, 1 x 1/2" heliax and a spare run of LMR400(possibly for 6m). Antennas are Hy-Gain VB215DX(15 elements) for 144, 2 x M-Squared 9WL (28 elements) for 432 and a 45 element looper for 1296. Top to is 1296 @ 53ft, 432 @ 51.5ft and 45.5ft, and 144 @ 48.5ft.
The antenna farm as of October 2012.
Maps of grids worked.
Blue = 50MHz
Orange = 144MHz
Green = 432MHz
Yellow = 1296MHz
Thanks for looking.
73 de VA3ELE
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