I rely on portable antennas to operate SSB from my home or in the field. I have five PAR end-fedz wire dipole antennas (6, 10, 15, 17 & 20 meters) that I attach to telescopic fibreglass poles. I also have a Buddipole kit that is fun to experiment with. A ham-stick in the garden, with one counterpoise, finally got me on 40M in July 2015. I've never operated on 80 or 160 Meters! March 2016 I purchased two old Hustler 5-BTV verticals. Found a spot in my yard and installed one as a 4-BTV. It tunes most of 40M and have made several USA and DX contacts.
The photos show some of my gear.
ICOM 7000 as W4/VA3ONO portable near Punta Gorda, Florida in March 2014.
FT-817ND operating QRP battery powered portable on Lake Muskoka, Ontario, Canada, August 2014.
And my first radio, a mint KENWOOD TS-140s, purchased Feb. 2009. I operate out of my garage or from my patio when the weather is nice.
Please scroll down to read about the lighthouse near my home.
The photograph at the top of my page shows one of the two old wooden light houses that stands on the end of the east pier at Port Dalhousie harbour in my home town of St. Catharines. (FN03ie) Formally known as the Village of Port Dalhousie, this light guided ships into the entrance of the second & third Welland Ship Canals that raise ships from Lake Ontario around Niagara Falls to Lake Erie. The structure was built in 1879.
The fourth Welland Canal, located to the east of Pt. Dalhousie, is a major link in the current St. Lawrence Seaway H2O Highway system that connects the five Great Lakes with the Atlantic ocean. Niagara Falls is about 18 kms south-east of St. Catharines.
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