Thanks for Stopping by:
I am using the new 2 letter call VA3HD as at Nov 13 2013. Below are the highlights of my setup at theprevious
QTH, as well as the new QTH's towers. We have 5 towers and 21 antennas at the new site. Always something
to do around here on HAM radio.
In Ontario it is almost impossible to obtain a 2 letter call, so I jumped at the chance when HD became available.
We are also allowed to have more than one callsign in Canada, my other calls are assigned to FM repeaters
and Packet transmitters.
EQSL, QRZ QSL or mail QSL info: I will exchange/answer any QSL card sent or Emailed to me.
Send direct to my mailing address or thru through QSL Bureau, if you want a quick mail QSL exchange on 6 meters, I would send it direct. .
A return sas envelope and $1 is appreciated, i will pay the difference in postage back to you .
I use QRZ logbook to log all international QSO's and first time on
all other bands.
Welcome, we are located in Colborne, Ontario (FN14bb), Canada, about 60+
miles due north of Rochester, N.Y. on the north shore of Lake Ontario, about
150 Km East of Toronto. We have been a licenced Amateur Radio operator since
1992. and have 12WPM (Morse code) & Advanced Qualifications. Recently , and
for the past few years, we have mainly been operating APRS, VHF FM & Weak
Signal 50/144/432 SSB. Join us on the 144.205 Mhz 2 meter SSB net 8AM Eastern,
Its a lot of fun and I encourage all HAMs with144Mhz SSB capabilityin IARU Zone 2
to attend.Log into the ON4KST chat www.on4kst.org and select Zone 2 144 mhz
page to see what is goingon in the VHF UHF weak signal group.
Just moved my station as of March 8 2013, and just completed installing the station
antennas atthe new location. Was a lot of work, and went through a couple of failures
on the Tilt over trailer,but we have finally overcome the problems and are back on the
air on all HF Bands (except 60 Meters) and all VHF / UHF bands we had at the other QTH .
Repeater Antenna Tower - 100 Feet - VE3RTY - 147.165 Mhz 162.2 Hz tone & 443.375 Mhz no tone
Below: Stacked Horizontal Array : Top is a Jetstream Tri Band 6m/2m/70cm Vertical, then below
is horizontal 1296 Mhz 16 Element Beam, 432 Mhz 19 Element Beam & 144 Mhz 17 Element
Beam. Ham IV Rotor to turn it. Also use this tower for several VHF receive only antennas , HF
Vertical and HF Coaxial fed 80 Meter Windom.
Below: Tower located at old drive shed, shed now removed. Will use for vertical beams in the future.
Below, tower trailer. Winch Cable snapped on it when loading the antennas on it at the new QTH.
Luckily, we had the two spare tower sections needed and replaced them the next day. Also had to get
replacment elements for the KT34A. Managed to locate a KT34XA close by, may put it up in
the future, but its a monster! For now, I have enough spare parts for the KT34A to last my lifetime!
Halfway up !
And Finally! Its up. KT34A 4 Element 10/15/20 Meter Beam, A505S 5 Element 6 Meter Beam & A99 10-20 Meter
Vertical with GPRK Kit. You can see the tree damage we suffered in the Spring 2013 ice storm (in the background)
Operating Equipment: Base
Upstairs addition to shack: Decided this year that a way to increase use of HAM radio is to move some of the
gear upstairs in my Office / Rec room / Master Bedroom. I occasionally work from home when estimating jobs,
so its nice to have something to listen to up here (but of course my xyl does not agree at night) Running Ham
radio Deluxe thru laptop and on the HD projector is neatl. Currently the screen is at 90 inches in the picture.
Running Signal Link SLUSB for digital modes upstairs with HAM 4 rotor control on HF Beam. connected from
above ^ the on4kst chat room on the big screen
ICOM IC 746 / w HAM radio deluxe computer interface
Kenwood TS-140S HF 160-10M all Mode
Kenwood TS-940 (restoration Project).
Yeasu FT100D HF, VHF & UHF Base/Mobile
Kenwood TS790A, with the UT-10 1200 Mhz module installed <-as far as im concerned, the greatest VHF,
UHF all mode radio ever made. My favourite radio of the bunch
Icom 2320H Dual Band VHF / UHF
Kenwood TM-251 VHF TX/RX , UHF Receive
FT-8900 Quad Bander 10,6,2&70cm FM <- I love these radios, I have one in the house, one in the Pick up
and they work great !
ID-800H Dstar Dual Band 50W Mobile/Base
Midland 70-3400 Syn-Tech 2 VHF Commercial Radio on 144.390 APRS ( Using Uiview 32 )
Midland 70-1340 Syn-Tech XTR VHF Commercial Radios on 2 Meters (2)
Midland Syn-Tech 1 mobile 50 watt UHF 440Mhz radio (3)
Uniden Bearcat BC785D Digital Scanner
Uniden Bearcat BCD396T Digital Handheld with BC96 control head
Uniden Bearcat BCD996T Digital Mobile / Base
Uniden BCT8 Analog Trunking
Operating Antennas: Base
Cushcraft A505S 50Mhz 5 Element Beam Horizontal
Cushcraft 17B2 144 Mhz 17 Element Beam Horizontal
Cushcraft 719 432 Mhz 19 Element Beam Horizontal
Comet 1296 Mhz 16 Element Beam Horizontal
KLM Mirage KT34A Tri-Band 4 Element HF Beam
Alpha-Delta DX-LB 10-160 Wire antenna (Up at the cottage), north of Napanee area (FN14lk)
Buxcomm Coaxial fed Windom 160-6 meter wire antenna (Oriented NW-SE) ,
Buxcomm Coaxial fed Windom 80-6 meter wire antenna (Oriented NE-SW)
Solarcon A99 10-20 meter Vertical with ground plane kit from Maco GPRK Works best on 10 and 12 meters
Cushcraft A148T20144-148Mhz "Twist" VHF 10 element vertical / 10 element horizontal beam
Homemade 10 Element VHF Beam
Cushcraft A44911S11 element UHF Beam (vertical) (UHF commercial radio on 440Mhz)
Several X200 Diamond antennas ( for commercial radios)
Jetstream JTB4 tri-band 6m/2m/70cm verticals (2) (FT8900)
Diamond D130J Discone wide band receive, resonant on 6m,2m,70cm (scanners)
Operating Equipment: Mobile
picture below: Just before I put the FT857 in the truck.
Yeasu FT-857D - HF / VHF / UHF all mode with YT100 tuner
TMD700A Dual Band APRS Tranceiver
FT-8900 Quad Bander 10m / 6m / 2m / 70cm FM
ID-800H Dual Band DStar
Uniden HR2510 10 Meter All Mode Transceiver
Uniden Bearcat BC796D Digital Scanning Receiver / Trunking Receiver
Uniden Bearcat BCD396T with BC96 control head (in wife's SUV)
HF - Using Hamsticks currently (80-10 m), but will be adding a screwdriver antenna at some point likely ATAS 120
VHF/UHF - Have Jetstream and Comet triband antennas on (6m, 2m & 70cm) for TMD700A & FT8900R respectively.
Both work well but the Jetstream antenna works the best on the TMD700A (though the radio does not have 6m) on
the MFJ 336 triple mag mount for S0 239 on the roof.
VHF/UHF SSB - M2 Halo for VHF/UHF Stacked array (shown in picture)
DSTAR - Jetstream Dual Band 2m/440 High Gain on Mag mount
Operating Equipment: Portable
Yeasu VX7R Quad Band handheld
Yeasu VX8GR Tri Band APRS GPS portable - excellent portable...use this primarily as a "to go" unit. Can carry it
around or use it in the work van since it has a built in TNC and GPS all in the compact little radio, though the GPS takes a long time to get a signal
lock, this unit works well for APRS when GPS is locked on.
Baofeng UV-3R Dual Band Handheld - I know, I know, its chinease, at $51.00 i could not resist trying it...surprisingly
compact, nice & inexpensive, and if it breaks, throw it in the garbage and buy a new one!
Several Commercial Midland 70-154 handhelds used as remote digipeaters
Alinco DJ S41 440Mhz mono bander (perfect for FM crossbanding in the house or truck @ 300mW)
In Canada we have three classes of licences; Basic, Morse Code and Advanced. A Basic licenced operator
has to receive 80% on his written exam or will not be able to transmit legally on HF (30Mhz & Below). If the
operator received 80% or more, they receive the "Basic with Honours" endorsement, and the operator can
operate legally on HF and transmit up to 560W PEP Maximum power. If the basic only operator wishes to
transmit legal HF operation,
he can either take the basic test again and must receive 80% or more, or obtain the morse code endorsement
instead. Advanced operators in Canada are allowed to run the legal limit of 2250W PEP and of course can operate
all bands, can own and operate repeater stations, be delegated examiners and work on transmitters etc.
As explained, there is no longer a morse code requirement in Canada for HF privileges for those amateurs
who have "basic with honours", but operators may still take the test to receive the endorsement.
Above picture was taken on a trip to Nova Scotia in the summer 2011, (My aunt on the left).
Taken at the Tidnish Bridge park. This was the site of a proposed over land railway to tow boats
from the Bay of Fundy in the south over to Tidnish on the south shores in the Northumberland
Strait south of PEI. The project died when they ran out of money in the late 1800's.
The xyl & I
Every year, my wife's family opens up an old church in New Dublin Ontario (north of Brockville) to have a
United Church service there. I take care of some logistics - power, ventilation and handing out some of the programs..
73 de VA3VEC
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