First licenced in June 1959 as VE7AAL. Upgraded to Advanced July 1960. Operating as VA7JW since April 2000.
Happy to QSL. Prefer direct. Please send SAE & $2USD postage for a prompt reply, LoTW and eQSL. US Stations; Thanks, but please do NOT send SASE with US Stamps as envelop requires Canadian postage when mailed in Canada.
Interests are mostly technical and generally operate SSB on HF. Chase DX, enjoy contests and rag chew. WAZ, WAS, DXCC, and Worked All RAC stations, Certificate #2.
Location is a suburban house on a 70 x 120 ft lot. Bonus is a negative horizon from North to South West and tolerant neighbours. Downside is enduring the city noise floor.
The HF Station is on the left side and consists of an Icom IC-7700, with a heavily modified SB-220 Amp . The VHF/UHF Station on the right side consists of an Icom IC-208H for local work and an Icom IC-910 multimode for terrestial & satellite work. Overall capability is all HF bands plus 144 MHz, 440 MHz, 1.2 GHz capable & 2400 MHz Rx only.
Antennas respectively from the left are two Cushcraft 144-20T's extended to 20 elements each, two Cushcraft 416-TB extended to 15 elements each, and a 1 meter parabolic with a 1.2 and 2.4 GHz co-linear helical feed point. Centrally for HF, there is a 3 element SteppIR at 60 feet. A 160m dipole hangs off the left side of the tower and an 80/40 trap dipole hangs off the right hand side. On top of the tower is a Comet 2M/70cm vertical at 65 feet. On the right, there is a roof mounted Hy-Gain DX-77 40m thru 10m multiband vertical
Mobile: Icom IC-706 in an '08 Ford Escape. High Sierra Screwdriver for HF and a Larsen 144 / 440 MHz whip
Graduated University of British Columbia 1965 with B.A.Sc. Electrical Enginnering. Professional Engineer since 1968. Retired in 2002 from 37 years in the telecom equipment industry, noteably Lenkurt Electric, MPR Teltech, Glenayre and Norsat in engineering and later manfacturing.
Been Hamming over 50 years now and enjoying more than ever. Thanks for the visit, 73
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