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My interest is radio - I don't chase QSL awards or cards. If you would like a QSL from VE1SKY, I will gladly help you with your request...

Please request my station's QSL card by direct mail (preferred) or the bureau. If you request a QSL card from VE1SKY by direct mail and want to be assured of a direct reply you should cover outgoing Canadian postage by including sufficient CANADIAN postage stamps or one of the following acceptable equivalents:

* For Canadian requests - one US or Canadian dollar;

* For ALL OTHER requests - two US dollars.

QSL requests that lack sufficient Canadian postage or equivalents will be sent via the bureau. A self addressed envelope is not necessary for direct requests, but always appreciated.


I enjoy working nearly all aspects of  the HF, VHF, & UHF bands including, but certainly not limited to, digital modes, meteorscatter and satellites. My emphasis in radio is on quality QSOs, efficient contesting/DXing and operating. Station VE1SKY has very modest power and antennas. By employing propagation forecasts/anomalies, operator perseverance, and any other advantages I can figure out - I like to give the East Coast "Big Guns" a friendly nudge (e.g. see Canada QSO slots for T32C, Christmas Island (East Kiribati) - http://www.t32c.com/T32C_Log_Search.

Six meters is often a favorite band with me. I enjoy contesting, although not incessantly, using various modes on both HF and VHF (eg, North America CQWW SSB recordholder 80m SOLP Assisted and top score 2013 NA Meteorscatter Winter Rally). I am grateful to have been part of the successful VE1JF Multi Op Contest Team. Don Moman, VE6JY, https://youtu.be/IBChwkjzliw was an early radio friend and mentor. He demonstrated SWL DXing and SWL DXpeditions to me and taught me how to "listen to radio".

When transmitting from station VE1SKY, I run 200w or less and explore the amateur challenge without the power.



On August 12-13, 2015,  VE1JF, Jim and I activated the rare 2m digital DX grid FN73.  We operated MS and EME during the Perseids meteorshower and a good quality EME moon. The FN73 grid expedition was hosted by the Shag Harbour Incident Society as a featured event in the annual Shag Harbour UFO Festival.  The hospitality of the community was outstanding and the media and visitors loved it.  European and North American stations were worked in JT65B mode via the moon.  Many FSK441 mode, DX meteorscatter QSOs were completed at distances to 1288 miles.  Equipment employed for this expedition included an FT847 transceiver, 12 element K1FO antenna at 20 ft., Signalink USB interface and a TE Systems 1412G amp at 150w. Special UFO Museum QSL cards for VE1SKY contacts were sent out for all QSOs. Shag Harbour is the site of Canada's most famous UFO incident.  The story is on the web.



BRENDAN QUEST - North America to Europe on 2m

From July 4 - July 12, 2014 I was part of a Canadian team intending to work a 2m TransAtlantic European QSO or to receive or have an unassisted signal received across the Atlantic for the first time in history. The Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS) sponsors the Brendan Trophy, Brendan Shield and Brendan Plate awards for the first individual or team that succeeds. The Canadian Brendan Team in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland was copied perfectly in the proper format by John, G4SWX in Suffolk, England on July 6, 2014 at 13:41 UTC using FSK441.  Articles about the Brendan Quest are found in "The Canadian Amateur" April/May 2016 and "QST" Magazine May 2016.  The Team has a webpage: www.brendanquest.org .



On March 20, 2012 KB8RQ, Gary EM79 worked VE1SKY (2m, non-elevating 41-1300 MHz LPDA,160w) during moonset. Many tried for the prize. VE1SKY was in a lobe between 11-14 degrees and copied Gary -20 dB.  Gary, who had only decoded a "CQ VE1SKY FN74" once during perigee in February, was able to see a good JT65B trace all through the March 20th QSO.  I thank Gary for all his patience.  After about eight attempts over February and March, we got it done. VE1SKY was never designed to be an EME station and the exercise was all just for the fun of attracting an EME QSO.   Gary has one of the best "big gun" EME stations in the world. Working VE1SKY and winning the prize proves that!

EME SKY AWARD : KB8RQ Winner March 20, 201241-1300 MHz LPDA

EME 'SKY' award - won by Gary Crabtree, KB8RQ on March 20, 2012




  Note: The original QSOs in the Introduction are no longer available on YouTube.


You may want to see the latest K1JT Meteorscatter Mode - JTMSK :


VE1SKY Bridgetown, N.S. QTH - Large Meteor Event (see news story) http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/bloody-creek-crater-scientists-find-more-meteorite-hits-1.3165408    Meteorscatter of a Different Kind in FN74


Station Information:

Yaesu FT847 Transceiver w/ INRAD RX filter mod; Alpha Delta DXCC multi-band dipole for 10-80m (12 meters above ground); Alpha Delta DX-B Sloper for 30-160m (10 meters above ground); 5 Element 6m Innova LFA (12 meters above ground); 12 element 2m K1FO (15 meters above ground); 70cm LFA or K1FO coming in 2016; Arrow antenna with Alinco DJ-V5EH HT for FM satellites; Rigblaster Plus; TE Systems 1412G 2m amp; TE Systems 0552G 6m amp; TE Systems 4450G 70cm amp; LDG AT200PRO autotuner; Yaesu G-450A rotator; Heil BM-10 headset w/HC5.


October 2015

INNOVA 5 Element 6m LFA antenna & 12 Element 2m K1FO on HD Trylon Tower


73, Roger, VE1SKY


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