QSL AND OTHER INFORMATION ABOUT STATION VE1SKY (and VE1XZ)
My interest is in radio - I rarely chase 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 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 CANADIAN postage by including sufficient CANADIAN postage stamps or one of the following acceptable equivalents:
* For US and Canadian requests - one US or Canadian dollar;
* For ALL OTHER requests - two US dollars or an IRC International Reply Coupon (see your local post office for information).
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.
VE1SKY RADIO ACTIVITY
I enjoy working many aspects of HF, VHF, & UHF bands including, but not limited to digital modes, meteor scatter and some 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. I am grateful to have been part of the successful VE1JF Contest team, operating Jim's "dream station", high on a basalt cliff, overlooking the Bay of Fundy. Don Moman, VE6JY, http://alfaradio.ca/ve6jy.html was an early radio friend and mentor. He demonstrated SWL DXing and DXpeditions to me and taught me how to "listen to radio".
When transmitting from station VE1SKY or VE1XZ, I typically run LP and explore the amateur challenge without the power.
*** EME SKY AWARD *** (February 2012)
I am currently attempting an EME QSO with this very small station. I have received I2FAK, F6FHP, S52LM, KB8RQ and been heard by KB8RQ. I have put out a challenge to the major EME stations: the first station to work VE1SKY will receive an engraved trophy, the "EME SKY Award". After working one EME QSO, I will consider adding a long yagi or two to my station. I want to prove that however unlikely, a moonbounce QSO can be done with this minimal station arrangement.
*** EME SKY AWARD UPDATE - KB8RQ successfully worked VE1SKY March 20, 2012 to win the trophy ***
On March 20, 2012 KB8RQ, Gary EM79 worked VE1SKY (LPDA 160w) during moonset. VE1SKY was in a lobe between 11-14 degrees and copied Gary -20 dB. Gary, who had only copied a "CQ VE1SKY FN74" once during perigee in February, was able to see a good 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. Gary has one of the best "big gun" EME stations in the world. Working VE1SKY proves that!
EME SKY AWARD - won by Gary KB8RQ March 20, 2012
Basic Station Information:
Yaesu FT847 Transceiver w/ INRAD RX 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); KMA 4113 LPDA for 6m, 2m, 70cm, ssb satellites, meteor scatter and EME (12 meters above ground); Arrow antenna with Alinco DJ-V5EH HT for FM satellites; homebrew 2m J-pole (14m above ground); Rigblaster Plus; TE Systems 1412G 2m amp, TE Systems 0552G 6m amp, LDG AT200PRO autotuner; Yaesu G-450A rotator; Heil BM-10 headset w/HC5.
KMA 4113 Log Periodic antenna
73, Roger, VE1SKY and VE1XZ
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