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My radio station is located near Montréal, Qc, Canada, in CQ zone 5, ITU 4, grid FN35fl.

I acquired my amateur certificate in Feb 1982 and I have been working DX ever since.

My main interest is hunting Islands, Lighthouses, and DXpeditions, big or small.

Time and weather permitting, I also like to do mini DXpedition on the St-Lawrence river islands.

Past operation : Oct 20-24, 2013  =  CK2OV/p  Ile D'Orleans, IOTA NA-128 (FN47OA).

Next Operation : Oct 19-23, 2014 =  CG2OV/p  Ile D'Orléans, IOTA NA-128 (FN47OA).


 Once in a while I operate portable from The EXPO67 Islands site. (Canadian Islands Award # QC-011). 

Note: The Expo67 islands are in the St-Lawrence River but do not count for IOTA because not in salt water.

Below: This is a 1967 vintage photo showing the Montréal World Fair, which theme was "Man and his world".

The burned-out former USA pavillon became the Biosphere, and the France pavillon is now the Montreal Casino.

Most other pavillons were dismantled and the site rebuilt for the Gilles Villeneuve Circuit (Montreal F-1 Grand-Prix).

Below : This is a 2014 photo of the site as it looks today, transformed for the Grand-Prix


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Help to reduce Buro workload. USE OQRS. 

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73 de VE2OV

 


Here is my remote station at home: Kenwood TS-480sat (head) & RemoteRig. The antennas are 35km away.

I am now retired and living in a condo. No antenna allowed here, period.sad

Fortunately enough I can operate remote, thanks to my friend Claude VE2BUB.

This remote system is available from RemoteRig.com

I'm sure that this option could appeal to hams like me who retired in a place where antennas are forbidden.

 


VE2OV antennas & radio station (remote site) is at VE2BUB's QTH, 35 km away.

Below, the Tennadyne T-8 log-periodic climbs the tower (July 2013).

 


Here is my remote radio station and amplifiers room.

Credit for that professionnal design goes to my friend Claude, VE2BUB.

Claude has years of experience in the broadcast industry.

Here is how he put to work some old amps with a control system of new technology.

Most of the gear shown below in the left rackmount is designed and built by himself.

That takes time and patience, but the result is very rewarding.

Special thanks also to Jeff,VA2SS, who helped to configurate the RemoteRig and Webswitch.

VE2OV REMOTE STATION (Amplifiers room)

ONE AMP PER BAND

Each amplifier is modified full QSK, and pretuned to the center of the band in use.

Needless to say that only ONE amplifier is running at a time !!


Left rackmount :

On the upper shelves is the control section: Remoterig and Webswitch units, Bandecoder, the exciter (Kenwood TS480sat), and also the automatic switching units for the amplifiers, antennas, and 240vdc.

Below are the 3 homebrew (2x813) amps for 40-80 and 160m.

Middle rackmount :

15 and 10m amps (Heathkit SB-220).

The Collins 30L-1 and TMC amp are spare amps.

Hidden behind the rack is the Dowkey automated antenna relay and 5kw dummy load

Homebrew by VE2BUB : 1kw 160m amp with 2X813 glowing.

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I carry this remote travelling kit (where internet is available) in a small hand gun case...

Any room for the CW paddle ?

 


 

This is my PORTABLE SET-UP to go on Islands & Lighthouses : Ground plane or G5RV & FT-857D, 100w max.

 


 

(Oct 2013, Ile D'Orleans, NA-128) High tide and antennas in the sunrise.

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Besides amateur-radio, I play music (bass guitar) in a blues band, do some photo, and also hiking.

MONTREAL Downtown, QC

 

Montreal Jacques-Cartier Bridge, over the St-Lawrence River.

 

Biosphere (former USA Pavillon, Expo67)

 

(THOUSAND ISLANDS) THE SMALLEST CANADA / USA FRONTIER. Left island is in Canada, right island is in the USA.

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