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Hi! My name is Louis-Michel Dugal. On the air Mike sounds cooler! I am born in 1943 and I acquired my Radio-Amateur Certificate in February 1982. My first antenna was a homebrew 30 feet high rotating triband wire dipole made of bamboo poles. I began to work DX whenever I had the opportunity to practice my hobby, while not neglecting the family duties. Barefoot with no amp and no better antenna learned me very quickly that patience and operating skill would go a long way. For several years, I could only operate during weekends, so I know that I missed some good ones. In december 2005 I was forced to close down. From then I have been off the air for 8 years untill 2013. Now that I am on my 332nd entity worked (339 with deleted), each of the eight still missing me will be a lot of challenge. I'm retired and living in a condo. Fortunately enough I can operate remote, thanks to my friend Claude, VE2BUB, who put me back on the air with a professionnally equiped remote controled station. My philosophy is that DXing is like hunting. Good skill, courtesy and patience, will be very rewarding. I still think the same today. If you happen to find me on frequency, give me a call, I will be pleased to QSO a bit with you.

 

73 de Mike, VE2OV

 

          OQRS for : CG2OV, CK2OV, VA2OV, VE2OV.          

 


 I also enjoy holliday style operation on the St-Lawrence River islands and lighthouses. 

My modest portable set-up is a Yaesu FT857, 100w. Antenna is ground plane or dipole.

 


  RECENT PORTABLE OPERATIONS

2014 : Oct 19-23  =  CG2OV/p  Île D'Orléans, IOTA NA-128

2013 : Oct 20-24  =  CK2OV/p  Ile D'Orleans, IOTA NA-128

  


VE2OV/p from EXPO islands (Canadian Island # QC-011, but not IOTA)

Vintage photo (1967) of the Montreal World Fair, reorganised today for the F-1 Grand-Prix (2014).

 


 


           VE2OV REMOTE STATION           

Special thanks to Jeff, VA2SS, for his valuable help.

Unless I am signing portable, I operate at home with this system, available from RemoteRig.com

VE2OV's remote radio station and antennas are at VE2BUB's QTH, 35 km from my home.

 

 

Above: The control section : 

Remoterig and Webswitch, Bandecoder, 12V Power supply, swr/power meter & webcam,

exciter (Kenwood TS480sat), and also the amplifiers & antennas automatic selection unit.

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

 

Below : The 240v AC automatic amplifier switching unit.

 

Credit for that professionnal installation 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.

All the gear shown here has been modified by himself and optimised for flawless performance.

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

ONE AMP PER BAND

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

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

Canadian made TMC autotune 1,5kw amplifier with 8 preset channels on 160/80/40m.

Stripped out SB220 rebuilt for 17/12m. Separate pi-networks & automatic bandswitching.

 


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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