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Formerly known as VE3FDT and SP2ADW. VE3BR since August 2012.

I started off in amateur radio as an SWL, SP2-2442, when my age was still a single digit. My first QSO (CW of course!) was in 1971 at SP2KDT club station, before I was a teenager. I passed my ham license exam soon after, but had to wait until the mid-70s to get my first "ham ticket" because of the minimum licensing age of 15. I got the call-sign SP2ADW and until I was 18 I could only operate CW and only on 80 and 40 meters, with the mind boggling maximum power of 20 Watts. Exhilarating times!

After receiving my "adult" all bands / all modes license I continued  until 1981. After that I had a 25 years break from the hobby until I decided to resurrect myself as a ham and started again as VE3FDT.

Today I operate on all HF bands, all modes, but CW was the "first love" and will always remain the mode of choice.
These days I try to squeeze some DXing and contesting juice out of a Ten-Tec Jupiter and a DX-Engineering 80/40 dual band vertical from my "postage stamp size" city lot.

My "antenna farm" at the peak of its might also included a, now removed, roof mounted (on an 8 foot mini tower) 5 band hexbeam:

I like exchanging QSL cards and QSL 100% (bureau, direct and LoTW). I do not e-QSL.

Last few years I make several thousands of QSOs per year (mostly in contests). I will answer all received QSLs; however, your patience (and assistance with direct QSLs, if you require one) is greatly appreciated!

LoTW is preferred, but I like paper QSLs, too. Particularly uniquely designed ones. I am sure there are enough "smart cookies" (or "clever biscuits") to keep the originality flowing.

If I need your QSL, you will hear from me. If you need my QSL, send yours direct or via bureau, or use the ClubLog OQRS below. I will send my QSL; receiving yours would be much appreciated.

The picture above was taken in the Gallery of Antiquities of the British Museum some years ago: the other guy is Darius the Great. I was VE3FDT back then; his callsign could not be determined.

If the above picture was taken today, it could look like the one below. The other guy would still be Darius the Great with an undetermined callsign and I would be VE3BR.

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