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Welcome to my QRZ page. Feel free to contact me on echolink (VE3CA) or Skype (cgrant416) to arrange a sked or chat.

I am an electrical engineer (University of Toronto 8T7) working in the design and manufacture of fish and wildlife telemetry products. (http://www.sigmaeight.ca)

In 1978, at age 14, I was originally licensed as VE3LCC operating from Collingwood, Ontario, Canada. Until 1983 I was quite active on HF (SSB and CW) and VHF (FM), participating in almost every field day and climbing lots of repeater towers. My first rig was a National NC300 receiver and a Johnson Viking Invader transmitter. Both were huge boat anchors but magical when lit up in a small shack on a winter night.

National NC-300

Later I reduced the footprint of my shack considerably by acquiring an Heathkit HW101.

Finally, I got with the times in the 90s and purchased new IC-735 (seen below) which has been my faithful servant ever since. (Needless to say I'm behind the times again :)

I moved to Newmarket in 1989, then to King City in 2001, then briefly to Schomberg in 2009, and finally back to Newmarket in 2010. I received my two letter call around 1994.

Newmarket is located about 40km north of Toronto. Here is a picture of the old main street.

We also have a major street full of box stores, etc, but it is not as interesting.

Here is a picture of me with my family at Christmas 2012.

My Son was a competitive speed skater so we spent lots of time at the arena or by the oval. Here he is in Calgary

Due to kids and work, I had not been very active for many years but I finally got the HF antennas back up and dusted off the old IC-735. I hope to be a little more active through the next sunspot cycle. Looking forward to re-establishing old contacts and making new ones. Please call if you hear me on!

Here is my modest shack.

I am currently most active on digital HF, especially JT-65, JT-9 and PSK31 on 20m, 40m and 80m. When I started, I usually used CW and SSB, so this is like a new hobby for me now.

I am also the happy recipient of a new kidney (Nov 2012) since my previous ones failed due to Polycystic Kidney Disease. My complete gratitude to the unknown donor and doctors at St. Michaels Hospital in Toronto. We have an excellent health care system here in Canada.

Please consider making your intentions known about organ donation to your local health care system. You could save several lives.




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