Greetings from Ontario's West Coast!
VE3CV is my new callsign, received August 18, 2010.
Also hold my previous callsign VE3FRX
I retired early after 25 years of environmental research and consulting, including 10 years teaching (Contaminated Soil Remediation) in the Civil Engineering Dept. of the University of Calgary (Ph.D., Environmental Microbiology). We left the boom town craziness of Calgary, AB in May 2007 to 1.7 acres about 10km south of the marina village of Bayfield, ON. See: http://www.villageofbayfield.com/
We have a view of Lake Huron about 5km to the west. QTH is on highest point in the township at 281m and local noise floor is usually zero! My XYL, Linda and I love it here in the middle of nowhere! Started a retirement business as "Dr Fix-it" doing small appliance repair and general home maintenance projects along "Ontario's West Coast". Volunteering as a member of the Rotary Club of Goderich also keeps me busy. See our Club webpage at: http://www.clubrunner.ca/Portal/Home.aspx?cid=1050. Served as Club President in 2013/14.
Caught the radio bug at 14 as a SWL (VE3PE2NL) and discovered the Ham Bands when I got a real communications receiver - built a TRIO 9R-59D kit at 15. Wow! Finally got my license with CW in Ottawa in 1989 as VE3RCI, then my advanced in 1990. While in Calgary I was VE6RCI then VE6GJ and was very active in the Calgary ARA and the club contest station VE6AO. I worked on rebuilding the contest station after a flood in 2005 and got to do fun things like tower climbing! I really miss the great group of Calgary hams in the CARA DX Club and look to work VE6AO in every contest. Here is VE6GJ working on a Bencher Skyhawk tribander stack on a 100ft tower at VE6AO (2006). I was proud to receive the CARA Amateur of the Year Award for 2006 for my work at the VE6AO club station.
In November 2008 I finally finished building my dream ham shack and electronics test bench in the steel workshop on my acreage. It is a 16 x 16ft room that is well insulated and nice and cozy for winter Contests and DXing.
Antenna Farm: DX Engineering 5 band Hexxbeam on 40ft tower; a 80m doublet for 40-80-160m, a full wave 80m delta loop for 40/80 at 50 ft on a 46ft tower plus mast, a 2m/70cm groundplane also on roof top mast, and a GAP Voyager vertical for 160, 80, 40 and 20 shown below. Antenna feed-thru panel is also shown with my TP-Link wireless adaptor antenna - provides my internet connection from the wireless network in the house, about 200ft away. For the winter DX season I put up three 550ft Beverages pointing to Japan and Europe/MidEast and South America/Caribbean and one BOG (Beverage On Ground) of 200ft 12ga insulated stranded wire running 265° to South Pacific. These really increased my 160m DX totals - 112 confirmed - all with 100W. Currently use 14 - 60 to 130ft radials for 160m with my doublet shorted to use as a top loaded vertical. Love antenna projects!
Some of the hexbeam installation action (June 11, 2010)
XYL Linda pulled it up (yellow rope) while I climbed the tower and kept the wires from getting snagged.
Now we just need some sunspots so I can play with the new Hexbeam!
Pictures below show the view from the top of the tower to the North (room for a beverage or two!), East (note the 550kV power grid - can be noisey in the fog and light rain), South (house behind the trees), and West (Lake Huron in distance).
Here are some winter pics of the temporary Beverage and the 80m delta loop and hexxbeam in frost
The VE3CV Antenna Farm in hoarfrost...before the ice storm. Nice view of 80m delta loop.
Below are pics of the damage to the antenna farm following the major ice storm of December 21-22, 2013. Bummer!
Dec. 27, 2013 - Gin Pole used as temporary mast for new 80m doublet for 160m - note hexxbeam has regained its shape..one broken spreader!
June 2014 - Fixed the hexxbeam and raised a refurbished 46ft Delhi tower and 10ft mast to support 80m doublet for 160m (ladder line feeder) and 80 full wave delta loop for 40 and 80m CW. Using 3/16" dacron line for guys in addition to eaves brackets for support. Pre-assembled the tower on the ground and raised it using pulleys, rope, my garden tractor and 4 friends (VE3TPZ, VE3JRH, VE3IXI and VE3NH) available on Field Day 2014 to man the guys during the lift. Hopefully this one won't crumple in the next ice storm! Also note the wind turbine now about 600m east of the shack, part of a new 40 turbine installation all around me! Crap! Hope they don't make my Beverages useless this winter for 160m DXing.
Sunset over Lake Huron (this picture is used on my QSLcard!)
Another reason I retired to Ontario's West Coast - The sunsets over Lake Huron can be incredible!
Use a Yaesu FT-1000MP with Rigblaster pro as main rig and my first rig and trusty old TS140S for my second shack in an upstairs bedroom of the 1890 farm house. Use an OCF 80m dipole at 30ft apex at the house.
I like CW, SSB, PSK31, and RTTY, DXing, Contesting and ragchewing. Use Logger32 as my main log and N1MM for Contests.
Straight Key Century Club (SKCC) Member No. 5245
If you're in ON, OH, MI, or NY I hope to meet you on the ONTARS net on 3.755 MHz, which is on every day from 7AM to 6PM. See: http://www.ontars.net/
Hope to work you this winter. Think sunspots! Though right now I'm concentrating on 80 and 160m and having lots of fun and success in contesting. Must be the elevated QTH.
Old Callsigns: VE3RCI (Ottawa, 89-91); VE6RCI (Calgary, 92-'04); VE6GJ (Calgary, '04- April '07); VE3FRX (May 15, 2007-Aug 17, 2010)
Member RAC, ARRL and Contest Club Ontario (CCO). See: http://www.va3cco.com/
I QSL 100% via LOTW, eQSL and buro. Postage in Canada had a major increase in 2014, so direct QSL now requires $2 US for return postage. Sorry, I'm retired and have to watch the cash flow...mostly OUT! Hi.
DXCC #57,913 with endorsements for 150, 200, 250, 275, 300, and 310 via LoTW and QSL cards (no eQSL).
DXCC - 160M #2,567
Current LOTW and Paper QSL Account Status - Awarded DX Entity Confirmations
Current DXCC Entities Confirmed to January 6, 2015
Contest Certificate Results
1991 CQ160CW - winner MS LP QC Section as VE2OJ (Ops VE2FLD, VE3NJ, VE3RCI)
2006 ARRL Nov. SS Unlimited Phone - 1st AB Section LP as VE6GJ
2007 CQ160CW - MOLP (Assisted) 1st AB Section LP as VE6GJ (16,388);
2008 CQ160CW - SOQRP 1st North America, Canada, Ontario; 4th World (74,094);
2008 CQ WPX RTTY - SOLP(80) 1st Canada (162,864) (were there any other entires in this class? Hi Hi)
2008 Ontario QSO Party - 1st Huron County SOLP (14,742 - only entry)
2008 RAC Winter Contest - SOSB(80) - 1st Ontario (29,232)
2009 CQ160CW - 2nd Ontario SOQRP; #6 World, #4 NA; #2 Canada (101,931)
2009 CQWW RTTY WPX - SOSBLP(80) - 1st North America, 9th World (222,250)
2009 Ontario QSO Party - SOLP - 1st Huron County (16,432 - only entry)
2009 CQWWSSB - SOLP(80) - 1st Ontario, 2nd Canada, 2nd North Amercia, 11th World (26,961)
2009 RAC Winter Contest - SOSB(160) - 1st Ontario (11,752)
2010 Ontario QSO Party - SOLP -1st Huron County (17,712 - only entry)
2010 CQWW RTTY DX - SOSBLP(80) 1st North America (40,500)
2010 RAC Winter Contest - SOSBLP(160) - 1st Ontario, 2nd Canada, 16th North America (17,748)
2010 CQWWSSB SOLP(A) - 1st Ontario (380,952)
2011 Ontario QSO Party - SOLP - 1st Huron County (5,336 - only entry)
2011 CQ160CW - SOLP(A) - 1st Canada, 1st Ontario, 5th North America (113,967)
2011 CQWWSSB - SOLP(80) - 1st Canada, 2nd North America, 6th World (27,900)...only Canadian entry ;>(
2012 Ontario QSO Party - SOLP - 1st Huron County (25,098 - new record, only entry)
2012 ARRL 160m SOQRP - 1st Ontario South Section (23,409)
2012 CQWWSSB - SOABLP - 3rd Canada (911,064)
2012 CQWWCW SOABLP(A) - 2nd Canada (569,235)
2013 CQ160CW - SOLP 2nd Canada, 19th North America (130,314)
2013 Ontario QSO Party - SOLP - 1st Huron County (6,840 - only entry)
2013 ARRL DX CW - SOSB(160) - 1st ONS Section (3,999)
See you on the bands! Be Radio Active!
73 es gud DX
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