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I have been a licensed as a ham in Canada since 2009 but have had a life long interest in amateur radio. I was first introduced to ham as a kid in the early 70s radio by Larry Griffith VE3LPS in Lakefield Ontario. Years later, 1983, I took a novice course while attending school in Indiana and got my license as KA9ORM. I was in a collage residence and had a hard time setting up an antenna that was not noticeable, stringing a wire outside at night like in Hogans Heros and pulling it back inside when I was done. I only had a few QSOs in CW before I moved back to Peterborough. My US novice license was not transferable and eventually expired so I studied to get my Canadian certificate but did not take the exam until spring 2009. I shortly followed by successfully taking my advanced test. 12WPM CW soon to come
My goal is to master CW and start some contesting in both phone and CW. Also I have a passion for vintage electronics.
I have a humble shack in my unfinished basement.
Main Transceiver: Elecraft K3/100 with atu.
Backup Transceiver: Kenwood TS-430s and PS-50
KW2000B (not in service yet recieves great but poor TX) +PS
Hamerlund HQ110c (dead but in line for the bench)
Tuner MFJ 949d
Heatkit TX1 apache with SSB adapter works but is soon getting new caps before its on the air again
Small Wonders Labs SW40 and a homebrew tuner all in a movie tin.
Antenna: a Fan dipole with elements for 10,12, 15, 17 20,40 and 80m
Morse key : K8RA P2 plus a Home brew paddle made from cherry wood and various junk box parts
The computer is a Dell precision 650 server that I picked up free from a junk pile. it is Currently running Windows 7
logging I use logger32 on the computer plus I keep a hand written log updated with all contacts
For PSK etc I usE MMVari and MMtty and sound card.
for vhf /uhf I have a VX7R and a diamond antenna on the roof.
on the sidelines I have a KW 2000b transceiver that is in excellent near perfect shape just a minor issue on TX
Also a Hammarlund HQ110C ham band receiver that is currently suffering badly from silver mica disease. its on the bench getting new caps in the IF.
A Trio all tube general coverage shortwave receiver working fine
many vintage broadcast receivers. most working some still awaiting restoration.
Plus what every well equipped ham should haveboxes and boxes of electronic junk I may need some day!
Note to DX operators Most of us follow a good code of conduct but to those that need to brush up on good practices here are a few rules to follow
1. I WILL LISTEN, AND LISTEN, AND THEN LISTEN SOME MORE
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