I was born and raised in Romania, and hold a PhD in Physics. My first contact with this wonderful hobby was through my father Septimius, 'Ionel' (Lionel). He signed YR5TI before WW2 and was one of the founders in 1936 of the Romanian Short Waves Amateur Association. In 1946, he was among twelve hams who founded the first post WW2 Association, and signed an official petition for the reinstatement of the amateur radio activity in Romania. Retired in 1967, he became YO3TU and was a frequent presence for almost 20 years.
YO3-2388 since 1968, I was later licensed as YO3YC. Interested in both contesting and DXing, member of the YODXC, DXCC and IOTA, I kept my YO 1st class license and callsign after I moved to Canada with my family in April 1992.
I operate as VE3LYC since late 1995 and hold the DXCC Honor Roll (338 MIXT, 337 SSB, 336 CW), 9BDXCC, WAZ (SSB, CW), 5BWAZ (200), DXCC Challenge 2500, IOTA Plaque of Excellence, IOTA Trophy (IOTA 1000), and the Antarctica Award Honor Roll. Since February 2005 I am QRV in digital modes (DXCC 306/303), and since September same year on 160 m (DXCC 189/). I am a member of FOC (#1994) and A1-Op Club.
The difficulties associated with putting on the air some of the most remote islands on Earth, usually for only a very short period of time, and sometimes under precarious propagation conditions make the island chasing a remarkable challenge. As such, I particularly enjoy the IOTA program. I obtained the IOTA 2000 and 2004 Gold Level Certificates, the only ones issued to a Canadian and North American station, respectively.
As a Pilot station I assisted the teams who put on the air for the first time Cham Is. (AS-162, 2002), Pamban Is. (AS-173, 2004) and Rennell Is. (SA-094, 2005). I activated several rare and new IOTA groups, such as Finger Hill Is. (NA-194, Aug 2008) and Paul Is. (NA-205, Aug 2008) as VO2A (together with Ken, G3OCA), Fox Is. (NA-186, Apr 2009, VY0A), Gilmour Is. (NA-230 New, Sep 2009, VY0O), East Pen Is. (NA-231 New, Mar 2010, VY0V), Ulituqisalik Is. (NA-208, Aug 2010, VY0X), Hershel Is. (SA-031, Jan 2011) and Gonzalo Is. (SA-097 New, Jan 2011) as CE9/VE3LYC (together with Johan, CE9/PA3EXX), Pupuya Is. (SA-095 New, Nov 2011), and Escondida Is. (SA-096 New, Jan 2013, together with Johan, PA3EXX and Alex, LU5WW).
In Oct 2009 I was awarded the Premier IOTA Plaque for Outstanding Contribution to the IOTA Community, and in 2011 the RAC Amateur of the Year.
I am the QSL manager for ONLY the following operations:
VIA DIRECT OR BUREAU: VE2/W2NTJ (Zone 2/2001-2003); VY0/W2NTJ (NA-159 & NA-196/2000,2003; NA-173/2000-2003).
VIA DIRECT ONLY: ES0/RZ1AK (EU-034/2002); ES1/RZ1AK (2002); ES8/RZ1AK (EU-178/2002); RK1A/P (EU-133/2002); UE1CLH (RLE-11/2002).
VIA DIRECT OR BUREAU: VO2A (NA-194 and 205, Aug 2008).
VIA DIRECT OR BUREAU: VY0A (NA-186, Apr 2009).
VIA DIRECT OR BUREAU: VY0O (NA-230, Sep 2009).
VIA DIRECT OR BUREAU: VY0V (NA-231, Mar 2010).
VIA DIRECT OR BUREAU: VY0X (NA-208, Aug 2010)
VIA DIRECT OR BUREAU: CE9/VE3LYC & CE9/PA3EXX (SA-031and 097, Jan 2011)
VIA DIRECT OR BUREAU: CE4A (SA-095, Nov 2011)
VIA DIRECT OR BUREAU: LU6W (SA-096, Jan 2013)
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