I always wanted to be a ham since the age of 9, on my 40th birthday in 1990 I finally knuckled down and did it.
I got my Basic with 12 WPM in 1990
I got my advanced license in 1991, and have never looked back.
I like to DX, and Contest, won First Place Low Power in Ontario in 1992 in the CQWW contest,
My Wife VE3FNY got her license in 1992 and won First Place Low Power in Ontario in the 1994 CQ WPX Contest
I like to buy and repair radios, as well as maintain my own equipement.
Past President of the local Amateur radio club Niagara Penninsula Amateur Radio Club (NPARC) 1993-1995
And I still Elmer new Hams.
Today the station consists of :
My very first brand new radio Yaesu FTDX1200,
My wife told me to stop fooling with the old gear and go buy a new rig...I love my wife.
For backup, and Digital Modes a Yaesu FT-900CAT
For VHF Communications I have a Kenwood TM701A dual band
and for 2 Mtr SSB an Icom IC-271
SB200 amp does the work for contesting and DX.
Logging via HRD, Contest Logging via N3FJP Software ( Fantastic Programs, simple to use, solid as a rock)
Cat control is provided with a G4ZLP Electronics FTDI Interface,(another great supplier)
Antennas for HF are a homebrew 4 element yagii for 10,15,20, and a Cushcraft R7 Vertical on a Delhi 40ft tower,
I also have a homebrew 40/80 inverted V hanging off the tower, and a Marconi Inverted L in the trees for 160 mtrs.
I am also good on QRZ, EQSL, HRDLOG.net, and LOTW.
In the bump spot right now is an Icom IC-737, my latest acquisition, I picked this radio up with some issues, and it spent some time on the repair side of the shack. It is now fully servicable and has been moved to an operating position. I'll play with it for a while and then decide to keep it or move it on and buy something else. I must say the Icom is a nice rig, and it has a tuner that just won't quit, fast quiet, and could probably tune a wet noodle, so far I'm pretty impressed with it. This radio has now been sold to a new Ham in my area.
The Icom IC-271 was also bought not working and was subsequently repaired.
I normally buy broken radios and repair them to resell, or for my own use.
I spend as much time on the repair bench as I do on the air.
Atleast this way my wife Lynn VE3FNY always knows where I am.
Past radios, not necessarily in any order.
Yaesu FTDX560 (first ham rig), National NCX5, Swan 500(second rig of 4),Swan 750,Swan 350, Atlas 350XL,Yaesu FT107M Station, Kenwood 599 twins, Heathkit 301/401 station, Yaesu FT101(E,EE,B,ZD),TenTec Corsair,Yaesu FT900(4),Yaesu FT980,Kenwood TS440Sat,Yaesu FT726,Yaesu FT757(3 radios and a full station),Kenwood TS520 Full Station, Kenwood TS820(2), Icom 720, Icom 730, Icom 751,Icom 740.
Yaesu FTDX1200, FT900, IC271, and 3 Yaesu FT470 dual band Hand helds.
I love my new FTDX1200, with the all it's features it is amazing for DX and Contesting.
But for ease of repair I like the old gear, no surface mount parts, they are easy to work with, and see (Yeah I'm at that age)
and reletively inexpensive so I can buy and sell with out breaking the bank.
Hope to meet you on the air.
73, best DX from
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