Lake Winnipeg North Basin: https://weather.gc.ca/marine/forecast_e.html?mapID=04&siteID=16300
Lake Winnipeg South Basin: https://weather.gc.ca/marine/forecast_e.html?mapID=04&siteID=08600
Thank you for your interest and support. Hope to work many of you. I know I will enjoy having you join me on the air on White Magic.
73 and good hunting!
Thank you for looking up my CALLSIGN.
On November 25, 2011 I received my Basic Plus HF license. This certification authorizes me to operate on VHF and HF bands with up to 560 Watts P.E.P. December 21, 2011 I broadcasted my callsign and made my first contact on HF. It's very exciting to make QSO's with DX stations. Chasing DX and and entering in the logbook evermore distant stations excites me tremendously. Amature radio operators are friendly and generous people. Meeting people ON THE AIR and rag chewing is also very enjoyable and sometime educational for both parties. Amateur radio operators are friendly and generous people who usually don't mind sharing information. This hobby is amazing!
My operating conditions consist of: Kenwood TS-590 (QTH) and Yaesu FT-857D (mobile /marine mobile / gobox).I recently added an Elecraft KX3 for QRP portable as well as for the home QTH. The antennas are Spiderbeam 5 Band HD at 18.3m A.A.G. (November 23, 2012). GAP TITAN DX (2014) and also run an inverted-V G5RV homebrew antenna (QTH) at 15m, Double Terminated Folded Dipole, Alpha Antenna 6-160 75 ft wire J-Pole, Alpha Antenna Pro-Master 6-160, ATAS-120 (mobile ) Chameleon Hybrid Micro with military extension whip (marine mobile), SotaBeams 20-30-40-80 dipole (QRP). I am slowly learning how to use all the features of my rigs. The linear amplifier in the shack is a vintage Yaesu FL-2100B in mint condition (January 2013) with new 572B tubes (2016). It is sitting as backup to the wonderful SPE Expert 1.3K-FA solid state fully automatic linear.
I dabble with digital modes and enjoy using PSK31 which was my first digital mode. Currently, exploring RTTY and JT65, JT-9 because I am looking for more efficient and better modes whenever poor propagation and QSB is present. Also, I am teaching myself to decode and send CW.
Summer 2012 has come and gone, I have had two wonderful trips on White Magic, combining my passion for sailing and chasing DX. While anchored in secluded coves on Lake Winnipeg I operated the FT-857D and mostly the Alpha Antenna 6-160 wire J-Pole to make very satisfying DX QSO's with St. Crois, P.E.I., Martinique, New Zealand, Mexico City, Spain, Lithuania, Morocco, Algeria, Brazil, Belgium, Ecuador, and Puerto Rico to name just a few.
That's me on White Magic at Hecla Village Harbour, Hecla Island, MB.
Two antennas up: ATAS-120 on the port upper shroud and the Alpha Antenna 6-160 from the masthead to the bow and up to the burgee halyard at the starboard spreader and back to the back stay. I removed both antennas before raising the anchor and sailing away as they would definately interefere with the sails.
Close up of the ATAS-120. The booster cables serve as ground connectors by connecting the antenna mount to the stainless steel shroud, to the 40 foot aluminum mast both of which connect to the massive lead keel in the water and also to the aluminum toe rail which on a 29 foot boat is 58 linear feet. On the air reports indicated that adding these connections to make a ground plane improved my signal strength by at least 2 S-Units and I was heard clearly on the ATAS-120. The blue cord around the ATAS-120 serves as backup security ensuring the antenna stays attached to the shroud in the event the mount should fail. I would not want to loose the antenna in the drink!
Photo of the radio and antenna selector switch on the saloon table.
I turned off all the boat's equipment by shutting down the power and ran the radio's dc cable directly from one of the deep cycle marine batteries. The overhead flashlight lights up the radio bench. With virtually no QRM from onboard systems or infrastructure noise the DX results were truly amazing.
Summer of 2013 the ATAS-120 and the J-Pole have been replaced by a homebrew Delta Loop that is cut to fit the boat. It is fed at the stern with a 4:1 balun and works tremendously well with the YT-100 tuner. The Delta Loop is bidirectional and has strong lobes off its sides. The direction the boat is hanging on the anchor determines whether the performance will favour North/South or East/West.
One of my interests is Lighthouse Activations. Every summer I sail to George Island on Lake Winnipeg to activate CAN-845. I will try to be there for the Lighthouse weekend Aug 5-7, 2016. I hope to work many of you.
Thanks AGN for visiting me here. It is a pleasure to have met you on and I am looking forward to working old friends, new quality contacts and meet new friends ON THE AIR!
HOME QTH: November 23, 2012. Spiderbeam 5 Band HD at 18.3m height.
Leor "Lee" Drory
VE4DXR , VE4DXR/MM
Winnipeg, MB. Canada