This is "Lee" - my handle for Leor.
July 19 to August 11, 2013 Sailing Dxpedition to George Island. Activation of George Island Lightstation, Canada #845July 27 to August 1, 2013. Click on this link for photos of the event.
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On November 25, 2011 I received my Basic Plus HF license. This certification authorizes me to operate on VHF/HF bands and up to 560 watt 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. Amateur radio operators are friendly and generous people who dont mind sharing information. Most QSO I make are informative and educational. This hobby is amazing!
My operating conditions consist of: Kenwood TS-590 (QTH) and Yaesu FT-857D (mobile and marine mobile) rigs. The antennas are Spiderbeam 5 Band HD at 18.3m A.A.G. (November 23, 2012). Recently added GAP TITAN DX (2014) and also run a G5RV homebrew antenna (QTH) at 15m, Alpha Antenna 6-160 75 ft wire J-Pole, Alpha Antenna Pro-Master 6-160, Alpha Sky Satelite eggbeater and ATAS-120 (mobile / marine mobile). 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).
Started getting into digital modes and enjoy using PSK31 which was my first digital mode. Currently, exploring RTTY and JT65 because I am looking for more efficient and better modes whenever poor propagation and QSB is present. Also, I am using an online program to learn CW.
Summer has come and gone, I have had two wonderful trips on WHITE MAGIC, combining my passion for sailing with 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 contacts 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.
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.
It is a pleasure to have met you 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