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Born and raised in Canada, I joined the Canadian Armed Forces under a special student summer employment program in 1978. The branch of service I entered was the CFCC (Canadian Forces Communications Command), or more commonly known as the Signals Corps. I enjoyed the experience so much I decided to stay for a while. Over the years I took up several hobbies, the most active hobbies are Astronomy (not astrology), Scuba Diving, Back Woods Camping and Backpacking, Photography, and Motorcycle Racing.
I'm the past president of the RASC Winnipeg (Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Winnipeg Chapter), which is the largest amateur astronomy organization in Canada. We publish an annual observers handbook, calendar, and supply teaching aids to all educational outlets at cost. I've posted one of my pictures here as a sample of what I enjoy about astronomy.
I'm a certified PADI scuba diving instructor, and spend one day each week all year in the pool with new students, and many weekends in the summer doing final certification dives to some very excited and motivated people.
My Backpacking and Photography are my least expensive hobbies, but give me a solitary outlet to enjoy nature. In contrast, my motorcycle racing is my one outlet where I let it all hang out - literally! It's my racing that gets my family concerned. For some reason they feel nervous seeing me racing by at 290 Klm, then entering a corner with my elbow and knee occasionally tagging the pavement. I'm not sure what they're worried about? But maybe one day I'll understand.
My mosts recent hobby, is amateur radio. I was first introduced to Ham Radio when I was just a kid by the father of one of my friends. It was 1973 and he was using CW to communicate with someone overseas. I was impressed. He's still a ham today, and is still using CW as his primary means of communications. Having just been licensed (Nov. 22 2011) I've already reached a few milestones, such as my WAS certificate (took 30 days) and have made contacts with over 100 countries, and final confirmation with QSL cards to get my DXCC came in March 2013. At the end of Feb.2012 I also became CW certified and in Feb 2013 I achieved my Advanced rating. Now all I need to do is get on the air and have fun!
A short note regarding QSL. I use eQSL and LotW for all contacts and they are uploaded within hours or in some cases minutes of the QSO, unless the contact is via my mobile, in which case it will be the next day. I also send QSL via mail as well as through the Buro, and DO NOT require a sase, green stamps, or any other form of renumeration. It will be my pleasure to send a card to all licensed amateur radio operators world wide.
And I hope to talk to many of you in the future.
A few people have asked me for details of this photo. It was taken with a 155mm F5.5 Maksutov-Newtonian telescope (manufactured in Russia, they make very good optics!), and a Canon EOS 50D camera (manufactured in Japan, they make very good cameras...hi hi), modified for astro-photography. The exposure is a combined 1 hour duration at prime focus on the telescope. The mount was a Sky Watcher HEQ5, guided with an 80mm guide scope and a Meade DSI Pro camera controlled with PHD Software. Their was no post processing, other than adjustment of the histogram to show detail, so what you see is what was exposed. No filters were used, and dark subtraction was done internally with the Canon camera.
The Image is M42, also know as "The Orion Nebula"
Aurora in April 2012 from my back yard.
The picture above shows the three antennas on tower number 1. The top is a Comet GP-15 Verticle (70cm - 6M) Then next one down is the Alpha-Delta dipole.
Finally the lowest one is the "Horse Fence" antenna.
Pictured above is me on top of my 20M tower installing my new M2 40 Meter monobander above the tribander.The home made jin pole is shown here, and the cable used for lifting is a steel cable that is controlled by a powered winch. I control the winch via a long cable and control switch I carry with my up the tower. I find the ability to control the lift much better than the old "yell" to the helpers on the bottom.
M2 40M2L 40 Meter monobander and aKT36XA Tri-Bander on my 20M Tower number 2. Rotor is an Alfa SPID. Dipole is a home brew 40M, 17M, 15M,12M inverted V fan dipole on a 17M push up mast.
Control and Distribution Box at base of tower. (still unfinished, and wondering if I ever will stop adding antennas? hi hi)
This image is the transit of Venus, taken in my back yard with a Meade ETX-125 telescope and a Canon 20D camera at prime focus.
The following are the 4 new QSL Cards I had made using some of my astronomy photos. The one you get will depend on which one hits the printer.
I couldn't consider this biography page complete without at least one of my underwater photos, taken while scuba diving. No description is needed.
The picture above is me engaging in one of my weekend activities! Having LOTS of fun in the process.
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