I've been interested in radio and short wave since ----- well it has been a long time. My first "real" receiver, a used Hallicrafters S-38, was purchased with $25.00 of hard earned allowance. Over the years I upgraded to a Hammarlund SP-600 and carried all 40 kgs of it around the USA, Central America and Canada. In 1987 I finally found the time to get my amateur radio licence and VE7ASR was my first callsign.
I enjoy SSB, CW, digital modes, and ARDF. However, chasing DX is my real passion. In 2012, after 25 years of operating, I finally made the Honor Roll and I have worked and confirmed 335 of the 340 current entities with only 5 more needed to reach Top of the Honor Roll (January 2015).
My Last 25 Contacts and Latest ARRL DXCC Awarded Stats
The west coast of Canada is NOT an ideal location for a DXer as there are only 4 DXCC entities within a 3,200 km (2,000 mile) radius of my QTH (Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the USA). All of my DX was worked from my home station in a noisy urban sub-division within the province of British Columbia. The HF shack is currently all TEN-TEC and details of my equipment can be found on my website (http://www.ve7tk.com/).
Recent additions include a DX Engineering 43 foot vertical and a K9AY receive antenna (2012). I chase DX with this antenna on 160 through 30 metres. In an effort to improve my signals on 80 and 160 I built (2013) a switched matching network (designed by Phil AD5X) for the vertical antenna. This proved to be a successful addition and in June 2014 I completed my 5 band DXCC award (5BDXCC) and received additional endorsements (September 2014) on 30, 17 and 12 metres. Now on to 160 -- well I can dream!
Chasing DX is only one small facit of the amateur radio hobby but I've found that the challenges never seem to end and it can become somewhat addictive!
If you hear me on the air please don't hesitate to give me a call.
73, Rick VE7TK / VE7ASR
QSL = Direct, via the bureau, LoTW or OQRS using Club Log (https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/VE7TK)
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