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 334 of the 340 current entities with only 6 more needed to reach top of the Honor Roll - (June 2014). Number 334 was EP3HF in Iran (thanks Sadegh).
My Last 30 Contacts and Latest ARRL DXCC Stats
In June 2014 I completed my 5 band DXCC award (5BDXCC) with additional endorsements on 17 and 12 metres. The current goal is to complete DXCC on 30 metres. With only 75 confirmed (July 2014) I still have a long way to go - hi!
Since retiring from working on air quality issues in British Columbia in 2002 I have attempted to update and modernize my shack. The HF shack is currently all TEN-TEC. 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 with DXCC on 80 completed in 2014.
Obviously, the update process is one that never ends and it is limited only by time and money!
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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