I’ve been interested in radio and short wave since ----- well it has been a long time. My first “real” receiver, a Hallicrafters S-38, was purchased used with $25.00 of hard earned allowance. Over the years I upgraded to a Hammarlund SP-600 and carried 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, ARDF, CW, RTTY, PSK and I’m even giving JT-65 a try. However, chasing DX is my real passion and I have worked 333 and confirmed 332 of the current 340 entitieswith only 7 more needed to reach top of the honour roll - (May 2013).
Now I am working on 80 metres DXCC. That is my last one needed for 5-band DXCC. To date I have worked 79 and have 76 of those confirmed.
Here are are the last 10 entries in my logbook.
The times have changed and the ham radio equipment has advanced by leaps and bounds. As can be seen from my web site (http://www.ve7tk.com/), my HF equipment is now all Ten-Tec. In 2005 I acquired the centrepiece of my station a gently used Ten-Tec Orion!
Doris, my XYL, is very understanding and she was getting tired of seeing me always up the tower repairing the 2-element quad. So, with her blessing, I installed a 3-element SteppIR yagi on my 48 foot free-standing tower in February 2006. The Orion and SteppIR combination is truly amazing. In 2012 I added to the antenna farm and installed a DX-Engineering 43 foot vertical and a K9AY receiving antenna.
Since retiring from working on air quality issues in British Columbia in 2002 I have attempted to update and modernize my shack. Obviously, this is a process 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 or LoTW. In addition to these traditional methods, OQRS is also available for DX stations to request bureau (no cost) or direct QSL via https://secure.clublog.org/logsearch/VE7TK
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