Welcome to my QRZ.com page. First a little about myself. I discovered radio in my early years when I found out that I could listen to strange and distant stations on my parents Stromberg Carlson AM radio. It went to bed with me on many occasions and I spent all night listening to stations such as WCAU and WKBW as well as police calls from a couple of eastern US State Police who occupied a space slightly above the broadcast band.
In my early teens I received a general coverage receiver made by AGS. I forget the model but my interests really took off. I also became involved in CB as well as becoming an avid SWL. I joined Air Cadets and with the help of my mentor Al VE1AEB (sk) began teaching basic electronics and some photography. He was always trying to get me to get my license but life intervened as it often does, college, career, marriage etc. took precedance.
After a number of years working as a Systems Tech. with the government, I renewed my interest and became VE9JMG a Basic Honors licensee. I've been retired a little over a year and now have time to play. I also volunteer with the Canadian Red Cross Disaster Services as a team leader.
My equipment lineup includes:
Yaesu FT857d xcvr, my main rig coupled to an LDG AT-100Pro Autotuner and Rig Blaster P&P as well as a Kenwood 440SAT, an Icom R7000 receiver and a Radio Shack HTX242 VHF rig.
Due to restrictions, I'm forced to go stealth with my antennas and they include a Mini G5RV at 10 ft (3 meters), a short horizontal wire about 35 ft (10 meters) long up about 5 ft. I do have a Butternut H6V that I'm overhauling and plan to try hiding in a tree.
At present I'm only active in the digital modes on all bands except 80 and am constantly amazed at what a minimal antenna can do in these modes. In the last 5 months I have over 45 countries verified and over 50 logged. My greatest achievements to date have been a QSO with a station in southern California while I was runniing about 2 watts as wall as one with an Australian ham while running about 5 watts. Both were solid 599 contacts. I QSL either direct or automatically via eQSL.cc (AG).
I'll shortly upload a few pics of my shack and the area. Thank you for stopping by, good health and good DX
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