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WELCOME TO BEAUTIFUL NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO, CANADA

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VA3DTP

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My Story, How It All Began:

During the CB "citizens band" craze starting in the mid 1970's, I was a CB radio operator (Licence # XM-4333073, handle "Dennis the Menace") using a Realistic # TRC-48 (4 watts) 23 SSB for many years. At the time I had a 5/8 Wave Vertical Antenna mounted on top of my parents 30 foot TV tower. I also later installed a 3-Element Beam Antenna with a rotor on top of my parents garage as an alternate antenna. All radio components were purchased at RadioShack at the time since I also worked there and enjoyed installing various mobile and base station radios and antennas for customers and friends who purchased them.

In 2003, after years of radio silence, I was subjected to heavy influence from one of my GM co-workers VE3EUZ to consider taking a course, and witnessed various DX radio demonstrations at his home. I was shown VHF / UHF / HF radios and decided to take a course and received my radio amateur license from Industry Canada as VA3DTP in 2004. Five years however, would go by before I decided to purchase my first amateur radio in 2009, which was a Yaesu FT-60R VHF/UHF portable radio. After using it for a few years, I purchased a Kenwood TM-261A mobile radio using a Diamond SG-7500 magnetic mount antenna, installed in my vehicle.

Recently I had upgraded my amateur radio licence, and have now started working towards the advanced licence.

During this period I had purchased various HF amateur radio equipment and antennas. Also construction of my ham shack began in 2012 and was completed mid-summer. I enjoy the hobby immensely, and promote it as a great hobby. I became a member of the Niagara Peninsula Radio Amateurs Club (NPARC) www.nparc.on.ca and the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) www.rac.ca . I am also a member of the Oakville Amateurs Radio Club www.oakvilleamateurs.net and CANWARN http://www.canwarnhamilton.ca/.

I also became a member of the Niagara ARES Group, and recently setup a permanent VHF/UHF Base Station using a Kenwood TM-D710A with a Diamond DX-50A vertical antenna.The Niagara ARES group provides local emergency assistance when required and or requested by police, hospitals, fire or other organizations. www.aresniagara.org.

Since then I have become interested in Weather Radio as well, from the influence of VA3WXA. See the website http://www.qrz.com/db/va3wxa

Amateur Radio is a fantastic lifelong hobby, I look forward to many years of experimenting and rag chewing, well into my retirement years.

Presently we enjoy talking on HF (SSB, AM, and FM modes) specifically 10M, 12M, 15M, 17M, 20M, 40M, and 80M, using Ham Radio Deluxe.

We also enjoy experimenting with various HF digital modes such as SSTV and PSK-31 and talk on VHF / UHF and are experimenting with APRS, Winlink, and Echolink.

 

Dennis VA3DTP :-)

My Toys Are As Follows:

Main Base HF Radio: Kenwood # TS-870S (100 Watts) with Kenwood # SP-31 Speaker, Kenwood # AT-230 Tuner, Kenwood # SM-220 Station Monitor, Kenwood # MC-60A Microphone, Kenwood # PC-1 Phone Patch Controller, Butternut HF-9V Vertical Antenna, Tigertronics # Signal Link USB TNC Controller, and Alinco # DM-340MV (30 Amp) Power Supply

Secondary Base HF Radio: Yaesu # FTdx401 (240 Watts) with Realistic External Speaker, Shure # 450 Microphone, MFJ # 984 Versa Tuner IV, # G5RV Junior Dipole Horizontal Antenna, and Daiwa # NS-660PA SWR / Power Meter

Main Base VHF/UHF Radio: Kenwoood # TM-D710 (50 Watts) with Diamond # X50A Vertical Antenna,Alinco # DM-330MV Power Supply and Daiwa 3CN-103L SWR / Power Meter

HF Linear Amplifier: Yaesu # FL-2000B with Ameritron ARB-704 Interface and PNP-7D Cable 

Mobile VHF Radio: Kenwood # TM-261A with Diamond # SG-7500NMO Magnetic Mount Antenna

Base CB Radio: Realistic # TRC-48 (4 watts) 23 SSB with Astatic # D-104 Microphone

Base CB Radio: Realistic # TRC-448 (4 watts) 40 SSB with stock Microphone.

Portable VHF/UHF Radio: Yaesu # FT-60 with Comet # SMA-24 Antenna

Base Station Weather Radio: Sangean # CL-100

Portable Weather Radio: Midland # HH54VP2

Base Weather Station: LaCrosse # WS-1610TWC-IT Wireless Weather Station

NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIO, CANADA

Latitude 43.118841 (43° 7' 7'' N)       Longitude - 79.125853 (79° 7' 33'' W)

Grid Square FN03kc    Sea Level 610 feet (186 meters)

CQ Zone # 4   ITU Zone # 4

 

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS

Institute of Chartered Technical Practitioners of Canada (Ch.T.P.) - Project Management
Engineering Council of UK- Registered Incorporated Engineer (I.Eng.(UK))
OACETT - Certified Electrical Engineering Technician (C.Tech.)
OACETT - Certified Mechanical Engineering Technologist (C.E.T.)

EDUCATION

Canadian Amateur Radio License (Basic + ) - VA3DTP (2012) - NPARC Local Ham Radio Club
Supervisors Training (2010) - York University
AutoCAD Level 2 (2009) - Niagara College
Project Management (2008) - SimplexGrinnell
AutoCAD Level 1 (2007) - Niagara College
CanadianAmateur Radio License (Basic)- VA3DTP (2004) - Niagara COBRA Local Ham Radio Club
OMDP - Leadership Skills Certificate (2003) - Niagara College (6 courses)
Fire Alarm Technician (2002) - Canadian Fire Alarm Association (5 courses)
Robotics and Automated Systems Certificate - Niagara College (8 courses)
Industrial Electrician License - Ministry of Skills Development (4 years)
Mechanical Engineering Technologist- Niagara College (3 years)

TOURISTS VISITING NIAGARA FALLS (See web sites listed below):

NIAGARA PARKS http://www.niagaraparks.com

MARINE LAND http://www.marinelandcanada.com

CLIFTON HILL http://www.cliftonhill.com

NIAGARA FALLS TOURISM www.niagarafallstourism.com

CITY OF NIAGARA FALLS http://www.niagarafalls.ca/tourism/index.asp

LOCAL VHF / UHF REPEATERS FOR NIAGARA FALLS, ONTARIOAND SURROUNDING AREAS

VHF 2 METER REPEATERS (ONTARIO, CANADA)
REPEATER, CITY, MHZ, SUB, TONE FREQ, POS/NEG

VE3RAF THOROLD,ONT 145.190 YES 107.20 NEG
VE3WCR FONTHILL,ONT 147.300 YES 107.20 POS
VE3NRS ST. CATHARINES,ONT 147.240 YES 107.20 POS
VE3NCF HAMILTON,ONT 146.760 YES 131.80 NEG
VE3HNR DUNVILLE,ONT 145.075 YES 107.20 POS
VE3RAL RIDGEWAY,ONT 147.165 YES 107.20 POS
VE3RSB BURLINGTON,ONT 147.210 YES 131.80 POS
VE3OAK OAKVILLE,ONT 147.015 NO ==== POS
VE3PDX STONEY CREEK,ONT 147.345 NO ==== POS
VE3MIS MISSISSAUGA,ONT 145.430 YES 103.5 NEG
VA3EOO TORONTO,ONT 145.110 YES 82.5 NEG
VA3GTU TORONTO,ONT 145.130 YES 103.5 NEG
VE3OBN TORONTO,ONT 145.230 YES 103.5 NEG
VE3GER TORONTO,ONT 145.370 NO ==== NEG
VE3TOR TORONTO,ONT 146.940 YES 103.5 NEG
VE3SKY TORONTO,ONT 146.985 NO ==== NEG
VE3MOT TORONTO,ONT147.180 YES 103.5 POS

VHF 2 METER REPEATERS (NEW YORK, UNITED STATES)
K21LH NIAGARA FALLS,NY 146.730 YES 107.20 NEG
WC2AFM LEWISTON,NY 146.775 YES 107.20 NEG
WB2DSS BUFFALO,NY 146.865 YES 151.40 NEG
W2DXA BUFFALO,NY 147.390 YES 88.50 POS

UHF 70 CENTIMETER REPEATERS (ONTARIO, CANADA)
REPEATER, CITY, MHZ, SUB, TONE FREQ, POS/NEG


VE3KRJ WAINFLEET,ONT 442.500 NO ==== POS
VE3RNR FONTHILL,ONT 443.175 YES 107.20 POS
VA3WAJ NIAGARA FALLS,ONT 442.425 YES 107.20 POS
VE3GRW NIAGARA FALLS,ONT 442.900 YES 107.20 POS
VE3RAF THOROLD,ONT 442.250 YES 107.20 POS
VA3RFM THOROLD,ONT 443.725 YES 107.20 POS
VA3ODX BURLINGTON,ONT 442.225 YES 131.80 POS
VE3BUR BURLINGTON,ONT 443.150 NO ==== POS
VE3BUR BURLINGTON,ONT 443.200 NO ==== POS
VE3RSB BURLINGTON, ONT 444.825 YES 131.80 POS
VE30AK OAKVILLE, ONT 442.300 YES 107.20 POS
VE3OKR OAKVILLE,ONT 442.450 NO ==== POS
VE3OAK OAKVILLE,ONT 444.325 NO ==== POS
VE3UHM HAMILTON,ONT 442.525 YES 103.5 POS
VE3ZOE HAMILTON,ONT 443.075 NO ==== POS
VE3RF 1HAMILTON,ONT 443.250 NO ==== POS
VE3TTO HAMILTON,ONT 446.575 YES 131.80 NEG
VE3PAQ MISSISSAUGA,ONT 442.125 YES 136.50 POS
VA3PMO MISSISSAUGA,ONT 444.250 YES 136.50 POS
VE3MIS MISSISSAUGA,ONT 444.575 YES 103.50 POS
VA3UKW TORONTO,ONT 442.175 YES 136.50 POS
VA3GTU TORONTO,ONT 442.375 YES 103.50 POS
VE3CAY TORONTO,ONT 442.600 YES 103.50 POS
VA3GTU TORONTO,ONT 442.650 YES 100.00 POS
VE3WOO TORONTO,ONT 442.75 0YES 82.50 POS
VA3GTU TORONTO,ONT 442.975 YES 103.50 POS
VE3YYZ TORONTO,ONT 443.050 YES 103.50 POS
VE3SKI TORONTO,ONT 443.100 NO ==== POS
VE3VOP TORONTO,ONT 443.325 YES 103.50 POS
VE3PVT TORONTO,ONT 443.500 NO ==== POS
VE3NOR TORONTO,ONT 443.650 YES 103.50 POS
VE3OBN TORONTO,ONT 443.900 YES 127.30 POS
VE3TWR TORONTO,ONT 444.400 YES 103.50 POS
VE3URU TORONTO,ONT 444.475 YES 103.50 POS
VE3RAK TORONTO,ONT 444.700 YES 103.50 POS
VE3ATL TORONTO,ONT 444.750 YES 103.50 POS
VE3UKW TORONTO,ONT 444.850 YES 136.50 POS

UHF 70 CENTIMETER REPEATERS (NEW YORK, UNITED STATES)
K2YW NIAGARA FALLS,NY 443.925 YES 151.40 POS
WB2DSS BUFFALO,NY 443.525 YES 151.40 POS
WA2HKS BUFFALO,NY 444.000 NO ==== POS

 

2015-NOV-20

21:41:55

 

 

 

 


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