Starting to get more time on the air. VHF mostly for now but HF again once I get the all the toys installed in the new wheels and tag along
Currently working on getting my new (to me) pick up truck and travel trailer ready for the camping season. Will be operating VHF FM only while on the road (along with APRS) but will be carrying the FT 817 in the travel trailer for when we are parked for the nite. Hopefully will be back on the air once I get the gear in the truck and camper.
I have started to blog again... This time its about Amateur Radio and RV operating. My two favourite hobbys coming together can only be a good thing...
Feel free to drop in at " va3qv.wordpress.com " where Liz and I will be blogging about our life on the road along with how she tolerates Amateur Radio
In case you were wondering my old blog has been archived and will be brought back on line once I figure out how to do it and also when I can find the time to do it...
MY LOGS ARE CURRENT AT LOTW, EQSL AND HERE AT QRZ.COM
The Canadian Goverment calls me "Robert" and my friends call me "Bob"
Thanks for looking me up here at QRZ...
"Working the world.... With 5w and a wire...."
(2w and a wire when I operate JT65)
YES... I ACTUALLY DO OPERATE QRP BY CHOICE!
My QSL Policy (as of May 1st 2014)
***Logbook of the World Preferred
***EQSL (AG) Preferred
I also upload to QRZ.com and HRDLog.net
Save a Tree---> "LoTW or EQSL only please"!!!
NO DIRECT OR BUREAU QSLs
SWL Reports welcome via EQSL
My complete logs have now been uploaded to QRZ.com logbook and are current as of April 21st.
(If your call is not there and it should be there... email me to see what happened)
I will (try to) upload new contacts every week (or less) as a courtesy to those who are chasing QRZ awards...
but please upload your logs to LoTW and EQSL for those of us who are chasing other awards.
According to my Log book I have worked 157 DXCCS
but my confirmed totals follow:
DXCC (Mixed) Running total currently at 128 (LoTW)
DXCC (SSB) Running total currently at 116 ( LoTW )
DXCC ( CW ) Running total currently at 68 (LoTW )
DXCC (Digital) Running Total currently at 29 ( LoTW )
DXCC (SSB) confirmed on LoTW as of Nov 26th 2012
WAS ( SSB) confirmed on LoTW as of May 5th 2014.
WAS ( QRP/CW) confirmed on LoTW as of October 31 2014
QRP DXCC completed as of Jan 2015
I am working towards my Digital WAS which will complete (46)
Modes JT65 45 / PSK31 38 / PSK125 2 / RTTY 3
my Triple Play with 146 confirmed on Logbook of the World
Starting July 14th I am also operating JT65 (2w output )
I am a QRP Operator so:
I know my signal is down in the mud, I'm only using 5w, so its to be expected to be low!
I have been exclusively operating QRP since Feb 2013.
Before that date I was operating 100w from home and QRP from portable locations.
No room at home (very small backyard) for beams and towers so its verticals and wires only.
So, if you hear me congrats on having a good receiver in your Amateur Radio Station
In 2002 I bought my FT 817 and got introduced into the world of Portable QRP Operations. I operated 100w from home with various radios FT 897, FT 857, FT 847 and the FT 450. In Feb 2013 after completing my DXCC in November 2012, I sold the FT 450 and decided to operate QRP only and chase my QRPDXCC in SSB.
In November of 2013 (for my birthday) my family bought me a Flex 1500 SDR Radio which is also a QRP Radio. (Sure beats the heck out of sox and underwear eh!) I still have the FT 817 and use it while playing radio in the great outdoors and now use the Flex 1500 in the shack.
Above Pic- September 2005 Maple Island DXPediton (Ottawa) (My 1st DXPedition)
Thats me on the right .... more than a few years later. Still using the FT 817 though. If it ever breaks not sure what I would replace it with. But then again it was one of the orignal FT 817s and its still going strong... It probally will last longer than I will.
My station logs for VA3QV are normally uploaded to LoTW, HRDLOG.net and EQSL at the end of every day.
HF- Flex 1500 Software Design QRP Radio (SDR) with a 55 foot end fed longwire with 4 radials (covers 10-80 with my LDG QRP Autotuner) .An ASUS desktop running Power SDR for Computer Control and Ham Radio Deluxe for general logging. I started using N1MM for contest logging and am very happy with it,
The above pictures shows my antenna at home for HF. I operate SSB/CW and the digital modes with this setup and the antenna shown above. Making the best I can do with what I've got.
The Portable Station did not get as much use this year as I had hoped. But it will be out next spring summer...
HF- Yaesu FT817 with Par End Fedz QRP EFHW or a Buddistick 10-40m Vertical along with an older model LDG QRP Autotuner. For 6m I use a 1/4 wave dipole antenna.
For this year coming (2016) I have added the NUE PSK 31 Modem to my backpack setup.
Pic Below on the left.
What you see on the left is what you get...
5w of RF (SSB,CW or PSK 31) but I will be operating wherever the bands are open between 6m and 80m.
The gear working on May 12 2016 at the Science Museum Property in Ottawa
Will your station be able to hear 5w and a wire?
or 2w and a wire?????
I really prefer LoTW and EQSL . If you reply via EQSL please also confirm by LoTW if you can... as I am working on several ARRL Awards right now and we know that LoTW (ARRL) does not accept EQSLs yet.
This page was last UPDATED on April 21st 2017
Heres where I have been talking (or typing) recently...
If we have talked in the last 24 hours then your info should be in my log (see above)
If you are in the log then our QSO details has (will be soon) been uploaded to LoTW and EQSL
If you are not on EQSL the card is still there waiting for you...
My contacts listed on the below map
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