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The Beautiful Night Skyline of Toronto, Ontario, Canada



My name is Vito and I'm located in Unionville, Ontario, Canada, 35km northeast of the beautiful downtown City of Toronto. I've had a passion for radio since the age of 13 and rejuvenated my love for the hobby in 2011. 

You can catch me CQ calling on 40m around 7.227 and on 20m around 14.227 when the frequencies are clear and conditions open. I enjoy a good rag chew on 40m and 80m and also enjoy working 17m, 15m, 12m, and 10m bands when conditions cooperate. 

Please scroll down to look at my Ham Nation video interview, Shack pics, a nice shot with Dr. Bob Heil and some awesome USA Cross Country ROUTE 66 road trip pics.


VA3VMD featured interview on HAM NATION (Episode 316) - Hosted by Bob Heil and Team

The video clip above is my interview on HAM NATION with George Thomas (W5JDX). I had the pleasure of being invited by Bob Heil to join a segment of HAM NATION (Episode 316) to discuss my simple low off the ground 20m / 40m / 80m dipole antennas. HAM NATION is hosted by Bob Heil, Gordon West, George Thomas, Don Wilbanks, Valerie Hotzfeld, Amanda Alden and Dale Puckett. To see this full episode and all others visit Ham Nation on YouTube or Twit.tv.


The Shack





VA3VMD - Working Conditions
  • ICom IC-7300 (100W) / Heil-iCM microphone, Heil-FS3 PTT footswitch / Pyle PMKS H01 boom mic stand. 
  • Jetstream 65amp switching power supply.
  • 550W Solid State Linear Amplifier.
  • Bose SoundLink Color II - External Speaker.
  • (Mobile) - Kenwood TS-480HX (200W) /  MC-43s microphone  / Kenwood MC-60 desk microphone.
  • 80m dipole - homebrew resonant 1/2 wave center-fed flattop wire dipole physcially oriented East/West.
  • 40m dipole - homebrew resonant 1/2 wave center-fed flattop wire dipole physically oriented East/West.
  • 20m dipole - homebrew resonant 1/2 wave center-fed flattop wire dipole physically oriented North/South.
  • Vertical Antenna - 32ft in the air - covering 17m/15m/12m/10m.
  • Remote Rig - AS-1289-SO Antenna Switch (High performance remote controlled 5 port switch - WEB Interface).
  • Workman 20m Hamstick - on a Wilson 1000 magnetic mount for working mobile on those long cross country road trips.
Remote Control:
  • Icom RS-BA1 - remote controlling software for IC-7300.
  • Local Station Server - AcerOne Netbook (Windows 10).  
  • Remote Station - Samsung R580 Laptop (Windows 10) & Yamaha CM500 Headset.
  • Remote Camera - DLink DCS-5030L - for visual remote monitoring of the shack.
  • Yaesu FT-7800R - 2m/70cm (144/440Mhz) / Antenna - Arrow OSJ 146/440 (J-Pole).
  • (Mobile/Portable) - Wouxun KG-UV2D - Handheld - 2m/70cm (144/440Mhz).
Digital Mode Operation:
  • FT8 - using WSJT-X software loaded on an Samsung R580 Laptop (Windows 10) directly connected via USB to the IC-7300.


A great pleasure meeting DR. BOB HEIL (K9EID) renowned sound engineer, innovator and founder of Heil Sound.



Our Travel Journeys - 4 Wheeling Cross Country - What a Wonderful Experience!





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TX5X 2018-03-16 15m FT8 BH52 French Polynesia William N. Kendall
LW2DAF 2018-03-16 15m FT8 GF05 Argentina DIEGO ALEJANDRO FEIL
KN4U 2018-03-15 80m SSB FM08ll United States RONALD E MAY SR
KN3C 2018-03-15 80m SSB FN10tf United States RICHARD P MARKEY JR
IK4GRO 2018-03-14 20m SSB Italy LAURO ZANOLI
AD4VA 2018-03-14 40m SSB FM18DP57 United States Marvin B Hearrell Jr
WD9SEF 2018-03-14 40M FT8 EN54ev United States Larry Schroeder
WD9SEF 2018-03-14 40m SSB EN54ev United States Larry Schroeder
HK5WML 2018-03-10 20m FT8 FJ13 Colombia HUGO CABRERA
NY3R 2018-03-09 80m SSB FN10ta United States ANTHONY J GALLETTA
WB2K 2018-03-09 80m SSB FN20uh United States EDWARD J ARMSTRONG JR
VA3KBC 2018-03-08 80m SSB EN83xd Canada Donald J. Stefanik
IZ4NIC 2018-03-08 17m SSB JN54rq Italy "NIC" Nicola Bughignoli
W1TXT 2018-03-08 40m SSB FN31lv United States THOMAS A KRUCZEK

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DX World Award#6796
Granted: 2018-02-11 18:18:03   (VA3VMD)

World Continents Award#16952
Granted: 2017-03-13 20:48:03   (VA3VMD)

  • 20 Meters Mixed
United States Award#2944
Granted: 2017-03-06 03:30:02   (VA3VMD)

United States Counties Award#4655
Granted: 2016-09-18 14:26:02   (VA3VMD)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
  • 500 Counties Mixed
Grid Squared Award#13843
Granted: 2016-09-17 21:02:03   (VA3VMD)

  • 17 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 40 Meters Mixed
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