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The Beautiful Night Skyline of Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

SUMMARY

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
 
HF:
  • 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.
  • (Mobile) - Kenwood TS-480HX (200W) /  MC-43s microphone  / Kenwood MC-60 desk microphone.
Antennas:
  • 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.
  • 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.
VHF/UHF:
  • 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!

      

                

 

THANKS FOR VISITING ..... 73

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