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Hi, I'm Fred Archibald! I was licensed as VE2SEI in 1987, and received the Advanced and 15 wpm CW qualifications in 1988. We moved (I retired) from Pointe Claire, Quebec in July, 2003 to Canard, Nova Scotia, in the Annapolis Valley 6 miles from Wolfville and 2 miles from the Minas Basin of the Bay of Fundy. The move increased antenna space from 7200 to 90,000 ft2! XYL Helen, formerly VE2YAK (Advanced), is now VA1YL. Our present calls were issued in July, 2003.

Station: We built an addition on our 1850 house for a workshop and the station in 2003-4 (see picture above). Radio cat Scrabble is sitting next to my homebrew linear (pair 813s, 160-10m at 800W CW-400W CW), Many restored classic radios take turns to sit on the bench behind me. Transceivers: Kenwood TS-590, TS-850SAT, Collins KWM-2A, Icom 706Mk2G. Homebrew antenna tuner is used with the 486' circumference horizontal loop up 52' and good from 160-10m. A Mosley CL-33 triband Yagi at 53' is used on 10-15-20m, and a 3-element beam at 60' used on 6m, and a 5 element beam on 2m. Two short (250') bidirectional beverages are pointed NE-SW and NW-SE.

Interests: 1. DXpeditions to islands, mostly for the annual IOTA contest in July. To date, we have activated the following.

St.Paul Is. NS: CY9CWI (IOTA NA-94) in 1991, 1993, 1994, and 1999.

Charlton Is. NWT: VE8CWI, NA-173 (first activation ever!) 1992.

Pictou Is. NS: XJ1CWI, NA-154 1995. Seal Is. NS: XJ1CWI, NA-126, 1996. Fogo Is. NF: XO1CWI, NA-198, 1998. White Head Is. NB: XJ9GM, NA-14 1997; VE9W, 2001, VC9W 2005, VC9A 2010. Magdalen Is. QC, as XM2CWI, NA-038 in 2002, and as VC2W in 2006. Bon Portage Is., NS NA-126, as VC1W, (2007), VC1T (2008), and VC1D + VX1D in 2011, and VC1S in 2014.

In April-May 2017 Helen and I operated from Andy (3DA0TM) Cory's QTH in Mbabane, Swaziland. We were issued the calls 3DA0FA and 3DA0YL. If you want a QSL card, please send via the buro, or direct to 25 Canard St. RR#1,  Port Williams B0P1T0, Nova Scotia, Canada. Note: Canadian letters overseas now require a $2.50 stamp, so for a direct response please include green stamps

The earlier expeditions (through 2002) were sponsored by the West Island ARC of Montreal. Many also included fine operators from the Halifax NS ARC. Since 2005 most operators have been Halifax ARC members.

QSLs: 2002 and earlier expeditions via the West Island ARC in Montreal VE2CWI, P.O. Box 884,Dorval, Quebec, Canada, H9R4Z6.

Please QSL 2004-2008 and 2010-14 expeditions via Helen VA1YL.

QSL VE1FA via the buro or direct.

Direct QSL address: 25 Canard St. RR#1, Port Williams  B0P1T0   Nova Scotia,  Canada

In 2014 VA1YL, VO1NO, VA1CHP, VE1SKY  and I attempted to transmit a 2m signal across the North Atlantic by an all natural path, (excluding moonbounce), something never done by anyone before. I designed and built a 43-element kevlar-suspended yagi for use on 144.155 MHz. We took a complete high-power 2m station to Pouch Cove, Newfoundland and using WSJT mode FSK-441 we were heard at 13:41 UTC on July 6 2014 by G4SWX in Eastern England, a distance of 3840 km! Unfortunately, careful analysis of the received signal by us and by Joe Taylor K1JT, revealed that the signal had been reflected off the Intenational Space Station, which at that moment was 422 km over the North Atlantic on the line connecting our station to that of G4SWX. Still it was a first for a new mode of transatlantic 2m communication!

This was writen up in both QST and TCA (The Canadian Amateur), and if you Google "Brendan Quest" you can read the whole story!

I also enjoy: 2. Restoring antique and WW2 radios; 3. Antenna and equipment building; 4. DX-ing; and 5. Rag-chewing with congenial hams everywhere!

In my other life I'm a professor/research microbiologist with activities in microbial ecology, biochemistry, and physiology, and university teaching in microbiology. I'm mostly retired at this point.

VA1YL and I have two daughters, VE2WHO (Anne) and VE2ZOO (Margaret). Anne is an astrophysicist using the world's largest radiotelescopes to study pulsars and other deep-space radio sources, and thus is the real DX-er in the family!

Margaret is VE2ZOO/MM from her 51' Colvin steel schooner in the Caribbean.

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