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QSL: VIA, EQSL, BUREAU, Please no direct cards

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Canada is celebrating its 150 Anniversary and for 2017 Canadian amateurs have been authorized to use a special prefix for the entire year if they so wish.  During 2017 I will be operating as CG1RSM vice VE1RSM.

Please watch for other special event calls that have been or are being approved as Canada celebrates 150 years.

New - I will be operating often from 1 Sep until 31 Dec as VE1RAC.  If you check the Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) webpage you will see RAC has an award program - Canada 150 Award.  To earrn this award you just need to work all Canadian "RAC" calls.  There is also information available on the RAC Webpage on when many provinces will be operating their "RAC" call.

New - I am now a member of LoTW and eQSL.  I upload my logs regularly to both of these sites.  As well I also have CG1RSM, XM1150CAN and VE1LD (the Kings County ARC club's call) attached to these site and update those logs regularly as well.

QSL Info - Please note that I am not a serious QSL card person. I recommend you do not send me your card, especially if you are looking for a card in return. You may be waiting many, many years for my return card. Having your contact in my log is more than satisfying enough for me. There are many station from Nova Scotia who are active and do exchange cards, please exchange your QSL with one of them. Thank you. Exhanging QSL cards has never interested me.

I became interested in Amateur Radio in 1974 as a volunteer operator in Alert. Alert is located in Canada's High Arctic and up until the mid 1980's the station relied on volunteers along with some licensed amateurs to pass the phone patch traffic for the military and civilian personnel serving at this remote location in northeastern Canada. A satellite image of CFS Alert is now available on Google Earth, just go to the northeastern tip of Elsemere Island and you will find the world's most northerly settlement, to this day.

In 1996 while serving my final of six tours in Alert (then VE8RCS), and operating the HAM station as a DX station with few to no phone patches I obtained my Basic Plus Certificate and my first call sign was VE3GLO.

In 2009 I retired from the Canadian Forces after serving over 36 years and have now settled in Hantsport, Nova Scotia with my new call sign of VE1RSM.

My highlight in amateur radio was in September of 2008 when I was asked to lead a small team of Operators back to Alert and bring VE8RCS(VY0) on the air to help celebrate the 50th anniversay of CFS Alert. Other than the solar flare which occurred on the 3rd day which really made contacts a struggle the four of us: myself (VE3GLO), Scott |(VA3XA), Les (VE3KFS) and Ken (VE3SRS), all former operators of VE8RCS had a wonderful time and enjoyed the chance to operate from the station for two weeks.

I enjoy the hobby, and enjoy the contacts be they short with DX stations or ragging chewing with friends and other amateurs.

I do try to participate in most of the CW contests and even some SSB ones, but with mainly wire antennas and 100 watts contacts are not the easiest at this time.

I am also operatiing most digital modes as well.



Updated: Dec 2016

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