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Hi! every one! On the air, call me Mike. The picture above shows my first station, Heathkit SB-104A that I built, shortly after I got my radio-amateur certificate in Feb 1982 at age 38 .

My interest is DX chasing particularly islands, lighthouses, and special events callsigns. Working on all the HF bands, mostly SSB.

Occasionally and weather permitting, I also like to go portable with simple equipement setup on the St-Lawrence River IOTA islands and activate a few seashore lighthouses.

 After almost a decade off the air, and now retired in a condo appartment where antennas are prohibited, I consider myself lucky enough being able to operate remote, thanks to my friend Claude VE2BUB. The transmit/receive station is  at his QTH, 30 km from here.


Hope to meet you on the air!

  73 de Mike VE2OV 

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DO NOT SEND ME YOUR QSL VIA THE BUREAU! Your card is not required.

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 Direct mail : International : SAE and 3 US$. (USA : SAE and 2, Canada : SASE)

All my prefix callsigns are linked to VE2OV's log  73                                             

As of 2018, I am still missing the following DXCC entities:

 P5, DPRK (North Korea),  BS7H, Scarborough Reef,  JD/M, Minami Torishima,  3D2/C, ConwayReef,  XX9, Macao,   KH8/S, Swains is,  ZL8, Kermadec is.            


I am a member in good standing of the associations  and local clubs above.



 I live in this big building. No antenna allowed here.

Then I found the solution : I operate remote with REMOTERIG.com 

All the controls that I need are on screen: antennas and amplifier switches, rotator, logbook, and DX cluster.

The hosting T/R STATION is located at VE2BUB's QTH, 35 km from my home.

Here is a 21min documentary showing our project and friendship.

Original french version here -> LE DXER ET LE TECHNICIEN

If you enjoy viewing, please share.

The hosting station (VE2BUB) consists of a Tennadyne 10-20m log-periodic, and 40/80/160 inv Vs.


I thought at first of buying a brand new no tune, fully automatic amplifier. But having discussed briefly with Claude VE2BUB, we both concluded that it would be much more fun (and a lot less expensive!) to play with things readily available on hand, I mean old SB220 amplifiers. So we began to gather parts here and there at local hamfests and on the net.

Claude is an experimented broadcast technician, and has been an active radio-amateur for more than 50 years. Here is how he refurbished these vintage amps into a "ONE AMP PER BAND" system, thus achieving a very efficient remote controled station for me. All the gear shown below has been rebuilt professionnally by himself and optimised for flawless performance. 

When needed I may switch on remotely any of these amplifiers.

Each one delivers 1500 watts, and is tuned to the center part of the band in use.

Changing frequency with the TS-480 gives the input to the Bandmaster which selects automaticaly the right amplifier and the right antenna.

Below: The control section: Exciter (TS480sat), Bandecoder, Webswitch, Remoterig unit.

Below: Modified canadian made TMC 1,5kw autotune amplifier with 8 preset channels on 160/80/40m.

Below: Stripped out vintage SB220 rebuilt for 17 & 12m. Separate pi-networks & automatic bandswitching.


VE2OV former QTHs (before 2006)

Then I have been 8 years off the air, untill 2013.

This 100' (30m) self supporting Trylon tower was erected on Ile-du-Fort, Qc.

Hygain 204-BA fixed to Europe at 50', and Telerana log-periodic at 100', replaced later by Force 12 C-3.


Below: VE2OV early days tri-bands dipole and delta loop in St-Lambert, QC




Thanks to all who contacted me during my holliday style expedition to "Isle-aux-Coudres" October 2017

This CG2OV operation from NA-128 is validated by IOTA


October 2017, Ile-aux-Coudres, NA-128, QC-009

October 2014, Ile d'Orléans, NA-128, QC-007

October 2013, Ile D'Orléans, NA-128, QC-007.

VE2OV/p from EXPO islands (Canadian Island # QC-011, but not IOTA)

Vintage photo (1967) of the Montreal World Fair, reorganised today for the F-1 Grand-Prix (2014).

VE2OV/pNA-128, Hare is. QC-094, & Brandy Pot is. QC-096.

September 1991: Very first activation of NA-128.

Left to right: Mike VE2OV, Zareh VE2NW, and Joe VE2CY.

August 2000: Very first activation of NA-176




Other hobbies : musician (bass guitar) in a blues band, photo, and also hiking.



Montreal Jacques-Cartier Bridge, over the St-Lawrence River.


Biosphere (former USA Pavillon, Expo67)


ZAVIKON ISLAND in the Thousand Islands is deemed to be THE SMALLEST CANADA / USA FRONTIER).

The tale says: Left island is in Canada, right island is in the USA. Really both islands are in Canada.

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