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I am an active member of Contest Club Ontario and the Oakville ARC.

I've been bitten by the QRP bug and have been contesting using a Flex Radio 1500 at 5 watts. Since I first posted this bio I've acquired a NorCal 20 which I upgraded to include a memory keyer and most recently a NorCal 40a which is running just under 2 watts on 40 meters (from 7020 to 7055).

Also I've now got a Chinese CRK-10A running 3 watts rock bound at 7030 which is a hoot. It's a direct conversion rig and if you've never heard a direct conversion rig you must find one to try. The signal quality has a bell-like clarity. Now both NorCals are very nice and their QSK is flawless.

Also now on D-Star with a DVAP and Raspberry Pi using an IC-31A in the house and IC-880 mobile.

I've now introduced a 100-watt FlexRadio 3000 into the contesting mix. Depending on the contest I can use the 1500 on QRP or the 3000 when conditions require a bit more umph. Love to pick up an 800-watt amp maybe next year.

Built a Tuna Tin 2 so now running a staggering 1/3 watt on 7.030. The darn thing actually works with local contacts and one in Ottawa. I'm using a mint condition Drake 2B and I do have a Drake 8A receiver if needed.

I now have an Elecraft KX-2 which is an amazing QRP rig. It's got a big rig feel and most of the features with the exception of a 100 watt PA. I bought a Signalink USB digital interface and I've got the KX-2 working the digital modes.

Antennas include a High-Gain Explorer at 16 meters with the 40 meter extensions. Also have an Alpha-Delta 80/40 dipole, G5RV-JR, Butternut-type six band vertical, 160/80/40/30 Sloper and a new 160 Sloper (which is going up soon).

I got interested in amateur radio back in the early 1960s when my father (VE3FWR and later VE3HG) joined the Skywide Amateur Radio Club in Etobicoke (now part of Toronto), Ontario.

Back in those days it wasn't unusual to see 40 or 50 hams attend club meetings. Skywide was a very active club always sponsoring building projects (They did a famous Heathkit Twoer AM knock-off that was very popular.).

My dad, Leo, went on to get his license (VE3FWR) but it wasn't until 1980 that I finally got my ticket as VE3MAS.

Over the years my dad and I enjoyed our common interest in ham radio and upon his death I applied to Industry Canada for his two-letter call sign of VE3HG. I was told it might take as long as 10 years before the call would be released to me. So imagine my delight when a little over a year later I got a telephone call to say that VE3HG was mine.

My wife Marion is VE3HEN and is active on VHF/UHF repeaters.

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