First licenced in 1983 when the basic licence required 10 W.P.M. morse code and received my current call. After 8 months or so I applied for and received the 10 metre endorsement allowing phone operation on 10 metres. A couple of months after that I passed the Amateur Digital Operator exam, mainly to get the Advanced theory test out of the way as it didn't provide much in the way of additional privileges. After 1 year I did the 15 W.P.M. code test (which was right at the limit of my ability and still is) and regs test and had all the licences that Canada had to offer.
Since then Canada has simplified licencing so my license is called Basic+Advanced 12 W.P.M. although I can't find any reference to speeds above 5 W.P.M. in the current regs. After making 394 HF contacts in the eighties I left the hobby except for a bit of VHF/UHF FM until 25 years later when I joined the York Region Amateur Radio Club (of which I'm now President) and got back to HF by building a SoftRock RXTX Ensemble. That's was fun for 100 QSOs or so but then I acquired an Elecraft K3, KPA500 and KAT500 but I still use my eighties antenna (Butternut HF6V) but I hope to put a beam on a tower before I retire. I'm now closing in on 10,000 QSOs.
I'm also a Scuba Instructor but I dive more than I teach and currently President of the York Region Amateur Radio Club (www.yrarc.org) and a Board Member of the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada.
While I normally rely on LoTW if you send me a card I'll send you one back. I'm trying to get faster at it and will have to move to using the computer instead of filling them out by hand. I've also started uploading to eqsl again but don't like it much having tried to become "authenticity guaranteed" using the LoTW method without any success. I only chase ARRL awards but I wish the ARRL would hurry up and make some partnership agreements with other national organizations to support their award programs. That would be a win for the ARRL, the other organizations, and for amateurs in general. Dream on I guess.
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