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Greetings! Nice to meet you on the bands! My name is Craig and my QTH is Ottawa - Canada's capital city. My original call is VE3KKU and I still use it, as well as VA3KKU.

NOTE! 2017 is Canada's 150th birthday celebration. There is so much going on all year round in Ottawa. Please visit Canada this year and have some fun!

Bermuda (VP9)

I was QRV from Bermuda as VE3OP/VP9 from 8-15 February, 2017.

QSL info: I will only be using LOTW. All QSOs have now been uploaded to LOTW. If you must have a QSL card confirmation, send $3 US or CDN (no stamps or IRCs) and a self-addressed envelope (including MY return address noted) to my home address at VE3OP.

Below: VE3OP/VP9 QTH, Hamilton Parish, Bermuda.


Below: This is Point Udall, St. Croix, the most eastern point of U.S., where I had a mini dxpedition in 2015. Using an Elecraft KX3 and Buddipole on the beach.


Below: K4KIO Hexbeam

The main HF antenna is a 20m-6m (K4KIO) hexbeam, on a Glen Martin 8 foot tower, on top of the house. Total height is only about 10m. This antenna works like a dream and I highly recommend it. It is easy to assemble, lightweight (only 25 pounds), has a small turning radius, only requires a lightweight TV rotor to turn it, has very low wind loading, has excellent front to back, is broadband, and has flat SWR on all bands (no need for a tuner!). Best of all it really works very well! I have no trouble slicing through pile-ups on my first or second attempt.

After decades of trying virtually every antenna type, here are my absolute favorites. I stilll use all of these:

HF/VHF Antenna (20-2):  Hex Beam (K4KIO)

Field Portable Antenna (40-10): Small Vertical Dipole (Transworld TW-2010)

Field Backpackable Antenna (40-2): Versatile (Buddipole)

Uber Portable Antenna (40-10):  Small Loop (Alex Loop)

Vehicle Mobile Antenna (160-10): Screwdriver (Tarheel)









Roxanne, VA3ROX, my better half who has put up with all my ham radio craziness for the past 25+ years. She deserves a medal!








The main operating position.



This is my primary radio - an Elecraft K3S.



Kenwood TS-480SAT and Tarheel Model 200 high power screwdriver antenna.


Vintage radios including a Kenwood TS-820S, TS-830S,

R599D/T599D (Kenwood Twins) and a very rare 500 watt Kenwood TS-511S.





Portable operation consisting of an Elecraft KX3 (wow! what a radio!) and a Transworld Backpacker (wow! what a portable antenna!).





Ottawa is beautiful city, with lots to offer in every season.

Come and visit!





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