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My name is Greg and I have been a ham since 1998. First licensed as KC8KUG in the USA and I moved to Canada in 1999. I got my Canadian Basic license in 2002, got my HF ticket in 2004, and Advanced ticket in 2014. Advanced is the highest class you can hold in Canada.

I've always had an interest in radio dating back to my childhood years. I remember being amazed what my pocket AM radio would pick up once the sun went down. I couldn't believe that I could hear stations hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles away!

I worked at Radio Shack during my high school years and met several hams along the way. One of them was Mac W9IV and he invited me to come to his home and see his station. He had a room dedicated to ham radio with a desk going around the entire perimeter of it. He had multiple radios setup, so regardless of what band or mode he wished to operate, he would simply sit in front of that radio and go to it. His favorite mode was CW and I remember him listening to two hams conversing back and forth on 20m. He was leaning back in his chair and translating the CW for me, so I could understand what was going on. I was in disbelief that he could be casually listening and letting me in on what was being said. Mac made it look so easy! The year was 1989.

Fast forward almost 10 years and I still didn't have my license. Walking through the grocery store, I passed by the magazine rack. As I scanned  the covers of the magazines I saw a copy of CQ. I picked it up and threw it in the cart. Later that afternoon, I was going through the pages and noticed that a hamfest was coming up in my area. I decided to go!

While at the hamfest there was a vendor selling study guides so I bought one. I studied and took the Technician test a couple weeks later at another hamfest. I passed and waited for my callsign to arrive. Thats when I became KC8KUG. I operated on VHF exclusively from 1998 until 2004. However in 2002, I took the Canadian Basic exam and passed. Now I was VA3KUG.

My real interest in amateur radio was to be on HF. So I decided to learn the code because at that time, it was still a requirement here in Canada for HF access. I called upon one of my local hams that was also a CW man, to see if he would teach me the code. I was so elated because he said yes! So a couple times a week I would spend about an hour at a time with Ken VA3KEW. After about 8 weeks, I was ready to take the cw test. I remember being very nervous for the CW exam! Fortunately, my nerves didn't get the best of me and I passed the CW test! I was thrilled and excited because I could finally get on HF! I still vividly remember my first contact on HF with W5JON in Texas. I worked him with my newly acquired, 30 year old Yaesu FT-101 (which I still have) and 40m dipole that I made. I received a 58 report on SSB. After working John, I spent ALOT of time on HF and worked many stations. What can I say, I was hooked!

Since that time, I have participated in many aspects and modes of this great hobby. My family and work, limit the amount of on air time that I have today. I still try and slip in the shack in the evening and work at least one station on a daily basis. I also operate a couple of digital modes while mobile with D-Star and DMR. While in the shack the there is a pretty even balance between SSB and CW during HF operation.

I believe that I am the second holder of callsign VE3SV. This call belonged to Bob Boyd and he was a great asset to amateur radio and to his community. He was a professional man and Mechanical Engineer and had a very successful career with CIL and Dupont of Canada. Bob also was a recipient of the 80th anniversary award of the Quarter Century Wireless Association and was responsible for devising his city's Emergency Prepardness Response plan. Unfortunately, I never had an opportunity to meet Bob, but I intend to represent this callsign with respect to him, and this hobby, in the highest manner possible. Bob became silent key in July 2014.

Thanks for taking the time to read my bio. Below you can see some particulars regarding my amateur station.


  • Kenwood TS-480SAT
  • Icom IC-7100
  • Kenwood TS-940S
  • Yaesu FT-101
  • National 200


  • Icom ID-880H
  • Kenwood TM-281A
  • Motorola XPR-4550
  • Midland 70-1342B
  • Icom IC-2100H


  • Icom IC-92AD
  • Icom ID-31A
  • Alinco DJ-57T
  • Tytera MD-380
  • Yaesu FT-1D
  • Radio Shack HTX-202

ANTENNAS - All are homebrewed with exception to the Hustler vertical

  • Hustler 5BTV Ground Mounted Vertical with 60 radials
  • 160m End Fed wire utilizing the radials from vertical above
  • 80m Inverted V dipole
  • 40m Dipole
  • 20m Dipole
  • 15m Dipole
  • 10m Dipole
  • 6m Dipole
  • 3 Element Copper Yagi for 6m
  • Full wave Vertically Polarized Loop for 2m
  • 6 Element Aluminum Yagi for 2m
  • 7 Element Aluminum Yagi for 70cm


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