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Thank you for looking me up on QRZ!

I was first licensed in 1990 and hold a Canadian Advanced Class license, with morse code endorsement. I also hold the call VA3ZG. 

I started out with a single channel Radio Shack walkie talkie at about age 6 or 7. I progressed up through the ranks of CB radio and "freebanding" for about 10 years. I began monitoring the local 2m repeater and decided I wanted to get my license. In the summer of 1990, I saw an advertisement our local club was holding amateur radio classes. I passed the theory with 10 WPM CW endorsement. It was a dream come true!

My first HF radio was a Yaesu FT-101E, followed by a Kenwood TS-830S. I thought I was in heaven! Over the years I have had quite an assortment of radios in the shack, as I like to trade and try out new equipment. I've been involved in DMR for a while now using a Radioditty GD-77 and Zumspot portable hotspot.

My DXCC total now sits at 242, and with the beam only at 30' or so, each new one is a challenge!

Hopefully when I retire I'll find myself on the receiving end of a pileup at some exotic location!!!

I hope to work you on the bands.

** Please note, I no longer send out QSL cards. I use LOTW and QRZ.com for confirming contacts.


The shack - Icom 756PROIII, FL-2100B, Astron VS-35M, MFJ-948, Yaesu G-450XL           

The tower - Cushcraft A3S, Alpha Delta DX-B, home brew 6m Moxon


Does the display on your IC756PRO/PROII or PROIII look like this crying

Wouldn't you rather have it look like this? smiley​  

The typical life span of a CCFL tube is 10,000 to 20,000 hours, at which time the backlight will only reach half its original brightness.  As the CCFL gets dimmer it requires more voltage to keep it running, putting a strain on the inverter circuit powering it. Over time, the inverter coil that provides the high voltage for the CCFL tube will fail. This particular coil, found in the 756PRO series as well as the 746 series, is now obsolete. What happens if your coil goes south or the CCFL tube itself fails? In the case of a CCFL failure, you would have to buy a new LCD display at over $200 plus the cost of labour to install it. If the coil itself fails, either find a parts radio with a good coil, or your radio, becomes a parts radio. I can replace the CCFL tube with an LED strip (rated at 100,000 hours) that will make your display look like new, for less money than the cost of the LCD panel itself. 

Cost of the LED upgrade is $140 USD, which includes the cost of the LED strip and driver board. The charges to ship your front panel both ways will be your responsibility. The upgrade takes about three hours to complete so turnaround is fairly quick. Pictures below show my circa 2004 PROIII after the upgrade. 

Email me for more information.

A few shots of my DMR portable hotspot

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VE9RAC 2017-12-30 40m CW FN25ci Canada RADIO AMATEUR DU / OF CANADA INC.
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Book Totals: 8947 qso's   1426 confirmed Get a free logbook at QRZ.COM

United States Award#3929
Granted: 2018-01-01 16:42:02   (VE3TMT)

United States Counties Award#907
Granted: 2016-07-19 17:15:07   (VE3TMT)

  • 100 Counties Mixed
  • 250 Counties Mixed
DX World Award#3750
Granted: 2016-05-14 11:15:02   (VE3TMT)

Grid Squared Award#150
Granted: 2015-01-14 20:37:50   (VE3TMT)

  • 20 Meters Digital
  • Mixed Digital
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Phone
  • Mixed Phone
World Continents Award#153
Granted: 2015-01-14 20:13:56   (VE3TMT)

  • 10 Meters Mixed
  • 20 Meters Mixed
  • Mixed Phone
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