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Received the 2 letter callsign back in early 2008. This call belonged to Gordon Crayford of Lacombe AB for many years. He passed away in early 2007. Gordon was a founding member of the Central Alberta Radio League. (CARL) My old call was VE6VOX, which I held from 1991 until the end of 2014.

I live in Calgary Alberta, though I sometimes travel to provide pre-sales support for the Trio Datacom industrial radio products my company builds/sells. My work takes me to places like Houston and Denver regularly, but sometimes to more exotic places like Amsterdam or Melbourne!

I have to admit that I spend as much time on music these days as ham radio. I'm working on the acoustic guitar and am a singer as well, mostly folk, bluegrass, celtic and old rock stuff. Plus my XYL Sharon is a big part of my life! :o)

I work for Schneider Electric (ex Control Microsystems). My branch of the organization is a Melbourne based manufacturer of industrial data radios. I'm involved in RF system design (using Pathloss), training, sales support etc. Worked in the past for BP Amoco as a Control Systems Technologist, and before that for the Calgary Police Service for a couple of years.

I've been a ham since early 1991 and am currently active on HF and also do a little bit of VHF/UHF satellite work. Mostly a sideband operator, but also like some of the digital modes. (Why isn't Olivia more popular? JT-65 is ok but boring after awhile)

I had a Yaesu FT-990 (once my dream rig!) for years, but decided to get into the 21st century and played with SDR. Used a Flex-5000 (fantastic Rx!!) & Elecraft KX3, and built a Softrock Ensemble Rx/Tx. Even made a few contacts with the Softrock at 1 watt. All those rigs have gone however. The Flex drove me nuts - no buttons to push! The KX3 is pretty amazing, but the cost of the rig and add-ons got crazy (and the user interface isn't my favorite), so I switched to an IC-703+ for portable use.

Bought a Kenwood TS-590SG as my main rig awhile back. An excellent receiver and sounds good too. Still too many buttons on a small front panel for me, but it will do until my "perfect" rig comes along. (IC-7610 maybe??)  Paired with my hexbeam and ALS-600 amp I'm finally starting to break a few pile-ups!

Also have an FT-847 as a backup rig and to do satellite work. Just because I totally love the look of it and the clean front panel, I acquired a Yaesu FT-107M with the power supply/speaker, phone patch, tuner and transverter!!  I've also got an IC-720A, which is more for nostalgia as my first rig was a 720A. But it actually has a pretty good receiver!

Have been doing some repair work on my rigs recently. Found a dirt-cheap TS-520S at a fleamarket last year, along with a digital display. Updated the capacitors and a few other fixes. Opened up my IC-720A and cleaned/repaired the band filter switch. Added an inductor & resistor to keep the contacts in better health for awhile. Replaced the Tx/Rx relay in my FT-107M. Also tried to replace the attenuator relay but those old things are almost impossible to find, so I cleaned the contacts with DeOxIt. Then added an X-Lock to the 107M to make the VFO more stable.  

Below is a photo of an IC-751A I had for a couple of years, apart on the bench for some major repairs to the display & general clean-up. It's since been sold but was a nice rig...

Here's what an IC-751A looks like naked!

Main antennas here are an off-centre-fed dipole (peak around 35 feet) and a Traffie 5 band hexbeam on a roof-mount tower. Put up a pair of M2 eggbeaters last summer too, to help me get my feet wet playing with satellites.

I'm using Ham Radio Deluxe 6.0 for PSK31 and RTTY, and am even using LoTW and eQSL too. Totally into the 21st Century now!!

Installation day for the Traffie Hexbeam

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