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Interesting facts about ham radio in Canada -- since about 2000:

1. There are no station licenses-- callsigns appear on Certificates of Proficiency. A station consists of a transmitter, receiver and associated antennas.

2. You may hold several different callsigns but only one can be a two letter call, although I know of at least one instance where a Canadian amateur has  two 2 letter calls so that somehow slipped by the beaurocrats.  A single callsign can only be used at one station at a time. Field Day assemblies are considered one station.

3. There is no yearly fee since there are no station licenses to charge fees for. There is only a one time charge for processing a callsign application.

4. There is no limit to the number of stations you may own and operate. Previously the limit was 3. No stations are licensed but transmitters can only be owned by holders of Certificates of Proficiency.

5. You can use any of your callsigns at any station up to the Proficiency level of the lower Certificate of Proficienty of the owner of the station and your own.  Operation is with owner permission of course as a guest operator.

6. No portable, mobile or other designation is necessary if you hold a Canadian callsign. You may operate from one side of the country to the other with any of the callsigns you hold. The only exceptions are St. Paul Island and Sable Island which are special protected areas and require special permission to operate from  and special callsigns are normally assigned. You may choose to use portable or mobile designations if you wish. These are used as suffixes following a slash (/).

7. Any station you own can be operated remote from any operator location. You can operate any other station (with owner permission) remote up to the lower of the Certificates of Proficiency of the owner and yourself.


QSL manager for VE3KTB/VY0 at NA-043 ONLY! (operation on 29 July 2016).  Please email me at ve7ig@rac.ca if not sure that you are ok in the log.

Paper QSLs for VE3KTB/VY0 at NA-043 ONLY were received from the printer on Sept. 26, 2016 and are now available. Please send SAE plus one IRC preferably or 1 green stamp if within USA or Canada or 3 green stamps elsewhere. Only direct mail or bureau, no OQRS at present.

VE3KTB/VY0 location for NA-043 was Alex Heiberg Island at the McGill Arctic Research Station (MARS) on 29 July 2016.   Grid EQ49pj.  Only EQ49 has been put on the card since as you go that close to the poles the longitude lines converge and each 6 character grid occupies an increasingly smaller area. The actual layout of MARS is stretched out along the ridge and can extend  into differrent 6 character grids. The operation was short because there was no propagation all the previous day and night and 20m only opened a couple of hours before the helicopter arrived to take Pierre back to Eureka. Pierre hopes to return for a longer period next year.

VE7IG Grid CO82xd

New VE7IG QSL by Randy, KB3IFH. Grizzly bear photo on QSL card courtesy http://www.northrup.org/

I have been a ham since my 18th birthday, which makes it 60 years to date (2016). From age 12 I was regularly visiting my mentor, Bob, then VE7FU (now a SK, not the current VE7FU callsign holder, also named Bob or Robert). He made sure I learned how to build and operate equipment. So I've been in the hobby for 66 years now.

Holder of the following--- 9 band DXCC, 5 Band WAZ plaque (first in Canada), 8 Band WAZ + 30 zone starter WAZ certificate on 160m (35 zones), WPX Award of Excellence, IOTA 1000 trophy, 371 mixed DXCC, Canadian Islands Award #1, CQ Field Award Honor Roll


Guest OP at: KV4AA, VP2AB, CR9AK (Macao), 9V1QE, HS0ISB, 9N1MM, EP2BQ, VU2IRA, 4U1ITU

Visitor at: VS6BE (Hong Kong), AP2AD, AC3PT (Sikkim), UA1CK

Other concurrent calls: VA7AAW, VE7ZIG, VE1DXA

IOTA (Islands on the Air) Honour Roll member and IOTA Checkpoint for Canada.

IOTA activator from: OC-088 VS5RG, NA-022 VP2KT, NA-023 VP2VS, NA-105 PJ5MF, NA-051 VE7IG/p, NA-036 VE7IG/p, NA-075 VE7IG/VE7, NA-118 CI7GRN, NA-010 VE7IG/VE1, CK7IG/1 and VE1DXA, NA-154 VE7IG/1, NA-081, VE7IG/1, NA-126 VE7IG/1, NA-127 VE7IG/1, NA-068 VE7IG/2, NA-038 VE7IG/9, NA-029 VE7IG/VY2, NA-177 VE7IG/2.

Antarctica Activity Week (WAP-70) calls: 2007-- VA7ANTA; 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016-- VA7AAW, 2010-- VG7AAW, 2017-- CF7AAW/1

Parks Canada Centennial--- September and October 2011 --- CF7AAW.

Prefer QSL direct and please NO eQSLS. If insufficient postage is sent your card will be sent via bureau with no explanation.

LoTW I am using LoTW (and love it), although since I keep only paper logs I only upload individual QSOs for LoTW credit. However, if someone needs a confirmation for an award, you can email me the particulars of our QSO and I will check the paper log and if it matches I will upload the QSO(s) into LoTW.

PAPER QSLs An acre of trees in New York City can absorb, in one year, greenhouse gas (CO2) produced by a car driven about 8000 miles. One cow produces in one year an equivalent amount of greenhouse gas (methane). So raising one less cow per year would yield the same green effect as not using an ENORMOUS number of QSLs, the envelopes used to mail them and the IRCs included! So let one rancher suffer a little so thousands of hams can enjoy REAL QSLs! Livestock, worldwide, are a major cause of global warming so don't get on the ham's case over paper QSLs! I wonder how many people who say "use LoTW and save trees" are vegetarians. Actually, about one-third of the fiber used to make paper in the U.S. is from whole trees. Only trees smaller than 8 inches in diameter, or larger trees not suitable for solid wood products, typically are used for paper making. The remaining two-thirds is made up of residue (wood chips and scraps left behind from forest and sawmill operations), and recovered (recycled) paper.

SWLs please list stations worked (at least 2) and reports given by me. Otherwise, if you have sent sufficient return postage your SWL card will be returned in the mail or if received via bureau it will be discarded. This policy takes effect for QSOs made after 30 November 2011.

QSL INFORMATION: CANADA or USA: SASE with Canadian stamps or 1 current IRC or 1 green stamp. ALL OTHERS: SASE with Canadian stamps or 1 current IRC or 3 green stamps. Overseas postage is $2.50 as of April 1, 2014.  ONE IRC IS THE PREFERRED METHOD! I can take an IRC to the post office but not green stamps!

I have little patience for those who say IRCs are not accepted in their country. According to the UPU (Universal Postal Union) person in charge of IRCs, all signatory countries MUST accept IRCs.

QSL via bureau is OK but please have patience because via bureau may take a long time.

My QTH is located on a plateau at 945m (3100') above sea level. Due to distance from the local airport, also on the same plateau, I have antenna height restrictions to 75 feet. Actually, there are trees on my property and all over the region well above the 75 foot height, but government only controls what it can!


First picture--- homebrew 4 element 20m monoband yagi with 5 element NECed Cushcraft 6m yagi above it and on top the 440 repeater antenna.

The 20m yagi also works very well on 17m backwards and the 12m yagi works great on 10m backwards and not bad on 15m (The 12m yagi has since been removed). All antennas are fed with heliax and a line tuner (MFJ-998) in the shack is used to match the driven elements when used on 17 and 10, and 15m.

This picture shows the 60' pipe. The diameter is 4" at the bottom and changes to 3" about 2/3 of the way up. It is fed with 7/8th heliax, sits on a large hydro insulator and is guyed at 2 positions. It is approximately a quarter wave on 80m, a half wave on 40m and a 5/8th wave on 30m. At present there are 35 radials and I add a few each spring. The MFJ-998 tuner is used as a line tuner to match the antenna on the 3 different bands. It is close to self resonant in the 75m phone band. The large diameter heliax helps keep the losses down even with high SWR. 

The 160m antenna is a quarter wave sloper to the west off the top of the tower a couple of feet under the boom of the 20m yagi. It is fed with coax against the tower leg and connects to the remote antenna switch at the top of the tower by a short length of coax, then heliax from that switch down to the shack. The wire can't be seen in the picture but it is there. It is a super antenna and requires no radials. Nobody really understands how a quarter wave sloper works and it defies analysis using computer antenna modeling techniques. But when they work, they are simple and can really work well.

A 4 element 12m yagi was erected, 36 feet high, at the beginning of sunspot cycle 24. It worked extremely well on both 12 and 15m and backwards on 10m with the help of antenna tuners. Prior to this I had only made a few contacts on 12m at the end of cycle 23 using my vertical pipe. With the new yagi 12m DXCC was soon made and by the time it came down in 2015 the totals confirmed on 10, 12 and 15m were well up towards 300. 

Fall of 2012 a 57' dipole was put up between the tower and a tree at 60' above ground. This dipole is fed with heavy 370 Ohm window line down to the tuner and works very well on 30m where it is about 5/8 wave and on the higher bands. It is broad side NW/SE so oriented for Europe/Africa and the middle east.

That completes the rundown on the antennas-- a single vertical, sloper or dipole for the low bands and yagis above 30m. Also use low band antennas with the tuner on higher bands.

As of summer 2015 the major VE7IG station equipment is:

Alpha 8410 Amplifier
MFJ-998 MFJ IntelliTuner

Further information can be found at website and blog----http://ve7ig.ws

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