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Talking the world on HF on a Kenwood TS2000

on a  MFJ 1786 Magnetic Loop. 


36 inch diameter loop antenna horizontal polarization  lets me operate 10 through 30 MHz continuously -- including the WARC band.


VE7OR is Merlin spelled like the name of the magician


or the famous Rolls Royce aircraft engine.



November update 2016

225 SSB Group




Notice to meeting up every Thursday at 7 p.m. p.s.t on 144.225 s.s.b upperside.

For those who have VHF sideband.

This is the opportunity to use your radio on sideband in the lower mainland Thursday was picked cause of really not many nets that evening.

This is a round table net and to give the opportunity for you to try sideband on VHF.

Many have single side band but never use it this is the opportunity to get together and enjoy this part of our hobby.

See ya there on 144.225 upperside every Thursday at 7 p.m.

Why SSB?

FM is the most popular mode primarily due to the wide availability of FM repeaters. These repeaters extend the operating range on VHF and enable low power handheld transceivers to communicate over 100 miles.

FM is also used on simplex to make contacts directly without repeaters. The main disadvantage of FM is relatively poor performance when signals are weak, which is where SSB really shines. A weak FM signal can disappear completely into the noise while a comparable SSB signal is still quite readable.

How big of a difference does this really make? Perhaps 10 dB or more, which corresponds to one or two S-units. Put a different way, using SSB instead of FM can be equivalent to having a beam antenna with 10 dB of gain, just by changing modulation types. So this is a big deal and radio amateurs interested in serious VHF work have naturally chosen SSB as the preferred voice mode. 

When and Where to Operate
The SSB portion of the band runs from 144.100 MHz to 144.275 MHz and Upper Sideband (USB) is used. The 2M SSB calling frequency is 144.200 MHz, so that is the first place to look for activity or to call CQ.

One of the realities of 2M SSB operation is that many times, no one is on the air.

There is just not that much activity out there, compared to 2M FM. Some amateurs get discouraged, turn off the radio and and miss the thrill of working distant stations during a band opening. To get started on 2M SSB, the trick is to get on the air at times when you know there will be activity--- during VHF nets and VHF contests or a local net.

 This is why we meet every Thursday at 7:00 p.m. p.s.t on 144.225 u.s.b.

Here is a listing from the Pacific Northwest VHF Society below



Click picture for DX Code of Conduct info.



Vancouver's Slogan "and Air We Prosper"; "Land"; "By Sea"; "By Sea, Land, and Air We Prosper"

Surrounded by ocean water on three sides and nestled alongside the Coast Mountain Range, Vancouver is the largest city in the Province of British Columbia, Canada with over half a million residents, and it has one of the mildest climates in Canada.

My qth area of Vancouver know as the Downtown Eastside or Strathcona.

Vancouver was the previous Home of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.

VE7OR is a active member of Ham Radio Nation

HRN Member # 12258

Basic Biography of myself VE7OR

At about age 10 started taking old t.v.'s home from the alley's and exchanging tubes to see what would happen. In tho's day everything had tubes and t.v. were black and white and colour had a round picture tube.

Liked to listen to a old cabinet radio that had shortwave frequencies on it and found the bands intresting from afar was amazed though the static how far staions were away.

Used to visit a local electronic store near the north side of the Granville Bridge called The Ham Shack yes no pun intended that was the name of the store they sold older repaired t.v.'s / shortwave receivers / older army tank radios like the model 19, phonographs and electronic parts and communication equipment.

Was curious how these older store owner talked the world on their radios in the back corner of their store. It was a neat place to visit tho's days they had these large tube type transmitters making static noise contacts around the world.

Me at age 8. Gun Slinger

Started really understand about real electronic repair theory at age 15 at a t.v. repair store after school and the weekends with the tech of the store, then at 16 managed a Radio Shack which really got my electronic intrests for the future.

In 1977 started my active radio communication intrests on 11 metres for many years. Enjoyed talking to other on 27 mhz.

My final station in 1983 was a Cobra 2000 GTL a D104 mic on a Moonraker 4 element really enjoyed skip in tho's days which started my 2 way radio communications hobby.

My fascination about radio communications is it's ability to augment my understanding of the earth's geomagnetic field and the sun's helio-electromagnetic field it's a very intresting solar event.


My first call in 1992 was VE7-XBR standing for the perfix for thier top of the line

Sony XBR T.V. series.

Worked with Sony of Canada 10 years in the mid 80's till the mid 90's in a retail managment.

Now with a large food service industry company maintaining warehouse repairs both electrical and mechanics for many years now, maintaining their operational equipment.


In 2000 I change my call an received the call of VE7OR which belonged to Bob March from Victoria B.C. he changed his call then to VA7BM.

Very proud to have his famous dx'ing callsign.

I still get alot of calls around the world from his contacts and freinds he made in the past on H.F. from his qth on Vancouver Island B.C.

his Ten Ten # 10448


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Counter added in Dec. 18, 2011
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Inspired by amateur radio intrests by many hams from the Burnaby Amateur Radio Club who helped me in the hobby and many other who I have met and became freinds with by having qso's.

Some of the previous equipment I have owned and loved at my old town house.








Kenwood TS 570D and Icom 2820 (These only at new qth)

Original Stations above on these at town home.

 Right to left pictured Cushcraft ARX270B VHF/UHF/ HF ran a Cushcraft R7 HF/ and Hygain VR6 for 6 Metres

About 135 feet above ground level.

V.H.F. / U.H.F. on my Kenwood TS2000

Antennas a older repeater antenna by Andrews and a

Cushcraft A270-10S 5 element dual band beam both antennas are phased together for horizontal and vertical receive and transmit.


V.H.F city intermod issues resolved with a D.C.I.  146-4h bandpass filter clean v.h.f. receiving. 

For added to on VHF station can provide when needed 160 watts output from a Mirage B3016 amplifier for long range simplex operations.

220 mhz is powered by a JETSTREAM JT-222M at  50 watts on a 220 j-pole.

Powered by a Astron 35 amp. supply.

In a the event of a emergency station runs on 2 deep cycle batterys or on a 3000 watt Honda generator on porch.

A.C. is provided and ran through a A.C. ONE model line conditioning line filter.

Running on HF is a Kenwood TS2000 at 100 watts

on my balcony at 135 feet above ground MFJ MAGNETIC LOOP.



145.035 VE7RBY-600 Burnaby Radio Club BARC located on Seymour Mountain.

146.940 +600 MonitorVE7RPT located on Seymour Mountain

HF monitor

14.238.5 20 meter 7 a.m. p.s.t Trivilony group.

Monitor also 144.200 s.s.b. sometimes...

and on 144.225 Thursday 7 p.m. 225 ssb group.

VE7OR supports the efforts made by the B.C. Provincial Emergency Program link below and the City of Vancouver E.S.S. Program.

The B.C. Provincial Emergency Program (PEP), through the Provincial Emergency Radio Communications Society (PERCS), is aligned with the many amateur radio clubs throughout British Columbia linking hundreds of volunteer amateur radio operators who are available to assist with communications in the event of an emergency.

VE70R VHF operations designed to assist in communication in green and beyond antenna reflection covers a full 5/9 signals in Strathcona community within Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. HF radio operation for B.C wide emergency net 3.729 nighty check ins.

Many licensed amateur radio operators are affiliated with their local government’s emergency management programs and most supply their own equipment. They train regularly and often take part in emergency exercises so they are prepared for any crisis situation that arises.


Volunteer Radio communications Vancouver SUNRUN 2015

Links of Intrest below click on pictures.






Thank you for the visit know it was long winded 73 ! Hope we QSO soon...





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