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The Station VO1MP is located in St.Philips......2.2 acres on  a hill top location on the East Coast
of the Island of Newfoundland, a suburban community approximately 6 Kms from St. John's .

47  5666 N   ....  52  8481 W  Grid Square GN37NN.  Altitude at Highest point on property is 728 ft ASL 


Rig 1 = Elecraft K3 with Alpha 87a

Rig 2 = Elecraft K3 with KPA500 & KAT500

Microham MicroKeyer 2R Paddles ....LH Kent... RH Vibroplex

Logging Software  Contest N1MM Logger Plus and Logger 32 General

Remote Rig ....LP-100A Digital  Vector Watt Meter


Tower 1

Trylan Titan 66 ft ...Top Antenna 20 Meter 4 el OWA by VO1MP at 20 Meters with Alpha Spid Rotor

2nd Antenna  Cushcraft 40 Meter XM240.... 2 el YAGI Fixed EU @ 56 ft

3rd Antenna 15 Meter 5 el OWA by VO1MP Fixed EU @ 48 ft

4th Antenna 10 Meter 5 el OWA by VO1MP Fixed EU @ 40 ft

Dipole 80 and Inverted L for 160


Tower 2

Delhi 50 Ft  and  Tennadyne T7 LPDA with Alpha Spid Rotor and 40 Meter Dipole

and 2 element 30 M Delta Loop array switchable NE/SW




Tower 3

Taken by Nazaire VO2NS while on Tower ......View of  Conception Bay in Background

Delhi 40 ft with  KLM KT34A 10-15-20 and TailTwister Rotor


Nazaire VO2NS Installing XM240




All  Hf Yagi Antennae were designed and built by VO1MP  and use Mosley Hardware ,

This Hardware is durable and simple and I have found it is the only mounting hardware  that 

survives  a typical Newfoundland winter .

Lots of Wind and freezing rain . 

OWA = Optimized Wideband Antenna

Considerable work has been done on OWA  designed yagi antenna systems, the link below provides some of the dimensions and performance data recorded by  WA3FET and his team experimenting  with these designs. In this case the design  was  optimized for gain and performance and in most cases resulted in much longer boom lengths. In my case all  efforts were expended to achieve optimum results utilizing as short a boom length as possible to achieve gain and bandwidth.  Consequently  these antennae   are easier to handle and erect on smaller tower/support structures.

These designs demonstrated the same characteristics as their big brothers. Experimentation , using  commercially available mounting hardware , led me to Mosley Boom to element clamps and brackets with  fewer moving parts .  This mounting unit is a single cast mount supported by a single stainless U-Bolt and is virtually indestructible. 

These antennae were computer modelled and  originally designed  using a simple DOS based YAGIMAX FREEWARE program written by Lou Gordon K4VX. Unfortunately the program has never been updated to the new windows platforms and for a long time  I kept a dos based machine available for this work. Performance features were verified by   EZNEC  and the Yagimax  computer design results were confirmed as being very accurate.

Over the years the performance by these antennae has been outstanding.  OWA designs are directly fed with coax and eliminate the losses generated by feed point matching devices. Co-incidental to the time these designs were originally published ,  desk top computers and antenna modelling software had become an affordale acquisition for most amateurs. Consequently, experimentation and design of similar antenna types was being simultaneously carried out  by   many Amateurs around the world. Several  amateur antenna  experimenters had developped similar designs.   For a look at Breakalls's OWA designs I have provided a link below.  These antennae designs have been used at several record setting /breaking contest stations in the US . 









VO1TA installing my 4el 20m Ant

Wayne VO1TA (SK - July 1st -2013) at 66 feet ...installing my 4 el 20 Meter OWA  in June 2013



Some things about me .... trivial  or other wise

As station operator Gus , I  have been continuously active on HF since the late 1970s and like CW, Contesting , Dxing and the occasional Ragchew. A significant part of my hobby activity has been devoted to building , designing and on air testing of my HF antenna systems. 

As a sometime dxpeditionner I have also operated as  VO2CQ -Zone 2 , FP/VO1MP , VP9/VO1MP, W4/VO1MP, G0/VO1MP, CY9CF, VO1XX, J79MP, VO1MP/VE7, J75A. My other Canadian Calls are VO1XX and VO2CQ. 

I have also been involved in  local Amateur  Affairs both Administratively and with  Emergency Communications as :

 A  Past President of  SONRA - The Society of Newfounland Radio Amateurs  

The Founding and Past  President of  AVRAC - Avalon Radio Amateur Club , Providing  Emergency Volunteer Communications for The Canadian Red Cross.   

Amateur Radio Memberships:

RAC        -     Radio Amateurs of Canada                                                                                                                                         

QCWA    -     Quarter Century Wireless Association        #36696                                                                                                        

CWOPS  -    The CW Operators Club   #134                                                                                                                                 

FCG        -     Florida Contest Group   Honorary Member


MY Thoughts  and Policy on QSLs
Given that  QSO/QSL gathering sites now available on the web are numerous, effective and reputable  and individual preferences vary...... I have decided to web-post all of my QSO data  on  the following sites. Now stations who wish to do so may verify their contact with VO1MP.
 The Sites are ...  Club Log .... Log Book of The World....... QRZCQ ....and ...eQSL .
Logs are updated Daily when the station is  active.   Kindly note bureau cards are no longer accepted.  Those wanting a card must provide an SAE, complete with $2US to cover American requests,  and an SAE with $3US for foreign


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