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​Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

​has given Garry V. Hammond, VE3XN,

 authorization to use the special call


​to help celebrate the 150 th anniversary of 

Canada's confederation.

​In 1967, at age 25, and with my original call, VE3GCO,  I celebrated our Canadian centennial

with the special prefix/call​​ 3C3GCO.

​Now, in 2017, 50 years later, ​I shall be looking to QSO you and your station on any or all bands

from 6 to 160 m and on CW, SSB, or RTTY

Colourful, unique, commemorative picture cards have been ordered from UX5UO to celebrate our Canadian sesquicentennial.  Canada Post delivered the VX3150 cards on August 4th, and on August 8th all direct cards I have received, were sent out.  Thanks again Gennady, for your excellent design ideas and competent service.

This call is a new prefix for the Canadian Maple Leaf Award and counts as VX3150 for the CQ WPX award.

​VE3XN continues to enjoy QSLing and I will be pleased to QSL with you, after a valid QSO, and upon receipt of your card. 

The photo shown is one of this OM doing the initial sort of a box of QSLs (about 8,000 cards) for the Ontario (VE3/VA3) QSL Bureau from the RAC QSL Bureau in New Brunswick.  Many thanks to VE9MY, Len and his RAC Incoming QSL team for their work on behalf of Canadian amateurs. In my 27 years of sorting of incoming bureau cards for Ontario, I have seen first hand that the volume of QSLs has dropped from receiving and sorting one box a month, to receiving one box every 3 or 4 months.  It is sad and disappointing to this old timer, that so many amateurs no longer support their national societies and bureaus through membership. High postal costs for direct cards have not helped, either, causing many hams to no longer QSL.

The one constant certainty in this world  has always been change. 

LOTW is fb and I am thankful to the ARRL for developing it, implementing its use, and maintaining and upgrading the system.  I am pleased to have an LOTW account. 

Some of us still enjoy the QSLing tradition of exchanging QSLs. I hope we can exchange cards for a QSO.  TU !



August 9, 2017

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