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Licensed VY2WW 01/2017.  U.S. call is K4IQ.

Present Station:  6 km S/SW of Charlottetown, PEI, on a bluff overlooking the Hillsborough Bay and the Northumberland Strait.  Using an ANAN-200D SDR with an Alpha 89 amplifier and an all-band doublet fed with ladder line for 80-10 using a KW Matchbox, and a dipole for 160.

Lately active on 160, 80, 40, 30 and 20M from Prince Edward Island, CANADA with a low dipole for 160 (1/2017) and a 130' doublet and KW matchbox for the other bands.  QTH is located 100+ feet above salt water with 600-1200 feet of sloping terrain down to salt water for the various DX paths between Eu and Eastern US (50-240 degrees).  Site works well into Europe, Mideast, and Africa.  Also favors Caribbean and S. America. 

QSLs:  I've just about decided to stop all paper QSLs, and strongly considering setting up LOTW and eQSL. If anyone really needs VY2 on paper, please realize I don't have any printed for this new call for me, and probably won't, but you can makeshift a QSL and send it to me with return postage included (include a self-addressed envelope) and I will sign it and send it back to you.  I "may" try LOTW soon, as well, and have set up eQSL.  

Notes:  VY2WW propagation.  Since activating this QTH in early Nov. 2016, have been impressed by how well it works with very rudimentary antennas.  Inherently low noise area helps keep low band QRN to a minimum.  Still plan to improve antennas and possibly add a GP type vertical for 40M, to see how verticals work here.  I have only 1.5 acre to work with, but have installed a shortened beverage for 80 and 40, pointed at EU.  One of the factors here are the intense winter storms that make keeping even wire antennas up a challenge.  I'm playing around with designs for a phased dipole set for 80 and 40 that should lower the takeoff angle and provide a bit of gain and f/b.  I also have a plan for a 160m inverted L, if I can find a high enough vertical support system!  Many thanks to the folks who call in to work PEI - the pileups from EU are amazing here!  

Pictures:

First picture is looking toward Europe and N. Africa over the Hillsborough Bay, approx. 3-400 meters distant and 45 meters below the antennas, which perform better than they should due to the ocean's near/fresnel field assistance.  The sunrise shot is looking toward S. Africa and long path to Pacific/Asia, sea is only 200 meters away.  Most of the "travel" photos were taken along the coastal road here near the house.  The picture with sand and dunes is along the North shore, about 35 miles from here, and not far from the mega-station of VY2ZM.  The lighthouse is from North Rustico harbor, a scenic spot on the north shore not far from Cavendish, famous for the Anne of Green Gables book.  Someone asked about the ocean liner: Charlottetown is a big cruise ship stop.  They pass by Rocky Point on the way into the harbor, and the passage narrows to maybe a half mile of so, so they look big coming in and going out.  The seal floated by one cold morning and I grabbed a telephoto lens to make that shot.

 

 

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