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My name is Don Trynor and I have been a licensed amateur radio operator since 1988. I'm located in Toronto, ON and have been here since July 2003, after having moved here from Saint John, NB. I have a few call signs kicking around, which include:

  • VA3XFT (my primary Ontario call sign);
  • VA3XPR (for a repeater in downtown Toronto, Ontario);
  • VE3XPR (it's like salt and pepper - you can't have one without the other);
  • VE9XPR (perhaps for a rainy day project - but really, I just like the call sign);
  • VE9XF (my New Brunswick call sign - let's call it the trip-home-to-visit-the-family call sign).

My primary interest in amateur radio is operation on the VHF and UHF bands, however just recently, I have made it back onto HF, even if I seldom use it.

Below are some photos of the VA3XFT station:


Pictured above, on the top from left to right is the Motorola Maxtrac 300 UHF, Yaesu FT-8900R dual band mobile, Samlex SEC 1223 power supply, SteppIR Small-IR HF Antenna controller and a Alinco DM-330MV 32A power supply. On the bottom, from left to right is the Yaesu FT-897D HF/VHF/UHF portable station and a Yaesu FT-950 HF/6M station.


Pictured above, from left to right is the Motorola MT500 UHF HT, Motorola HT600 VHF HT, Motorola HT600 UHF HT, Motorola MT1000 VHF HT, Motorola MT1000 UHF HT, Motorola MT1000 UHF HT (no DTMF pad), Motorola MTS2000 UHF HT, Motorola MT2000 UHF HT, Motorola Astro Saber III UHF HT, Motorola XTS5000 UHF HT, Motorola XTS5000 VHF HT and a Motorola APX7000 VHF/UHF1. UPDATE(12/12/12): I'm now on MotoTRBo with an XPR7550! As you can see, I love Motorola equipment. :)


Pictured above, from left to right is the Yaesu VX-8R quad-band HT, Yaesu VX-6R tri-band HT and Baofeng UV-3R dual-band HT (black and yellow).


IRLP node 2108 Toronto Echolink EchoIRLP amateur radio ham

Pictured above is my IRLP (node # 2108) & EchoLink (node VA3XPR-R, # 7949) node connected to a Motorola Desktrac UHF repeater using an Arcom RC-210 repeater controller. This provides IRLP/EchoLink connectivity for the VA3XPR repeater.


VA3XFT Antennas

The antennas at my QTH include the:

  • SteppIR SmallIR 20m - 6m HF vertical antenna;
  • Comet GP-15 triband antenna (6m, 2m & 70cm)


VA3XFT Repeater & IRLP/EchoLink Node

I have operated many repeaters in my life, but as now have settled down to maintaining one here at my home QTH in Toronto on 441.950+ (PL 100.0 Hz). UPDATE: The repeater has recently moved to St. James Town and now operates under the VA3XPR callsign. It's IRLP & Echolink connected, so you're welcome to drop in anytime to say hello.

Look forward to hearing from you! Cheers & 73's!




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