Note: I will be operating special event call sign CG3KPV on FT8 for the rest of the year in celebration of Canada 150.
I enjoy working all the bands, but because I am interested in the different modes of propagation, I find 10m and up the most exciting. I am always on the lookup for 10m openings, and plan to pursue VHF weak signal operation (SSB, CW, digi) as equipment allows.
I enjoy the lower bands at night, including 160m and 80m, but mainly 40m and 30m. I love working digital modes on these bands, whether it's chasing contacts on the JT/FT modes, or finding free-form conversations on PSK, Olivia, and others. In the near future, I will be making my foray into CW operation, and I predict that much of my HF operations will be CW. I also plan to improve my setup for voice modes as I would enjoy to be able to take part in more SSB and AM nets.
Another interest in amateur radio is RF electronics. Now that I have more space I plan to get back into homebrew QRP, and portable operation with low-powered homemade radios and morse code.
- First post, 08 Sep 2017
My HF rig is an ICOM IC-761 with a long-wire antenna. It's good for 100W, but I often use less. I also have a BuddiStick multiband vertical, which works well for the higher HF bands. I use WSJT-X and Fldigi for digital modes and CQRLOG for logging, all on an Ubuntu Linux machine. I am limited on VHF/UHF at the moment to an ICOM IC-T70A, which is a very nice handheld radio.
VE3KPV - Ontario (2014 - Present)
Since moving to Toronto, Ontario () in 2014, I have been VE3KPV. I was for the most part off the air in Toronto, aside from some handheld monitoring and a couple of contacts, and Echolink.
In the summer of 2017 I moved to Guelph, and found an Icom IC-761 for sale on Kijiji. I bought the radio from VA3CBE in Kitchener, hooked my Buddistick up to the rail on my back deck, and have been getting back on the HF bands ever since.
VE7LGX - Vancouver (2012 - 2014)
I was first licensed in Vancouver, British Columbia (CN89jg, CQ Zone: 3, ITU Zone: 2). In 2012 I wrote the Basic Qualification exam and passed with honours. After a couple of weeks, I got my first callsign: VE7LGX. The first few times I got on the air, I used an ICOM IC-T70A handheld to talk on local 2M FM repeaters. From the very beginning, I was more interested in the technical and scientific aspects of the hobby. I built a Rockmite-20 and an Emtech tuner, and did manage to receive some stations with this rig, but never actually worked anybody. Not long after, I got my first HF transceiver: a Yaesu FT-817nd. In short order I began working stations all over the world, mostly on 15m in the beginning. I soon spread out into the other bands and worked on developing my operating technique. I eventually picked up a SignaLink USB and began working digital modes. This was a revelation for me; it was possible to work a lot of stations all over the world using QRP. During this time, I also made a homebrew 6m dipole and began working 6m SSB during brief openings. The VHF weak signal bug hit in a big way. As much as possible, during contests or openings, I would work 6m, 2m, and 70cm sideband and digital modes. By the end of my first year on the air, I also became fascinated by 10m, having seen what an interesting band it was (F-layer propagation, Sporadic-E, etc). It was safe to say within a couple of years that I am by and large a high band kind of guy.
After a couple of years operating, I bought a Kenwood TS-530S from VE7CAB in Vancouver for a great price. I loved this rig! The sound was amazing! This is a hybrid radio - solid state front end, tube finals. I got great audio reports from stations I worked, and everyone sounded warm and rich on my end. This was also my first time working 100w, which made nabbing SSB contacts on HF much easier.
I am happy to respond to all paper QSLs and love receiving them. Generally, I use the same method the sender does - direct (SAE+postage $ appreciated) or bureau. I like to send out QSLs for special or interesting contacts, and will do so unprompted according to the preferences of the other station as listed on QRZ.com.
I upload my logs to LoTW, eQSL, QRZ.com, and Club Log regularly.
You can search the Club Log listings below to see if you are in my log books. I'm happy to QSL for my old call, VE7LGX, my special event call CG3KPV, and my regular call VE3KPV.