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VA3US / VE3EIE Amateur Radio Station CANADA

For every Amateur Radio Operator like me who wonders how to _explain_ our hobby to others who are unfamiliar with our terminology, check out these nice articles on how Amateur Radio works and try this link if you're interested in knowing where the International Space Station is at this moment.

Mr. Mróz owns three pet Saluki Hounds, and doesn't spend enough of his free time enjoying the amateur radio hobby under the VA3US and VE3EIE callsigns. He is a practical Catholic man who enjoys the company of all of God's creatures and he belongs to the Knights of Columbus, 'Canon John Burke' Council No. 6217 (Ontario State). In 2O15, he retired from being the senior technical writer at the Canadian Space Agency's world class satellite test and integration facility in Ottawa, Ontario. As a youth, he was the 1969 Ottawa Valley Track Champion and today he enjoys team sports on an intramural nature as well as less organized activities such as skiing, bicycling, walking, and reading good ham radio stories like N9AVG's world famous A Thousand Marbles.


MF, HF, VHF, and UHF

Bands: I prefer to work SSB/AM on 160, 80, 40 and 10 metres, plus SSB on 2 metres, and 70cm. If you'd like to setup a sked, send me an e-mail, please and remember to remove NOSPAM from the address!
Activities: I like rag chewing on the Amateur bands; As needed, I work general Aeronautical, Maritime, and Land operations; I'm keen on supporting emergency service operations; I've enjoyed participating in Field Day operations such as VA3RAC's world record 35-alpha effort during Field Day 2000; I'm available for general community and public service operations; and yes, I like buying things at Hamfests and Swap Shops
Equipment: I use modern and antique (vacuum tube 'boatanchor') receivers, transmitters, and transceivers; I like building homebrew equipment and I'm going to restore older factory sets; I've built several HF linear amplifiers over the years for QRP transmitters; I've built power supplies and am looking into completing my station's battery backup systems; I've no preference yet for either paddles or straight keys
Operating: I have an Advanced Amateur Certificate plus Aeronautical, Maritime, and Land Radio Telephone Operator's Restricted Certificates; I use AM, CW, FM, and SSB modes on the Amateur Bands though secretly prefer Ancient Modulation on occasional Sunday afternoons; One day I might use our Amateur satellites especially since I've had my satellite rig since 1992; I enjoy trying to contact distant amateur radio stations using DX Summit, listening to shortwave radio stations (SWLing), and sending contact cards (QSLing). I refer to the big list for ham-related surfing expeditions or to gather information about the hobby
Antennas and Propagation: I use multiband Yagi beams, verticals, and J-poles; I use monoband wire dipoles and mobile antennas; I have one automatic and a few manual antenna tuners; I use RG-8, -213, -214, and heliax coaxial cables; I only have one rotator on my 48 foot tower; and I often refer to these two places on the internet ( 1 ) ( 2 ) as well as this quick lookup table for propagation reports
Organizations: RAC Radio Amateurs of Canada; EMRG Emergency Measures Radio Group; ARES Amateur Radio Emergency Service; plus these local clubs: OVRC Ottawa Vintage Radio Club, OVMRC Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club
Silly Things: You'll develop repetitive stress syndrome if you try this page.
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