John "Web Master" and "Station Opp"
My small Station
I was born in Amsterdam, Netherlands and my family immigrated to Canada in 1953. Then in 1965 I joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Radar and Electronics Technician. I spent 6 years in the RCAF and then 4 years in the Army Reserves as a communication specialist. I moved to Calgary in 1981 and have been here since.
I became a licensed Ham in 1964 and was active until 1975 and then put Ham Radio aside for a while. I got back into the hobby in 1991 and have been back at it ever since. I have a small compact station and operate on all the bands from 160 meters to 70 cm. I cover all modes from SSB to Digital (and yes even CW). I enjoy the Digital modes most of all and am getting back into CW.
My station consists of a Yaesu FTdx 1200 and a Yaesu Ft-897D used for all modes and a 220 Wouxun hand held. My antenna is a MHJ Super HI-Q Loop that covers 15 to 40 meters, a 80 to 6 meter indoor window loop (home made) antenna and a Tarheel 400 mobile fed into a LDG Z11 Pro II antenna tuner. For VHF/UHF I use a Anli 2 Dual Bander and/or a 2 meter JPole. I presently live in a seniors apartment building that doesn't allow outside antenna so all my antennas are inside and surprisingly they work better than I expected.
I enjoy being a "Ham" and although I like DX, Rumor has it that I enjoy having QSO's with anyone , anywhere , anytime on any band in any mode, but then again it's only a rumor.
I am a member of the Calgary Amateur Radio Association (CARA). I am also a member of the European Phase Shift Keying Club, Fists Club, ARRL, QRZ, HRDLog.net,PODXs and the Ham Radio Nation.