John "Web Master" and "Station Opp"
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.
My station consists of a Yaesu Ft-897D mostly used for the digital modes, a Kenwood TS-2000 for everything else. My antennas are a Tarheel 400A Motorized antenna and a 132 ft Fentenna.
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 Foothills Amateur Radio Society (FARS) and am the clubs secretary. Our club meetings are every third Tuesday of the month(except July and August). I am also a member of the European Phase Shift Keying Club, Fists Club, ARRL, QRZ, PODXs and the Ham Radio Nation.
We get together every Saturday morning at the "Heritage Inn" in High River, Alberta for coffee and breakfast. We also gather at the "Tim Horton" in Calgary (6825 MacLeod Trail S.W) every Wednesday morning.