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VE9GC - Gordon

I was first licensed in 1979 as VE3LJL in Hamilton, Ontario.  I moved to New Brunswick in March of 1981 and was issued with VE1AVQ.  

When New Brunswick was assigned the VE9 prefix, I applied for and was granted VE9GC.

I am a former commercial radio operator with several years of shipboard experience and operated VE1AVQ/MM on numerous occasions.  I have fond memories of fine QSO's with my IC-735 running barefoot into the main ships long wire antenna.  A couple of hundred feet of wire some 50ft over the salt water sure worked well!

Like many hams, I have an eclectic mix of equipment. Some old, some newer but all well loved.  My base station is comprised of the following:

Update as of April 2020: The main station is comprised of an Icom IC-7610, Icom IC-9100, Flex 5000A, Elecraft KX3, Yaesu FT-897, FT-817ND and FT-818ND. An Ameritron 1306 amplifier is available for those QRO times.

I have to admit I miss my old Viking Valiant II and NC-303 combo. The mercury vapour rectifiers in the Valiant had such a wonderful glow.

On VHF / UHF I  run the IC9100 . As well there is a TYT MD9600 for DMR and a RT-9000D on 220Mhz

I have a Yaesu FTM100 coupled with HRI200 for access to YSF (Yaesu System Fusion) Wires-X and a FTM-400XDR

An Icom ID51A , Yaesu FT2D, TYT MD-2017 and TYT MD-380 roundout the handheld department.

There is a Shark RF OpenSpot setup for D-Star, DMR, YSF

I enjoy operating SSB, CW, FM, exploring the digital modes and D-Star. DMR and Fusion.

Antennas at the moment are restricted to a 43 ft vertical and a couple of windoms covering 160- 6 meters and a K4KIO 6 band Hex beam is mounted on a pole at about 22 ft. It will be raised higher sometime in the spring to fall time frame of 2020. There should be two or three towers up by then. For VHF/UHF antennas there are a couple of dual band verticals, a 10 element cross beam for 2 metres, X-quad for 70 cm and a Helix 23-2 for 23 cm which should all be up an operational when the weather improves. I have an Alpha Jr portable vertical that goes with me when I travel.. For those who may be interested, the QTH is located at Grid Square FN76og (46 15 12 N 64 47 24 W) elevation is 82 metres (269ft.) above sea level. For current local area weather conditions from Environment Canada just click here To see the latest weather information here at the station just click here,




Mobile I have left the photo of the old mobile antennas to show what can be mounted on an Audi 100 trunk deck..

Currently running an Icom IC-7100 into a Little Tarheel with 56 in whip and an SG7200 on the VHF/UHF side. As well there is a Yaesu FTM-400R coupled to SG7900.

Manuals, Manuals Manuals!

I have over 12GBs of various manuals. I can not post them all here as I don't have that much server storage space (remember this is not a commercial venture, it's all funded by me). If you are looking for a manual use the contact me link below and give me the details. I will search my collections and get back to you. Hopefully I will have a catalog page set up in the near future showing all the manuals I have. Only problem will be keeping it up to date as I keep obtaining more. Check the links below, I add manuals as I find them. I am not in the business of selling manuals. I can provide cerlox or spiral bound paper copies or CD /DVD copies for the cost of reproduction and postage. Have some that I don't? Want to share? Just let me know.


ICOM ManualsHere you will find some Icom manuals. Some are fairly rare others very common. Feel free to browse and use. Please do not download for resale. I provide them for free and you should too.

Kenwood Manuals I have collected various Kenwood Manuals over the years. Feel free to browse and use. Please do not download for resale. I provide them for free and you should too.

Yaesu Manuals Check out my Yaesu manual collection. It is far from complete, but feel free to browse. Please do not download for resale. I provide them for free and you should too.

Misc Manuals - Amateur Radio, Computer related Some Drake, Collins, Heathkit, National, Swan, WRL, Butternut, Compaq. Feel free to browse and use. Please do not download for resale. I provide them for free and you should too.

Operating Modes Though primarily on voice, I still enjoy CW and have the capabilities of RTTY and other digital modes on HF.

VE9GEC / VE9JEC I originally obtained VE9GEC as a reminder to me of my father, who though was not a ham was always supportive of all my endeavours. I have that callsign plate on my summer car. I obtained VE9JEC in memory of my mother. I thought it was a unique way to keep them close by. Gone, but not forgotten, many thanks to both of you over the years.

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