Kenwood TS-520 for sale (UPD: SOLD)

UPDATE: The rig has found a new shack. 

My beloved Kenwood TS-520 is for sale. I haven’t been using it much ever since I moved on to QRP / portable and digital modes so it is time to let it go.

Comes with VFO-520 and SP-520 (speaker). Also included: spare tubes, power cable, VFO cable, MFJ hand mic, user manuals.

All in 100% working condition, non-smoking environment. For more information, please contact me at my QRZ email address or post a comment in this blog.





712 active (on HF) hams in Canada according to ARRL LotW in 2014

If you happened to work any of the US ARRL Members during this year, and, you upload your logs to LotW, your score and QSO count will get displayed on ARRL Centennial QSO Party Leaderboard.

Out of curiosity, I checked how many Canadian hams participated (uploaded their logs) this year. After cleansing results (removing duplicate, visitor and special event callsigns), the total count came to about 715 VE hams only – not too bad! Out of this, 312 hams (44%) were in Ontario (VE3/VA3):


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New DXCC worked – Turkey on 40m SSB, and Nicaragua on 40m CW

Worked Mehmet TA1CM last night on 40m SSB. And this morning, received a beautiful eQSL card via

Isn’t it amazing what technology does? I wish eQSL count for DXCC awards…

Also, worked H5T5 (Nicaragua) on CW on 40m and 30m tonight. Now to confirm a hard-copy QSL via direct mail.

ARRL Field Day 2011

I was busy during the weekend and was able to monitor 15m & 20m from my QTH on Saturday’s night during 22:00-23:00 UTC only. I used my HF portable receiver and an outdoor wire antenna stretched along the fence.

I noticed an extremely high level of static noise (some sort of impulse noise across the band and strong AM modulation on certain frequencies; plasma TVs?). As a result I had to discard the external antenna and use the telescopic one at the receiver. The CW reception was quite decent but the SSB reception was very poor. I did not try digital modes this time due to lack of time.

Due to the strong noise and attenuation, I could only receive the strongest signals (the ‘kilowatters’):

KB2BSA – there was a big pile up but I could not hear most of the
other parties well

K9SH – big pile up

The contacts were very short (well, it was a contest after all, right?) and a bit boring because I could not hear other parties well neither I could jump on the band wagon. The signal was fading very often thus making reception even more difficult.

After I moved on to VHF/UHF bands, I came across an active VHF echolink repeater (441.950MHz @ VA3XFT ?) which was re-transmitting a field day ham net from beautiful California which I then monitored for some time. The net was operated by Suzi WA6DKS and had many operators connecting from many different states using either VHF/UHF echolink repeaters or just plain echolink.

TAFL licencees on Google Maps

Was looking for a way to put TAFL information on Google Maps. Surprisingly, this has been perfectly done already!

Here we go:

P.S. The TAFL data is updated once a month.


Got my Basic+ Licence from Industry Canada in the mail today!

Joined RAC and ARRL.