I've been interested in ham radio for several years now, but only recently got around to getting a license. I got my license on June 21st, 2023. My callsign is VE9WZ.
Since getting my license, I've participated in nets on local VHF repeaters, have participated in Field Day, and have made some FT8 contacts on HF. I was honoured to be the recipient of the 2023 Brit Fader Scholarship.
Activities and Achievements
On September 6th, 2023, I was awarded the 2023 Brit Fader Scholarship by the Halifax Amateur Radio Club.
On July 1st, 2023, I made my first FT8 contacts. My first FT8 contact was KB9JJF. I set the antenna up in the back yard, with the transmission line running into the kitchen window, and a desktop computer and the radio on the kitchen counter.
On June 24th, 2023, I was very fortunate to get to participate in Field Day with the Moncton Area Amateur Radio Club. I operated VE9RAC on 20m SSB, and made contacts in Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, and Mississippi. These were my first-ever HF contacts!
On June 21st, 2023, I obtained my Basic with Honours qualification. My first contact was that night, with the IRG Miramichi Area VHF Net via the Scotch Mountain repeater, VE9SMT.
Baofeng UV-5R with 39cm Retevis RHD-771 antenna
Yaesu FT-817, very kindly on loan from Bruce VE9QR