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My name is Rick and I live about 40 miles west of Toronto, Canada.

My fascination with radio started in the 1960s when I was about 8 and my Dad brought me home a crystal radio. I loved that thing. A few years later I would discover the shortwave band on my Mom's Sears portable. With that radio, I heard radio programs that talked about these things called QSL cards. My first card came from Radio South Africa, and I was hooked for life.

All throughout High School I worked on getting my ham radio license, but the Morse requirement was just too hard for me. CB radio would have to do.

I finally got my ham radio license in after I got married in 1992, and I now hold an Advanced License with Morse Code.

I still do a lot more listening than talking. I don't go for the big tower and Yagis, instead I like to experiment with home made wire HF antennas up in the trees.

I mostly work SSB on HF with my Yaesu FTdx1200 and Icom 7000, although I'm getting into digital lately with my Flex 3000 SDR.

I QSL either directly or via eQSL.  I hope you enjoy the blog as much as I enjoy writing it!