THE MUGSHOTNAME: Alfred George Burns
This is a picture of yours truly taken at my place of work on February 6, 1999.
CLASS: Amateur - May 1976, Advanced Amateur - March 1988
ADDRESS: 1326 Lakefield Crt., Oshawa ON L1J 3Y6, Canada
EMAIL ADDRESS: email@example.com
PERSONAL HISTORY: As you can see from the photo above, I've reached 52 years of age. For those who are curious, the photo shows me in typical workware for the Canadian Nuclear Power industry. I work for Ontario Hydro Nuclear at the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station in Pickering, Ontario, Canada.
I've been a closet HAM since I was a teenager, but it wasn't until May of 1976, when I was successful at passing the 10 WPM CW test, that I finally received my "Amateur" class license. It took me 12 more years to upgrade to the "Advanced Amateur" class. In the process of upgrading, I became interested in operating CW. While I'm not adverse at a good phone ragchew, I prefer to operate CW. I'm an Amateur that thinks that Morse Code should be an intregal part of Amateur Radio Hobby and joined FISTS , which is an organisation that promotes the use of Morse Code on the HF amateur bands.
I've participated in various activities over the years. I've operated "Packet" on VHF, operating "Jnos" as the principle packet operating system. I have not been active recently because the local networks have pretty much collapsed. Besides Packet, I've operated digital modes on HF. They included Baudot, RTTY, and mainly AMTOR. My TNC did not support things like PACTOR, so I was never able to operate that mode. My interest in Morse Code, prompted me to teach it to prospective hams. In the seven years that I taught the code, about 80 new hams received their Morse code endorsements. My local club, The North Shore Amateur Radio Club and our neighbouring club, The South Pickering Amateur Radio Club hold an annual Hamfest that is the largest of its kind in Canada. I participated in its operation for six years until a heart attack curtailed those activities.
If you've had a look at my Photo Ablums, you'll notice that I like to ride on trains. In March of 1997, I and my son, joined the members of the Algoma Amateur Radio Club for a trip on the Algoma Central Railway's "SNOWTRAIN", that operates out of Sault Ste Marie, Ontario, Canada. I wrote an article about the trip that was published in the The Radio Amateurs of Canada monthly magazine, TCA. In May of 1998, I was invited to participate on another rail dx-pedition which was the Polar Bear DX-pedition 98. This was one of my great highlights of being a HAM Radio operator.
My shack is typical of a lot of Ham Radio Shacks. It has the usual junk and spare parts lying around and it's difficult for anyone to believe (especially my XYL) that I can operate under these conditions.
All my HF Gear is Solid State Drake of the late 1970's. It consists of the Drake TR5 and TR7 transceivers, each with matching power supplies. I also have the Drake WH7 Watt-SWR meter and the MN7 Transmatch to finish out the group. Besides the Drake gear, I have the MFJ 949C transmatch and the Heath HD1410 keyer connected to a set of Vibroplex paddles. My antennas are pretty basic. I have an 80 meter VEE, that is stretched from east to west and a 40 meter Sloper, that is orientated to the northwest. I also have a MiniQuad tribander for 20, 15, and 10 meters, that is up 35 feet.