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  • Operator: Markus Hansen.
  • Location: North Vancouver, B.C. Canada - Grid CN89.
  • Activities: Contests, LF-HF-VHF-UHF-Light, Homebrew, Antennas, CW, QRP

My Present Operating Station.

On the left in the bottom row is a Palstar balanced L network antenna tuner. In the middle is the Drake Twins, a R-4C receiver and T-4Xc transmitter. On the shelf above is my TEN-TEC Omni VI+ which is mainly used for contesting and occasionly digital modes. Next is a home built QRP 40-10 meter CW transceiver. The top shelf holds a homebrew T Antenna Tuner, a ANC-4 Noise Cancellor, a homebrew Noise Cancellor, a homebrew 630 Meter Transverter and a 233 Watt MOSFET 630 Power Amplfier.


The following photo is my prized boat anchour station which I refurbished. I thoroughly enjoy operating these old tube radio's. The old AM transmitters have a rich clear sound which is so pleasant to listen to. Having to re-learn to use an old Vibroplex bug after using an electronic keyer for over 40 years was a challenge, HI.

Biography: I was 16 years old when I obtained my ham radio licence. My First Station's call was VE7BGE. After high school I attended Room 19 in the City of Vancouver, BC and obtained my 2nd Class Commercial Radio Licence. Upon graduating I obtained work as a commercial radio operator at a Loran Station then as a radio operator and weather observer at Spring Island, BC off the west coast of Vancouver Island. I was later transferred to Smithers BC, then served as a commercial radio operator for one year at the worlds most northerly city, Alert NWT operating VE8ML while there.

After returning from the Arctic, I was transfered to Terrace BC and finally to a Canadian weather ship named "The Stonetown", stationed off the West Coast of British Columbia. Here are a few QSL's that I sent out when operating from the above mentioned locations: First/Maritime-Mobile/Alert-NWT/Today.

After a particularly bad storm while at sea on the Stonetown I decided to return to school and enrolled in general sciences at the the University of British Columbia,(UBC) located in Vancouver CANADA. While at UBC I was an active member of the university ham club called HAMSOC: FD 1967/Reunion-1986/1992/1995. During my second year at university I met my wife. We were married in 1969. In 1973 we moved to Cranbrook BC and I was active with a Heathkit Station chasing DX and building solid state QRP rigs. Heathkit Station.

While living in Cranbrook BC I obtained my flying licence. Photos: My brother and I by an old Cessna 172 visiting our cousins on their farm in Saskatchewan/My father-in-law, VE7BEH now SK, and I preparing for a flight over the Rockies in our 1977 Cessna 172. While living in Cranbrook I was happy to receive my two letter call sign, VE7CA.

In 1980 we moved to North Vancouver,BC and purchased our present home. We have one daughter and two sons and now blessed with nine grandchildren, 5 girls and 4 boy Since I retired in 2011 I have a little more time for ham radio.

I continue to be active operating mostly CW, chasing DX, and entering contests. I have a strong interest in antennas and have published 5 articles on antenna designs that I have developed. I have also had anticles publised in QST and QEX. See the above menu for further details regarding my homebrew amateur radio and antenna projects.

Copyright (c) 2002,2003,2005,2006,2007,2009,2010,2012,2013,2014,2015,2016,2017,2018,2019,2020,2021,2022 and 2023 by Markus Hansen VE7CA. You may contact me at: