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Konstantin Oleynikov

L4N8L1 Barrie, Ontario
Canada, ON

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Call data

Last update:2020-08-16 20:52:55
Main prefix:VE
Class:Basic w/Honours
Federal state:ON
DXCC Zone:1
ITU Zone:4
CQ Zone:4

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QSL dataUp to date!

Last update:2020-09-22 02:06:56
Bureau QSL:YES
Direct QSL:YES


I have sent my first CQ as VA3OKG on July 4, 2020 at a ripe age of 62. However, amateur radio was not totally new for me. I was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, then part of the USSR. My father, a distinguished radio engineer, was active as ham at several club stations. He brought home a used communications receiver, and introduced me to the hobby in early 1970s. Hundreds of SWL QSLs received as UB5-065-177 remind me of my teenage years. After graduating from university with a degree in radio engineering, I worked in various areas from communications to computers to environmental technologies. In 1983 I got married. In 1986 our daughter was born. Ham radio, meanwhile, has been abandoned and replaced by other hobbies and interests.

After collapse of the Soviet Union our family immigrated to Canada in 1993. Here we started new life in Toronto, Ontario. My career made a sharp turn, changing from engineering to computer programming. I developed software for restaurants, automotive plants, financial companies, and, since 2004, for broadcast management systems. In 2013 the family moved to Barrie, 100 km north from Toronto.

One day looking at Lake Simcoe from my bedroom window, I asked myself if some HF antenna could be placed in the backyard. Soon I’ve got an old IC-72 receiver, and tuned it to 40 m band. To my amusement, I could still copy Morse code. Wireless communications seemed as magical as 50 years ago.

I am not retired yet. Among my other hobbies are fishing, cooking, and serious reading, to name the few. Whenever possible, my wife and I enjoy travel, both domestic and international (mainly Europe).

As a rookie ham I am interested in all aspects of the hobby. However, DXing, improving CW skills, and antenna projects are on the top of my today's list.

73! Konstantin (Kosta) Oleynikov

Worked DXCCs:


Barefoot Icom IC-7300 (100 W).
Bencher BY-1 paddle.
Homebrew 40/20 m dipole.

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VA3OKG / Pic 2

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