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Konstantin Oleynikov

L4N8L1 Barrie, Ontario
Canada, ON

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Call data

Last update:2020-11-14 03:12:39
Main prefix:VE
Class:Basic w/Honours
Federal state:ON
DXCC Zone:1
ITU Zone:4
CQ Zone:4

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Most used modes


QSL dataUp to date!

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


I went on the air as VA3OKG on July 4, 2020 at 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 club stations UB5KAG, UT5KCU, UK5UAR.
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 naval communications to computer peripherals to environmental technologies. Ham radio, meanwhile, has been abandoned and replaced by other hobbies and interests. In 1983 I got married. In 1986 our daughter was born. In 1993 we immigrated to Canada, were we first settled in Toronto, then in Mississauga, 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 (60 miles) north of 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 and delight, 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 and cooking. I love serious reading and good wine. Whenever possible, my wife and I enjoy travel, both domestic and international (mainly Europe). The list of the countries I have visited so far looks like this: 3A, 4L, CO, CT, CX, DL/DM, EA, EK, ER, ES, EW, F, FM, FP, FS, G, HB, HI, HV, I, LU, LY, LZ, OH, OE, OK, PA, PJ7, R, SP, TI, UT, V2, VE, VO, W, XE, YL (plus CE, OM, TF, YO as transit points).

The list of equipment is, well, short:

- barefoot ICOM IC-7300 transceiver. Usually running at 100 W, sometimes QRP;
- Bencher BY-1 paddle. Almost all my QSO are CW. Occasionally you may hear my rusty English on SSB. Digital modes - not at this point.
- simple DIY wire antennas supported by backyard vegetation:
- 40/20m fan dipole 8m (25 feet) up.
- 40/20/15/10m OCF dipole 10m (30m) up.

Those dipoles hang rather low, but enjoy a nice view of the lake some 100 feet (30 m) below.

As a rookie ham I am interested in various aspects of the hobby. However, DX-ing, improving CW skills, and antenna projects are on the top of my list.

QSL info. I upload all my logs to LOTW and EQSL (expecting folks who checked corresponding boxes on their info pages to do the same), as well as to CLUBLOG, QRZ and QRZCQ. I love paper QSLs. Sorry, I feel sentimental using this mode of communication in the age of smartphones. They are like photo images you bring back from your recent journey. So, if you indicate this is acceptable, I send my QSLs via bureau or direct when I want yours, or in reply to your card.

Thank you for visiting my page, and hope to meet you on the air!

73! Konstantin (Kosta) Oleynikov

Worked DXCCs:


Icom IC-7300 (100 W).
Bencher BY-1 paddle.
40/20 m fan dipole at 8m (25ft).
80m -6m ZS6BKW 10m (30ft) up.

Other images

second pic
VA3OKG / Ganaraska river. April, 2020. Trout opener.

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