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Konstantin Oleynikov

L4N8L1 Barrie, Ontario
Canada, ON

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Call data

Last update:2021-05-04 22:26:44
Main prefix:VE
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 was born in Kyiv, Ukraine, then part of the USSR. My father, a radio engineer, introduced me to the hobby in early 1970s. Hundreds of SWL QSL cards received as UB5-065177 remind me of my teenage years. Lots have happened since then: university, marriage, our daughter's birth, Chernobyl, collapse of the USSR, immigration to Canada in 1993. In Canada we settled first in the greater Toronto area, later moving to Barrie, 100 km north of Toronto. My career made a sharp turn, changing from electronics engineering to computer programming. Ham radio has been abandoned for many years.

One gloomy rainy day, looking outside from the bedroom window, I suddenly wondered if an HF antenna could be placed somewhere in the backyard. Soon I’ve got an old IC-72, and tuned it to 40 m band. To my amusement and delight, I could still copy Morse code. Wireless communication seemed as magical as 50 years ago! So, I passed exam and got my basic (with honors) ticket in May, 2020, and went on air as VA3OKG. In April 2021 upgraded to the advanced license.

I am interested mostly in DX-ing and DIY antenna projects. After DXCC CW has been achieved, my air time is split almost equally between CW and SSB modes. Recently tried FT8, too. My job, family life and other responsibilities leave little time for hobbies. I change bands frequently, and prefer quick QSOs over rag-chewing. It may change, however.

QSL info. All my logs are uploaded to LOTW and EQSL, as well as to CLUBLOG and QRZ. I love paper QSLs, find them very personal, and feel kind of nostalgic using this mode of communication in the age of smartphones. So, if on your QRZ page you indicate this is acceptable, I send my QSLs via bureau or direct when I want yours, or in reply to your card.

I am not retired (yet). Among 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.

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

73! Konstantin (Kosta) Oleynikov

Worked DXCCs:


- ICOM 7300;
- LDG IT-100 tuner;
- Bencher BY-1 paddle;
- Vintage Junker DBGM straight key (not yet good at using it, sorry). SKCC #23935.

Antennas. With different degree of success tried several simple homebrew wire dipoles and verticals supported by backyard vegetation. The size of the property is limited, and tree branches do not allow raising feed point more than 30 feet (10m) up. However, they enjoy a nice view of Lake Simcoe some 100 feet below. Currently mostly use W5GI ("mystery") dipole with external tuner. Despite dubious name and unimpressive SWR numbers, it performs on all bands 80 through 6 m quite decently.

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