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2021-02-27 19:23:49 UTC









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Konstantin Oleynikov

L4N8L1 Barrie, Ontario
Canada, ON

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Call data

Last update:2021-02-03 00:01:08
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 got my Basic (with Honors) license in May, 2020, and went on the air as VA3OKG on July 4 the same year. Doing this at ripe age of 62 sounds not that common. However, ham radio was not totally new to me. I was born in Kyiv, Ukraine (then part of the USSR). My father, a radio engineer, was active at several Ukrainian club stations. He brought home a used military receiver, and introduced me to the hobby in early 1970s. Hundreds of SWL QSL cards received as UB5-065177 remind me of my teenage years. In 1975 I have graduated from university with a degree in radio engineering. Many things happened since then: marriage, our daughter's birth, Chernobyl disaster too close to our home, collapse of the USSR, immigration to Canada in 1993. Ham radio has been abandoned for many years. In Canada we have settled in Ontario, first in Toronto, next in Mississauga, and, finally, in Barrie, 100 km (60 miles) north of Toronto. My career made a sharp turn, changing from engineering to computer programming.

One gloomy rainy fall day looking at the backyard from my bedroom window, I wondered if an HF antenna could be placed there. 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 communication seemed as magical as 50 years ago...

I am interested in DX-ing and DIY antenna projects. Most of my QSOs are CW (no decoder, of course). Occasionally you may hear my rusty English on SSB. Digital modes - not at this point. 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 (mainly Europe). Countries I have visited so far: 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). Our JA vacation was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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).

Antennas. Nothing but simple homebrew wire projects supported by backyard vegetation. Lots of fun! The size of the property is limited, and tree branches do not allow raising feed point high enough. However, they enjoy a nice view of the lake Simcoe some 100 feet below. As of January 2021, tried the following:
- 40m dipole 30 feet (10m) up. My very first TX antenna project. Surprisingly, it 'Worked All Continents' (CW) in less than 3 weeks. Later turned it into 40/20 m fan dipole. For some time used as a backup, and a benchmark for other projects. Unfortunately, had to remove it after a neighbour's complaint;
- Carolina windom 40/30/20/18/10m. Worked with mixed results.
- 60/40 OCF dipole 40/20/15/10m. Some nice DX contacts, sensitive to nearby objects (branches).
- G5RV (ZS6BKW version) 40/20/18/12/10m. Not bad, raised DXCC counter to 100 in 4 months. Did not have an external tuner, so had issues with retuning after heavy rain.
- End-fed Zepp (modified W3EDP) 160-10m. With external tuner gave access to all bands.
- W5GI ("mystery") dipole 80-10m. Despite its dubious name and sketchy reviews on, I like it. Although SWR values look far from impressive, it performs on all bands except 160, and better than expected. None of my other dipoles returned 579 from Europe on 80m, and that many (real) 599/59's from Europe and South America on 40 and upper bands. After many attempts, finally, worked South Africa...

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