Amateur Radio Station VA2NW

Qu├ębec, Canada
PB #268 / NAQCC #2846 / SKCC #4889

Amateur Radio Autobiography

I was first licensed in the United States in November 1999 as a Technician Plus with the callsign KB1EPR. In December 2008 I upgraded to General. In February 2009 I upgraded to Amateur Extra. Not too much longer after that I moved to Canada. In February 2010 I passed the Canadian Basic exam with Honours and was issued the callsign VA2EPR. In September 2015 I passed the Canadian 5WPM Morse exam. In December 2022 I was issued the 2x2 callsign VA2NW.

QSL Policy

Electronic QSL cards
I upload logs to the following services once every month or two: Logbook of the World (LoTW) eQSL, QRZ, ClubLog, HamQTH, HRDLOG.

Paper QSL Cards
Direct mail only:

Ham Shack

Checkout the Ham Shack page for details about my rigs, keys, and antennas.

Youtube Channel

I post video clips to my amateur radio channel @va2nw. The video I'm most proud of is VE2/OU-014 SOTA Activation 8/6/2011.

CW Practice

Checkout the CW Practice page for some public domain poems and speeches in morse code. They were generated with some software I developed called cw2wav which accepts TXT files and outputs the equivalent morse code audio in WAV files.

Microsoft Mouse to CW Key Conversion

For fun, I turned an ordinary computer mouse into a CW key. I've written an article titled Transforming a Computer Mouse into a CW Key where you can read more about it and see pictures of the process. There is also a youtube video demo: Demo: Microsoft Mouse converted into a CW Key.

Modified printed circuit board in mouse case

VA2EPR-TNC - 1200 Baud AFSK NZRI Modem (Bell 202)

My capstone project while persuing my Electronics diploma was the design and fabrication of a hardware modem along with firmware and software. All project files and source code are posted on Github:

Populated printed circuit board for the VA2EPR Terminal Node Controller