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Episode 403 – Tracy McKim – VE3TWM

Tracy McKim, VE3TWM, believes in the effectiveness of low power communications to communicate across town or around the World.  Tracy uses his YouTube Channel, Outdoors On The Air, to first demonstrate the use of fiberglass poles to install wire antennas, and then to successfully demonstrate outdoor ham radio operation using those full size antennas to operate QRP single-sideband.  VE3TWM is my QSO Today.

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Tracy’s Channels: 
Outdoors On The Air – YouTube Channel

 Hometown: Burlington, Ont
Friend:  Randy, VE3OZR
First License:  1991, Age 30, Basic with Morse Code

Current Rig:  
Yaesu FT-991A All Band Transceiver
Yaesu FT-891 Multiband Transceiver 
Yaesu FT-897D Multiband Transceiver
Yaesu FT-817ND (Favorite rig) – it is tiny, all band, and runs forever on batteries  
Ground Plane Vertical Antenna 40-10

Field Antennas: 
Tim, N9SAB, Dipoles
Mini Wyndham Antenna
Off Center Fed Dipole Antenna
Linked Dipole Antenna

US Forces in Germany
Grundig RF260U Table Radio
ShortWave Listening
WWV – NIST Radio Station
BBC World Service
Archer Space Patrol Base Station
Citizens Band (CB)
Channel 14 CB Net
Smokey and the Bandit, Movie
Radio Shack Store
Radio Shack Project Kit
Paper Delivery Route
Burlington, ONT, Community College, Electronics Engineering Technology
Sales Profession
Minor Baseball Coach
Coaching Techniques for Baseball
Intel Building Har Hotzvim, Jerusalem Israel
Parks on the Air
Code Quick CW Training
CQ Magazine
73 Magazine
QST Magazine
Telescopic Fiberglass Pole
End-Fed Wire Antenna
Boy Scouts of Canada
Canadian Adventure Scouts  
CQ Worldwide SSB Contest
Yaesu FT-817 HF/VHF/UHF Transceiver
Par End-Fed Antenna
Random Wire End-Fed Antenna
Resonant End-Fed Antenna
Call of the Wild, by Jack London
Ticks and Lyme Disease
Icom IC-7410 HF Transceiver

Greatest challenge facing amateur radio now: loss of spectrum by other services, real estate prices block home ownership to young people.  

Excited most by: variety of operating interests, affordability of ham gear, increased interest in HF portable operation.  

Advice to new or returning hams:  join your national association for spectrum defense, join your local club if they are encouraging and active, you don’t need the latest and greatest gear to enjoy ham radio, and focus on antennas.

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Yaesu FT-991A All Band Transceiver
Yaesu FT-891 Multiband Transceiver
Yaesu FT-897 Multiband Transceiver
Yaesu FT-817 Portable All-Band Transceiver
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