Station Tour: 

My introduction to amateur radio came in about 1957 when my father VE7AGC (SK) took me to visit John Brown VE7JB and I listened to him talking to VKs and ZLs on 20 meters AM. His Collins 75A4 receiver and Johnson Viking Ranger transmitter driving the Johnson Desk Kilowatt was the dream station for not only me, but the entire amateur world. I sat on the floor of his shack and looked for hours at his shoe boxes full of QSL cards and dreamed of traveling to the far corners of our world.

I decided then and there that I too would become a radio ham, but I did not realize that in Canada one had to be 15 years old to become licensed. So I became SWL-VE7 until in 1960 on my 15th birthday I wrote the amateur exam and became VE7BFN.

I was fortunate to have many Elmers in my formative years. VE7APH, VE7PY, VE7BC and  VE7HE plus many others who all guided me down what was a short path first to DXing and later to contesting. My love affair with amateur radio had begun.

Upon completion of high school in 1963 I joined Pacific Western Airlines and was sent to their weather station at Contwoyto Lake, NWT. Upon my arrival I sat down at the existing station of VE8RG (now VE7IG) to work a little DX. I did not get up until working DXCC in one sitting as VE7BFN/VE8. I soon became VE8AA and was active daily. It was during this time that some lifelong radio friendships began. Daily contacts with UK5MAF (now K6WG), OH2BH, K6LOM (now N6EJ), SM5SB (now a SK) were the norm and we chatted for hours about every subject that came into our young heads. Little did we realize how our lives would cross paths again and again during the years to come.

I wasn't happy being just a VE8 so in 1965 I went on my first DXpedition and became ZF1SV in the Cayman Islands. I was hooked on traveling and DXpeditioning. Some of the DXpeditions that I may have worked you from are as follows:  ZF1SV, ZF9SV, ZF9SV/ZF8,VP2MSV, VP2M, VP2A, 3D2SV, 3D2AM (Conway Reef), CP6AA, VE7SV/CP6, BT1X, BT1DX, ZL/VE7SV, P40SV, CY9A (St Paul Island), OH/VE7SV, OH0/VE7SV, UA1A/VE7SV, UA3A/VE7SV and UB5J/VE7SV. For a look back, check out my QSL card page.

In 1968 I left the Arctic to return to civilization and exchanged VE8AA for VE7SV. The lure of the north was strong and in 1973 I returned once again to the NWT as VE8RR for a few years.

By now I had dreams of being a contester and I was recruited by W7RM as one of his young guns. Thanks Rush. Many contests operating together with K7SS, K7RA(sk), K7QQ, K7JA, W7XR, K7CW, KE7V etc. soon taught us all the value of teamwork, friendship and what it meant to be winners. Myself and many of this group operated together with Carl Cook AI6V from Aruba as P40V in 1988 to establish new world records in the CQWW multi-multi category, both SSB and CW.

By now I was dreaming of having my own contest station and with the support of my wife Martha we purchased an acreage on Mt. Thom near Chilliwack, BC. The towers went up before the cabin, and today the signal of VE7SV continues to be heard in most major contests with the support of VE7AHA, VE7CC, VE7AG, VE7CT, VE7BZ and others.

My greatest thrill has been to participate in the WRTC (World Radio Team Championships) representing Canada. You may recall working me as:

Follow these links to see the people I have the pleasure to meet along the way as I travel:

My story would not be complete without recognizing the tremendous support I received from father Earl, VE7AGC/VA7UA (SK) over the years. Even though his key is now silent, my memories of him are strong and they fuel my passion for our hobbythanks Dad.... Dale

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Station A

Station B

Station C

Antenna switching
 and rotor controls


Antenna switching controls

Antenna switching matrix

WX0B box


140' Rotating tower
140' Rotating Tower
5-el 20m
4-el 15m
4-el 6m
5-el 10m
4-el 15m
5-el 20m
5-el 6m
5 over 5 on 20m
4 over 4 on 15m


140' upper tower now
fully rebuilt
140' Upper Tower
5-el 15m
4-el 20m
2-el 40m (on side mount
4-el 10 (on side mount)
4-el 20m (fixed EU)
80m vertical dipole
4 over 4 on 20m

Wind damage to upper tower

New side mount

85' Buddha tower near the 'Bunkie'

85' Buddha Tower

3-el SteppIR
2-el CushGain 40m
5-el 10m (fixed JA)
5-el 15m (fixed JA)

Wind damage near 'Bunkie'
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Harnessing the prop-pitch
motor in true "home-brew'
style for the Rotating Tower

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My vintage station


A couple of my regular 'home-away-from-home' operating locations

CE4CT and VE7SV -- 2009

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Building the bunkie

November 15, 2006 -- the Mighty 'Ugly' Wind at Mt.Thom


Photo credit: Pete, NN9K

For complete information on the 2004 FP/VE7SV DXpedition, go to


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