We are situated in eastern Clarington, in Durham Region.  This site is dedicated to general and amateur radio communications in the Durham Region, Northumberland, Kawartha Lakes and Peterborough area. The primary focus will be Amateur Radio, but I do spend a lot of time on other areas with my assortment of Uniden radios and RTL-SDR.  I monitor, not only regular analog communications, but also P25, DMR, Fusion, D-Star and now NexEdge communications.

What started off as SpaceLodge BBS, in 1993, providing email – usergroup – file access for space related information, transformed into ScannerDesk.com, then to VA3DBJ.ca, when I got my amateur radio licence. 

We had a close relationship with SpaceBase BBS (Hugh S Gregory) and Aus-City BBS (David Cottle, now Aus-City.com), that provided space related information and email access.  We continued our relationship with Aus-City and provide links to their established forums.

This is strictly a hobby site and will be worked on as time permits. I did say “hobby”, right? As I didn’t want to re-invent the wheel, additional information provided here, are from authoritative sources, such as Wikipedia and Radio Reference.

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The Ol’ Pad Rat Award

ScannerDesk/SpaceLodge’s Space page exhibits a quality of positive Space Program promotion and an accuracy of presentation that “The Ol’ Pad Rat” feels is deserving of this “Pad Rat” award..”

“In May of 2001, ScannerDesk/SpaceLodge (now VA3DBJ.ca) had been selected by “The Ol’ Pad Rat” for the coveted and selective “Pad Rat Award for Launch-Quality Space Pages” . “Pad Rat” has been used as a colloquial term for those Cape Canaveral/KSC Launch Processing folks who exemplify exceptional devotion to Safety, Reliability and Quality in Launch Facility and Processing matters, Spacecraft Hardware, and to the Flight and Ground Support Personnel who work with and/or fly in The Manned Space Programs. A “Pad Rat” (The omnipresent “Ghost” of a 1960’s version appears in the Award), spent so much time, usually above and beyond the required, at the Pad or other Processing facilities, that they were barely discernible from the other resident denizens. Some say they still “haunt” the premises – Awarded by the Air Force Space and Missile Museum.

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