Saturday, 25 March 2017

2017 News......

It's been awhile since we had news for the Blog!!!  

News of forthcoming island activations are slowly coming into our email in-basket these days.

Here's the list of islands that are on the activators "to do" list as of todays date.  I'm sure more will follow as the weather starts to warm up.

On the list submitted by Mark, VE3FPS, these islands are all in the Thousand Islands, and none of them have been activated to date:

Whiskey Island - FN14sf55ua
Milton Island - FN14tf28es
Hickory Island - FN14vg90ia
Arabella Island - FN14vf98tq
Black Ant Island - FN14vg72wb
Horseshoe Island - FN14rd76mh
Goose Island - FN14se67ge

On the list submitted by Don, VE3MNE, these islands are all in Hay Bay, and none of these have been activated yet:

Glen Island - FN14lb33do
Ram Island - FN14ld80
White island - FN14nd07

We will announce the activation dates for these islands as soon as we receive them.  They're a nice project for Canada's 150th Birthday....

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Merry Christmas

2016 was a busy year for Canadian Island Activators, and we hope next year will be even better.  There are a lot more islands out there that need to be activated for the first time.

It's that time of year when we spend more time with our families than on the radio.  Most of our islands are snow and ice covered and are rather inhospitable places.

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Winter Safety #3

Winter Safety #2

Going out to activate an island this winter?  Make sure you dress for the weather, and always carry the 10 essentials with you in your backpack.  I always add about 50 feet of paracord to this list and a small 5x7 tarp.

Winter Safety #1

All winter activities require layers of warm, dry cold-weather clothing.

Dress in a minimum of three layers: 

  1. Thin moisture-wicking materials such as polyester should be next to the skin. 
  2. Next is a middle insulating layer of wool or fleece. 
  3. An outer water- and wind-proof layer made of nylon or Gore-Tex. 

An outer layer should be removed just before starting strenuous activity to avoid overheating, which will make you wet from sweat. Layers should go back on during rest to stay warm. Include a toque, mitts, a scarf and waterproof boots. 


Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Successful Activations....

Congratulations go out to Lee, VE4DXR for two successful first activations this summer.  

They are:  George Island, MB007 at EO12et, and Berens Island, MB008 at EO12hh.  Both islands are located in Lake Winnipeg.

Well done Lee !!

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

Successful Activation.....ON-300

Just got the news that Doug, VE3VS, had a successful activation of Tondern Island today.   Tondern now sets a record -  as of today Ontario has the highest number of activated islands, and Tondern becomes ON-300.

Twenty-Eight of the contacts made were on 40m and a further two contacts made on 20m.  

Well done to Doug!!!