Thursday, 25 August 2016

The 2016 W/VE Island QSO Party

Coming up this weekend is the Annual W / VE Island QSO Party.  This event is sponsored by the US Islands Award and the Canadian Island Activators.

Rules can be found HERE.

We have received, so far, the following list of Canadian Activators.  Hopefully more will follow:

VA3TIC, ON-023, Howe Expedition
VE3HRW, ON-023, Howe Expedition

VE3DZE, ON-289, Washburn Expedition

VE3FCT  ON-009, Wolfe Expedition (20, 6, & 2 SSB)

VE3MNE  ON-022, Simcoe Expedition (40 SSB)

VE3RRH, ON-037, Byng Expedition (80-10 SSB) 
VE3RNF, ON-037, Byng Expedition (80-10 SSB) 

VA3PCJ, ON-295, Aylmer Expedition (80-10, CW/SSB, QRP)


VE7RSV, BC-041 Hornby Island, and possibly BC-022 Denman Island as well.

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Email address

We have been having issues with the email address for this page, and apparently this has been going on since the beginning of summer.   We thought it had been very quiet on the island activating activities, and now we know why.

If you have sent us an email over the summer, we must apologize, but we have not been receiving anything.   Hopefully we have the issue corrected now and we can start receiving mail again/

Again, our apologies, but it was beyond our control.

Saturday, 13 August 2016

St. Paul Island Dxpedition ( CY9C ) -- Aug 19 - 29, 2016.

Just received the news that St Paul Island will be activated as CY9C.  The dates for the activation are August 19 to August 29, 2016.

The actual location is 24 km north-east of Cape Breton Island and 71 Km south-west of Newfoundland, in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. 

Grid Reference is: FN97.

For full details of this DXpedition, please see their website HERE

The lighthouse on the island

Monday, 1 August 2016

2016 W / VE Island QSO Party

Lots of advanced notice being given here.........

This event is for US and Canadian island activators.  Over the past few years Canadian involvement has been getting less and less.  In fact in 2015, only VA3PCJ bothered to submit a log sheet.

This country has so many islands I doubt we could ever count them, and with the constant complaints we hear about RF noise being too high to operate at home, this is the perfect opportunity to get out and do some great operating with a zero noise floor.

So, this event takes place from 1200 UTC August 27th till 0300 UTC August 28th.

The rules for this event are HERE.

Let's give this event a kickstart and breath some new life into it.  Pick an island and get out there and get it on the air.  You'll have a pileup in no time.

Thursday, 28 July 2016

IOTA 2016

Coming up this weekend, July 30th & 31st, is the RSGB Islands on the Air Contest.  

This contest is for salt water islands only......and we have lots of those in Canada to activate J

Rules for this event are HERE.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Amherst Island ON-021

This coming Sunday the Frontenac Radio Group will be activating Amherst Island, ON-021.  Amherst hasn't been activated in a good number of years so we're hoping it will attract a bit of attention.

The last time we activated Amherst we made a remarkable two HF contacts, hopefully we can do better this time.

We will be on from 1500 UTC till 1900 UTC, unless propagation is in the toilet again and then we'll call it quits early.

Callsign will be VE3FRG, and the SSB frequencies will be:

14.250 - 14.260

CW Frequencies will be:


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Aylmer Island - ON-295

Aylmer Island and Lighthouse.
Jose, VA3PCJ, tells us he has tentative plans to activate Aylmer Island - ON-295.

This is in Grid FN25bj, and the activation will take place on Friday, 17 June and Saturday, 18 June.

At the same time Jose will also activate Aylmer Lighthouse, ARLHS CAN-867.  According to the records on the ARLHS website, Aylmer Lighthouse has never been activated, so this is a great opportunity to get it in your log.

Jose will be using his Elecraft KX3 and a vertical or inverted-V PAR EndFedZ Tribander Antenna.

Frequencies will be:




Jose will also try to be on Friday evening if possible from his boat.