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!!!

Saturday, 8 October 2016

New Activation - Wednesday, October 12th.

I’ve just received word of a late season island activation slated to happen next Wednesday, October 12th.

Doug VE3VS / VE3CWO and Rob VA3RBM will be conducting a first activation of an Ontario island.  The actual island location will depend on the weather.

Frequencies will be 7.140 to 7.160, and on 14.250 to 14.265.  This will be SSB only, no CW.

They plan on being on the air by noon and will be there for approximately three hours.