Sunday, 30 August 2015

Email received

Just received the following email today.

In case this would be of interest, I just worked VO1/DJ8QP.   Gus is today, Sunday, on North Twillingate Island (NF-012) and he told me that tomorrowMonday, he will be QRV from Long Is (NF-038).


Gregg A. Calkin, VE3ZZ

Monday, 24 August 2015

VA3PCJ - Another successful first activation !!

Upper Duck Island - ON-296
Congratulations to Jose, VA3PCJ, for another first activation last Saturday.  Jose successfully activated Upper Duck Island, which is now also known as ON-296, in FN25el.

Upper Duck Island is located in the Ottawa River, not very far from the Rockcliffe Airport.

This is Jose's second successful first activation in two weeks.

Once again Jose sailed the "Sassy Gaffer" to the island, rowed ashore, and setup his portable shack and antenna.   He made 33 QSO's from a total of three DXCC entities, including an island to island QSO with TF3JB, Jonas in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Hopefully Jose will now go for the hat-trick and look at activating Lower Duck Island, which is right next door to Upper Duck Island, and has never been activated.

A huge well done to Jose for another great activation!!

Jose - VA3PCJ at the Upper Duck Island portable shack.

All Photo's copyright of VA3PCJ and used with permission.

Friday, 21 August 2015

Upper Duck Island - Saturday August 22

Coming up tomorrow.....

Jose, VA3PCJ, will be doing another first time activation, his second in two weeks!!

This time the target is Upper Duck Island, which is yet another island in the Ottawa River, located at Grid FN25el, which has never been activated.

Jose should be on the air around 1030 - 1100 Ottawa time and will be on the air most of the afternoon.

Look for Jose around the usual SSB QRP frequencies as well as 14.250 - 14.260.  He will also be beaconing on APRS as VA3PCJ-8.

If you're around the Ottawa area he will also be monitoring the VE3MPC VHF repeater so he can arrange HF contacts as needed.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

2015 W/VE Island QSO Party Rules

The rule for this years W/VE Island QSO Party have now been published, and they are available HERE.  There are some changes so please read them carefully.

This event takes place on Saturday, August 29th.  Pick out your island and start planning the activation.

Sunday, 16 August 2015

VA3PCJ - A successful first activation !!

Aylmer Island - ON-295
This past Saturday, Jose - VA3PCJ, carried out a very successful first activation of Aylmer Island....which as of today is now also known as ON-295.

Aylmer Island is located in the Ottawa River, very near Shirley's Bay at grid FN25bj.

Jose got to the island on his sailboat, the "Sassy Gaffer", anchored off the island and rowed ashore in the dinghy.

Once on the island he managed to dodge the ever present and dreaded poison ivy that covers the island, set up his 20m PAR endfed using a Sotabeams travel mast, and sitting under a large oak tree managed to put 30 contacts from 3 DX entities in the log using his KX3.

Given the lousy state of the bands this weekend, this was a fantastic achievement.

Well done Jose!!

Sunday, 9 August 2015

VA3QV on the air - Island and Lighthouse Portable!

Coming up this week, starting on Thursday, August 13th, Bob - VA3QV, will be activating a number of islands along the St.Lawrence River.

He will be camping along the Long Sault Parkway on either Snetsinger Island, ON-083 or Mille Roches Island, ON-084.

He will also be very close to Moulinette Island, ON-075, and Macdonell Island, ON-079, and may be able to activate them upon special request.

Bob will be operating QRP with his FT-817, and will be operating casual as he also has to entertain his XYL on this holiday.

While Bob did not list any frequencies to be used on the trip, I would suggest looking for him on the usual 40m to 10m QRP frequencies.

On Sunday he will be activating the lighthouse at the Ottawa Science Museum, CAN-016 for the ILLW.

QSL route is via eQSL or LOTW.