Wednesday, 10 September 2014
I'm going to try and take part in it, not sure for how long, but we will give it a try. The Rules can be found HERE.
The problem we have here in Kingston is that we have very few clear high points that we can operate from, and for a VHF contest, you need some height.
The SOTA operators can be found on the usual QRP frequencies.
Hopefully the weather and propagation will be on our side for these events.
Tuesday, 9 September 2014
|The Bonnechere Valley|
Highway 17 was a real pain today, lots of construction and widening of the highway. It was stop and go for quite a while. Eventually the construction disappeared and the road became a scenic ride.
First stop today was CFB Petawawa to visit a number of friends. First up was a group of women that I used to work with in Kingston that have all been posted to "downtown" Petawawa. It was great getting to catch up with them. Then it was off too see my old Sergeant Major to drop off a package to him. Had a great visit with everyone, and a new project handed to me.....all is good.
From Petawawa I drove down Highway 17 to Highway 41, turned south, and enjoyed the drive down through the Bonnechere Valley. What a great drive, over 150 km of freshly paved road that was as smooth as a babies bum! This had to be the best day's drive of the trip.
Just south of Kaladar I finally switched to the VE3FRG repeater and gave a call. Lots of the guys in there calling me, Richard VA3VDP, Tim VA3TIC, Mark VE3EOG, and a few others. It was nice to be back on the home repeater, at least here you know somebody will answer you on it.
Grand total of km's driven was 12,653 - I haven't tallied up how much I spent on gas....I'm almost afraid to! 2m repeater contacts were made in every province, and the portable HF gear worked as expected.
All in all, a great trip....now to start planning that trip to the east coast.......
Stopped for coffee and breakfast in White River this morning and met a very interesting gentleman. Jack was an airline pilot for over 40 years and has retired to White River. He recognized my ham plates and wanted to know how he can get his license. A big package will be mailed off to Jack with study material soon.
Of course White River is a pretty famous town in Canadian history. It was here that in 1914 Captain Harry Colebourn stepped off his troop train as it stopped for coal, and purchased an orphaned bear cub........and that bear came to be known as Winnie the Pooh.
The drive today was through miles and miles of rolling hills covered with forest.
There are very few 2m repeaters on the north shore of Lake Superior and as usual no contacts were made today on the radio.
Tomorrow I'm heading to Petawawa to meet up with some people, should be an interesting day.
Saturday, 6 September 2014
|Lake Superior at Terrace Bay|
This morning I left Aaron Provincial Park after a pretty wet night. The tent is soaked, but all the other gear is fine. The rain stopped around 0400.
The goal for tonight is Terrace Bay, about 540 Km away. I drove through miles of forest today, and the road was in excellent condition.
Just outside of Ignace a small car passed me, and as it went by I noticed it had ham plates on. I put out a call on the Ignace repeater but had no luck. Then about five minutes later Glenn-VE3CJG called me on 146.52 simplex. He was driving home from a visit to BC with his wife, Sandra-VE3HON. The funny thing is Glenn and Sandra live in Belleville, about 80 Km from me.
We all stopped for coffee together in Upsala, where the price of gas today was an eye opening $1.69.9 !!
Terrace Bay has its very own Lighthouse in the middle of the town, needless to say it was on the air tonight even though it's a fake one and has no number.
|Terrace Bay Lighthouse|
Friday, 5 September 2014
The roads today were the best I have driven on all trip. The scenery was great, I went from the grass lands to the north woods, and 580 Km later I arrived in downtown Dryden, Ontario.
The final destination was Aaron Provincial Park, 18 km east of Dryden. It's a nice and clean park, but there's no cell phone service, so back into Dryden I went to Tim Horton's to text home that I had arrived safely.
I'm hoping that the rain is behind me now and I'll have great camping weather ahead of me.
Today I put calls out on the Brandon, Austin, Portage, Elie, Headingley, Hadashville, Falcon Lake, Kenora, and Dryden repeaters......and no contact was made on any of them....Oh well, there's always tomorrow.