Saturday, 18 January 2020

QRP Sprint...

Tonight was the first of a series of QRP sprints being run by the Upper Canada QRP Club.  They are 2 hours in length, and are going to be held every 2 months, with the score being accumulative over the year.

This was the first event I have used my KX3 for since I bought it.   It performed very well, and I was very pleased with it.

Due to last weekends very high winds and bad ice storm, the only antenna I had available to use tonight was my 35.5' vertical wire feeding into a 4:1 balun.   It certainly wasn't the best antenna, it does need to be tweaked, but it did a good job tonight.

I managed to make seven 10w SSB contacts:  4 into Texas, 1 into Colorado, 1 into Ontario, and a great DX contact into the Cayman Islands with ZF2PG.  The last one made my night.  Given where we currently are in the solar cycle, I'm very pleased with the KX3 performance.

The propagation was definitely north-south for the most part.  The propagation numbers at 2030 UTC were:  SFI=71, SN=0, A Index=5, and the K Index=1.

Friday, 17 January 2020

Winter Field Day

Coming up on January 25th & 26th is Winter Field Day.

Information can be found HERE.

This is for ALL hams, not just North Americans.

The New Year...

Some of the local characters at the Frontenac Radio Group meeting last night, held at the County Ambulance Logistics Base.

Instead of being out in the cold warehouse next to the command vehicles and support trucks, these guys snuck into the Chief's office.

As a group we are very fortunate to be able to use the logistics base for our meetings.  It also has the benefit that the paramedics, and their supervisors, know who was are.

Saturday, 11 January 2020

Sad Day

Lieutenant-Colonel Fernand Gerard Villeneuve, AFC, CD, RCAF Rtd. 
July 2, 1927—December 25, 2019

Founder and First Commanding Officer of the 
RCAF Golden Hawks Aerobatic Team.

Saturday, 4 January 2020

Thursday, 2 January 2020

DX Marathon...

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Years, I know I certainly did.  2019 seemed to go by so fast, we can only hope 2020 slows down a bit so we can all enjoy it.

The other day I came across this LINK.  If you don't know about the DX Marathon have a read, it's a well kept secret that needs to be made much more public.

What a great motivation this will be to try and get on the air every day.  Hopefully, as the bands get better, and the propagation starts to improve, this will be fun.

The rules for this event can be found HERE.

Tuesday, 31 December 2019

Sunday, 29 December 2019

Its over….for this year

I think this years RAC Winter Contest was the best in a number of far.   In the end I managed to work Coast to Coast to Coast, ending up with a respectable number of QSO's......far better than the last three years combined!!

As well I also managed DX QSO's with France, Slovenia, and Belgium, all on 20m, and all of them totally unexpected.  In the end I made contacts on 20m, 40m, 80m, and 160m.  Occasionally I checked both 10m and 15m, but I never heard a thing on them, not even  in the CW portion.

Propagation for the contest was: SFI=72, SN=0, A=13, and K=2.  I have heard other local ops tell me they had high noise on the bands that hindered their efforts, but I had none of that, the bands sounded good to me.

I even managed to work the ever elusive Bob, VA3QV, on 20m.  It's amazing where you find him 😁

Now I'm off to start making some long range plans for 2020.