The weather was awful, with really heavy rain, thunder and lots of lightening crashing and booming around us as we made for the ferry. In fact it was so bad we started to think we would not be able to activate Point Petre this year. It was still very bad when we met up with Bill VA3WOW from Belleville as well as Matthew VE3OCC and Doug VE3ZDG from Picton. We met up, appropriately at the Lighthouse Restaurant in Picton. The food was great!!
|Point Petre Lighthouse|
Lots of changes to the area since we where there last year. No grass cut this year, and the keepers house is now boarded up and looking a bit neglected. A few minutes after we arrived one of the Environment Canada guys who look after the weather station there drove up and invited us in to see the lighthouse.
While some of the guys went off to see the lighthouse, the rest of us started setting up, keeping one eye one the sky for signs of more bad weather. We put up a 80m OCF dipole, a Buddipole as a 20m vertical, and a 6m hamstick dipole, all with no trouble. We were on the air by 0930L, and the SFI for the day was sitting at 102, the A index at 3, and the K index at 0.
|VE3MNE, VE3CLQ, VE3ZDG, |
VA3WOW, and VE3OCC
|Very large log periodic antenna|
|Don - VE3MNE|
All in all a great day. Thanks to the Prince Edward Club for the use of their 2m repeater, and to Ron VE3GO for taking the photos.
Many thanks to the Ayr Amateur Radio Group in Scotland for sponsoring this event, we really enjoy it.
Next year will also activate, hopefully for the whole weekend, we will start looking for a suitable candidate shortly......maybe Prince Edward Point Lighthouse, at the other side of the County.
For alook at what the other half of our group did at Nine Mile Point Lighthouse, click HERE.
All Photo's by Ron-VE3GO © 2011