Tim, VA3TIC and I arrived at the Island about 0930L under cloudy sky, but no wind and it was fairly warm. The bugs weren't too bad either.
Dave, VA3ORP was kayaking down the canal from his QTH in Inverary, and he arrived about 1000L, operating /MM/QRP all the way down the canal. Dave used a Rockmite for CW and a FT-817D for SSB contacts. His antenna(s) were a choice of various ham sticks.
Tim and I setup in the parking lot across from the lock station. Antenna of choice today was a 66' long wire with two 31' radials into a 9:1 balun. Radio was the FT-857D running off of a 12v 120 amp gel cell.
Thanks must go out to N4DSP for posting the activation of the DX Cluster, and to W4IOW for correcting the call on the cluster. N4DSP listed us a VE1, not the VE3 we operated as.
Around 1100L it started to rain quite heavily, so with 35 confirmed contacts in the log, 4 Canadian, 2 Spanish, and 29 from the USA, we quickly packed up and high tailed it home.
The numbers today at 0900L were SFI 133; SN 146; A Index 21; and K Index 2. The bands were noisy but workable.
Washburn Island has now been issued its official number - ON-288.
Here are some more photos from today..........
|VA3ORP arriving at the lock with his Rockmite|
between his legs and the key on his thigh!
|Picture of Dave's antenna setup|