Started the day trying to get out of Kenora. There is so much road construction under way it's detour city, at the moment. Very nice little town, and as usual heard no traffic on the local 2m repeater, nor were my calls answered.
However, I did get a call back from John-VE4OL on the Hadashville repeater, just before Winnipeg. John told me that he heard my call on his scanner but didn't think it was that repeater, as nobody has heard a call on it for over a year!!!! Why keep it up then?? A big thanks to John for keeping me company for a while.
Not much to see on he road to Winnipeg except trees and more trees. About 100 km from Winnipeg it started to get very foggy, and that fog stayed with me until I was about 30 km past Winnipeg on Hwy 2.
Once the fog lifted the scenery was great, wide open prairie, just miles and miles of wheat fields.
After supper I set up the HF gear with the 31' vertical as the antenna, and managed to work Tim-VA3TIC, Ron-VE3GO, Dave-VE3DZE, and Don-VE3MNE, all the boys from Kingston. It was great to hear their voices on the air. Signals were 56 to 58 but there was a bit of QSB.
Later in the evening about 10:00 PM, you could see a huge lightening storm off to the west of us. I got everything ready for when it hit, and hit it did about 6 hours later. High winds and tonnes of rain. I survived and managed to stay fairly dry in the back of the truck.
Off to Gull Lake, SK, tomorrow.