The weather Friday night was cold, it went down to about 4C. Saturday night it rained a bit and the temperature hovered around 17C. However, Michael VE3WMB, and Ying VA3YH, both arrived on Thursday and told us that Thursday night was terribly cold, and that we had the warm nights!
|VA3QV's mobile Shack|
The radio in use this weekend, keeping with the QRP theme, was my Icom 703. I used a 31' wire erected in an inverted 'L' as my antenna. The antenna went up only 20' and then 11' over to a tree. Not the best of antennas, but I had some success with the DX over the weekend using it.
The 10 screaming watts of the IC-703 netted me HK3C, John in Bogota, Columbia; 9A9RR, Petar on Pucisca Island (EU-016), Croatia; SV3AQR, John in Patra, Greece; HA3NU, Laszlo in Szekszard, Hungary; and OP2A, Ivo in Boortmeerbeek, Belgium. These stations as well as a dozen North American stations made it a successful weekend.
|VA3ORP's portable bar|
Saturday was a great day weather wise. Very comfortable temperature, the only downside was the fact that the mosquitoes were all in full force, which made things just a little itchy.
The annual DX completion started as soon as Eric VA3AMX arrived on Friday, at 1911 local that evening we thought Eric had won the contest with an early CW contact with a Mongolian station, a tie ensued an hour later when Michael VE3WMB also had a CW contact with the same Mongolian station. BUT, in a surprising development, on Saturday evening, Chris VE3CBK, has a SSB QSO using his FT-817, with a VK3 station. Five watts to Australia on a 70 year old Radio Set No. 19 antenna ain't too shabby any day!! Congratulations to Chris on winning this years honour.
|The Chillycon Survival Kit: Analyzer, spare parts box, |
and a mug for the Scotch!
|Details of VA3VDP's radial plate.|
Sunday morning nine of us trooped off to the New Rideau Restaurant, just down the road from the Provincial park for a great breakfast. It's under new management since we were there last year (It was called "Charlie's Place" then). The food was excellent and a decent price.
So it's all over for another year. It was a great shame that more of the local QRPers didn't get out this year, even the number of Saturday afternoon visitors was down. I saw only Bob VE3MPG and Chris VE3CME. I say it every year, Chillycon is a great educational weekend, and this year was no different.
It was really great to see everyone again, and as usual the sense of fraternity was outstanding. Hopefully next year we will see a lot more of the QRP fraternity out at this event.