Wednesday 1 March 2023

One Day Getaway Event...

Winter is nearly over, it's time to start planning this years Island Activations.  Here's an event to kick it off:

Fans of portable ham radio operations are encouraged to grab their equipment and head for the water as part of the Island Activators “One-Day Getaway.” This annual event takes place on the 2nd Saturday in May, from 0000 UTC through 2359 UTC (Friday evening to Saturday evening in North America).

One-Day Getaway is an on-air activity, not a contest: no scores are tallied and no prizes are awarded. Participation from all radio amateurs, regardless of experience level, US and Canadian, is very much encouraged.  

Get out there and fire up the ionosphere !!

Thursday 15 September 2022

Two New Islands on the Air...

Doug VE3GJ and John VE3ISE will be activating the last two islands in Cootes Paradise. These are: Cockpit Island ON-315, and Hickory Is. ON-316.    

Their timings will be Saturday, Sept 24th from 1800Z to 2000Z.  

They will be working 40 M along with 17 M, band and weather conditions permitting, and they will be running 100 Watts from the mobile.

Saturday 27 August 2022

Hanley Island...

John, VE3ISE wrote to tell us:  

"I will be activating Hanley island along with VE3GJ tomorrow morning Aug 27/2022. Starting at 1600Z on 40M and moving to 20m later in the day.  Running mobile 100 watts to hustler verticals."


Thanks John, let's hope you have a great day.

In and around Kingston, VE3FI, VA3QV, VE3MNE, and VE3SIQ, will be activating Washburn Island and Upper Brewers Mill Island.

Good luck to all!!

Sunday 7 August 2022

W / VE Island QSO Party 2022

This years Island QSO Party is being held on the weekend of August 27/28.  Over the past few years very few Canadian stations have taken part in this event, in fact it's been less than 5 per year...nationally!!!

So you have three weeks to find a suitable island to activate and take part in one of the best QSO Parties there is!  Get out there and operate and help boost the Canadian content of the event!

Rules can be found HERE.

Get out and some fun operating portable!!

Monday 11 April 2022

He's at it again...

John, VE3ISE, is one of our more prolific activators.  Over the past 2 months he has successfully activated a total of 4 islands, all of which are located in Hamilton Harbour.  

They are:

Centre Island, FN03ch, is now ON-312, and

South Island, FN03ch, is now ON-313.

Well done to John for getting all four of the islands activated!!

Friday 1 April 2022

VE3ISE does it again...

Congratulations go out to John, VE3ISE, who once again has completed a first activation....this time for North Island,  FN03ch33.  

North Island will now be given the number, ON-311.

Once again, congratulations John!

Monday 28 March 2022


Congratulations go out to John, VE3ISE, who has successfully activated Neare Island, FN03ch. Neare Island will be added to the list on Ontario Islands as ON-310.

We're looking forward to John's next activation.