Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Happy New Year...

Happy New Year to all our Island Activators !!

If you're going out to activate islands this winter please pay attention to the following....



Watch out for this...



Careful out on the ice.



Don't forget to dress for the occasion !!


And.....don't leave home without these !!


Know what to do if this happens to you !!




Have a safe winter and even safer activations !!

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Merry Christmas...



May your heart and home be filled with all of the joys the festive season brings.  Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!!

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Lakecourt Island ON-303

Received from John, VE3SIE, this morning.......

I will be activating Lakecourt Island ON-303 & Lighthouse CAN 1417 on Dec 15, 2018 at 1500Z on or about 7270 + - QRM switching to 20 at 1630Z on or about 14270 + - QRM,

ALSO:

I will be activating Forans Island ON-293 & Lighthouse CAN 1417 on Saturday  Dec. 22, 2018 at  1500Z  on or about 7270 + - QRM switching to 20  at 1630Z on or about 14270 + - QRM....THIS AREA MIGHT BE DIFFICULT. HEAVY ELECTRICAL STADIC IN THIS AREA BUT WILL DO MY BEST.

ALSO:

I will be activating Haywood Island ON-292 & Lighthouse's CAN-540 & 541  0n
Dec. 29, 2018 at 1500Z   on or about 7270 + - QRM switching to 20  at 1630Z 
on or about 14270 + - QRM,

All  in conjunction with ARLHS Christmas Lights QSO Party, and all of the above is dependent on weather.  I will be running 100 Watts from a Hustler antenna on my vehicle.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018

Balaklava Island

Congratulations go out to Ivan, VE7IVN, for activating Balaklava Island off the northern tip of Vancouver Island.

Ivan is a resident of the island and lives in the old Lighthouse Keepers cottage.

The grid is CO60eu, and the new island number is BC-180.



Sunday, 26 August 2018

Bigelow Island

Just received word from Chris, VA3ECO, that he has successfully activated for the first time, Bigelow Island in Lake of the Woods near Kenora, in grid EN29np.

Chris reports that he made 30 contacts in an hour including QSO''s into the Canary Islands and Puerto Rico.  Not too shabby considering the lousy propagation forecast we had that day.

Congratulations to Chris!


Sunday, 12 August 2018

W/VE Island QSO Party 2018

The W/VE Island QSO Party is coming up on the weekend of August 25 & 26.
This weekend is used to promote the U.S. (USI) and Canadian (CIA) islands programs to amateurs worldwide. To promote verifiable amateur radio contacts with stations located on islands in the U.S. and Canada.
Over the last few years participation from Canadian Amateurs has been extremely low, under 10 of us most years.  Let's see if we can change that this year!!!!

The 2018 Rules can be found HERE.

Pick an island and get out and have some fun.

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Not Islands but.........

Port Dalhousie Lights CAN 540 & 541
Weather Permitting VE3ISE/M will activate the above lights beginning at 1400 UTC on Sat. August 4, 2018 ending 1700 UTC. Will be working 7.275 +/- QRM.  Also planning on 20m 14.260 +/- QRM around 1530 UTC 
Hope the bands are in good shape 73
John McInally
VE3ISE/M