Sunday, 12 May 2019

Advanced Notice of Activations...

So far this year we have received notice that the following Ontario islands will be activated over the summer months...

Hoople Island ON-082

Dickinson Island ON-086

Heriot Island ON-251

Philpots Island ON-115

These four islands are all part of the Long Sault Parkway near Cornwall, Ontario.  These islands have not been activated in many years so it's nice to see them being looked at again.

Iroquois Island ON-271 will also be activated, probably in late July, by the Upper Canada QRP Club.

Two islands, never before activated, will be put on the air this fall by the Frontenac Radio Club.  They are both located in the Rideau River.  More details on them closer to the date.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

VE1 Update

Thanks to Len, VE9MY, for the huge pile of historical information on the VE1 island activations going back to 1993 and up to 2006.

If anyone can fill in the final missing bits it would be appreciated as there are about 10 activations we have no information on.

All of this information was missing and it's great to finally be able to fill in some of the holes in our information.

Thanks again Len !!




Monday, 15 April 2019

It's Springtime !!

The ice on the lakes is disappearing, and the snow is finally melting away.  Temperatures are actually up into double digits these days as well.

All that information put together tells us it's time to start planning this year's island activations.  This aspect of our hobby has been very quiet for the last few years, with mainly a core group in Ontario and Quebec keeping it going.  Luckily for us, our US counterpart, The US Islands Award is alive and well and provides us with many of our chasers.

Hams in Ottawa have already been inquiring about one of their planned activations.  Unfortunately, the island they were looking at activating didn't meet the requirement for what an island is, but they're still looking at other sites.

I think this year, given the price of gas, a lot of activations will be close to home.  Start your planning, and get out and activate a couple of local islands this year.

We do have frequencies (+/-) that we hang around on, and in case you don't know them, here they are:

SSB -

7.250
14.250 to 14.260
21.350
28.450
50.125
144.200

CW -

7.030
14.040
21.040
28.040
50.070
144.100

Send us your plans so we can get the word out to the island activating community - on both sides of the border.

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, VE3ISE, 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.