Friday, 31 July 2015

2015 W/VE QSO Party

Our first activation notice has arrived for the W/VEIsland QSO Party on the weekend of August 29th and 30th.  

Saturday the 29th will see John VE3SIE, and Doug VE3GJ, activating Forans island ON-293, and Haywood island ON-292. (Please note: from Haywood Island the operator can see Port Dalhousie Light CAN-541), and Henley Island ON-007 starting at 1400 UTC.

Sunday the 30th will see them activate Tinturn Island ON-254, The Island ON-110 and Merrit Island ON-109.  These last two islands are located within the Welland Canal,   Starting around 1400Z

Frequencies will be the usual 20M 14250, 40M 7250,  all frequencies are +/- QRM and Weather Permitting.

Please QSL to the home calls, all details on QRZ.

Start making your plans for the event.  We need MORE Canadian stations taking part, and don't forget to submit your logbook.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Pelee Island - ON-002

Dan, VA3MA, and John, VE3JQX, will be activating Pelee Island, ON-002 this coming Saturday, July 25th from approximately 1300 to 1900 EDT.
Dan and John will be on the usual 20m and 40m island calling frequencies, which may be busy as this weekend is also the RSGB IOTA Contest.
They might also have time to activate, and get on the air, the islands lighthouse during this activation.
There will be a special certificate or QSL card available for all QSO's. Contact details via QRZ.

Sunday, 12 July 2015

2015 W / VE Island QSO Party

Coming up in late August is this years Island QSO Party....we hope you're getting ready!!  Over the past few years participation from Canadian stations has been very low, we hope that we can change that fact.

This year the date has been moved up to allow us to have some decent weather to operate as last year we all froze!  The date this year is August 29th 1200 UTC to August 30th 0300 UTC.   Mark your calendars now and pick an island.......there's thousands to chose from.

The results from last year can be found HERE.   You will note that only three (3) Canadian stations bothered to even submit a log.

You don't have to be on a coast to take part in this event, all provinces and territories have islands, check out the list on the right side of this page.

This page will be updated when the rules are issued for this year.

Start getting ready !!

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Marathon Activation on July 11th !!

Bates Island, Ottawa.
The following email was received from Gilles, VE2MAM........

I will be activating four or five islands Saturday the 11th of July.

The order will be the following:

Victoria isl. ON-123    Green isl. ON-122   Porter ON-121 and North Petri ON-119.

Bates isl. ON-283 will be activated the last if all goes well with the others.  Since I go on Bate isl. a few time each week it will be easy to make a sked if I skip Bate because of time constraint.

I will be on Victoria isl. at 9 AM (1300Z) and transmit on 7.250 (plus or minus) until there is no more takers. Then to 14.250 (plus or minus) again until no more takers. I will then move on to the next island.

It will be the same for every islands, 40M then 20M. The exchange will probably be contest style.

Victoria, Green and Porter are close to each other so it won't be too long between each of them.  North Petri is a bit farther, maximum one hour to get there.

One QSL card from you will be OK to confirm one or all the islands. I will send back one card that will confirm one or all the islands. QSL info is on

The order of the run could change or be cancel because of weather or for reasons that are unknown at this time.

It should be a lot of fun !!!   Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.