I normally try and let you know whats I’m up to on the weekend especially if Amateur Radio is in the works so here we go for this (Long Weekend in ONTARIO) weekend.
Toby and myself are planning a trip to Cornwall early Saturday morning. We will be returning Sunday afternoon. We probally will not be too active on the trip up as he insists on hitting the VFO knob with his paws when he stretches in the front seat.
Will be active (from the trailer) on HF when we get there (FT857 and my 10-80 windom), I also will be testing out the new interface for AGWPE and plan to be active with a 5w signal on APRS (so look for VA3QV-5). I should be able to get into the Cornwall Digi with 5w but not sure where the signal will bounce to from there…
I also intend to test out WINPACK on packet radio assuming I can find any node/digi out there. I will leave the rig on 145.010 then switch to 145.030 and then switch to 145.050 just listening and see if there are any nodes or bbs out there. Google searches don’t show much packet activity so its almost uncharted area. As previously mentioned in the “Greater Ottawa” area we have VE2UQH in Gatineau which is an AMPR.ORG site. Hopefully there is another site in the Cornwall area on either side of the border…
There seems not to be too much locally on the Balloon scene but there is a launch scheduled for Sunday from a location in Tennessee. Check out their website for more info.
There are also some launches for the next week in Kansas City so check out their webisite for more details.
As it stands right now there are no scheduled Canadian Launches but I have heard of plans of an upcoming launch in November. This could be a joint effort with the LANARK GROUP IN PERTH and the West Carleton Amateur Radio Club. The WCCARC website makes mentions of some basic plans but nothing confirmed on the LASA site.
Anyways getting back to my plans for a minute. As always my travel plans are dependant on the WX. I enjoy getting out of the City even if its for an overnight trip. My dog “Toby” loves the freedom he has at the trailer…but neither of us really want to be stuck in a travel trailer in a thunderstorm. The trailer is large enough but…
The best way to see where we are this weekend would be to look at aprs.fi and find out where VA3QV or VA3QV-5 is located.
If we are in Cornwall I welcome any attempts for HF skeds. Best place to find me is 14.140usb during the afternoons, 3.742 around 1900 eastern and 3,730 after 2100 eastern.
If the hf bands are lousy then i usually monitor repeater VE2CRA in Chelsea Quebec which is accessable from Cornwall. This repeater has AN EXCELLENT WIDE COVERAGE AREA and also has an IRLP node (NODE 2040) working. If your bored this Saturday or Sunday try calling on either HF or VHF and see how bored I am at the trailer.
Final plans (or at least a better guess) should be posted here late Friday evening as I get everything ready for loading up on Saturday morning….
CU Later and thanks for visiting