VICTOR ALPHA 3 REAL COLD SPOT
Operating report for the SPAR Winter Field Day Event Jan 30
Operating as: VA3RCS
Stations Operators: VA3SIE, VA3CKD and VA3QV
QRP/ MULTI OP/ OUTDOOR STATION/ NON COMMERCAL POWER
Temp at start of event was -20 deg C or -4 deg F
27 contacts with 7 multi for a total of 189 points
Qualified for all 3 1000 bonus points for a total of 3000 points
Final score would be 3189 points and we operated for under 5 hours.
When I arrived at Weston Park (City of Ottawa) Martin VA3SIE and Roy VA3CKD were already setting up.
Roy VA3CKD in the Park- Picture courtesy VA3SIE
Martin was using his KX1 along with two Verticals and Roy was using his FT 817 with a vertical for the higher bands.
VA3SIE in the field- Picture courtesy VA3SIE’s Camera
In addition Martin was using his VX8r for 2m voice and APRS (digital mode) contacts.
As usual I was using my FT 817 with a LDG QRP Autotuner along with my W3EDP antenna. The rig was powered by a 12AH SLA.
VA3QV operating VA3RCS -Picture Courtesy VA3SIE
The event was a blast and we even had 4 visitors to the site including:
Bob VE3MPG (who showed up and took some pictures)
VA3QV(left) and VE3MPG(right) “Bob talking to Bob“
Picture courtesy VA3SIE
Jose VA3PCJ ( it was great to see an old friend again)
VA3QV (sitting) and VA3PCJ- Picture courtesy VA3SIE
Jamie VA3JME (who is getting used to the cold in preparation for the Canadian Ski Marathon) and a friend of Jamie’s (whose name escapes me at this time ) who is thinking of getting his liscense.
Jamie’s friend (Left) and Jamie VA3JME
Picture courtesy VA3SIE
I can’t speak for the other operators but I had several comments about sanity and operating outdoors in the Canadian winter…
I was able to check into the 2nd region Traffic net (2RN 3.925 mhz at 1345 eastern )and represent the Ontario Section (Ontario Phone Net) but there was no traffic to be passed that day. The Net Participants from the New York and New Jersey Sections had no problem hearing my QRP Voice Signal although they were laffing at the phonetics I used for the callsign when I checked in.
Victor Alpha 3 Real Cold Spot seemed to bring a smile to their faces or a chuckle in their voices…
For those of you who were listening for me yesterday. The chattering you heard was not the relays in the tuner … It was my teeth as I talked…
If you head over to Martin’s Blog you can see some other pictures he took along with a few small videos that will be on his Youtube Site as well.
We did have fun and it was cold. There will be a few more pictures being posted in the near future when I can find a few more spare minutes. Thanks to SPAR for hosting the event and for those of you who visited us either in person or on the air…