In the “Spirit” of Field Day…

Thursday (last night) being the third Thursday of the month had me heading over to the Musesum of Science and Technology (go to aprs.fi and search for VE3JW) and seeing that the weather was so nice I decided to take some toys over and play radio for a couple of hours before the meeting started at 1930 hrs…

Jose VA3PCJ decided to join me and so we were running a 2A station (combined QRP/QRP on battery) and we had a blast….

I was using my FT 817 along with a Quad Band Vertical (10-15-20 & 80m) with an adjustable 66 foot countepoise wire that spools out as much as needed depending on the band.  This setup is approx 4.5 feet long in its travelling size (including Tripod) and works quite well if you have a picnic table to play at…

Jose was using his IC 706 with a new 29 foot vertical with a 29 foot counterpoise that he usually uses on his sailboat along with a 9:1 unbalun.  This with the power dialed back to save on the battery worked quite well with contacts made on 6m (no tuner needed) and40m as well.

My 817 managed contacts on 10m, 20m and 80m (where I checked into the 2rn Traffic Net)…

The temps were warm but not hot and the breeze kept the bugs away…  We operated from about 1715 to 1910 and then tore down quickly to attend the club meeting which was at 1930.

This was a bit of a different meeting with it being mostly a tribute to VE3WEH <SK> Larry who (see earlier blog post) had passed away 3 weeks earlier.  We were all pleased to find out that the VE3WEH callsign will still be heard on the air in Ottawa as Larry’s daughter Cindy VE3EQU has assumed her fathers call and will keep the memory alive…

After the meeting a bunch of us got together and brainstormed a bit about “Field Day”.   Unfortunately with the Field Day Coordinator deciding to resign his position and the usual lack of bodies willing to step up (I’m guilty as well) it will be done in true field day style this year…  Flying by the seat of our pants so to speak… 

Saturday morning radios, operators, antennas and hopefully a couple of generators will magically appear all at the same location (by the lighthouse at the museum) and a few hours later VE3RAM (OVMRC Club Call) will be on the air… 

As you zoom in on the picture you will notice the Lighthouse at the corner of Lancaster and Gladwin…

No committees, no co-ordinator…no real plan… just a bunch of amateurs who are going to keep the dream alive and participate…  We have covered some aspects…. 

Ernie will look after 40m, Alan will look after 10-15-, Maurice Andre will look after 20m , I will look after the vhf bands along with 80m and 160m…  Some  new amateurs from the Carleton University ARC will be joining us as operators…

All in all it won’t be too bad… 

73bob

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