(this is one of my longer posts but it was a busy day…bob)
This post has been updated with pictures used with permission from VE3MPG whose camera works…
Good Sunday morning….
I shouda done this last night but to be honest I was just plain beat and did not have the energy….
Heres how the day went…
I got up (at my age thats always a good start) and headed out via OC TRANSPO (I normally call it the Red and White Rocket) and I headed downtown to the Ottawa University Campus Station.
I then headed across the Rideau Canal on the foot bridge and headed over to St Lukes Park for the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club’s Portable Station Demonstration Event.
I met up with the group at the Elgin Street Diner for a hearty breakfast and then we all headed across the street to the park and set up our stations and started QRM’ing ourselves.
Operators included VE3FFK operating QRP with his Elecraft K1, VA3AE operating QRP with his Elcraft KX1, VA3QV (atsa me) operating QRP with my FT817, VE3KL operating QRO with his FT 857 and VA3QN operating QRO with his FT857. There were two Buddistick style antennas, A long wire using the chain link fence as a counterpoise and various wire antennas and one homebrewed 20m rotatable dipole….. There were also lots of visitors both from the general public and the local Amateur Community.
Modes of operations included CW, SSB and PSK31 and everyone seemed to be making some contacts. In an attempt to get away from some of the QRM I stuck to 80m voice and made a couple of contacts with the controllers of the ONTARS Net on 3.755.
The group was scheduled to operate from 1000-1200 EDST and in my case I decided to pack up just after 1100 so I could spend some time socializing with the group. I re packed all the gear and then wandered around and was a social animal for a while compared to what they usually call me (unsociable ba$tard…) A lot of the people I only seem to see at Field Day so it was a great social event as well as a fun operating event.
I was having camera troubles (again) with this event. I gotta buy a new camera and remembering that when the camera does not work my phone also has a camera would not be a bad thing either.
So if you check the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club Website in a day or so I’m sure there will be some pictures posted there as there were lots of cameras (that seemed to work )in attendance…
If you click on their logo you will be taken to their website.
Just after noon Jose VA3PCJ arrived at the park and the 2nd event of the day was about to start… Chilicon…. In Kemptville
Every year the Ottawa Valley QRP Society picks the last Provincal Park Camping weekend of the year and heads out (Weather and Wives permitting) to a local (to Ottawa) Provincal Park and sets up for a weekend of Radio and home made Chili…
This years event was held at the Rideau River Provincal Park which is located on the Rideau River Just north of Kemptville Ontario or just south of Ottawa.
The Park is the “B” on the above map.
We arrived at the campgrounds and found VE3SIE, VE3WMB, VE3XJ and VE3CLQ taking up 4 campsites and all with stations set up. I noticed some really interesting set ups and got some new ideas for operating in the field…
VE3WMB Micheal was operating with a FT817, Manual Tuner and a W3EDP antenna, VA3SIE was using his KX1 along with an 88 foot doublet, VE3CLQ was using his FT857 along with a 2om Buddistick vertical (without the coil) and VE3XJ was using …. Actually I’m not sure what he was using but there sure was alot of gear sitting around….
When we got there I set up my FT817 on a picnic table on the beach, found a couple of trees that were cooperating and hooked up my 88 foot doublet and home brewed 4:1 balun.
This might be a good time to mention that you have not heard me mention my twin lead W3EDP antenna in this posting. Well last week when I threw out my back I decided (actually could not move around enough to un hook it from Doug’s place) to leave it up at Dougs so he can use it if he wants and the next time I get up there it will be already installed which makes it easier. So until I have the time and scrounge up the parts if I need wire antennas when I am heading out it will either be the 88 foot doublet or the Windom antenna.
As none of the others were working on 80m I decided to run on 80 (to ease on QRM) and I made a couple of SSB contacts with the ONTARS Net. Ken VE3YK in the Muskokas and Vince VA3DV on Welland Ontario.
Once again not to shabby for 80m daytime conditions with a QRP rig.
The skys started to get darker and the wind was picking up and being the WIMP that I am, the decision was made to tear down and be sociable before the storm (that never came) hit…
After packing the gear back in Jose’s Jeep I sat down and started chatting with the guys. In addition to it being a radio event, social event it was also a bloggers event as I think it was most likely the largest amateur radio event with the highest percentage of ham bloggers in attendance.
The list while I was there:
VA3SIE was camping and has a blog
VE3CLQ was camping and has a blog
VE3XJ was camping
VE3WMB was camping and is the webmaster for the OVQ
VE3MPG was a visitor and has a blog (Bob forgot to take a pic of himself
VA3QV was a visitor and this is my blog.
VA3PCJ was a visitor
There were rumors of several more bodies dropping for a visit on Saturday evening and Sunday morning but as I was not there…. I can’t comment!!!
By the way as my camera was FUBAR for this event check out Bob’s Blog (the other Bob) for some great pictures of how things were.
There were plans afoot for us to stick around for supper as VE3XJ Jim is known for making a chili that is out of this world… But with many good things they must come to an end and with the arrival of a text message from home on my cell phone was an indication that it was time and Jose and myself had to head back to Ottawa. Although I don’t feel that my tired old legs would of let me get up if I was to stay there for the weekend in a tent it did look like fun and I am envious. The spirit is willing, but between a bad back and arthritis in the legs/knees/ankles…. The flesh is weak..
It was a day however and lets see how today looks…