A bit of an update

A couple of posts back I mentioned a “Brutal Winter”….  I was in error…..  Its been a really lousy “Goshdarn Brutal Winter…” so far…

At this time I am wondering if my original timetable of getting the rig out of the storage and on the road by the 1st of April is actually realistic.  So far we have had 245 cms of snow fall (which is nothing if you are from the Maritimes VE1, VE9 VY2 or VO1) but its been a few years since I have seen that much snow and I have a feeling its not over yet…

On the RV Side of things… The hunt for a suitable Tow Vehicle for the trailer and a suitable radio platform continues…  I think I found one and hopefully I can get it out a different snow bank and take it for a test ride shortly…  It just seems every time the current owner and I have common free time…  It snows again…  I want dry pavement for the test drive so… we wait…

On the radio side of things…  I managed to make my first DX also my first HF Contact of 2017 this morning.  CT9/DF6QV (Franz from Germany vacationing on Maderia Island) managed to hear my 5w QRP SSB signal on 17m.

I was using my FT 817 in the shack and the 55 foot long wire in the back yard.  I plan to get the Flex 1500 back up and running soon….  One of these days really….

Back to RVs again for a quick one…  You might remember me shilling the idea of urban camping for those who can’t find (or don’t want to find) a motel room when they come to visit Ottawa for the Canada Day week festivities…

To refresh your memories…

For more info on the Urban Camping …

Please visit the City of Ottawa Website ( http://ottawa.ca/en/residents/recreation-and-parks/events-and-specials#urban- camping-2017 ) 

I was talking to my local City Councilor who is also on the committee that is running the urban camping issue and asked him if they had thought about dumping the Black and the Grey tanks of the campers…

After a quick explanation of how they worked…. They are now looking into it…  Good to know… that if you have to go…. we should have a way to get rid of it…

One final Radio comment….  After checking the ARRL Website for their contest results it seems that I managed a respectable score in the 2016 IARU contest.  

Operating in the QRP Mixed Catagory my score was good enough to get 1st place in Canada and 3rd place in North America.  

As I have mentioned in the past…  If you don’t enter you can’t compete…  Submitting my score with no expectations suddenly gave me the highest placing I have achieved ever in a contest..

Thats about all I have for now… More once I get a tow vehicle and then we can talk about how to set it up to tow the trailer and hold all the radio gear…

Bob

PS… sorry about the look of this post…  still having trouble importing stock photos into the blog…

 

 

 

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