A reminder about Canada Day in Ottawa

I had talked about this in an earlier post but seeing that its about 60 days away I thought I would remind you again…

If you plan of being in Ottawa for the Canada Day Festivities (and its always a great party) why not camp out close to where the action will be?


Are you planning to visit Ottawa for the Canada Day week event this year???

Canada Day in 2017 will be a blast as its also the 150th birthday for Canada.

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With the supply of Hotel/Motel rooms starting to dwindle for Canada Day,  the City of Ottawa will be offering RV and Tent Camping (for a price) at some City Arenas and other locations across the City.  

These would be unserviced sites but the Arenas and Community Centers do have washrooms and showers which should (might) be available.  Depending on location available you could be within cycling distance or walking distance of Parliament Hill and Ottawa does have a very good Transit (bus) system.  

Don’t even think of trying to park in downtown Ottawa for Canada Day….  The parking tickets are large and the impound fees even larger…

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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 ) 

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For more on the Canada 150 Celebrations please visit the Canadian Gov Website ( https://www.canada.ca/en.html )


Although Liz and I won’t be in Ottawa for the festivities…  the party won’t even miss us…  However if you are in PEI during that same time frame and see our rig… drop in and say HI….  The coffee is always on…

Enjoy your summer…

Bob

As Promised

Liz and I have been busy making the trailer “ours”….


Things are coming along nicely…


More as we get closer to the start of our “Excellent Adventures”…

Bob

The Truck is now “Radio Active”

I had hoped to share a few pics of the truck pulling the camper with you but plans often change…

I can report that the lights and electric brakes are fully functional and that the truck does not ” squat ” when the trailer is hitched up.  I still have to check and de-winterize the plumbing and checking the propane (stove/fridge/heater/hot water tank) would of happened already “if” I had thought to get the tanks filled…

On the radio side of things…

 

I did manage to get my “old faithful” Yaesu FT 2400 2m FM mobile rig up and running…

 

This along  with a 2m 5/8w Antenna cowl mounted on the front left seems to be finding all the local repeaters and getting some great signal reports as well.  I do plan to upgrade the radio but not quite yet…  I might find something shiny to catch my eye at one of the local hamfests in the near future…

More updates on the campers status along with some towing pics (maybe even a video) coming soon.. 😎

Bob 

Finally

It’s been a while but our (Liz and myself) “Tow Vehicle” is finally in our possession and on the road.  Got to do some small things to it to make it comfy but I hope to be hauling our trailer out of storage in a couple of weeks…

2007 Dodge Ram 1500 with the 4.7 V8

More than enough truck to make our dreams a reality….

For the Hams out there…. Will be operating VHF/UHF FM from the truck along with APRS (VA3QV -9) and will have HF in the trailer only.


Until the Canadian dollar gets a bit stronger and we find some affordable health insurance most trips will occurring in Canada but we might head south for a weekend visiting a border state…

Next post should show the truck towing the trailer…

CU later

Bob

March and still stuck in the snow

We have had some warm days but there are many more needed before the camper is out and free to tow.  The ice and snow have melted off the roof and a quick visual inspection looks good…  The roof survived the winter…  I am still hoping to have it out  of the storage yard by the 1st week in April…

The quest for a suitable tow vehicle is ongoing.  I was looking at a 2008 Ford F-150 2wd but it has a few (too many) gremlins in the ignition system and my search continues…

If you remember my last couple of postings about camping in Ottawa for the Canada Day  week festivities…  They are now accepting reservations ….  If you snooze…. you lose…

On the radio side…. it’s still very slow.  so much on the go that I have problems even getting into the shack let alone finding time for radio.  I have seen a “warning” that our local ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service ) Group will be participating in an Exercise with the City of Ottawa OEM (Office of Emergency Management) early in May.

Guess it’s time to double check the batteries in the VHF/UHF gear and make sure that all the required freqs are programmed in.

thats all I have for now…

73bob

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…

 

 

 

Wide Coverage VHF (2m) Ottawa Area repeaters

If you read my previous post then you might remember that the City of Ottawa is offering limited urban camping at selected arenas and community centres for the week long Canada Day celebrations.

If you are driving in to Ottawa with your RV,  these frequencies (For the ham radio types) might be helpful.  The greater Ottawa area has many repeaters but here are some of the more stable wide coverage ones.

The repeater guides show many more repeaters for Ottawa…  but as of the time of posting this…. the  short list gives you a choice of several FM repeaters that you usually find someone monitoring.


(Above pic is my dual band handheld)

146.850  – offset   CTCSS.  136.5.   VE3ORF  owned/operated by the 3730 Group

146.880  – offset.  CTCSS   136.5    VE3OCE owned by the City of Ottawa OEM and operated by the Ottawa ARES/EMRG

146.940  – offset   CTCSS.  100.0   VE2CRA owned/operated by the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club

147.150   + offset   CTCSS   100.0   VE3MPC owned / operated by the Canadian Police College ARC

147.300  + offset   CTCSS   100.0   VE3TWO owned / operated by the Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club

If you are planning to visit Ottawa during the Canada Day 150 don’t forget to program your 2m rigs…

73bob
PS… this post was created in my IPad using the WordPress app.  It’s easier on the computer but it can be done.