When we last left you Erika and I had arrived at Riverside-Cedar Campground which is just east of Morrisburg Ontario on Hwy 2
We arrived on Friday afternoon and set up our campsite… After we got set up I asked Erika to take the truck over to the washrooms and fill up a couple of water jugs. Not one of my smarter moves as there seemed to be a picnic table in front of the truck that somehow was not in her line of sight…
and my truck said “OUCH”
But at the end of the day…. she was fine… the damage to the grill was easily repaired… Gorilla Tape and Duct Tape can fix anything and the Park employees did not seemed overly concerned once they realized it was one of the old tables...
So as no one was upset… (outside of Erika) the “no harm—–no foul ” rule was envoked and life quickly got back to normal
At the end of the day if that is the worst thing that happens to my daughter when she is driving I will be a happy man… She now knows to look in front of her vehicle before she moves it from a parking spot and this is a lesson well learned… Also why I let her learn to drive using an old Pick up truck…. in 99% of the time she would win no matter who made the mistake… no harm… no foul…. and everyone went home at the end of the day…
Works for me….
On the radio side of things…. Everyone who know me well knows that I feel the most important use of Amateur Radio is the ability to talk to “HOME” and on Saturday this happened on two bands.
Saturday morning John VA3CAK was the net control of the ONTARS Net and his station was able to hear 5 watts and a wire from my Yaesu FT 817….
And the antenna I used was my homebrewed W3EDP
Later in the day I was able to contact Bill VE3FI via the Landsowne Repeater…. As Bill and John are both in Kingston I was able to call home… making the Hamradio part of the camping trip a success.
We had a great evening and all was forgiven (forgotten)
The weather was not the best but we managed to stay warm and dry in the trailer. Blew the data budget all to hell when we streamed a couple of movies but it was all good fun. OTA Tv was kind of a bust but we were able to get 4 different PBS Stations but unfortunately none of the major networks…
I also made quite a few contacts on the C4FM mode using the VE3ORF Linked repeater systems which was something new for me and very interesting. Nothing there is like rare dx as in effect its like Skype on a radio but it was nice making some longer distance contacts that was armchair copy rather than trying to pick out the occasional words on HF.
This Fusion stuff with all the bells and whistles including these new fangled hotspots are starting to have a life all on their own. That weekend was my first encounter with the e Wires X linking and I was impressed. I think its safe to say that there will be more linking in my near future.
In addition to the Fusion stuff there were lots of FM repeaters around to play on but unfortunately there was a lot of dead air after the repeaters CW id finished. We have the toys but people need to play with them….I also managed to check into the 3.730 net on HF SSB but it was hard work with the QRP Rig.
This seems a good spot to stop for the nite…. Next time Sunday, Monday and Tuesday