Posts Tagged ‘Amateur Radio Activity’

Canadian Ski Marathon 2016

January 12, 2016

Its that time of the year again….  Break out the extra batteries along with the long johns…

The following came to my email inbox this am.  If you are in the area (Montreal to Ottawa) and can assist I am sure that the comms group would be pleased to hear from you.



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Hi there,

CSM 2016 will be run on the weekend of *February 20-21, 2016*.

*Note the change of dates from past years*.

CSM 2016 is the 50th year for the event.
This year will be the 43th year we have been providing communication
support for the event.

More skiers are participating meaning there is greater need for volunteers.

We would appreciate you updating your volunteer record indicating your
availability this year.

The volunteer list page is found at

The radio website can be found at

The course will run from Buckingham to Montebello on Saturday and then from
Montebello to Lachute on Sunday.

Redeployment during the weekend is a possibility so those who are prepared
to be redeployed during weekend let me know.

This could mean going mobile or going to another fixed location.
The heads up is so that you can prepare for such a possibility.

Assignments and additional information will become available as we get
closer to the CSM weekend in February.

If you are not available, we can always use spare equipment so perhaps you
would consider loaning a radio or antenna to someone who needs it.

If you have any questions, contact Harold at va3unk AT

Bye for now,

Harold, VE3UNK

Radio 1, Communications Coordinator, CSM



Its long hours…. lousy pay… food is good… and the experience fantastic….  But providing EMERGENCY, Operational and Logistical communications in an area that has poor cell service and next to non existant private commercial radio service is one of the best ways of proving the worth of (our hobby) Amateur Radio to the general public.  I honestly believe that without Amateur Radio support this event would not be able to happen…


Looking at being “Radio Active”

September 25, 2009

I just got home after a 5km (3 mile) walk in my neighborhood.  Nothing special about that… My doctor wishes I would do it every day and although I try to …. I think you know the rest…

Today however my handheld got a work out as well…  I tend to take it with me every day and I always announce my presence on the local repeater but today there were others around.

The walk went much quicker with 3 long QSOs as I walked.  The rubber ducky got my signal into the repeater with little problems (just a bit of white noise at times) and everyone could hear my voice over the huffing and puffing as I walked…

Once I got home and put the handheld back on charge I realized that in that walk I probally did more talking (on that walk) than I usually do in a couple of days.  I suddenly realize that outside of the 30-45 min a day I spend on 80m with the Ontario Phone Net (3.742 @ 1900 eastern) most of my other time is spent in the shack listening with the radio in the background while I do “Computer Stuff”…

The last time I spent anytime yelling “CQ” was when I was operating from the grounds of the local lighthouse (museum lighthouse) for the Lighthouse/Lightships events back in August.  I have tried with average results to work a few DXPeditons that were out there but no real long periods of “Mike Time”….  Losts of listening and very little talking….  It seems that my hobby is keeping me from my hobby and that is not a good thing…  Less computer (my 3 blogs excepted) and more “Mike Time”…

Now that we are getting into October lets see if I can change that for the next couple of months…