Now this might take a bit of explaining so lets just go with this one… :
I consider an Urban DXPedition to be an Amateur Radio activity that can be done close to where you live. This could be a SOTA, Lighthouse, an Island Activation or a VHF Gridsquare activation…. or anything else that interests Amateur Radio Operators (you understand what I mean…) but I will add the stipulation that its also close to where you live and so its easy for you to get there and on the air…
Using myself as the example:
As you know I live in Ottawa and in close proximity to my home QTH I have
4 Ontario Islands (Maple, Bate, Rideau and Green)
The above locations are easily acessable via Public Transit (City Bus) or Bike paths… A couple of them (the Lighthouse and Rideau Island) are within walking distance of my house. Bate Island is a little further west but is also accessable via OC Transpo and about a 10 minute walk after I get off the bus.
Now I’m willing to bet that there are sites in your local area that are begging to be activated if you take the time to find them…. Google Maps can be your friend… Take a close look at the “Earth View” and see what you can come up with…
In the meantime before the cold sets in and I hibernate in the shack for the rest of the winter I do plan to activate the islands I have mentioned above… It will be a QRP Operation… FT 817 and my Par End Fed QRP antenna …. All will start on 40m SSB and then move up to 20m SSB as the day progresses…. As 80m (daytime) ssb is not the best choice for a QRP Operation best I can offer you will be 20 and 40m….
However the best way to find out where I am and what frequency I will be on is easier to predict. As all these locations are local to me I can easily update my status via Twitter and let you know what time and what island and what frequency I am currently operating from….
I have an excellent data plan for my Tablet so…. why not?
If you click on the Twitter Icon (on your left) you will be able to access my “Tweets” from my Twitter Home Page… also if you are reading this right now…. look on the right side of the page and you will see the “Bob said on twitter” column (top right) and that will let you know where I am and what I am up to…
If you follow me on Twitter please RETWEET any of my Island/Lighthouse self spotting.
I will also be sending activation alerts to the Canadian Island Activators Website so please take a look at their site as well!!!
These Mini DXPeditions will be spur of the moment stuff…. Mention it in the morning….
Pack the gear in my old red backpack…. double check the propagation from home and then walk over to the bus stop…. Less than 90 minutes later I should be flooding the airwaves with CQs….
I have enough battery power to last the day…. and as I can operate for a couple of hours then switch islands or just take a break for a coffee as in Canada (especially in Ottawa) we seem to have a Tim Hortons on every corner…
I spend so much time there I even have my own coffee cup…
If you happen to work me….PLEASE spot me on the cluster…. EQSL and LoTW will be updated daily... NO BUREAU please….
If you need a paper QSL for some sort of Island Award then email me and I get something out to you via the post..
So thats my outdoor radio plans till the snow falls…. Hope to get you in the log…