Posts Tagged ‘CFS Foymount’

Weekend QSO Party activity

April 15, 2016

As it seems with every weekend there are some QSO Parties out there….  Give a listen on the weekend (April 16-17)for stations in the Ontario QSO Party and the Michigan QSO Party…

The rules for the Ontario QSO Party can be found here

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The rules for the Michigan QSO Party can be found here

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And one really nice thing about these two contests is that Ontario and Michigan are in effect neighbors.  Definitely in the same propagation pattern so if you work a W8 station in Michigan you should have no trouble working a VA3/VE3 in Ontario.

This gives you an excellent chance to work both contests at the same time.  In the past I have given out contacts in both and just copying the needed exchanges and then submit my logs to both groups.  Never a high score but it is fun to give out the contacts.

For those of you who participated in the recent North Carolina/South Carolina QSO Parties take note…..

that both the Ontario and Michigan are Phone and CW only.  No Digital Modes this weekend….

Hopefully that is something that will get changed at some time in the future….

This year I did have plans to operate seriously in the contests from a rare (for Ontario) location using my camper.  Well unfortunately with the last gasp of winter hitting us rather hard in March and the beginning of April the camper is not ready for the road yet. I could not get it out of the storage yard till the snow melted…


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The green tube you see attached to the ladder is a S9 43 foot vertical that works quite well as a quasi-portable antenna when parked…


As I type this I am waiting for a call from my mechanic telling me he has moved the camper inside to do some needed (before the summer big trip) repairs.  So needless to say a serious effort will not be made from home.  I will however give out some of the (not so) Rare Ottawa Multiplier to whoever I can get in the log on Saturday evening after supper….

It is a fun contest though….  The last time I participated on a more than casual level VA3PCJ Jose, VA2EPR Tom and myself did a QRP day DXPedition to Foymount Ontario (Renfrew County)  and operated from the top of the mountain where the old Cold War Radar Base was (CFS Foymount)  We drove up to the top of the mountain in the rain to find out at the top it was actually freezing rain and snow….


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For More info on CFS Foymount click on the Crest


Nothing build character more that trying to install antennas in the freezing rain and then trying to find a place out of the wind to operate from to stay out of the freezing rain…

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We managed to give out lots of contacts using our QRP Gear (VA2EPR- FT 817, VA3PCJ- IC 703, VA3QV- FT 817) and VA3PCJ actually came 1st in Renfrew County when the scores were all tallied…

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You can read about our efforts using this link

So if you need the OTT multi you should find me on 40m or 80m after supper on Saturday and I hope you have fun in the contests…

73bob

Looking for a great location for a repeater in the Ottawa Valley

September 24, 2015

If your Radio Club has deep pockets….  Take a look at this…

(Tnx to VA3PCJ for sending me the link)

The Canadian Broadcasting Company is  one decommissioning of their Broadcast sites. More than one actually but this site is in Foymount Ontario.  Operating from beside this tower site I have worked UHF Repeaters in Ottawa using a 5w handheld and a homebrewed 3 element hand held beam…This location is approximately 150 kms west of Ottawa

march2010_foymount5Foymount is the old Cold War Radar Base (Part of the Pinetree Line) and I have operated from there for a couple of VHF Contests and one time as a portable station in the Ontario QSO Party….  Not to menton several times of just having fun playing radio there

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Above pic taken in March 2010 shows me at the parking lot that separates the repeater sites…  The CBC tower would be off to the left and the Private Commercal tower would be off on the right.  The Amateur tower would be behind the photographer.  They are well spread out at the top

If you decide to buy it you will share the summit with a commercial radio tower and a much lower tower that supports an existing Amateur Radio Repeater.  Your repeater will be much higher than the existing amateur repeater.

If you could set up something up there …. talk about your wide coverage repeater….

Well its nice to dream…

73bob

 

 

Some interesting QRP Videos

April 18, 2012

The link to this site was sent to me by our good friend John HK3C who runs the CQ Canada site.  Every now and again John will throw a link out at me and this one is just a gem…

The link is here…

It makes for good reading and you might find something interesting or something to make you concider the world or QRP Portable…

On the topic of QRP Portable for a second though…  Checking the Weather Network Website gives me an idea that not only am I going to get wet this Saturday when a few of us operate from the summit of  Foymount for the Ontario QSO Party but we are also going to get cold as well.  With the high temp forcast at 7 deg but with the wind that is always up there along with the dampness it will be an “interesting day”. On the bright side at least we are not having any threats of sound and light…  It could be worse…

73bob

The return to Brewer Park

April 8, 2012

Just north of the Rideau River and just East of Bronson Avenue in Ottawa is a chunk of Greenspace called Brewer Park…


Back in the 1960’s it was a Public Swimming Area and unfortunately was closed when one level of goverment deemed the “Swimming Hole” to be an “Outdoor Swimming Pool” and therefore had to meet stronger regulations.  Its recreation value has not decreased over the years hosting an Hockey Arena, an Indoor Swimming Pool along with a few softball diamonds..

If you enlarge the picture you can actually see the “Swimming Hole” as I knew it…  They call it Brewer Park Pond…

This morning (Easter Sunday) VA3PCJ Jose and myself loaded up his jeep and arrived at the park and set up in the parking lot just north of the Pond and the beach house.  The radio of the day was his ICOM 706 and his SGC Smartuner.  The antenna was his S9 43 foot vertical antenna which attaches to his Jeep by means of his trailer hitch…

The primary purpose was to check into a local 80m ragchew net.  The net is sponsored by the Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club and is called the “Pothole Net”.  Anyone who has driven in Ottawa in the springtime knows all too well where the net name comes from.  The Pothole Net is called every Sunday morning at 1000hrs EST/EDST on a frequency of 3.760lsb ( + or – depending on QRM)

This mornings net was hosted by VE3EJJ Ernie and the participants included Ed VE3GX, Frank VE3YY, Glenn VE3XRA, Norm VE3LC, Bob VA3QV (thats me) and Jose VA3PCJ.  With the exception of Frank VE3YY who was camping at his trailer in Calabogie Ontario the rest of us were located within the confines of the City of Ottawa.  The Net ran from 10am to almost 11am and it was nice chatting with some old friends and also getting great signal reports from our Portable station in the park…

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After the net concluded we span the dial and started on 40m .  Jose checked in to the Trans Provincal Net on 7.055 and had a QSO with Nick VE3NJG in London Ontario.  After they were finished I picked up the mic and chatted with Nick for a few minutes.  As you might remember I got a great deal from Nick on my Yaesu FT450 last summer and as you know its still working great for me.  Nick was also our host on the Ontario Swap Shop which was held weekly on 7.055 on Sunday at noon and again on 3,755 at 8pm on Sunday Nites for so many years.  The Swapshop switched over to an internet only setup this year due to declining users caused mostly by poor band conditions..  Nick and his predecessor Nick (different Nick) provided a greatly needed service to Canadian Amateur Radio Operators for many, many years…

After that Jose spun the dial again and we heard great DX on 17m…   At this time let me refer you back to blog post of March 20th when I said…

I’ve been hearing Thailand booming in to North America for over a hour now…  Biggest Pile Up I think I have ever heard… The great thing is that I can say I’ve heard Thailand now…  The downside to this is that I can’t seem to break the pileups with 100w and the vertical.  I think the problem might be (its my excuse at least) is that he is aiming his beam north and coming in over the top….  I never thought of this when spreading out my radials and so I have very little aimed North and what I do is folded back in more than on occasion… ya I know its a lame excuse but its the best I can do for now…

Anyway its safe to say that HS0ZJU Marc is making many operators very happy today…  With any luck I might be one of them….  I’m gonna keep on trying…

Well today he was again making lots of people happy as he was working stations with his fantastic setup…  Back on March 20th I could not do it with 100w and my S9 Vertical from home and today Jose and myself could not make contact with his 100w and his S9 Vertical.  Although Marc had a fantastic signal we just could not break the excessive pile up…  But it was fun trying…  Jose did manage to make a few European contacts on 17 and 20m so the day was a success…  We tore down around noon and headed to our respective homes to enjoy Easter Sunday with family.  It was a great way to spend a morning however…

Later in the day I managed a 2m repeater contact with VA3SIE Martin while he was out on a bike ride and we decided to try and re schedule our Foymount trip that was cancelled in March for later this month.  We are hoping for April 21st which will coincide with the Saturday session of the Ontario QSO Party.  If we can coordinate everything in two weeks enough to satisify the 7 amateurs who have shown an interest in heading up then we should be putting on great multi op QRP Station from Renfrew County (FN15IK) for the Contest.  If not… a few of us might have fun anyways…

Hope you are having a great long weekend…

73bob

Foymount trip put on hold…

March 9, 2012

This weekend (tomorrow actually) was to be the time for our unofficial groups yearly gabfest at what used to be called CFS Foymount.

The “Original 6” left to right: VA3SIE, VE3ZZU, VA2BBW, VA3QV, VA3CMD and Larry VE3WEH <SK>

Due to a few of the “original 6” or “remaining 5” suddenly having unexpected family issues come into play it was decided to delay things for a month…  It is a bit dissapointing to have to break from tradition… but on the other side the Weather at the summit will be so much nicer and it will still be early for the skitters and blackflies to have a feast on us once the sun goes down…

I am still looking forward to the event and the way the weather is looking perhaps the parka will not be part of the radio operations then.  In 2010 (when this picture was taken)

the weather was not that bad and in 2011 it was a very warm day but it was a bit rough to walk around as there was much more snow on the ground…  Perhaps a later date in 2012 will give us the best of both worlds…

More on this topic later…

73bob

Its that time of the Year… Foymount road trip

February 21, 2012

Mark it on your callenders…  Input it in your smart phones…  Scribble it in your Day Planner and tie a string on your finger…

Every year (for the last 3 years now) a bunch of us from Ottawa heads up the Ottawa Valley to the now defunct CFS Foymount which used to be a cold war Radar Base.  The houses are still there but everything past the gate that used to say no trepassing has been bulldozed long ago.  Now there are only a couple of commercial communications towers at the top but its one heck of a place to play radio from.


If you enlarge the map we usually operate at the end of Lawrence road where it dead ends

The date for this years trip is Saturday March 10th…

So far we have VA2BBW, VA3SIE, VA3QV, VE3CMD as confirmed operators but no doubt there will be a few more as the regulars check their emails and for one year we actually had to coordinate frequency use we had so many rigs up there..  We actually go up to operate in the Polar Bear Club Midnight Madness Event.  The event is mostly CW and also is QRP.  As you know I’m not much of a CW op but I do bring a full QRP station and normally operate whereever anyone else is not interested in playing.  2m and 6m ssb is great from that high location so I can always find somewhere to toss out some RF.

Heres a write up from my March 2010 trip and heres some pictures and  some more background is here.

I have operated a couple of the VHF contests there as well and always have had a blast.  There will be more details including the rest of the operators as we get closer to the date but for now….

73bob


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