The local airwaves were mentioning that the special event station VE4LRFG would be working 3.885MHz with Amplitude Modulation — from a “19 set” to commemorate the two world wars. This special event station would be operating from the grounds of the National History Site of Lower Fort Garry .
There was a lot of local hams in the Winnipeg area who were chompin’ at the bit to get a contact with this station — only a few were able to make it in from what I heard. So, my XYL and I ventured “up” north to the “lower” fort garry history site — given we have a Parks Canada “Discovery” pass we picked up earlier in the year, we were able to save the entry fee (also to the Cabot Trail earlier in the month!) It was quite the hot day and turned out to be quite muggy.
We did see one station setup in a vintage jeep at the entrance to the site – stopped to say hi and we ventured in. Strolling down the path a ways, we arrived at the stone fort — impressive structure being built back then — and in the middle of the ‘big house’ was Joe VE4XI working the 19 set and talking to visitors explaining the setup and reason for the special event. I came across some other hams visiting in the area and I spent some time talking to Joe for a bit and listening to him talk to visitors. He was there for some time, so when it was quieter, he asked if I’d look after the station while he goes for a break — sure!
So, I turned up the RF gain and made some calls — I understand this was only about 10 watts output and it was only to a 30′ length of wire about 25′ in the area — but a voice came back, VE4UR, Bob responded. Wow I thought, pretty good — should have been good as he was working the site mobile from the parking lot!
Anyways, it was great to operate a vintage set – I understand it is owned by VE4AY. So, thanks guys for putting on the display and allowing me to operate the rig!
I wasn’t able to get a contact via RF, but I did get an eye-ball contact!
The annual gathering of remote setup and operation on emergency power occurred again. I was assisting with the setup of the computers/networking.
Colin VE4CST graciously provided 3 systems to use as logging computers during the event. I scrounged up monitors, keyboards, mice and cords etc and we had enough to successfully use.
Rob VE4GV and Cary VE4EA came over to my QTH with Rob’s radio and I picked up Derek VE4HAY’s radio. This gave us some time to ensure the radios were talking properly to the computers. It was great to work with the guys and with some remote support from Gerry W1VE, we were able to link up what we had. After a long(ish) session, we called it a night and were ready for the following Saturday.
Early morning on Saturday I packed up all the gear:
After setting up all the computer systems, William VE4VR provided the networking setup and it all worked just great. We even had a connection via our HSMM 2.3GHz radio link to the internet for general use.
Also had to put up the signage on the front-lawn of CMU:
That’s about the extent of my helping with the event – spent most of the time at the event and only ran some HF a small amount … hopefully we did well.
Tuesday June 9th – our little radio group had a special visitor come all the way up from the states to give us a presentation on his involvement in the K1N Navassa DX-pedition.
We were also joined by friends from Alberta and the northern states by other interested DXers. A hearty buffet was available – and most strapped on the feed-bag prior to the presentation.
Glenn gave us a very interesting presentation on the scope and size of the effort needed to co-ordinate/plan/execute such an endeavor. I took in the presentation — and the subsequent following presentation.
Excellent presentations and content and our group was well represented.
A small fundraiser was provided by a couple of donations – and a key donation from Glen on a ‘rock’ of petrified bird droppings with K1N etched in it fetched a hearty amount to help the group.
Thanks to those who organized and supported the meeting – was great to hear.
Thanks for all the co-ordination guys — I was glad to attend.