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!
‘Till we meet again …
73, Dan ve4drk