Thanks for visiting, this post is for another trip to Silent Lake. This trip was especially nice for a few reasons. My work takes me away from home on occasion, and I had just returned from Stockholm. Roxanne and I love time we spend together and this was a nice way to slow down a bit and enjoy each others company. On the other hand, the real reason, (but don't tell her!) is that I get to play radio once again.
Silent Lake is a provincial park in the central south Ontario.
This park has a number of Yurts for daily rental, more information on these can be read at http://www.ontarioparks.com/english/silentyurt.html . The more notable items that are provided by the park at each Yurt are;
- Two sets of bunks beds, sleeping 6 or more (depends on how cozy you want to be!)
- Heating is by wood burning stove, with a endless supply of wood that splits very easily
- Propane barbecue, this is truly nice.
At the site we were welcomed the next morning by a doe and her two yearlings. The park ranger had told us that there was a threesome that was wandering the park, but for the past few days, they had not seen them all together. It was nice to see that nothing had happened to them.
On the radio front, the important bits of the setup was the usual stuff.
- Icom 7000 transciever (100W)
- Icom AH-4 antenna tuner
- DX Engererring 80m doublet
- Battery Booster
- 4 50AH AGM batteries
|IC-7000 100W Transceiver|
|Icom AH-4 Tuner|
|80m Doublet (feed line at least)|
|The Silent Lake HF Station|
The best contact of the trip, was to Frank Schoombie's South African station ZR6RC. This was done on 15m, at mid day, in BPSK-31 mode. He answered my call and I almost fell off my chair. I would imagine this QSO hit the water a few times making its way nearly half way around the world. Thanks Frank for being there.
Now, the next new thing for me was to notice that ONTARS needed a controller Tuesday afternoon in the 2PM slot. With some reservation, I threw my call in the hat and away I went. You can see may name there at 2PM, as soon as Barry ISX updated the ONTARS website I knew there was no turning back!
Well, the hour went very fast and I was pleased it went well. I did not run out of power, I did not make to many mistakes, and most of all it was a blast. I enjoyed answering the many questions that helped folks understand where I was and the station setup.
I know there was one check in I missed to log at the start and for this I am truly sorry. Thanks to all who checked in with me.
- VE3CAK John
- VE3ISX Barry
- VA3ZW James
- VE3FAS Philip
- VE3NJV Nick
- VE3ODT Don
- VE3GGP Harry
- VE3ZP Pat
- VE3XDJ Rich
- VA3HRH Handiradioham Amateur Radio Club of Canada
- VE3BWQ Allan
- VE3UFO John
- VE3MDL Marcus
I guess I better press the "Publish" button on this post. I look forward to the next DX expedition in the heart of Ontario or other place, and look forward to seeing everyone again.
Below is a post of a previous winter DX expedition is at the link below.