Sunday, 19 September 2010

OVQRP Weekend At Rideau River Provincial Park

It’s the weekend and not a drop of rain. The weather is cool at night, dropping to 6C last night at the campground on the Rideau River near Kemptville.

Members of the Ottawa Valley QRP Society (OV-QRP) group are still out there tonight working qrp and some really great DX. Bill VE3CLQ worked France and Zagreb Croatia with 20 watts and 10 watts with his Buddistick antenna and his Yaesu FT-857. Goes to show that even with low sunspot numbers you can still work some great DX with low power. Martin VA3SIE, Mike VE3WMB and Jim VE3XJ did kitchen duty.

Here are a few pictures of this weekend’s event on the Rideau >

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The group will operate through part of Sunday and it was a good effort and not at all a contest type operation. 


K4UPG said...

Great to see the campsite. I got to connect with Martin and it's FB to see you all. Looks like a great time and would love to be able to join you one of these days. Thanks for the good pics and story!

Kelly K4UPG PB #173

Bob VE3MPG said...

Thanks for reading the blog Kelly and great that you connected with Martin VA3SIE. Weather was sunny and dry so operating conditions were not too bad at the campsite. 73 de VE3MPG

Martin (VA3SIE) said...

Hi, Bob.

Nice photos!

I'm in the process of building my own blog story about Chillicon, and I'd love to include a couple of your photos if that's alright?

20m band conditions were phenomenal, I made a few DX contacts myself including a 2 X QRP contact (2W on my side) with Germany... don't work much DX usually.

Ken WA8REI who was camping on Wagon Wheel hill in Michigan got Nigeria in the log, he was using 5W. Impressive!

It was great to see you at Chillicon, Bob. Good job on the blog.

Bob VE3MPG said...

Thanks for the nice comments Martin! It was a very fb weekend for Chillicon, and got to meet Bill VE3CLQ out of Kingston. Great outing for sure. Let me know which photos you need and I will send you some larger jpegs so you can fit them to your own particular needs on your blog.