|Mike was able to get RadioWorld to sponsor this venture by loaning some demonstrator radio equipment. The equipment (two ICOM 756 Pro3's) worked so well, that I purchased one for myself. This picture was taken just north of Kirkland Lake on the west side of Highway 11 about one half hour before sunset. The sun was quite bright, and I was not able to correct the photo to bring out better details. The "crew" consists from left to right - Paul VA3PC, Ken VA3SK, Scott (no callsign yet, but we're working on it), and Mike VA3MW.|
|Here is a picture looking west just as the sun was setting. You can see the dipole quite well silhouetted against the sky. Too bad the snowbanks were visible too, or it may have boosted tourism to the Near North! Shortly after sunset, we took the antenna down and drove south to the Nippising District and set up in a parking lot of Nipissing University.|
|Here are Ken and Paul trying to work as many stations as possible on the two bands with best propagation after dark, 40 and 80 Metres.|
Rover in Style!
Mike Walker came up with the idea of trying the QSO Party as a rover to activate several of the Districts in Northern Ontario. His close friend Scott has a vintage GM motorhome that was in the process of being rebuilt, and needed a few miles put on the recently installed engine to break it in. What better way than to take a leisurely drive from Toronto to just south of Matheson, operate for a few hours, then drive south with operating stops from Kirkland Lake, North Bay, and Callander. This would activate the Cochrane, Temiskaming, Nipissing and Parry Sound Districts in the QSO Party. You can see the dipole antenna for 40 Metres hanging from the pop up tower. That frequency gives provincial coverage during daylight hours. The result was a new record for the Temiskaming District part of the rover operation.