Here’s my FYBO video:
Scott VA3IED gets the oscar for best movie direction … well, Tom VA2EPR, Michel VE3EMB, Scott VA3IED and myself started up the trail around 10am (erm… sorry for the late arrival at the trailhead, fellas!).
The Wolf Trail in Gatineau Park, Quebec climbs over a small hill, runs up a picturesque valley and finally tops out on a larger hill affording spectacular views down the Ottawa Valley and the frozen Ottawa River.
We enjoyed an invigorating hike (or words to that effect) along a hard packed snow trail among runners, joggers (seriously!) and folks on snow-shoe and distributed ourselves along the side of the large hill, just off the packed trail.
The weather was bright, sunny and -7°C (19°F) with a light wind making it feel like -12°C (10°F) on the exposed hillside but the sun was strong and the compensated a lot. I didn’t know what temperature to send so I made contact with Michel who sent me 25°F and I decided to send that until it cooled down before sunset in the late afternoon and the sun dropped behind the hill so I switched to sending 20°F.
I was able to make contact on HF with all the others (I switched my antenna and counterpoise wires for those contacts!) so I knew that everyone was successful to get their antennas up and on the air – quite a challenge since the snow off the trail was running to 4′ depth.
I personally had a blast. I was able to re-connect with several QRP Polar Bears some of whom (including Mark NK8Q) I have not contacted since the last FYBO – you couldn’t get the GGGGGRRRRRRRin off my face if you tried yesterday evening!
I also failed to reach several Polar Bears such as Chuck AF4O who I heard make an extended CQ call and netted an enormous excited pileup for his efforts, my measly 1W just wasn’t cutting over the pack of 5W monster signals HI HI… but then there’s always next time.
I was also very pleased to have been able to work Guy VE3VCF, Eric VA3AMX and Michael VA2NB who were also taking part in FYBO in the local area, even if we did have to borrow someone else’s frequency to achieve it (thanks, guys!). Guy called us up on the repeater afterwards to say Hello.
All in all, a tremendously fun and satisfying day on the mountain with incredibly lucky WX and a great way to end a 4 month QRP hiatus. I am thoroughly enjoying reading about everyone else’s adventures on the PB list and the QRP-L reflector.
Here are my log & summary:
|4th Feb 2012||17:20||20m||WA4GIR||559||NC||Joe||5W||55F|
|4th Feb 2012||17:48||20m||VE3EMB||599||QC||Michel||1W||25F|
|4th Feb 2012||17:53||20m||W5QO||569||GA||Jim||5W||68F|
|4th Feb 2012||18:06||20m||AE8N||559||OH||John||5W||70F|
|4th Feb 2012||18:15||20m||VA3IED||599||QC||Scott||3W||25F|
|4th Feb 2012||18:30||40m||VE3VCF||529||ON||Guy||5W||70F|
|4th Feb 2012||18:50||20m||VE3XT||449||ON||Bill||5W||30F|
|4th Feb 2012||18:55||20m||NK9G||559||WI||Rick||5W||35F|
|4th Feb 2012||19:20||20m||N8NSN/M/QRP||559||OH||Jim||5W||70F|
|4th Feb 2012||19:30||40m||VA2NB||579||QC||Mike||3W||24F|
|4th Feb 2012||19:53||40m||VE2JCW/P||559||QC||Jean||5W||20F|
|4th Feb 2012||20:13||20m||N4BP||559||FL||Bob||5W||70F|
|4th Feb 2012||20:30||20m||AB9CA||559||AL||Dave||5W||73F|
|4th Feb 2012||20:35||20m||N8ZYA||339||WV||John||5W||35F|
|4th Feb 2012||20:40||20m||K9EW||579||IL||Ed||4W||41F|
|4th Feb 2012||20:45||20m||VA3AMX||529||ON||Eric||5W||22F|
|4th Feb 2012||21:00||40m||NK8Q||559||PA||Mark||1W||44F|
|4th Feb 2012||21:15||20m||W5RZ||599||AR||Bob||2W||57F|
|4th Feb 2012||21:20||20m||K4KJA||599||LA||Randy||5W||67F|
Field – Yes
Category – Single
Operator(s) – VA3SIE
Alternative Power – Yes
Lowest Temperature – 20
QRPp – Yes (1W)
Score: [(19 QSOs x 15 SPCs)](x 5 Temp Multi)(x 4 Field)(x 2 AltPwr)(x 2 QRPp) + (0 NQ7RP Bonus Points) = 22,800.
Here are photos of Michel VE3EMB’s station: