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VE8RCS/VY0: Special Event Station at Alert, Nunavut.

September 3, 2008

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Until the 10th Sept. 2008, a small group of amateurs will be re-activating the amateur radio station at the Canadian Forces Station Alert, located on Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic at 82.3N 62.5W. This special event marks the 50th anniversary of the amateur station on the Canadian Forces base and four amateurs are operating from there.  I talked to the fourth member, Ken Halcrow, VE3SRS yesterday on the local 2m repeater, before he left for Alert.  He reported that the station was making plenty of contacts, especially in Europe, and it was active on CW and phone on 20m. I understand that today Ken was flying to Alert via Greenland.

There is a web page with a daily log of events here, and there some wonderful photography by Scott Crouse, VA3XA, posted on that web page and at his photography website too.  Visit those sites to see great pictures, including one of a wolf that came to watch the amateurs putting up antennas.

So, if you are looking for a VY0 for the log, keep an ear out for VE8RCS/VY0.  I heard today, two local Ottawa amateurs had worked the station on 20m phone on the 2nd Sept.  I understand the station is very active on CW and that mode may give you the best chance of success.  QSL details are available at QRZ.COM.

For other updates do check the blog of Bob, VA3QV, who has been making regular postings on this special event.

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  1. Scott (VA3XA) permalink
    November 6, 2008 9:04 am

    Thank you so much for the comments and plug, appreciate it.


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