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Folded dipole

Posted by ve3vid on February 24, 2015 at 11:35 AM Comments comments (1)

This is the view from the balcony which holds up one end of the dipole.  Its a 300 ohm twinlead folded dipole, fed with the same cable.  Then to a 4:1 balun, this antenna is very light, durable and a nice resonant match.

Computer upgrade & QSLs

Posted by ve3vid on September 16, 2014 at 11:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Hello everyone

Computer problems this summer have delayed some of the QSL requests that came in since April 2014.  All those challenges have now been resolved an I am happy to report that all QSL both direct and via buro have been processed and replies have been sent.

VY0/VE3VID will again be active from Igloolik island.  I expect to be onsite and have the station operational by the second week of October.  Prefered modes will be RTTY HELL and SSB.  Also if my work obligations permit I hope to be on 20m for the NA RTTY Sprint,  Scandanavian SSB,  JARTS,  CQWW, and  WAE-RTTY.

All the best, and I look forward to confirming NA-174 for as many IOTA fans as possible.


Home for the Summer

Posted by ve3vid on April 25, 2014 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Another season of ham radio from icy Igloolik Island has come to and end.  The log book for VY0/VE3vid now swells to 1224 contacts.  Judging by the number of QSL cards I have left, it looks like about half of those contacts have requested a QSL.

Thank you all who remembered to include return postage and a good envelope.  A special thanks to everyone who sent a little extra.  Your generosity made it possible for even those who may have forgotten postage or an envelope to receive their card.

The good news is there were no busted calls since the new year.  It is truly my pleasure to confirm a rare IOTA island for enthusiasts, and occasionally a nice rag chew, answering a random CQ.

All qsl requests to date have been answered.  The last pile of 50-60 cards goes to the post office in the morning.  Hope you all have a wonderful summer.  Igloolik Island will be QRV again in October 2014 on RTTY HELL OLIVIA and SSB



QSL Cards Continue

Posted by ve3vid on December 31, 2013 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Hello from icy Igloolik Island and Happy Holidays  :)


There have been many more QSL card replies sent out in the last month.  Thank you all for sending good return envelopes and funds for return postage.  In addition to the direct QSLs I have replied to over 30 cards that were sent via the bureau.  No worries about your cards taking years to come via the bureau.  To date all replies have been sent.


I am currently on Igloolik Island and will be making RTTY skeds with a couple of operators who sent cards, but for some reason did not make it into the log.  Operations on 20m only will commence on New Year's Day.


Happy New Year & 73


NA-174 QSL Cards are all mailed.

Posted by ve3vid on May 1, 2013 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Hello to everyone who has sent a QSL card request for the NA-174 Igloolik Island operation. The good news is I have sent out all of the reply cards currently received.  There may be some stragglers, but all cards received so far have been answered.

So far there was only 1 station who was not in the log.  Lucky for Corrado NA-174 will be active again much sooner than previously expected.

I am very pleased and impressed with everyone's attension to correct return postage, and many who sent donations toward printing - Thank you, everyone.

Of the 477 contacts with NA-174, rest assured, all requests for QSL will be answered.


73 to all



IOTA NA-174 Activation

Posted by ve3vid on April 4, 2013 at 7:30 PM Comments comments (8)

It took no one else as much by surprise as me, when there was suddenly huge interest by the RTTY and SSB communities in a rare IOTA entity calling CQ with about 75 watts on 20m.  In February-March 2013 I took a microHF rig by Yaesu (857D) and a SignaLink audio device to work on Igloolik Island in hopes of making some fun contacts from a truly strange place.  I figured this would make for some good chats and give something enjoyable to do between hours of work .  It took a week and good bands for me to realize what was going to happen when NA-174 hit the spotting networks.

Below is the QSL card.  There were 477 contacts.  386 on RTTY; 80 on SSB and 11 on PSK.  The Gold Star goes to Paul at VK4MA.  Beaming long path past Antarctica and up the Atlantic to the top of Baffin.  Paul's call sign decoded on MMTTY - cheers!

Igloolik Island will be back on the air in 5-6 months.  Next time antennas for 40-17m.   :)

(17 Apr, 2013 - The QSL cards just arrived from the printer.)

Working DXpedition, IOTA NA-174 at Grid EP99

Posted by ve3vid on December 15, 2012 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (4)

Starting late in 2012 I will be making trips to the Arctic community of Igloolik, Nunavut.  Along for the trip will be a Small Wonders QRP rig for PSK-31 and a folded dipole for 20m.  Igloolik Island lies 2700km north of Ottawa, Canada, is IOTA NA-174 and Grid Square EP99.  Subsequent trips to Igloolik will see more robust radio equipment and antennae installed.

New Station QTH

Posted by ve3vid on August 22, 2011 at 9:35 PM Comments comments (3)

Early 2011 I moved the VE3VID radio station from the open meadow of the PaleSun Farm to a new location. Renfrew and the Pinewood area were becoming more populated and problems with antennas and towers were soon to follow.  VE3VID is now operational from the true wilderness of the Westport Highlands.  The station is now located in a log cabin high in the rocky Canadian Shield between Ottawa and Kingston Ontario.

Added to the station this year has been a cherry Kenwood TS-850s as a back up rig, and a Yaesu FT-2000.  The TS-450s has become a dedicated digital rig doing mainly RTTY and some PSK and OLIVIA.  The new shack is about 750 sq feet, has 110v AC and internet.  The solar power equipment will be incorporated to the staion in case of black outs.

When the tower assembly is complete there will be a Cushcraft 3 element yagi for 17m and 12m.  The Mosley TA-33M has had a complete overhaul and waits on a temporary tower about 35ft up.