Tag: Parks On The Air

  • Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park CW Activation

    Writing-on-Stone Provincial Park CW Activation

    The writer recounts a visit to Áísínai’pi, or Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park, a UNESCO heritage site in Southern Alberta, for QRP (low-power radio) operations. Despite it being off-season, the writer enjoyed the park’s stunning landscapes and managed over 50 contacts using specific equipment. The significance of respecting the park, adhering to regulations, and leaving no traces…

  • Great Conditions on 20M

    Great Conditions on 20M

    VE-1187 is a beautiful park located just outside of Lethbridge, Alberta. It’s a great spot for operating QRP (low-power amateur radio). Today, January 7, 2023 I had the pleasure of activating the park and making a few contacts on the 20 meter band. The band conditions were fantastic – the solar flux was high and…

  • QRP POTA on ARRL DX CW Contest Weekend Feb 2022

    The bands were absolutely full this weekend thanks to the ARRL CW Contest. Its great to see so many active operators enjoying the bands but it made it difficult to find a slice of spectrum for myself. The weather has been quite cold (-20c) so quick deployment was the name of the game. I had…

  • Park Lake Feb 12 & 13

    Moose and I went out to Park Lake VE-1187 on the 12th and 13th to activate the parks in the warmer weather. The conditions were good and we were able to make 50 contacts over the two days. The antenna system was the PakTenna EFHW paired with the Elecraft KX2 and it performed beautifully. I…

  • Park Lake Feb 6, 2022

    It was a warm afternoon thanks to the recent chinook that moved in. In typical fashion it brought a lot of wind which made me think about what antenna system to deploy. I recently acquired a Paktenna end fed half wave (EFHW) and thought it would be just the tool for the job. The antenna…

  • Park Lake Jan 30, 2022

    In an attempt to try out some new antenna systems I thought I would venture out to Park Lake to activate it. I selected the Chameleon Delta Loop and the Elecraft KX2 for this activation. Its the first time I’ve used the Elecraft and I was very pleased with its performance. I had some issues…

  • Winter Field Day 2022 – Park Lake Edition

    It was around 9 degrees Celsius today so I decided to head out to play radio. Its been quite warm in Southern Alberta for January so it made great sense to get outside and practice some CW. While it is field day my logs will not be eligible as you are not able to spot…

  • Red Rock Coulee Natural Area

    Lethbridge started off windy as per usual so I decided to take Moose for a drive to the South Eastern portion of Alberta near Medicine Hat. Park VE-3114 had not yet been activated so I figured today was as good a day as any. The weather has been warm lately with double digit temperatures in…

  • CHA F-Loop 3.0 POTA

    I had an opportunity to take out my Chameleon F-Loop 3.0 to park VE-1187 near Lethbridge, Alberta on January 22, 2022 and it did not disappoint. This was my first time operating the loop outside my QTH. I paired it with my trusty tripod in the parking lot and mounted it approximately 2 meters in…