We operated single-band on 6 Meters from inside of a local telecommunications companies microwave site compound. Conditions were poor the first day, however the band opened up Sunday morning as we were packing up. We did not operate after 11AM as we started ripping everything down so that we could be out of the site before the sun set.
In this video you will see me operating the last few minutes of the end of the contest.
Here is VE7HHS working the pile up while VE7STK marks the grid squares.
As mentioned, conditions were poor for the most part, and we really did not really have a rate going until Sunday. Weather was interesting up at altitude, and it even snowed on us (on and off) for a few hours on Friday night, however none of it really stuck. Sunday, as is always the case, was our nicest weather day, and we had nice temperatures the whole time.
Me “operating” the contest when band was shifting. I typically call/run during contests but in this first video I am running around the band looking for others. In this video I end up working XE2K in DM22 Mexico which is a pretty damn good contact on 6 meters. I also worked WA7JTM in DM46 (Grand Canyon) who had a massive signal from his location.
In this video I am running up the contacts from inside the station. We set up a low power FM transmitter inside so that we could listen to the operating position from outside of the building. In the video you will see the other operators and the microwave site we camped out at.
All of the videos in this series are filmed by VE7HHS.
Safety third. Here is video of VE7HHS up the portable tower on Thynne Mtn. You can’t tell from the video but it is at, or below zero up at this hill top. This was the first, and basically only, blue sky we had for the whole trip. Notice how fast the clouds are ripping by!
This came after the posting below. Here we actually made it to the place we wanted to go, and operated. You will see the towers and antennae that we drug up the hill with us, the operating position, and a wild fire that started while we were up on the hill. We called the fire in, gave it’s location from the BC Forestry Lookout, which was once manned. When we called they had no idea where we were; sad really. The second fire was most exciting as we were the first to report it.
Old video taken and edited by VE7STK of a few of us that enjoy VHF contesting. This is us attempting to go to Thynne Mountain towards Merritt BC. Ryan (VE7STK) rallied his Chevy Impala, I got my Ford Ranger stuck in a snow drift over a cattle guard, and Ian (VE7HHS) helped pull me out with his Land Cruiser.