Activating CA0039 Gibraltar’s Point lighthouse at Toronto Islands
2014-08-19 Leave a comment
This weekend, I had enormous pleasure and great honour participating in Gibraltar’s Point lighthouse activation by VE3TNC Toronto club members as part of the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend.
The lighthouse is located on the Toronto Islands – a small chain of islands just offshore from downtown core a quick ferry ride away.
The crew and gear were very much the same as last year. The 40m inverted-V dipole was oriented N-S and used by CW tent; a 3-element 20-15m Yagi was used by the phone team and was pointing to Europe and then US and South America, and then after sunset towards the Pacific coast.
The beam was working great on 20m and 15m getting easy 59+ and small pile-ups from all over Europe and the Pacific coast.
The weather was cloudy with showers in the afternoon but cleared a bit late in the evening. I wish I could stay overnight and spend more time on 40m CW but the mercury dipped as low as 12 degrees Celsius which was a bit colder than I was prepared for wearing jeans and T-shirt.
Overall, I had a great time and a great company. Big thank you to the VE3TNC team for organizing this special event station and having me a part-time operator this year. Amateur radio is an amazing hobby. If you’re not a ham yet – what’re you waiting for?