VE3FAL/QRP/P Up North in Ontario

I was up in Kasabonika, Ontario last week June 25th and 26th. I was up there doing Chainsaw training in this remote fly-in only Native Reserve. Kasabonika is located about 575kms North of Thunder Bay, Ontario. I took along my HB1B MKII with built in battery, my Elecraft T1 tuner, Chameleon Hy-Brid Micro coil and my PRC-271 whip along with a 15′ counterpoise and jaw mount to attach Hy-Brid coil to.
I called CQ for what seemed a long time while battling black flies and mosquitoes. A tune down the band on 20 meters showed W1AW loud in this community that is very much quiet in the way of line noise and other man made QRN. I tuned up just a bit to hear Peter OX3XR calling CQ with no takers, here is the information on that QSO.
Time: 2314z
Freq: 14052.5
Pwr:4 watts
Key:Micro switch
Antenna: Chameleon Hy-Brid Micro and PRC271 whip and 15’counterpoise with jaw mount
Location: Kasabonika, Ontario
Station worked: OX3XR
Name: Peter
His report:559
My report:539

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Needless to say the contact made my day all the way around. Thanks Peter for the great contact.


Fred Lesnick, VE3FAL, is a regular contributor to and writes from Thunder Bay Ontario, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

2 Responses to “VE3FAL/QRP/P Up North in Ontario”

  • Tim Carter W3ATB:

    I have the same radio and love it. I routinely take it outdoors and have stories about using it at my ham radio blog Congrats on that QSO. I’ve made a few DX contacts from NH with mine.

  • Fred VE3FAL:

    Nice blog. I really like the HB1B as it is a great radio with the battery pack and lasts a long time.The TJ5A will be out at the end of July and I cant wait to test that radio out as well, that might be my new backpack portable rig.


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