We are now in New Brunswick.

Packed to the back door
Well we have completed our move to just outside of Moncton New Brunswick! I applied online with the government of Canada for my new call sign for New Brunswick and my choice was VE9KK. I felt this had a good ring for CW, because I am in New Brunswick I will be a VE9 but the KK seemed a good mix for CW. My rig, desk and PC are all still packed up as I wanted to clean and setup the new home before any ham radio "stuff" made it's way out of any boxes. Julie for sure would not be thrilled if the home was not setup and I was already into my ham radio boxes. As for an antenna I am going to for the short term use the MFJ mag loop until I get my bearings with regards to a  permanent   antenna. We decided to do the move from Ontario ourselves instead of getting a pro mover. The cost was well under half price and was it worth it.......yes it was. I was told by the pro mover that our belongings would take up to 28 day to make it's way down to use as we would not fill a full 45 foot trailer (not even close) so we would have to wait until the trailer was loaded and they would head down and thus the 28 days. I did look at some smaller move companies but the reviews were just horror stories! Julie and I decided that renting a truck and me driving it down was our best way. This way we had control our arrival time and I could only blame myself if stuff was damaged.
So we loaded up the truck ourselves and I drove the truck down down from Toronto to Moncton.....now Goggle maps says its about 12-15 hours. Well let me tell that is under PERFECT conditions. BUT we ran into major traffic issues and then rain like I have never seen for a long long time. The drive with two over night stop overs was 22 hours. We had two stop overs and the longest  drive as day 2 at 15 hours!
Since we are somewhat in the country I am looking forward to a lower noise floor that in the city of Toronto. I am excited to see what DX is available from the east coast as well as exploring HF antenna opportunities. In the mean time I may dig out one of my active antennas and connect it up to my small KX3 and see how the bands and noise floor is like down here.
Mike Weir, VE9KK, is a regular contributor to AmateurRadio.com and writes from New Brunswick, Canada. Contact him at [email protected].

6 Responses to “We are now in New Brunswick.”

  • Anthony Robinson Xray44:

    You are going to love it around Moncton NB!! |The RCNavy had a radio base there called HMCS Coverdale so you have chosen well;..[esp perhaps] for a world communications prime zone. Some swampy areas and a ground plane down the river to Shediac and the big salt-chuck ground plane to Europe and Eastern U.|S.A..

    Lovely beaches and Lobster galore at Shediac and further…Paturell’s where |I had a lobster boat for one season. Mid- Vancouver Island here is a good place for many reasons, yet, If an opportunity came up to go back to Moncton, I would probably go for it. The Legeres and Cormiers are all fine folks full of spirit and humour. Enjoyed reading about your wise move. Best of luck to you nd your smart move. Tony

  • Mike VE9KK:

    Good morning Tony and very nice to hear from you, you sure have made your way around the area for sure. As for any radio action this way it is going to have to wait for a bit. We have heard of the Lobsters from Shediac and once we are settled in we plan to do some driving around to check out the area.
    73,
    Thanks for taking the time to comment.
    Mike
    VE9KK

  • David, KJ4CMY:

    Congrats on your move to New Brunswick. Hope you get your shack set up quickly. One thing you might want to try is medium wave DX-ing. A number of MW DX-ers have great signals from Europe there. Good luck!

  • Mike VE9KK:

    Good morning David, as for the shack it will be on the fast track once all essentials are done.
    Thanks for stopping by David.
    73,
    Mike
    VE9KK

  • Nolan K. KI5IO:

    Mike,

    Kudos on a mostly smooth move (save for traffic & weather) and saving $$ with the physical move as well.

    Making sure “essentials” are handled first will do wonders for a very happy XYL as we all know.

    I like your new call sign and I’m sure it will take a little bit to get used to once you are back on the air. I like where the call sign districts are honored up on Canada. I wish that rule had not been relaxed or done away with down here. Sigh!!!

    Enjoy the new QTH and hoping that you have a lower noise floor.

    73,

    Nolan K.
    KI5IO

  • Dan Howard:

    Enjoy the new QTH
    Great low noise spot!!
    73
    Dan

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