Contest Club Ontario BBQ & AGM

Over 60 of Ontario’s best contesters gathered on Saturday at the antenna farm also known as VE3EJ’s (John) QTH. The club has over 250 members who are dedicated to the weekend pursuit of working as many other amateurs as possible in contests that span the world.

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The annual group photo. Of course, I’m missing as I didn’t bring a tripod.

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This is just one of the towers at VE3EJ’s world-quality contest station located south of Hamilton, Ontario.

With an exceptionally electrically quiet rural setting, John places very well in any contest he enters. He has fixed and rotatable arrays that can reach anywDSCF4270here in the world.

 

 

No antennas – No problems. Mike, VA3MW, uses a computer netbook to connect via the Internet with his remote-controlled station located in the Kawartha Lake area north-east of Toronto. He’s on the 40 meter phone band in this photo.

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The annual general meeting is a pretty laid-back affair. The highlight of the event was the awarding of this year’s crop of SCCORE winners.

And of course there’s the annual draw for door prizes donated by ham radio manufacturers and retailers.

 

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Thanks to the good folks at RadioWorld in Toronto, the contesters had a chance to use two of the top-of-line new radios available for working the shortwave amateur radio bands. Really cool stuff.

 

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Speaking of cool stuff: Here’s Mike, VA3MW, flying his remote controlled four-engine helicopter. Now this is cool. The flying machine can lift a payload of almost a kilogram. Mike has attached a movie camera to the helicopter and shot images of one of Toronto’s big amateur radio repeater towers.

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