We rented the 2-bedroom chalet for 100 dollars Canadian per day. It was an excellent place to stay with all the comforts of home right down to the coffee pot. Our main contact was Jean Claude, VE2XY. He made all the arrangements to rent the chalet and is the key individual at the club station. He lives so close to the club station that you can see his antennas from there.
WJ2O/VE2 – VE2NRK QSL Card
There is a reciprocal agreement between the United States and Canada that allows us to operate in each other’s country without any licensing or notification requirement whatsoever.
John and I wanted to see if we could get our Canadian licenses anyway. We made arrangements to take the test in Kingston, Ontario a couple of months before the trip. Our Canadian VE, Bernard Bardsall, VE2NB, administered the tests from his home. First you are given a basic exam followed by 12 wpm code test and then the Advanced exam. Much to our surprise, we passed. About a month later our licenses came in the mail. We registered our station location as Sept-Îles so we would be issued VE2 calls.
John operating at the club.
Sept-Îles, Quebec, Canada. Two stations were set up, one at the local club station which was right on the edge of town and another at a chalet about 15 miles NE of Sept-Îles. We drove North with a van chucked full of equipment and antennas. We permanently installed a Mosley beam at the club station with a lot of help from the local hams.
Station 2 (Chalet)
Kenwood TS-940 Transceiver
Alpha 76A Amplifier
486 DX Laptop Computer
Home-Brew Voice Digitiser
Mosley TA-33 Beam
HF2-V Butternut Vertical with 160 add on coil
Beverage with K2ZJ Beverage Box