VE – Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada

Dates: 3 to 4 November 2012

Callsign: VY1EI

/VE – Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada
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The Canadian Yukon and the Westmark Hotel where Dave satyed for 3 nights.

Welcome to the Canadian Yukon !

Here is the front of the Westmark Hotel where I stayed for 3 nights. It was very nice in the center of town and had all the modern conveniences.

I flew here to Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada for the contest weekend giving out Northern Territories during the CW version of the ARRL 2012 November Sweepstakes.


Getting there . . .


Niagra falls border crossing into Canada

Border Crossing. Entering Canada at Niagara Falls, NY.

Back seat of the Air Canada flight I took to Yukon, WJ2O.

Air Canada Seat Back
This was cool having a choice of entertainment possibilities on the seat back in front of me. A USB port for keeping my iPhone up to snuff was handy. On the right there is also a 110v outlet available.

This is the Vancouver gat at the airport just prior to boarding.

Vancouver Gate. Ready to take the trip North from here.

View of the mountains from the plane to Canada.

From the airplane I can see plenty of mountain ranges.

Plane waiting t the tarmac in Whitehorese, Canada.

Arrival. Here’s my jet sitting on the tarmac in Whitehorse

Arrival gate

Arrival gate. Get into the terminal quickly. It wasn’t really that cold, just looks it.

Eric, VY1EIm waiting for me at the arrival gate.

Eric, VY1EI. My host was very nice to tote some of my luggage while we head for the vehicle.


The Station


Eric VY1Ei, took me to the station location where I later operated the SS sweepstakes.

Station Location
We are in an industrial area away from the center of town.

Complete ham shack in a trailer, together with air conditioning.

Dave, WJ2O peeking inside. Look here to find a complete ham shack in a trailer.

Ereic, Vy1Ei near the trailer, showing an extra canister of gas for the heating system.

Eric and his shack. The extra propane canister is to keep us from freezing.

Station set-up, getting things all prepared for the contest.

Station set-up. Here’s Eric getting the station set up to operate

Ground, coax and 240v for the amp cables haging out the window.

Window dressing. Ground, coax and 240v for the amp.

station set-up on the trailer for my operation in canada zone 2.

Complete station. Here’s the station all set up except we haven’t found the keyer paddles yet.

The contest baegan as I got accostumed to the settning and the station.

Let the contest begin. I’m pretty happy things seem to be under control and we’re ready to get started.

Eric´s dog scout, mascto of the ham radio station.

Scout. No ham station is completely without a trusty mascot. This is Eric’s dog Scout

Yagi antenna on a 5o ft. tower.

Yagi antenna. Here is the tribander beam on this crank up portable tower at about 50 feet.

Tower base for the yagi near the station.

This tower was pretty stable all by itself and didn’t need me holding it.

Eric, VY1Ei, near the yagi tower.

Man vs. Tower. Is all I could think of. I love this shot!


About Town


Building where Eric VY1EI, works

Provincial Office. This is Eric’s (VY1EI) place of work.

Shopping district in whitehorse, Canada.

Shopping district.
I loaded up on trinkets.

Snow sweeping whith a gadget much like a weed wacker.

Snow Sweeping. A couple of guys had these things that were motorized like a weedwacker but had a big spinning brush on the end. It seems to do a great job on the light snow.

Starbuck in whitehorse , canada. Same thing as in the US.

Starbucks (Yukon Version) Just like home.

dave with a large toy stuffed moose in whitehorese, Canada.

Photo Op. It looks like the moose was disinterested in my advances however really this was the friendliest moose I met on the entire trip.


Heading Home


Wordls largest weather vane is in Canada.

The World’s Largest Weather-vane. Read more about it at Atlas Obscura.com.

Air Canada, airport counter in Whitehorse, Canada.

The counter. Here is the ticketing counter inside Whitehorse airport.

Eric, VY1EI chatting with me WJ2O at the airport before departure.

Eric, VY1EI. We’re just chatting while enjoying coffee prior to my airplane arriving to take me home.

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Operators deicing the aircraft just prior to departure from Whitehorse, Canada.

Deicing. You don’t need a million dollars worth of fancy equipment to perform the deicing ritual.

VY1EI QSL Card  Front

VY1EI QSL card front

 

Radio Amateurs of Canada logo

In 1952, Canada and the United States signed a Reciprocal Operating Agreement treaty. In the terms of the agreement, visiting amateurs may operate in the host country in accordance with the rules and regulations of the host country.

Courtesy of the RAC where you can find more information here.

Trip Statistics Report

Dave, WJ2O operating at VY1EI in Whitehorse, Canada.

Dave, WJ2O operating at VY1EI.

Equipment:
Elecraft K3 Transceiver
Toshiba Satellite Laptop
Ameritron AL-1200 Amp
Cushcraft A3S 3-element tribander with 40m Dipole Option

Sweepstakes CW Score Summary sheet form Whitehorse Canada.
Airport terminal in Whitehorse, Canada.

Front of the airport terminal building in Whitehorse

 

US to Canada travel map.

1st: Drive to Toronto – About 5 hours
2nd: Fly to Vancouver – About 5 hours
3rd: Fly to Whitehorse – About 2 hours