News and QSL Information (see QRZ.com for QSL details)

April 10, 2017

Operations have ended with all objectives met. Well done all!

April 3, 2017propagation

TM100VIMY is on from VIMY Ridge and the operators have settled into a regular schedule and are acclimatizing to the local conditions. A much higher SFI is very encouraging! Keep an eye on the TM100VIMY page for additional news.

We have received all /VO2 logs. Again an excellent effort in difficult conditions.

Congratulations to all of those who achieved a certificate, especially those who achieved “the Pimple”. We were gratified at the participation not only by certificate hunters but also those operators across Canada who made it happen!

March 27, 2018

We have received all of VE8GER’s logs as well as VE8EV’s. A magnificent effort considering the conditions! We are investigating the possibility of some other activity for which we did not receive logs.

/VO2 is on. Watch for the spots. Again we have a solar event which is stirring up the Aurora.

March 25, 2017

VE100VIMY will be on the air from the Headquarters Station in BC from 1600 UTC March 25 to 00400 UTC March 27 as a non-portable operation.  A contact with VE100VIMY will not count toward a “Pimple” certificate. Only the TM100VIMY operations from VIMY France will count for a “Pimple” certificate.  QSL via N7RO.

March 24, 2017

/VO2 operations. The Schedule has been corrected to show, as for all other activations, /VO2 starts at 0000z March 26 UTC.

However /VO2 operations have been extended to 2359 March 31 UTC!

This is the bonus activation for those of you one short of the Pimple. Good Luck!

March 20, 2017

The /VY1 final log has been uploaded. A very interesting operation with most operators being remote!

Thanks to Gerry operating on solar power from his cabin 300km North of the Arctic circle, /VE8 is on 20m SSB. Unfortunately Gerry has to go into town for a funeral tomorrow but will try to be back on Wednesday. His 80W and frozen antenna seem to be doing a good job. Even the Northern Mosquitoes don’t fly at -25C.

We continue to work on getting additional stations on the air.

March 17, 2017

An interim log for /VY1 has been uploaded to the certificate tracking site.

The ve100vimy Facebook page is the best source of /vy1 operations information but you can help by spotting them as they have some difficulties in self spotting.

March 12, 2017

Winter in Canada Eh! /VO1 finished off their week on Emergency Power thanks to a storm with 160 kph winds. Presumably the same storm contributed to the late start of /VY1.

Hey folks! The VY1AAA@VY1JA team is ready to bring up VE100VIMY/VY1 tonight at about 01Z. Look for me starting on 20m CW… Will go to 30, 40 and 80 as the night progresses. We have 600w to 4L Quad at 70 feet on 20-10m and full-size 1/4-wave verticals on 40m and 80m, both with the base at 70 feet. We will publish an updated operating schedule on the VY1AAA Public Group as well as here. 73, Gerry VE1RM (Trustee of VY1AAA)

March 11, 2017

A reminder that the suggested operating frequencies are below at December 29.

This is the last day for /VO1.

/VY1 starts at 0000z March 12.

March 9, 2017

             VE100VIMY/VO1 Operations
                 Friday  March 10 Schedule
UTC Time Band Mode Operator
00:00 40m / 80m PSK / SSB   VO1DI Boyd / VO1EGH George
01:00 40m / 80m PSK / SSB   VO1DI Boyd / VO1EGH Geroge
02:00 80m / 40m SSB   VO1SR Rick / VO1FJS Fred
03:00 80m / 40m SSB   VO1SR Rick / VO1FJS Fred
04:00
05:00
06:00
07:00
08:00
09:00
10:00
11:00
12:00
13:00 40m / 20m CW / RTTY   VO1MP Gus / VO1DI Boyd
14:00 40m / 20m CW / RTTY   VO1MP Gus / VO1DI Boyd
15:00 20m SSB   VO1UG Lester
16:00 20m SSB   VO1UG Lester
17:00 20m SSTV   VO1NC Barry
18:00 20m SSTV / RTTY   VO1NC Barry / VO1VR Max
19:00 20m CW / RTTY   VO1VCE Dave / VO1VR Max
20:00 20m CW   VO1VCE Dave
21:00 20m SSB   VO1WCT Bill
22:00 40m SSB / PSK   VO1COD Dave / VO1DI Boyd
23:00 40m SSB / PSK   VO1COD Dave / VO1DI Boyd
             VE100VIMY/VO1 Operations
               Saturday  March 11 Schedule
Time Band Mode Operator
00:00 40m / 80m PSK / SSB   VO1DI Boyd / VO1EGH George
01:00 40m / 80m PSK / SSB   VO1DI Boyd / VO1EGH George
02:00 80m / 40m SSB   VO1SR Rick / VO1FJS Fred
03:00 80m / 40m SSB   VO1SR Rick / VO1FJS Fred
04:00
05:00
06:00
07:00
08:00
09:00
10:00
11:00
12:00
13:00 40m / 20m CW / RTTY   VO1MP Gus / VO1DI Boyd
14:00 40m / 20m CW / RTTY   VO1MP Gus / VO1DI Boyd
15:00 20m SSB   VO1UG Lester
16:00 20m SSB   VO1UG Lester
17:00 20m SSTV   VO1NC Barry
18:00 20m SSTV / RTTY   VO1NC Barry / VO1VR Max
19:00 20m CW / RTTY   VO1VCE Dave / VO1VR Max
20:00 20m CW   VO1VCE Dave
21:00 20m SSB   VO1ROS Ross
22:00 40m SSB / PSK   VO1COD Dave / VO1DI Boyd
23:00 40m SSB / PSK   VO1COD Dave / VO1DI Boyd

 

March 7, 2017

VE100VIMY/VO1 schedule 20170209z

0000UTC Frank VO1HP CW 1828
0100UTC Frank VO1HP CW 7028
0200UTC Frank VO1HP CW 80m
1100UTC Joe VO1BQ CW 40m
1400UTC Dave VO1LM PSK31 14070
1500UTC Dave VO1LM PSK31 14070
1600UTC Doug VO1DM USB 14260
1600UTC Frank VO1HP CW 20m
1700UTC Dave VO1LM PSK31 14070
1800UTC Joe VO1BQ RTTY 20m
1900UTC Ira VO1IRA PSK31 14070
2000UTC Doug VO1DM LSB 7188
2100UTC Joe VO1BQ LSB 40m
2200UTC Joe VO1BQ CW 40m
2300UTC Doug Mercer VO1DM VHF via NL Link – access by Echo Link VO1MXZ-R Node 566468

March 5, 2017

  • /VO1 is active on 20m PSK/RTTY/SSB (and on 80 and 40m last night)

“The Avalon Radio Amateur Club (AVRAC) will lead the charge at 00:00utc Sunday, followed by the Amateur Radio Club of Central Newfoundland (ARCON) 24hous later at 00:00utc Monday. They will pass the torch to the Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland (MRCN) at 00:00utc on Tuesday” Further schedules to follow.

  • We have received the last of the /VE9logs and will be uploading these and /VY0 to ClubLog/EQSL/LOTW once they have been checked.
  • We are investigating a compatibility issue with N3FJP logs that may affect some certificate tracking.
  • For those of you not familiar with Northern Canada, there were two stations on from /VYo; Rankin Inlet VY0CF and Eureka VY0ERC (when the operators had time off of their long shifts).

The operation was done by Pierre (VE3KTB) and Alex (VE1RUS) from the Eureka Amateur Radio Club (VY0ERC) located in Eureka, Ellesmere Island, NA-008.
Some information about the Club can be found here:
https://www.qrz.com/db/vy0erc
https://twitter.com/vy0erc

February 16, 2017

The /VE7 operations will end tomorrow and /VY0 begin.

We have had enquiries about IOTA and ClubLog. It is our understanding that ClubLog matches on time and call. This will not work for the VE100VIMY/ operations as we have multiple locations on the air at the same time using the same call (different modes/bands) and it is not possible for ClubLog to know which are IOTA. Where we are aware of an IOTA identity log we will endeavour to have the QSL card reflect this.

February 11, 2017

/VE6 has ended and /VE7 has begun. Currently CW and LSB on 40m.

February 8, 2017

The first /VE6 logs have been uploaded to HA2NA. We are still working on increasing activity. Unfortunately we cannot do anything about propagation.

February 7, 2017

Fred VE7IO advises that /VE7 operations are being scheduled through a number of Clubs, contest stations and individuals.

Boyd VO1DI reports that /VO1 has been scheduled as follows:

Avalon Radio Amateur Club (AVRAC) – March 5 for 24 hrs

Amateur Radio Club of Central Newfoundland (ARCON) – March 6 for 24 hrs

Marconi Radio Club of Newfoundland (MRCN) – March 7 for 24hrs

Society of Newfoundland Radio Amateurs (SONRA) – March 8 for 48 hrs

Baccalieu Amateur Radio Klub (BARK) – March 10 for 48 hrs 

Each group has a full slate of operators and will be on in CW, SSB, RTTY, SSTV and PSK on all HF bands.

Possibly some 2m FM for local contacts.

February 6, 2017

/VE5 logs have been received and are uploaded. We are sorting out a couple of issues with calls in the log not showing up on the http://ve100vimy.ca/certificate-award-status-checking-and-request/ page.

/VE6 has started. We are working on increasing activity.

January 30, 2017

The /VE4 logs are in and the first /VE5 logs have been uploaded to HA2NA. A reminder that, while we will upload logs to HA2NA as we receive them, it could take 1-2 weeks for the final logs to be uploaded to LOTW, ClubLog, EQSL as the upload is assembled after each activation. You can check your status at the  http://ve100vimy.ca/certificate-award-status-checking-and-request/ page.

January 22, 2017

The /VE3 operators have been prompt with their logs and all should be uploaded now.

/VE4 has started.

January 17,2017

First /VE3 log received courtesy of the Hamilton Amateur Radio Club

January 14, 2017

/VE2 operations are winding down and /VE3 operations are QRV for 0000z.

/VE1 and /VY2 logs have been uploaded to EQSL. Note that the calls are too long to search for but show up if you search for all by date.

Remember spots can be found at http://www.dxsummit.fi/#/?dx_calls=VE100VIMY or http://www.reversebeacon.net/dxsd1/dxsd1.php?f=0&c=ve100*&t=dx

January 10, 2017

/VE1 and /VY2 logs have been uploaded to ClubLog.

January 9, 2017

The first award certificates (Black line for working 3 of the 13 VE100VIMY portable operations) have been issued. Check http://ve100vimy.ca/ve100vimyportable-certificates/ for your status/eligibility. Logs are uploaded as received from the operating stations not automatically.

January 8, 2017

See revised suggested frequencies below (30m RTTY changed to 10.135)

January 7, 2017

The operations are being well supported by spotting networks such as http://www.dxsummit.fi/#/?dx_calls=VE100VIMY or http://www.reversebeacon.net/dxsd1/dxsd1.php?f=0&c=ve100*&t=dx. Be careful that the correct call is being spotted!

January 6, 2017

The very successful VE100VIMY/VE1 and VE100VIMY/VY2 operations will cease 23:59 January 7 UTC.

VE100VIMY/VE2 is QRV to start 00:00 January 8 UTC.

We are now on Facebook as VE100VIMY.

January 2, 2017

The following clubs will be putting VE100VIMY/VE3 on the air on the following dates:

VE3DC Hamilton: 0000Z January 15 to 2359Z January 16 (2 days)

VE3LS London: 0000Z January 17 to 2359Z January 19 (3 days)

VE3MIS Mississauga: 0000Z January 20 to 2359Z January 21 (2 days)

Chris VE3FU, the VE100VIMY/VE3 co-ordinator can be contacted at VE100VIMY-VE3@shaw.ca

January 1, 2017 1600z

VE100VIMY/VY2 has joined the party! Check the spots!

January 1, 2017 0010z

The pileups have started! VE100VIMY/VE1 is QRV 7,170 and 7,015

December 29, 2016

Portable operations are about to start with VE100VIMY/VE1 and VE100VIMY/VY2 at 00:00 January 1 UTC.

Watch for spots and announcements here for operations. Suggested frequencies are below but other frequencies and modes may be used.

 

Band CW RTTY SSB
160m 1822.5 1848
80m 3528 3588 3788
40m 7028 7088 7088 or 7188
30m 10128 10135
20m 14028 14088 14188 or 14288
17m 18078 18100 18138
15m 21028 21088 21288
12m 24898 24920 24938
10m 28028 28088 28488
6m 50108 50108

 

December 28, 2016

QSL Manager is N7RO.  QSL via buro, Club Log OQRS.  LOTW will be uploaded.  QSL cards are being printed – see QRZ.com

October 31 2016 – Doug Barry, VE7WLF, Silent Key

Doug, VE7WLF (SK)

Doug, VE7WLF (SK)

Doug passed away suddenly after surgery in Royal Columbian Hospital. His loving wife, Irene, was at his side.  Doug was a founding member of the Vimy Commemorative Station group from its inception in the Fall of 2102, and was to be have been a member of the core operating team.

He will be deeply missed by his family, friends and fellow amateurs

 

September 2016.  Peter McKay former Minister of Defence on Vimy in the Toronto Star and letter to the Editor

This from today’s Letters to the Editor in the Toronto Sun:  (September 30 2016)

_________________________

REMEMBERING VIMY

Peter MacKay is right to remind Canadians to celebrate the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge in 2017 (“Feds must highlight Vimy’s 100th,” Sept. 25). A celebration requires lead time to achieve success. Since early in 2012, the Vimy Commemorative Station Society on behalf of Canadian Radio Amateurs has been working on a unique celebration. With the co-operation of Veterans Affairs Canada here and in Vimy, Industry Canada and the Government of France, preparations for a unique celebration of the Vimy centennial are well underway. Industry Canada issued to the society a special call sign, VE100VIMY. From April 1-9, an international group of Radio Amateurs, using high power temporary stations installed on the land ceded to Canada in 1922, will tell Radio Amateurs all over the world about the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Support for this Vimy initiative has come from Radio Amateurs and Clubs across Canada, the national organization of Canadian Amateurs Radio Amateurs of Canada, Canadian electronics retailer Radioworld, and the German company Spiderbeam. Canadian Amateurs are proud to lead in celebrating the centennial of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

Don Studney, VE7DS

Team Leader

Vimy Commemorative Station Society

ve100vimy.ca

Guest Column

Feds must highlight Vimy’s 100th: MacKay

 

PETER MACKAY, Special to the Toronto Sun

First posted: Sunday, September 25, 2016 02:35 PM EDT | Updated: Sunday, September 25, 2016 02:48 PM EDT

Canadian National Vimy Memorial in France dedicated to Canadian forces killed during the First World War. (Wayne Cuddington/Postmedia Network)

Article

This coming Canada Day — July 1, 2017 — marks the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

It is amazing that many still consider Canada a young nation knowing we are now among the oldest nations operating continuously under mostly its original constitutional provisions.

In a democratic nation, this is a singular achievement and like so many other milestones in our history, this makes us among the most envied nations in the world. This could not have occurred without the willingness of Canadians to contribute disproportionately for our size to the defence of freedom and democracy far from our shores.

I submit that we had a military before we had a country. It was composed initially of soldiers from a founding nation, but soon became populated by Canadians of many diverse backgrounds. Then, as now, they were ready to lay down their lives in defence of our national interests and to defend our way of life. In every major world conflict, Canadians stood on the side of freedom and democracy and contributed enormously to achieve a hard-fought peace.

The previous Conservative government, of which I was a minister, encouraged all Canadians to develop and submit ideas on how Canada could best celebrate its 150th birthday and set up a fund of $150 million specifically dedicated to highlight the very best of our country.

The current Liberal government will have many compelling ideas for this sesquicentennial to work from. They have already announced some of the projects that will be funded.

But so far there seems to be one glaring omission from the celebrations of 2017 — commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.