Operating out of our cabin, approximately 7.0 miles northwest of Inuvik, NT,(see my link for info on Inuvik) http://Inuvik.ca/ ; www.nnsl.com/pdf/inuvikgolden.pdf, does wonders for my noise floor!! Being out in the wilderness there are no man made or power line interference. My noise floor is always at "0", except when I have to run our generator. Due to this low noise floor level I now prefer to operate from the cabin as much as I can. Out there I use a bank of batteries(13-14 VDC) to supply the necessary D.C. voltage to my ICOM IC-746PRO and also a Cubic Astro 151 transceiver and then feed that into the Hy-Gain TH-3jr, 3 element tri-bander antenna mounted on a tower about 30 ft high.
I also installed an OCF dipole from MFJ and that gives me the opportunity to work on the 40 & 17 M band! This OCF dipole, depending on band conditions, can out perform the TH-3jr! It's appproximately 30 feet off the ground and pointing east to west, which gives me good direction for Europe.
I have been operating now since 2009 and enjoy it very much. I operate using the ICOM IC-746PRO as my main transceiver and use the Cubic Astro -151 as a back-up. I'm operating bare foot, 100 Watts, and I think that this is enough power for now. I'm trying to get into CW, but I think that it's a losing battle, but I'm not giving up! I use to copy morse at 34 WPM when I was in the Canadian military but that was many years ago. I'm sending at a speed under 10 WPM but with great mistakes! As they say: practise makes perfect and that's what I'm doing.
Our cabin was owned by a legendary trapper here in Inuvik, Lawrence (Slim) Semmler, (see my link) www.nnsl.com/frames/newspapers/1997-08/aug8_97slim.html ; www.capekrusenstern.org/semmler.html ; and he was a famous trapper that travelled the NWT. We bought the cabin in 1995 and wanted to fix it up, but decided on keeping it the way it was. We added an addition to accommodate our family needs but otherwise, it's the same as it was many years ago. The picture of our cabin was taken while I was out there for our annual "freeze-up" in Oct of 2009. A new deck was being built at this time, but it got too cold out & so had to put it on hold - waiting for the springtime some 8 months away!!
The following picture was taken in June of 2013. It shows how high the water can rise during our break-up season. During this time there's not much one can do except spend some quality time on the radio ....
If you would like a QSL card, then please send a SASE along with something green to help out!! Thanks! Due to mailing price increases in the mail system, international postage is now $2.50 Canadian.
This picture is of "Slim" when he owned/operated the only store here in Inuvik.
This is a picture of our Cabin, 7 miles NW of Inuvik.
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