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This is a picture of my homebrew 43 foot vertical. It sits at the edge of a salt water marsh alongside the Bay of Fundy.

The vertical was fabricated using 316 Stainless Steel pipe (6"-4"-3"-and 1-1/4"). The flanges in the center allow the antenna to be broken down for shipping.

This picture was taken at relatively high tide. It gets a bit higher than this during a full moon (a "spring tide"), and the water will come much closer to the antenna. Here in Chance Harbour, we witness a differance of 20-24 feet between high and low tides.

 

 

Next is a shot of the feed point, the fiberglas insulator, the fabricated hinge (1/2" carbon steel plate), the 6" carbon steel buried support post, the SGC auto tuner, and the 5/8" wide Stainlees Steel strapping that is used to feed the antenna. The stainless strapping is also used for 12 radials - one of which is always submerged in salt water. The other 5 are of random lengths and are spread out on the marsh.

The noise floor is very low, typically 1-3 S units on 80 meters. The electric utility seems to maintain their equipment in good shape, so I don't hear any arcing or buzzing sounds.

 

When NOT playing with radio, I can walk over to local wharf and watch the fishing activities.The fishermen bring in lobster, scallops, and haddock - you can buy it fresh from them right off the boat. A 2 pound lobster costs $10 US and would make a very adequate meal. $20 US would yield a feast and a big belly. I cook the lobster in a big pot with perhaps 1/2" of salted water. The live lobster is placed in the pot and is steamed (versus boiled) for about 10 minutes. During the cooking process the lobster shell colour changes from a greenish-black to the familiar red colour.

My QTH is about 50 feet from the antenna. The workshop and garage are located to the left. The woodshed is set to the right and is partially hidden by trees.

The spruce forest smells nice and I never have to rake leaves, or mow grass.

The previous owner was an avid sport fisherman, and has pulled striped sea bass from the water.

We also have sea trout make a run in the spring time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

To determine if the antenna is performing as expected, I use the WSPR program to chart where my signal is going to and where the signals I hear are coming from.

This map was produced while working 20M during a recent sunrise at my QTH.

The thickness of each line indicates how long a duration the path was open.

It is obvious from the various directions that I was using a vertical antenna.

Europe was strong as was Columbia.

Thailand and Madagascar were nice surprises.

 

 

 

 

Other creatures visit the Bay through the year as well.

I believe this fellow is a Right Whale. They can put on quite a show for the whale watchers.

The shipping lanes were altered to avoid transiting the whale feeding grounds. Prior to this, ship/whale collisions were occuring too frequently.

 

 

(These two whale pictures were taken across the Bay near Digby, Nova Scotia).

 

 

 

 

Apparently the scientists identify individual whales by the 'notches' on their flukes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This young chap (not me) was fishing snow crab. There is lots of meat in those legs, even tastier when dipped in melted butter.

 

(Photo was taken at Shippegan Wharf, northern New Brunswick)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I like the woods. I use an ARGO 6X6 to get around in the swamps and the snow. With the tracks on, the vehicle has twice the flotation in snow as a skidoo. The engine is a 14 HP Briggs & Stratton unit. It purrs along and uses very little fuel. The canvas top holds engine heat inside the cab and it becomes very comfortable on a cold winter day. The unit will float in water, and will easily cross a beaver pond.

The snow trail is smooth and level because I drag it using a home made wooden 2X4 vee plow. The local cross country skiers love the trails, as do the moose and deer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I met this porcupine one morning while walking a trail. Check out his long claws to help him climb trees. One 'Rule of the Woods' is to never kill a porcupine. If you are ever lost, and become hungry, they become the easiest prey (especially if you don't have a rifle). So if you see one, remember where it is, and let it be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I called moose one afternoon from a tree stand. Two of them appeared within 50 feet of the stand. The first picture shows a big boy pretending he was interested in eating the twigs. He wasn't. He was still listening for the female.

The second photo shows a young bull drinking water from a puddle. He was directly below me. I could have jumped down onto his back and knifed him. Their sense of hearing is spectacular. With their large ears, they can zoom right in onto the cow call.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used to practise sneaking up on moose. I got pretty good at it. Below is a two or three year old bull, photographed in the early spring. I think he had been rubbing against a tree to remove his winter hide. The picture was taken on a tidal bog, where he and other moose would come to lick the sea salt off the grasses. I quickly figured out at what time they would appear. It was the same time every day, almost to the minute. Apparently, they too are creatures of habit. He was about 30 feet away, and could hear my old Sony Mavica camera disk drive running whenever I shot a picture. I was afraid he would come over to see what was making the sound! I muffled the camera as best I could with my mittens, and all was okay after that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What an easy shot this would have been, but I shoot with my camera only.

I watched this bull moose walk through a bunch of alders similiar to the one on his right hand side. I thought he would get completely tangled up, but no. He simply tilted his head back, the antlers went back, and effectively parted the branches so he wouldn't scratch his face. Pretty darn good design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The river is an easy paddle in a kayak. I am a scuba diver and was contemplating swimming up the river to visit the moose. In hindsight, it was probably not such a good idea. I was afraid of getting kicked by a long leg, or being gored by a sharp, pointy antler.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saw this black bear beside the road one day. He was looking for something to eat. He wandered up to a large rock (about 10" in diameter), reached out with his front paw, gripped the rock, and fired it about 30 feet away. That rock must have weighed close to 100 pounds.

He then proceeded to lick up ants or something.

Awesome power in their front legs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Although I have kayaked before, I much prefer a canoe. It seems they handle better, are not too difficult to portage, quieter, and carry more.

I put rocks in the bow to keep the end down, and not catch as much wind.

The flat bottom also permits the Old Man to have an afternoon nap when things are slow. I have had the most excellent naps in my canoe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I drove up to Labrador City one summer. It was a long trip on a gravel highway. The gravel was blasted rock with sharp edges, and would shred a tire quickly if there were any imperfections in the rubber. We carried an air compressor and a kit of tire plugs to get us through. Half way up the road (after approx 10 hours of driving) is a gas station in the middle of nowhere. They also served beer from a tall, stand up cooler. My YL didn't drink beer ever before that day, however she downed 3 within 40 miles after leaving the station. It was a dusty, warm, and dry trip.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also saw some weird signs in Labrador. There is no cell phone service on the way up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While camping overnight in the woods in Labrador, a creature similiar to the one below chewed through my coax. Every night, I set up for PSK operation from VO2 land. I used a small butane torch to solder things back together. The torch runs off a regular pocket sized cigarette lighter! The photo was taken by my 'trail cam' here in Chance Harbour. The camera uses infrared LED's for a night time flash. The red light doesn't spook the animals at all. The racoons are also creatures of habit and show up for supper around 8:30 pm every night.

 

 

Here is another WSPR shot of where my signal is hitting Europe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The primary source of heat for the QTH is wood. It is wayyyy too stressful rocking next to the fire with a 'toddy'. It is also a great spot to read a book or an old QST magazine.

It is okay when we have power failures. I can still heat up the place, I can still cook, and I can heat up water!

I constantly get teased for not having a television. (There are way too many commercials on TV now).

This is my TV screen! I have yet to see a commercial on it, but then again, there is only one channel!

 

 

I took this picture of the cove at LOW tide. It was a snowy day.

Next nice day, I want to take the Argo across the beach to the far side, and look for clams. I am sure there are big ones over by the rocks.

That sandy area is hard-packed. I often see neighbours out there walking their dogs. In the summer, kids play out there in the waves, and with their frizbees.

Take note of where the waters' edge is. Also note the long stretch of rocks to the right of the point further out. That strip of rock is 20 feet high at the peak.

 

 

 

Here is the same view but at HIGH tide. I would have trouble digging clams now.

The strip of rocks are now covered, and the waters' edge has advanced to the base of the closest tree on the left.

Go back and compare photos, if you have time!

This is the Bay of Fundy at its best. The tide takes 6+ hours to come in, and 6+ hours to go out. Because there is a plus sign...I am thinking 40 minutes beyond 6 hours ... some mornings I'll wake up to see a very low tide, and other mornings it is extremely high. It varies throughout the month, and with the phases of the moon.

 

When it snows, it becomes very easy to track wildlife. What you see here are deer tracks

The bad thing about Deep Snow, is it is heavy. Especially if it is on the roof of your house! Occaisionally we may have to shovel the snow off the roof to release the stress on the rafters.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My little Jeep does okay when plowing. It would be easier if the vehicle was heavier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is not a sunset. It's a sunrise! All that colour is golden RF from Europe, the USA, Canada, South America, Africa, Indian Ocean, Asia, Oceana, and maybe even a bit from Antarctica.

All is good here in Chance Harbour. Looks like it is going to be another nice day.

 

Thank you for visiting my QRZ page, and thanks to QRZ for providing the service.

See you on the bands.

Good DX, great signal reports, zero QRM, waterproof connectors, resonant antennas, and lots of coffee to all of you!

 

 

Regards,

Dan

 

 

 

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