Contact made by KA4UDX with VE1FO/VE9 – on DXpedition to Campobello Island on 20 meters 14.260 Mhz
VE1FO/VE9 Campobello Island DX-pediton May 29-31 2010; KB1IRZ and N1URA to join Halifax Amateur Radio Club
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7) Campobello Island DX-pedition – VE1FO/9
Several members of the Halifax Amateur Radio Club and friends will be celebrating spring 2010 with their now annual Ham Radio “Spring Fling”.
Where: Campobello Island, New Brunswick – IOTA NA-014 // CisA-001
When: Friday May 28 – Monday May 31, 2010
The Team includes six couples – Dick Grantham (VE1AI) and Sandra; Scott Wood (VE1QD) and Sue; Ken McCormick (VY2RU) and Ella (VE1PEI); Howard Dickson (VE1DHD) and Jean; Gary Bartlett (VE1RGB) and Bev; and Cory Golob (N1URA) and Beckie (KB1IRZ).
Our callsign will be VE1FO/9.
We will be operating both SSB and CW on 80, 40, 30, 20, and 15 from the Island Chalets located near the bridge to Lubec Maine and the Roosevelt Compound.
A special QSL card will be printed for this DX-pedition.
1. For QSL’s outside USA and Canada, please send one IRC or $2 US for direct reply. Cards without s.a.s.e. will be answered via the bureau.
2. For USA direct QSLs – please do NOT send a s.a.s.e. with a US stamp on it; they are not valid for use in Canada. You may however send a s.a.s.e. with the proper amount of Canadian postage, or 1 IRC, or $2 US (with tax Canadian postage to the USA is now $1.15 and the Canadian dollar is now at par with the US dollar; our group is small and we can not afford to cover the difference if only $1US is sent for a direct QSL response).
3. Bureau cards will be answered via bureau as usual.
Direct QSL requests should be send to the attention of:
Howard Dickson – VE1DHD
Halifax Amateur Radio Club
PO Box 663,
Halifax, N.S. B3J 3T3
Campobello Island is located at 44º 51’48.05”N & 66 º 58’44.66”W near the mouth of the Bay of Fundy, and lies off the south-east corner of New Brunswick and the south-east tip of the state of Maine. There is a car ferry connecting Campobello to the mainland by way of Deer Island New Brunswick, but it only runs during the summer months; so to get to Campobello Island at other times of the year, Canadians need a passport and must travel through the United States entering over the Roosevelt Campobello International Bridge from Lubec Maine.
A Bit of Campobello History:
Campobello had had a rich and varied History, the French being the first European settlers in the early 1700s, but the Treaty of Utrecht placed Campobello under English control in 1713. Settlers of Scottish and Irish descent arrived on the Island from New England in 1765, and in 1767, Captain William Owen received an island land grant from the Governor General of Nova Scotia and named the island Campobello.
Trade in the early days included cured fish, lumber and potash shipments to England, shingles and cordwood to Boston, and a West Indies market for salt pollock in exchange for rum. Commercial activity included brickyards, sawmills, a tannery and a soap factory. A strong market for fish existed in New York and the manufacture of wooden boxes for shipping fish became a significant industry. By 1850, the Island population had increased to 865d, and by 1862 to 1,039.
The late 1860′s were not good years on Campobello. Corporate business folded, shipping and foreign trade declined dramatically, and there were few, new settlers. Campobello’s shipping and trading had pretty well ceased by 1871 when a new industry developed in the late 1870′s, with a resurgence in the 1920s – rum running. A second new industry bloomed during the 1880′s, when Campobello became a popular summer vacation destination for the wealthy on the eastern seaboard of the United States and Canada. Boston and New York businessmen constructed luxurious hotels and well-to-do families from New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Ottawa and Montreal escaped to Campobello for the summer.
James Roosevelt, father of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, first visited the Island in 1883, purchased several acres of land and had a summer home constructed; other wealthy visitors did the same.
With the opening of the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial Bridge in 1962, the island become more accessible and now over 100,000 people visit Campobello each year.
The fishing industry – the harvesting of lobster, scallops, clams, sea urchins, herring, cod, pollock, mackerel and pen-raised salmon remain the mainstay of Campobello, although tourism is a steadily increasing Campobello industry.
* Alan’s note – the distance to their “portable” DXpedition location is approximately 1480 miles from my location. The QRZ.COM location would not be correct because they are portable on a DX Expedition…
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