TheCanada C3 Expedition CG3EXPis the cover story of the September-October 2017 issue ofThe Canadian Amateurmagazine which is now available online to members of Radio Amateurs of Canada. The feature article by organizersBarrie Crampton, VE3BSB and John Gilbert, VE3CXL, provides a great overview of the project from conception to reality. For more information about Radio Amateurs of Canada visithttp://wp.rac.ca/about-rac/.
A Canada 150 Signature project,Canada C3is a 150-day expedition (June 1 to October 28) from Toronto, Ontario to Victoria, British Columbia via the Northwest Passage. The journey is divided into 15 legs and as ofSeptember 1, thePolar Princeis onLeg 10and is currently travelling along the Nunavut coastline heading towards Kugluktuk, formerly called Coppermine.
Kugluktuk is the westernmost community in Nunavut. It is located north of the Arctic Circle on the Canadian mainland at the mouth of the Coppermine River where it feeds into Coronation Gulf, which is part of the Northwest Passage. Situated near the border with the Northwest Territories, the scenic valley of the Coppermine River was an ancient source of copper for the Inuit people. It has a unique microclimate that extends a narrow band of stunted boreal forest trees northwards toward the Arctic Ocean. 'Kugluktuk' means 'place of moving water' and the root word 'kugluk' means 'waterfall.' Upriver from this hospitable hamlet is the beautiful Kugluk cascade, also known as Bloody Falls, an ancient fishing and hunting location that is now a territorial park of historic cultural importance. For more information visit:http://nunavuttourism.com/regions-communities/kugluktuk
Below is the online route map as of September 1 that is produced from the position reports provided by the network Amateur Radio receivers (seehttp://www.qrp-labs.com/c3.html).
The Polar Prince tracking map on September 1.
The total distance travelled from the start of the journey on June 1 is 15,812 kilometres. The daytime reception reports increasingly rely on the Western Stations for uploading spots toWSPRnet.org. As described in thebackgroundinformation below the location and frequencies for the WSPR,CG3EXP, may be viewed online at:http://wsprnet.org/drupal/wsprnet/map
On June 29, theCG3EXPbeacon was received in Japan, the first Asian continent report (see below).
Graham, VE3GTC, has undertaken a detailed report on theCG3EXPbeacon reception characteristics and reporter stations. A full report will be published towards the end of the Expedition.
As ofAugust 31, 2017, there have been a total number of 1,899 unique reporters reporting on CG3EXP WSPR contributing to a running of 319,000 spots since thePolar Princedeparted Toronto.
Distance in kilometres
Distance in miles
Interestingly, 40 metres still wins out as the band having the maximum distance and is still the workhorse band for CG3EXP even though the total number of spots per day has dropped off as the ship has been further north and further away from the larger populations of Amateur Radio stations.
WSPR spot count by band:
Top 10 reporters all bands:
Lastly, TCA columnistRobert Mazur, VA3ROM,has completed an exquisite design of the Canada C3 Expedition Award certificate. Stay tuned to this website for more information.
Canada C3 Expedition update: August 25, 2017
ThePolar Princeiscurrently midway through the famed Northwest Passage and is due toarrive in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut tomorrow onSaturday, August 26.
As the ship traversed the most northern leg of the expedition at latitude 74.6 degrees,CG3EXPdaytime beacon receptions at times were achieved only by stations such as Bob, VE3YX, Don, VE8JY and northern stations Gerry, VE8GER and Ron, VE8TEA.
Rich, VE3KI, had noted in an email exchange that HF propagation should improve with a decrease in the K-Index. Such was the case in the August 24-25 period as shown in the following Planetary K-index chart provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) athttp://www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/planetary-k-index.
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