Clarence Island – A Qualifying Attempt

This Saturday I’d like to try “qualifying” Clarence Island (FN25JN09) for the Canadian Islands Activators (CIA) Program ( The island is on the Ontario side of the Ottawa River, between Rockland and Wendover. Last May it was underwater but it has since resurfaced and is accessible by road. “Ecolos” is an electric cable ferry that operates from Clarence island to the town of Thurso on the Québec side of the river ( The main deterrent for a stay on the island are the fumes from the Thurso Pulp Mill across the river, but this should not be a problem with winds forecasted to be from the SW.

The plan is to get to the pic-nic area on the island early in the afternoon to operate CW QRP/P with the KX3 and the PAR Tribander or the W3EDP Jr.. Twenty-five QSOs with stations in at least two different DXCC’s is what is required for an island to be “qualified” and I am hoping that participants in the NAQP CW will contribute to fill the log. Once (and if…) “qualified” the island will become “ON-301” and will be available for future activations within the CIA Program ( i.e., for the W/VE Islands QSO Party in Aug. 26 2017).

If all goes well, my position will be showing in APRS (VA3PCJ-7). I may also be able to Tweet QSX info in real-time (@VA3PCJ). QSL will be only via LoTW and eQSL(AG) (i.e., no QSL cards).