Canada C3 Voyage Carrying WSPR Concludes; Beacon May Remain Active:
The ARRL Letter
November 9, 2017
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Canada C3 Voyage Carrying WSPR Concludes; Beacon May Remain Active On Return Trip:
The epic Canada C3 voyage of the Polar Prince to commemorate Canada's
150th Anniversary of Confederation celebration ended successfully on
October 28. Over the course of the 150-day expedition from Toronto,
Ontario, to Victoria, British Columbia via the Northwest Passage, the
CG3EXP WSPR HF beacon was received on every continent except
Antarctica, CG3EXP trustee Barrie Crampton, VE3BSB, told ARRL this
The Polar Prince receives a Victoria Fire Department salute as it
arrives in British Columbia.
"The Ultimate 3S beacon transmitter made 64,800 transmissions that
resulted in 397,964 uploads to WSPRnet.org
http://wsprnet.org/drupal/," Crampton said. The CG3EXP WSPR beacon --
which transmitted on 40, 30, and 20 meters -- provided an opportunity
for the Amateur Radio community to follow the vessel's progress and
share in the celebration.
However, the end of the voyage does not mean the end of the beacon's
transmissions. Crampton said the CG3EXP beacon "will likely remain on
the air as the Polar Prince returns to the east coast of Canada via the
The deadline for Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) Canada C3 Expedition
submissions is November 30. The purpose of the award was to track the
voyage of the Polar Prince from Toronto to Victoria and to study radio
propagation in the Arctic regions of Canada. Stations listened for WSPR
signals from CG3EXP and recorded the 6-character Maidenhead grid square
that was transmitted, as well as the location of the ship.
The WSPR beacon consists of a QRP Labs Kits U3S beacon transmitter. The
antenna is a 30-meter resonant end-fed dipole from MyAntennas.com
http://myantennas.com/wp/, sloping at 62° up to the mid-mast.
Earlier this year, Crampton explained that the Polar Prince did not
carry a full-blown Amateur Radio station because of logistics, space,
technical requirements. A WSPR beacon was far easier to implement, he
said. Read more
-- Thanks to Barrie Crampton, VE3BSB, and RAC MarCom Director Alan
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