Somerset Island is located approximately 2400 miles North of Ottawa and 60 air miles due South across the Parry Channel from the town of Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island. Our operating site was on the far North end of Somerset Island in the Cunningham Inlet ( N 74 04 / W 93 48 ) which was accessed by ATV vehicles from our Arctic Watch campsite.
We operated from an abandoned Beluga Whale research station, a very small two-room structure that offered us shelter from the elements and protection from passing Polar Bears. Our operating equipment was a TS50S with a HF2V vertical and a FT100D with a Sigma V vertical, powered by a small diesel generator supplying us with all of our requirements. We operated simultaneously on 10 and 14 Mhz. the only usable frequencies due to very poor conditions and our close proximity to the North Magnetic Pole. A total of 5000 QSO’s were made by K9AJ and K9PPY during the expedition period with a majority on CW due to very bad flutter conditions on SSB.
Artic watch view – aerial
Arrival on Somerset Island
HF2V radial system
Operating shack above Cunningham Inlet
30meters operating position
Jim (K9PPY) at 20 meter operating position
Mike (K9AJ) at 20 meter operating position
Iceberg in the Northwest Passage
Cunningham Inlet, Somerset, Island