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Hello--I am active from time to time but I travel often to cover all of South Baffin--Pangnirtung, Kimmirut, Clyde River, Qikiqtarjuaq and Cape Dorset.I usually overnight in the capital, Iqaluit as it's a major hub. Love to see a film there or get a great pizza or Shawarma with lamb at Yummies!

 

73, dx

Mike,VY0BRR Using special call for 150th anniversary of Canada's confederation, 1867-2017, CI0BRR. New QSLs with special call were just printed from Gennady, in Ukraine!

 

 

 

 

 

Mike, VY0BRR! QSL via: ve2xb on qrz.com with SAE or SASE with CDN stamps or SAE  and 3 greenbacks. Sorry for the delays. It has been very hectic and busy, busy, busy.

 

PSE DO NOT ask for SKEDS or send emails unless you are checking to see if you made it into the log. Pse be patient, courteous and listen, listen, listen b4 xmitting. 73, dx, tnx! Mike

 

 

IOTA NA-156--QSL VIA VE2XB (Pse send donations of $2, $5, $10 with your qsl card or paypal  thedogateit at gmail.com ) 73, dx, tnx, Mike, vy0brr. Your donations will be much appreciated for rare IOTA op planning.

 

New Project: I am working on a 6m Beacon to be set up on Broughton Island/Qikiqtarjuaq with a Ranger 10w 6m rig, Lunar amp (120w), automatic cw id with Ringo 6m vertical on top of a tall building close to the sea. I have the calls VY0SIX and VY0ZOO will be the call I use for dx trips to rare iotas.

 

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Cape Dorset (Inuktitut: Kinngait (high mountain); is an Inuit hamlet located on Dorset Island near Foxe Peninsula at the southern tip of Baffin Island in the Qikiqtaaluk Region of Nunavut, Canada. The Inuktitut name of the village means "high mountains".

 

Cape Dorset is where the remains of the Thule (Tuniit, Dorset Culture) were discovered, that lived between 1000B.C and 1100 A.D. Cape Dorset was named by Captain Luke Fox after Edward Sackville, 4th Earl of Dorset on September 24, 1631. The Inuit originally called the inlet Sikusiilaq before it was named Cape Dorset, after the area of sea ocean nearby that remains ice free all winter. Hudson's Bay Company started their trading post in 1913, where they traded furs and skins for supplies like tobacco, ammunition, flour, gas, tea and sugar. Since the 1950s, Cape Dorset, which calls itself the "Capital of Inuit Art" has been a centre for drawing, printmaking, and carving. Even today, printmaking and carving are the community's main economic activities. Each year, Kinngait Studios issues an annual print collection. Cape Dorset has been hailed as the most artistic community in Canada, with some 22% of the labour force employed in the arts. Carving as an occupation is very difficult to next to impossible as the carvings are not all bought from the COOP, so many carvers try to sell their carvings to people around town but this is not a sustainable or reliable option. There are more carvers than buyers for carvings. Some local artists also do sketches, water colors and lithographs but this is very difficult to make a living at, unless you are a master artist (and they number as many fingers as you have on one hand.)

In 1957, James Houston, European-Canadian created a graphic arts workshop in Cape Dorset.

Houston collected drawings from community artists and encouraged local Inuit stone carvers to apply their skills to stone-block printing. The print program was modeled after Japanese ukiyo-e workshops. Other cooperative print shops were also established in nearby communities, but the Cape Dorset workshop has remained the most successful. They have experimented with etching, engraving, lithography, and silkscreen, and produce annual catalogs advertising the limited edition prints.

Between the years of 1959 and 1974, Cape Dorset artists produced more than 48,000 prints. Well-known artists of Cape Dorset include Nuna Parr; Pudlo Pudlat; and Kenojuak Ashevak. Parr's carvings are internationally recognized and his work is exhibited in the National Gallery of Canada. Ashevak's drawings of owls have appeared on Canadian stamps as well as a Canadian quarter. Inuit photographer and author Peter Pitseolak spent several years of his life living in Cape Dorset.

Demographics:

As of the 2014 census, the population was close to 1,700. a big increase from 2006. The area is serviced by the Cape Dorset Airport with two airlines, First Air and Canadian North. This is a fly in community, so most of everything comes in by air, except for the short summer, when the barge or ship brings in goods. There is 24 hour daylight from late May to August. WE are not far enough North to have periods of total darkness like Clyde River or Pond Inlet, but days are a little shorter in winter but not by much.

 

Water: We do not have a municipal water supply with pipes. The water comes from pumping fresh water at T Lake to water station in town, where it is chlorinated to kill off any viruses or bacteria. Then, it is delivered by truck to each home.

 

Construction: There is a furious effort to rebuild the new High School using cement and steel. After a two-year-long fundraising campaign that raised more than $10 million, construction has officially begun on the Kenojuak Cultural Centre and Print Shop in Cape Dorset, Nunavut. The 10,000-square-foot centre will provide a space for community meetings, exhibitions and artists’ studios. Construction of the centre will be handled by the Iqluit-based, Inuit firm Kudlik Construction Ltd., who have arrived in Cape Dorset and started to prepare the site, creating service roads, installing power lines and driving piles into bedrock. Work will be halted over the winter and resume in April, with a tentative completion date in March 2018.

 

Radio: There is a local FM radio station to announce local events and birthdays and weddings, news, anniversaries, etc., and they get a feed from CBC news from Iqaluit.

There is also a radio station that the kids use in the Sam Pudlat elementary school and it covers some parts of the town outside the school with a few watts and ground plane antenna.

 

Alcohol:

Alcohol is legal in the town.

 

Television: We had a cable tv service but no longer running, so people use satellite dishes to watch their fav shows. I love PBS Newshour, Frontline, Nova, Doc Martin, My Mom and Other Strangers, Father Brown, Prime Suspect, Grandchester, Inspector Lewis, Code Black, Night Shift, Law & Order, Chicago Justice, Madame Secretary, Blue Bloods, Grey's Anatomy, The Voice, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire, 60 Minutes, Zoo, Sports, among others.

 

Police:

RCMP Detachment: We have 5 RCMP officers full time. They have a repeater with 4 Bay dipole stacked array that provides excellent coverage in the town and up and down the coast.

 

Cell phone service: None yet but the towns are slowly getting 4G service. For example, Pangnirtung, Pond, Iqaluit, Rankin, Cambridge Bay--are all  wired.

 

Internet: Yes, we have good speed service and 4G is here for extra. Yes, all the kids are using Facebook and twitter like everyone else. Search Kingait and you'll see the flurry of activity!

 

Court: We have criminal court that comes to town every 3 months with a judge from Montreal or elsewhere that does the circuit of the towns.

 

Snack bar restaurant: Yes, two places to grab a burger or fries and even poutine! The Hotel, Dorset Suites, has an elegant dining room and serves excellent meals, but not cheap. All dressed pizza is 50 bux and delivery is extra 6 bux! They make great philly cheese steak sandwiches, bannock, croissants, muktuq (walrus), chicken, etc.

 

Electricity:  We have a power plant that burns diesel fuel to power a generator. Don' t ask me why they don't use solar and wind power like in many parts of the Scandinavian countries.It is quite good as far very few outages.

 

Heating: Houses are heated by oil furnaces.Winters can get very cold with temps in the -40ºCs, even -50ºC with wind chill factored in but humidity is very low.

 

Tourism:

Spanning both Dorset Island and Mallik Island, Mallikjuaq Territorial Park is notable for its Thule culture, Dorset culture, and Inuit archaeological sites. The park is reachable by foot from Cape Dorset at low tide, or by boat.

There is a cairn in memory of the ship, (It is on the beach and could be turned into a museum or visitor`s center...) RMS Nascopie, that hit rock and sank in 1947. It was a supply ship to the arctic. Although the cargo was lost, the passengers and crew were saved. There are also outfitters that offer tours like dog sledding, camping and hiking to parks. Their is a very nice hotel called Dorset Suites, but the rates are very steep...and that is without meals...

Still viable are caribou, geese and seal hunting, clams, mussels, crabs, walrus, arctic char, cod, turbot, foxes, arctic hares, whales and polar bears.

Transportation:

There is a school bus and a few vans that shuttle people to designated stops on the island during the school year. We also have a taxi service now!

Most people use an ATV 4 wheeler in winter and in summer to get around (and lots of motorcycles, scooters) and of course, ski-doos are very common around town, when there is enough snow on the ground. Some people use snow shoes or skis to do cross X skiing. Biking is very popular with the kids cycling even in the winter. Don't ask me how they do it? Walking and hiking are popular all year long and the hikes up the mountains to pick geese eggs and berries are popular with everyone. But--there are a ZILLION MOSQUITOES, so cover up with long sleeves and a mesh mask or they will eat you alive!

Roads in Cape Dorset provide access within town.Some folks are trying kite skiing and it is a lot of fun! It`s a fun, healthy and wholesome activity for the whole family. You hook the sail to a harness around your waist and off you go when the wind picks up! I do this in Belize in water and it`s a load of fun and you can really move. I have tried dog sledding and the dogs can really move at 15 KM/hr...

People go boating in summer to fish and kayaking is likewise popular. The word, Kayak is Inuit in origin.Lots of boats in the harbour/beach area from small to larger ones. Canoes and kayaks are popular too!

 

AIRPORT

Cape Dorset Airport is a small airstrip and provides connection beyond Cape Dorset (to Iqaluit Airport) and when ships cannot travel in the Hudson Strait due to ice. The airport is not high tech and if the pilot cannot see the landing strip due to poor visibility, he/she passes right over and back to Iqaluit. The pilots are excellent and value safety first. Planes are small Dash 8s or larger ones for freight. There are flights 6 days a week. Mail comes in by plane and friends and family send me care packages...of homemade goodies. I love herbal teas and Carr biscuits.

 

Health Centre

There is a fully staffed health centre with an equipped EMERG or ER serving the community and if there is serious illness that requires a specialist to follow up, people are referred to Iqaluit for a consult or to Ottawa. During some emergency health situations, people are medivaced by plane to Iqaluit and further South to Ottawa or Montreal.There is also a fully equipped dental clinic.

 

Grocery Stores

There are two grocery stores but the prices are expensive compared to Montreal or Ottawa, so I bring up lots of food on sea lift in the summer.

 

Yes, the winter wx is FRIGGIN cold at temps close to -50ºC but very low humidity, so that helps keep it comfortable if dressed in parkas properly when outside. I wear lots of goose down clothing which is very warm and I am toasty. I used the same clothing in Baker Lake when I visited and it was -66ºC! Yes, that is very cold in ºF or ºC because the scales merge at -40 degrees. We get blizzards with total white outs and they close down the town for safety reasons. The winds can get as high as 120 KM or more.

 

Still, it is a lovely place (filled with mountains in the foreground and background) to live, work, ham radio dxing and visiting. The children are very special and the Inuit culture is charming and interesting.

There are incredible artists who carve soapstone and paint or draw using watercolors or charcoal. If you like, send me an email and I can get you something special for your XYL and send by XPRESSPOST anywhere in the world! I can also get greeting cards and Xmas cards in small packages. They are reproductions of the spectacular lithographs that sell for $3-4K.

73, dx, Mike, vy0brr

 

(Source: Wikipedia and some by this author.)

And and a special thanks to all of my Elmers, Bill, w2gjr/ve2(RIP) Ron, ve2kw(RIP)Don, ve3rm (RIP) and Stan, WA2BAH (RIP). All of my Elmers inspired me to get my ticket when I was young. It was especially nice to visit with Don at his well equipped shack and home in Eastern Ontario where I was ve2xb/3. He is gone but not forgotten. I miss him dearly as a close friend and talked with him right up until the end. I am setting up some older gear in my shack and the schools in Qik, Kimmirut, Pangnirtung, Clyde River, Cambridge Bay and Coral Harbour to pay tribute and honor to my Elmers. These will be Clubs so the students can earn their ham tickets and hopefully, get on the air...I am planting the seeds for the next generation...

 

 

I will be traveling to other places in Nunavut and will activate some very rare IOTAs including: Coral Harbour, Southampton Island/COATS, na-007, Sanikiluaq, Belcher, Islands, NA-196, Igloolik, NA-174, Cambridge Bay, Victoria Island, NA-006, and Qikiqtarjuaq/ Broughton Island, NA-130

 

 

It is starting to feel like summer and some arctic ravens are flying around. I did see some Caribou and Belugas recently.

Last edited on July, 7, 2017

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