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.
More QSLs going out soon!
Lots of QSL cards went out Will try to do some rare iotas like 130, Broughton Island and 007 from Coral Harbour in the summer of 2017.
73, dx, god bless
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
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.
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.
Housing is ranked as #1 or #2 with food security as a second most important social issue.
Alcohol is legal in the town.
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...All dressed Pizza is 50 bux and delivery is extra 6...
The cost of living is very high in Cape Dorset and less people are hunting due to a moratorium on caribou hunting (moratorium lifted for subsistence hunting) in the Baffin Region. The herd has been decimated by over 90% due to a combination of factors: global warming, climate change, pollution coming from over the pole, over hunting (not likely) changes in migration, seismic testing in the Hudson Bay looking for minerals and natural gas and diseases like brucellosis. Still viable are caribou, geese and seal hunting, clams, mussels, crabs, walrus, arctic char, cod, turbot, foxes, arctic hares and polar bears.
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
Most people use an ATV 4 wheeler in winter and summer to get around 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...
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.
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.
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 would also like to set up a Club at the big Inukshuk, high school in Iqaluit, which has a lot of students...or Nunavut Arctic College in Iqaluit, the capital city of Nunavut, where I travel to often.I am picturing a TH7 on top of the school with a 3 el yagi for 40m...and 4 el yagi for 12, 17 and 30...and delta loops for 75 and 160m...
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
...and maybe I will travel to some rare iotas in the Northwest Territories or NWT to the West...and maybe to Yukon too. (Vy1).
It is starting to feel like winter and some arctic ravens are flying around. I did see some Caribou and Belugas recently.
Last edited on May 29, 2017
RIP: wa2bah, Stan, Don, ve3rm