The Eureka Amateur Radio Club (VY0ERC) was founded in 2016 to support amateur radio activity near Eureka, Nunavut. It is located on Ellesmere Island (NA-008, CQ Zone 2, ITU Zones 4/75) which makes a QSO with VY0ERC very unique. Contacts with Eureka are in high demand among DX and IOTA chasers and contesters. To date, VY0ERC has logged nearly 10000 contacts. VY0ERC operations are supported by club members and donors who provide equipment and financial assistance. In Spring 2018, with the help from amateur radio satellite community, VY0ERC was able to get on the air via FM satellites and activate rare grids for hams in North America, Europe and Asia. On HF, the VY0ERC equipment consists of Kenwood TS-480HX transceiver, VCI HF-600 linear amplifier, Cushcraft R5 vertical, a rotatable 20m band home-brewed Moxon rectangle and various wire antennas. For FM satellite we have an Arrow VHF/UHF beam and hand helds.
High Arctic weather is very challenging. Strong winds and icing disrupts the operations multiple times a year. The VY0ERC team is continuously re-building and improving the antennas in order to extend the operating time on the air and enhance the quality of QSOs. Far and away, the most consistent band VY0ERC operates is 20m. However taking into account the geographical location and current minimum of the solar cycle 40 and 80m becomes more attractive for DX contacts, especially from October to February during which time the Sun does not rise in Eureka.
"Do you need Zone 2 on 40 and 80m, do you need rare multiplier in the contest? VY0ERC would like to help you get it, but we need help establishing antennas that can reliably result in contacts! Our aim is to eventually arrive at phased vertical arrays for 40m and 80m. Please donate!"
The donations can be made here or directly to the club's e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) via Paypal.