CF31CER, special station on the air during September, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the The Elgins, the 31st Combat Engineers Regiment here in St Thomas, ON, Canada.

Last count, 162 contacts were made during the 24-hour operation Sept. 10-11 1200-1200. Look for the station on the air during September, I will post times and frequencies here if I can. Thanks for the contacts, 73


For a nice certificate confirming your contact with the station, please send us an email to with your call and contact number and we will send you a certificate by return email. The image on the certificate is a copy of a painting at the regiment.

References: information about the regiment | wiki information

CF31CER now on the Air

Bill VE3SRH just knocking them down on 40 meters this afternoon, club president Worth VE3BTC sits in the background.


To get the certificate for confirming the contact with CF31CER, just send us your call and contact number to CF31CER@gmail.comr and we will send you a persnoalized certificate confirming the contact with CF31CER:

The station will be on the air until 1200 UTC Sunday Sept. 11, 7175 on 40 seems to be a popular operating frequency for the station, but if conditions are good, we will be on other bands as well.

Field Day at W8CDX


NO3M created a 1930s Field Day vintage radio station for use in Field Day 2016. Nice looking station, certainly not minimalist and perhaps not totally chirp free, but it is nice looking job at such short notice.

Link: W8CDX Field Day 2016

2016 Field Day

2016 field day logo

EARS will be operating Field Day 2016 at the Keystone Complex in Shedden, ON from 10 AM Saturday June 25 until 12 noon Sunday June 26. Come on out and visit us.

Link to times when the Field Day bulletins will be sent out: 2016-w1aw-sked

QRP Build Projects

There are two ongoing QRP transceiver build projects.

The CWTD project is building a SW-30+ transceiver. This is the SWL rig, runs 2-3 watts and has a superhet receiver, and covers 35 khz on the 30 meter band. I have ordered one of these rigs and will be building it over the summer.


CWTD (Chat with the Designers) website
SW-30+ build project info
order page for a SW-30+ rig

The K7QO project is building a 1-watter transceiver. This is a VXO rig and runs 1 watt. Chuck has built one of these rigs for other bands as well.


K7QO website
qrp-tech Yahoo forum

KX2 – new Elecraft gem


Today Elecraft announced the new portable rig called the KX2. It is small but very powerful, details are available on the Elecraft site.

CF31CER – Special Call

31st CER HQ

CME_CrestThe Elgin Amateur Radio Society (EARS) would like to announce that a special call CF31CER has been obtained to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Elgin Regiment, The Elgins 31st CER (Combat Engineers Regiment). This call will be used for the period of September 1, 2016 to September 30, 2016. All operations will be conducted from the Regiment’s headquarters at 40 Wilson Avenue in St Thomas, Ontario, Canada. A special QSL will be available, QSL via

References: information about the regiment | wiki information