Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, CANADA




VE7NB Guest Operator with VE8IR Operating VE8YK 2A NT
VE7NB and VE8IR Operating VE8YK/P from Madeline Lake, near Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada 25-26 June 2022


On 25 and 26 June 2022 the Yellowknife Amateur Radio Society (YARS) fielded an emergency amateur radio station operating on HF frequencies for 24 hours.  This exercise is the primary summer emergency preparedness exercise for the amateur radio community in North America, dressed-up as a competition.  YARS faced a number of challenges including a shortage of personnel, problems with equipment and terrible band conditions.  Some of these were out of our control.  Some were to be expected as this was the first exercise in the aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Overall a decent score was achieved and 7 QSOs were made.  There is a reason why the VE8 callsign prefix is the second rarest in North America - and it is not just the small population.  See photos...



Time:  7:00 PM MT (0100 UTC) 29 June 2022

Place:  Zoom (Instructions at End)

Field Day 2022 Instructions for the Yellowknife Amateur Radio Society (YARS) are at:  Field Day 2022 Operations Order .

YARS is planning to run a Field Day station starting at 12 noon at the Yellowknife Day Use Area on Saturday, 25 June 2022 until 12 noon on Sunday, 26 June 2022.  The planned setup will be as a minimalist QRP, battery powered emergency station operating primarily in CW and digital modes.  There might be some SSB activity. 

If you are interested, come out and have a coffee and operate.  Youth are welcome and we get additional points for youth aged 18 and under, especially if they achieve a QSO/contact.  

The Field Day website has lots of information including the rules package and suggested logging software.  

The Press Release can be found online at:  YARS Press Release.  

Field Day 2022 will be taking place from 25-26 June 2022 (12 noon local time to 12 noon local time {i.e. 1800 UTC to 1800 UTC}).  The Yellowknife Amateur Radio Society (YARS) will be running Field Day 2022 at the Yellowknife River Day Use Area.

Amateur Radio or Ham radio operators from YARS will be participating in a national amateur radio exercise from 12 noon on Saturday until 12 noon on Sunday, June 25 – 26. The event is Radio Amateurs of Canada/American Radio Relay League Field Day (, an annual amateur radio activity organized since 1933 by ARRL, The National Association for Amateur Radio in the United States.