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Last meeting February 14

Highlights of last meeting February 14, 2018

Douglas King receiving the 2017-2018 Joe Norton award

Douglas King VE3YDK (left) receiving the 2017-2018 Joe Norton award from Glenn, VE3XRA

A short discussion was held on the last Canadian Ski Marathon with Amateur radio operators stepping in at the last minute to handle a commercial digital system but finding their amateur radio gear worked better when it snowed. 

A free beginning morse code course with a followup course (TBD later) will begin as a joint project with the OVMRC. There was plenty of sufficient interest from the OARC meeting to start, possibly as early as the last week of February 2018. Email db _AT_ for details.

There was not much interest in doing a Pixie II build session but again email db _AT_ if you are interested.

Dave Conn VE3KL gave a talk on helping a blind ham using an Arduino to simply a complex menu system.

Dave Conn VE3KL.

Last meeting January 10

Jack Scrimgeour Last meeting's speaker was Jack Scrimgeour who gave a talk on everything from galena crystal sets to early WWII radar.

We have several options for a CW course which will probably start in February. email  Diane, VA3DB db _at_ for details.

Harrie, VE3HYS is looking for volunteers for the Canadian Ski Marathon email harriej59 _at_

VA3RAC Canada Winter Contest Report - Most Ever Contacts

cw crew 2017 RAC winter contest

Dave Green/VE3TLY has submitted the OARC log for the 2017 RAC Winter Contest.This is his report:

The results this year are for the most part the best we've ever achieved from the Diefenbunker. For example:

total QSOs: 1312 vs. 967 in 2012
total points: 5870 vs 5090 in 2012
max QSOs in one band: 635 on 40 m, vs 389 on 20 m in 2015

Due to diminished band conditions, traffic was very light on 15 and 10 m so our multiplier count, 61 was well below our maximum of 79 in 2015, but we can blame that on the propagation gods.
Our final score 358,070 was only slightly lower than our all-time high of 368,772 in 2015. Please note that these are preliminary numbers. Final results will have to wait for a review by the contest managers. In summary, I think we have every reason to be very pleased, particularly since our prime role this year was to hand out the VA3RAC call sign. We succeeded in spades!

Thanks to everyone who came by to help out. We had a total of 13 operators; a great turn out which helped share the load. We had a few visiting operators including Jamie VE3UBJ and Lawrence VA5LD/VE3LGD. If you read the latest RAC-Bulletin, you will note that we will likely be seeing more of Lawrence in the months to come. Welcome aboard.

I wanted to thank Mike VE3FFK, Dave VE3KL and Glenn VE3XRA for their help with gear preparation. Thanks too to Greg CF3GD (aka VE3YTZ) for help with handling the treats and snacks that we were all able to enjoy, and to Brian VE3UU for helping to "grease the wheels" at the Diefenbunker (and for the 15, 10, 6 and 2 m multipliers!!!).

We also owe a very special thank you to Nick Shepherd VE3OWV who helped enormously with the antennas and other gear preparations before the contest. Nick showed remarkable reserve as we tore apart his antenna configuration in the run-up to the contest! Not to worry, we helped put it all back together again after it was over. ;-)

Thanks too to Helen and Liz at the Bunker for their enthusiastic support. It was very much appreciated.

I hope we can do it all over again next year: mark your calendars for Dec. 29 2018.

73 Dave VE3TLY

OARC Operators needed for VA3RAC - Dec. 31

RAC Contest 2016 at Diefenbunker

As you may know OARC will be operating from the Diefenbunker for the RAC Canada Winter Contest on Saturday Dec 30 using the special VA3RAC call.

It turns out that we also have the use of that call for Sunday Dec 31.
In order to maximize the amount of fun for OARC members, any of our members can use the callsign subject to the following procedure:

1) Before noon local on Friday Dec 29, send an email to Mike, (ve3ffk AT gmail dot com) stating what UTC time, band(s) and mode(s) you want to use the call on Sunday. Don't hog the slots, sign up only for those you will actually use.

2) Shortly after 1PM Local time on Friday, Mike will email all of you
with the requested operating slots. This email will come from (ve3ffk AT winlink dot org). If, on Sunday you want to add or drop operating slots, send an email to everyone on the email list.
This should prevent two people operating on the same band and mode at the same time. Note that Sunday operating time is in UTC, i.e. 7PM Sat to 7PM Sun.

3) Please note that logs must be submitted to RAC and to exec in
cabrillo or adif format. Contact Mike VE3FFK for details.

Let's send the special call sign out with a bang!
Happy New Year

Next OARC Meeting March 14, 2018 at 7:30pm - Ron McFadyen VE3YXY "Building Linked Repeaters Above 7000 Feet" in the Colonel By Room at Ottawa City Hall