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Mini Flea Market and Christmas Party - Dec 13, 2017

Come on out on December 13th for the Mini Flea Market and Christmas Party. This is a chance to clear out your old gear and make room for the new goodies you’re expecting from Santa! Bring any gear you’d like to sell or give away, and a wallet full of cash for the gear you’d like to buy from other members. Everyone who attends is eligible for a chance at the many door prizes that will be drawn throughout the evening, including gift certificates to a popular commercial vendor.

To keep the trading floor hopping, we’ll be serving coffee, juice and water along with assorted Christmas baking. Spouses or sweethearts and other guests are welcome to attend.

The meeting starts at its usual 7:30 pm, in the Colonel By Room. For any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Janice Neelands or
Margaret Tidman at call sign at RAC.

Hope to see you there!

Janice Neelands, VA3PAX
Margaret Tidman, VA3VXN

Items of interest from the last meeting

December 30, 2017 is the 2017 RAC Winter Contest. We will be running a station at the Diefenbunker 10m below ground! Talk to VE3TLY if you want to particpate.

RAC Winter Contest in 2016

The Tall Pines Rally is running out of Bancroft  November 25,26 and they are looking for ham radio operators. Contact Mike VE3FFK for details.

We are putting together a tour of the Diefenbunker museum To take place on a Tuesday evening in the near future. Contact Margaret VA3VXN if interested.

Anyone interested in a morse code refresher course should contact Diane VA3DB

NVIS event this coming Sunday

NVIS demo graphic

The goal of this event is to make contacts and talk to other operators using NVIS techniques.

No restrictions on operation, just get on the air and operate with your best NVIS antenna. Bands of interest are 40 m, 60 m, and 80 m, depending on conditions. We suggest this identifier when calling to make it easier to identify participants: ‘CQ NVIS Ontario “Call Sign”’.

Sunday Sept 24, 2017, 13:00 – 18:00 EDT

Suggest frequencies:

SSB: 3.700-3.750; 5.3305, 5.3465, 5.3570, 5.3715, 5.4035; 7.040-7.070

CW: 3.550, 5.3305, 5.3465, 5.3570, 5.3715, 5.4035; 7.030

(via Peel Amateur Radio club)

Everyone is welcome to come and join in.

For local information contact either  David Conn, VE3KL <dave{REPLACE WITH AT SIGN}> or Tyler Tidman, VA3DGN <tyler.tidman{REPLACE WITH AT SIGN}>

OARC 2017 Portable Station Demonstration

If you attended a recent OARC meeting, you would have seen the presentation on the planned Portable Station Demonstration. Well, we’re good to go! Date: this Saturday, i.e. September 16, 2017 Time: set-up: 9:00 am; station demonstrations: 10:00 am to noon; tear down: noon to 1 pm Place: Picnic Shelter area of Walter Baker Park in Kanata (corner Terry Fox and Hazeldean) (Note: This is a change from last year. Our old venue was not available.) Breakfast: For those so inclined, we will meet at 8:00 am for breakfast, at your own cost, at Rockin’ Johnny’s, 486 Hazeldean Road, Kanata. If you did not sign up and still want to demonstrate your portable station it’s no problem, come on out and set up on September 16. I won’t be providing any infrastructure, except for the location. Bring a chair and table, there do not seem to be too many around. For the rest of us, come on out and take a look at the proud handiwork of our members and perhaps make a contact or two yourself. HF (CW, digital, phone) and VHF/UHF portable stations are all welcome. Mark that date on the calendar, September 16th. The weather promises to be good, though warm. Recent visitors have indicated that even at 09:00, the grass was still soaked with dew. You might want to wear waterproof footwear for putting up antennas. Greg/CG3YTZ Map

Next OARC Meeting January 10, 2018 at 7:30pm the speaker will be Jack Scrimgeour "Reminiscing about early radio broadcasting in Western Canada" in the Colonel By Room at Ottawa City Hall