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Field Day 2016

The last full weekend in June always coincides with Field Day. This year it falls on Saturday, June 25 and Sunday June 26. We are back at the Corkery Community Centre, 3447 Old Almonte Rd, Ottawa, Our old site at 175 Main St., is no longer available as it is under going major construction. You can find a link to the site with a map here: OARC Field Day Committee is planning a fun filled opportunity to get on the air. All are welcome - old hands and rookies alike.Field Day is an operating event sponsored by the ARRL whose purpose is to demonstrate the communications ability of the amateur radio community in simulated emergency situations. The aim is to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12- meter bands) and in doing so to learn to operate under less than optimal conditions.Set-up will be from 10 am until 2 pm. We should be up and running by 2 pm and will be on the air for 24 straight hours. We operate as a 2 Alpha Ontario station using the OARC Club Call Sign - VE3RC. That means we operate 2 transmitters (plus a VHF/UHF station) independent of commercial power mains. One transmitter is devoted to CW (Morse Code) and the other to SSB (voice). We expect to have a GOTA (Get on the Air) station, where rookies and unlicensed potential amateurs are welcome to make a few contacts.Help with set-up & tear down (after 2pm Sunday) is always appreciated.The OARC Field Day is a very relaxed event. You can come and go as you please; you are not committed to anything. If an operating position is vacant, don’t hesitate to pick up the mike/key. It’s a good idea to bring a lawn chair, however, there never seem to be enough. You don’t need to bring any other gear. You are welcome to stay for meals, but it doesn’t hurt to tell Janice (VA3PAX) that you’ll be there. Janice’s meals are almost legendary! We eat at: 1 pm Saturday 6 pm Saturday Noon SundayIf you are on site you are welcome to join us.The main thing to remember is that the OARC Field Day is first and foremost a social event and the aim is to have fun and spend some time with your OARC friends. Any last minute information will be posted here on the club’s web site: you thereGreg Danylchenko/VE3YTZ Field Day Helper

2016 Annual General Meeting June 8, 2016

The June meeting taking place at the regular meeting time and location on June 8 will include the Annual General meeting.

During the AGM we will review club activities and accomplishments over 2015 - 2016 and make important decisions for 2016 -17 including establishing the budget for 2016-17 and electing the executive for the coming year.

Hope to see you there.

Next Meeting March 9, 2016

For the March meeting, Greg (VE3YTZ) will be speaking about extension cords, including the various types, maximum lengths, their care and storage. Rick (VE3IHI) will demonstrate how to properly wind and store an extension cord.The meeting starts at its usual 7:30 pm, in the Colonel By Room of Ottawa City Hall. Hope to see you there!.Members are reminded that executive meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, and are open to members. Contact the executive for details.Regular Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, at 19:30L (except July and August).We meet at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue, on the second floor. It is easiest to come in from the Lisgar street entrance.Or catch us on Mondays at 20:00L on the Capital City FM Net using the club repeater VE2CRA(146.940- 100hz CTCSS).

Photos from the 2016 Club Project First Build session.

<a href="/photos/project_2016_web">OARC club project 2016 first session</a>

Photos from the 2016 Club Project First Build session. Clearly everyone is having a lot of fun.

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