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OARC members operated in the 2015 Winter RAC Contest

OARC members operated from Canada's Cold War Museum, also known as the Diefenbunker, using the call sign VE3CWM. As Dave Green (VE3TLY), Contest Captain explained: "the 2015 activation of VE3CWM is our best yet from the Diefenbunker." A quick summary of the claimed results are:

QSOs 927
Multipliers: 79
Total Score: 368,772

By far the most active bands in 2015 were 20m phone (200 QSOs), 20m CW (189) and 40m phone (178).

To put things into perspective, here is a comparison with the OARC's previous best results:

QSOs 967 [2012]
Multipliers 65 [2014]
Total Score 320,670 [2012]

Thanks are due to the management and staff at the Diefenbunker who agreed to open the facility well beyond regular hours to accommodate us. Photos are by VE3YTZ.


VE2CRA: VHF and UHF repeaters now linked.

We have recently made changes to VE2CRA, the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club's local 2m and 70cm repeaters. These repeaters are now linked so that all voice traffic on one will appear on the other. However note that IRLP traffic is still limited to the VHF repeater. The main reason for the change is to provide some diversity for VE2CRA users. If you find that you are having trouble accessing one of the two repeaters, you now have the option of trying the other.Please contact any of the members of the repeater committee if you have any questions or comments.VE2CRA:146.940- T100 Hz,443.300+ T100 Hz.

Photos Portable Station Demonstration 2015

Photos from the 2015 Portable Station Demo

Portable Station Demonstration

If you attended any of the last few OARC meetings you may have heard discussions concerning the planned portable station demonstration. Well we’re good to go! Here are all the details: Date: Saturday September 19, 2015 (this Saturday) Time: set-up 9:00 am; station demonstrations: 10:00 am to noon; tear down: noon to 1 pm Place: Gazebo area of Andrew Haydon Park (Note: We were there two years ago, it’s a nice location)

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