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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_

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