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Posted by VA3MPM on October 16, 2014 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (1)

This Saturday, Oct 18/2014, We will be participating in Scouts on the Air (JOTA) With the 7th Prescott Cub Pack who will be having their fall camp at Camp Sheldrick located at 12489 Webb Road off of Nesbitt Rd. off of Hwy 31 which is south of Winchester. This is their first time participating in the event.

Steve, VE3AVP will be setting up a digital station, and I am setting up a voice station. We are planing to arrive there at noon.

If anyone wants to come by for a couple of hours Saturday afternoon, let me know so I can send you the Scouts Canada visitor forms.



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FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate's Keynote Speech at ARRL

Posted by VA3JME Jamie on September 21, 2014 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

I'm a ham because it's fun... but there are other reasons! This video from the ARRL is FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate's Keynote Speech. He got me early with this tidbit:

“As technology improved, government began to see amateur radio less and less as a viable part of emergency communications... until it breaks”

This guy loves radio!

2014 Kring Point NY K2P Event

Posted by VA3MPM on September 17, 2014 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Once again this year , we had a very succesfull Kring Point NY (K2P) Special event week-end.  VA3RDC was net control for 3730 using the special event call. Thank you to every one that participated at the event or checked in.

Till next year

The 3730 K2P Gang!


Posted by Darrell VA3RDC on August 28, 2014 at 10:00 PM Comments comments (0)





This weekend (August 30/31) is the big Summits On The Air weekend. Activators will be camping south of Montreal and activating mountains all weekend.

There will be a repeater balloon - RX:145.560 - TX:445.525 - Tone:103.5

Look for spots for specific mountains at

Alerts for upcoming mountains

Once I find what mountain I'm going to I'll try to post it up and catch everyone on voxer.

Stephen Switzer VE3AVP.

Field Day 2014

Posted by Darrell VA3RDC on June 10, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

The VE3ORF 3730 Amateur Radio Group will be holding Field Day 2014 at our usual site: 1215 Whitney Road in Kemptville, Ontario.

Drop by for a visit to say hello and have some fun operating.

Contact us on our VE3ORF Repeater System 146.850 -, Tone 136.5 for directions if necessary.

Hope to see you there.

The VE3ORF 3730 Group Team


VA3ES Silent Key

Posted by VA3MPM on March 22, 2014 at 10:05 PM Comments comments (0)

It is with great regret that we announce that a great friend of 3730/VE3ORF, VA3ES, Edward (Ed) Seib passed away early this morning. Ed, you will be sorely missed at the nearly nightly get togethers. We won't be able to enjoy a pizza without thinking "Montreal Style" in your honour. We knew you as the "Old Man", but you had the spirit of a teenager. You were a wealth of knowledge, and we learned much from you, and not just radio knowledge. Your sense of humour will be missed forever. See you on the other side, brother, friend, family.

VE3DLJ Memorial Service

Posted by VA3MPM on March 10, 2014 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

There will be a Memorial Service for Doug VE3DLJ this Thursday evening between 7:00 PM and 9:00 PM at the Pinecrest Visitation Center. 2500 Baseline Rd, Ottawa.

Hope to see you all there.

Mike Myers  VA3MPM

VE3DLJ Douglas Lackey SK

Posted by VA3MPM on March 9, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (1)

It is with regret and sadness that we announce the passing of Doug VE3DLJ.  He passed away today on the way up to his trailer in White Lake.

We will post more information when it becomes available.

Mike Myers   VA3MPM

RADIO AMATEURS OF/DU CANADA Radio Amateurs of Canada applauds 60 meter band frequency allocations!

Posted by Darrell VA3RDC on February 1, 2014 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

RADIO AMATEURS OF/DU CANADA Radio Amateurs of Canada applauds 60 meter band frequency allocations!

Industry Canada has announced that a number of specific frequencies within the 60 meter high frequency band have been approved for amateur radio use as RAC advocated.


A total of five specific frequencies within the 5 MHZ band have been allocated, 5332 kHz, 5348 kHz, 5358.5 kHz, 5373 kHz and 5405 kHz. Radio amateurs across Canada have new frequencies to explore as a result of a recent decision of Industry Canada.


"Canada has joined a number of countries in making channels available in the 60 metre band, near 5MHz for use by radio amateurs. This will provide increased ability for Canadian radio amateurs to help out in providing emergency communications when existing systems fail as has happened in ice storms and flooding. We applaud this decision of the Canadian government." said Geoff Bawden, President of Radio Amateurs of Canada.


Unlike the commercial communications systems so important to modern society, amateur radio does not require an extensive infrastructure for communications. Radio amateurs take advantage of natural phenomena to send their signals across town and around the world. They delight in being able to set up in a remote location with their own power supplies and simple antennas, often home built, competing to see who can make the most contacts in a limited time. The Amateur Radio Emergency Service in Canada, sponsored by RAC, provides training and organizes exercises for radio amateurs to sharpen their skills to be able to respond to emergencies. As well these organizations and amateur radio clubs often provide communications to community public service activities and events such as ski races and marathons, bicycle races and car rallies. The skills radio amateurs develop through their hobby and these activities mean that in emergencies that shut down power grids, internet and wireless communications, amateur radio can continue to function. In major emergencies such as the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011 and the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines last year amateur radio operators are often the first source of information from affected areas.


The key resource for amateur radio is access to the radio spectrum. Conditions in the atmosphere and high in the ionosphere determine the distances over which communications are possible. The new allocation at 60m between existing allocations at 80 m and 40m should make regional communications more reliable. Furthermore as Canada and the United States have allocated many of the same channels to their radio amateurs cross border communications are possible. Fortunately major emergencies are relatively rare. Radio amateurs will explore communications on the new frequencies as they do in all available bands, experimenting, learning and making new friends across the world.




The five 60 metre channel allocations are the same as authorized in the USA, with the same power restriction of 100 watts ERP (relative to a dipole antenna). Transmissions, independent of emission mode, must be centered on the each of the following frequencies: 5.332, 5.348, 5.3585, 5.373, and 5.405 MHz with a maximum allowable channel bandwidth of 2.8 kHz. When operating SSB, upper sideband will be the convention to follow on the 60 metre band. Other modes that are permissible will be CW, Data (including PSK 31 and Pactor III), and RTTY. With this latest authorization on operation on the 5 MHz channels to Canadian Amateurs with HF privileges, there will no longer be a requirement to operate under a special “Developmental” license and VX9 call sign. Holders of such licences can now let them lapse. Canadian amateurs should refer to the posting of RBR-4, Issue 2, for all details before proceeding to operate on the new 60 metre channels:


Their curiosity and eagerness to develop and share this hobby will enrich the communities where they operate and provide needed resilience in communications when emergencies require it.