|Posted by Darrell VA3RDC on February 1, 2014 at 12:10 AM||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: http://www.ic.gc.ca/eic/site/smt-gst.nsf/eng/sf10650.html
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.
|Posted by Darrell VA3RDC on January 31, 2014 at 11:55 PM||comments (0)|
Join us for our Monthly gathering Tuesday, February 4th @ 5:00pm. (Supper followed by meeting at 7:00pm)
To be held at Rockwell's Restaurant (in the Merivale Mall) 1642 Merivale Road.
Come early as seating fills up fast and bring some change to purchase 50/50 tickets.
|Posted by VA3MPM on January 27, 2014 at 3:25 PM||comments (0)|
Hello to all.
We have just added a new DMR digital repeater system to our complete VE3ORF group of repeaters. If you are registered for digital radio use you can enjoy full digital to digital communication or a new concept of Digital to Analogue.
The VE3ORF Team.
|Posted by VA3MPM on November 15, 2013 at 7:00 PM||comments (0)|
Just received a quick message from VE3KY ! VE3ORF/ 3730 placed 3rd in Canada in the 2013 events.
Way to go to all who participated.
More official details to follow.
|Posted by Darrell VA3RDC on November 2, 2013 at 8:50 PM||comments (0)|
Subject: Ed Morgan, VE3GX (SK)
It is with regret and great sadness that we advise Ed Morgan, VE3GX has just
Details and arrangements are not known at the present time but we will advise
further when available.
I am sure the loss of Ed will be deeply felt in the amateur radio community in
Our sincere sympathy and condolences to Doreen and the Morgan family.
Norm Rashleigh, VE3LC
Secretary, QCWA Chapter 70
|Posted by VA3JME Jamie on October 13, 2013 at 12:10 AM||comments (0)|
Jeff Parsons, VE3KY just made a very rare 2M FX DX repeater contact on our lovely VE3ORF repeater with DC7TU, in Stuttgart, Germany! That's 6,107km
|Posted by VA3MPM on October 2, 2013 at 9:30 AM||comments (1)|
We have been invited by Scouts Canada (Apple Hill Ontario ) to help out with this event.
We will be setting up on Saturday Oct. 19th for SOTA.
Please let us know if you can help out for this one.
The 56th JOTA 2013
The 56th Jamboree On The Air will take place on 19 and 20 October 2013.
This year's theme is: Let's Share !
This year, WOSM has organised a Logo Contest again to choose the official logo of the JOTA-JOTI 2013. The winning logo is designed by Mark Tan from Malaysia..
You can download the logo by right-clicking the picture and save it to your local machine. Your National JOTA Organizer will receive a link to a high-resoltion file that can be used for quality printing material.
Theme material will be available soon as well on this page.
Some programme suggestions to consider for your JOTA weekend programme:
To visualize how big the amateur-radio world is, an on-line logging tool offers help. It logs all you radio contacts and displays them on a map. Plus gives you direct access to details of the contacts that you made. The HRD amateur-radio software suite offers many interesting features for the Scouts to play with.
HRD version 6 (with a 30-day free trial) can be downloaded here.
HRD version 5 (completely free version) can be downloaded here.
On-line-, but also off-line logging is available with HRD (you can upload logs later if no internet connection is available at your JOTA station). The on-line tool gives you the possibility to display your contacts on an electronic plot map.This shows how far your contacts have reached and, indeed, how big your radio world is. The logbook also gives you the distance and further details of each contact that you enter. The Scouts that serve as your station's "logbook operator" will be able to directly present the overview. Have a look at the on-line tool here.
If you are using more than one radio station simultaneously, you will need some extra software to enable all stations to use the same logbook. The complete SW package that you need to install, including step-by-step instructions for JOTA users can be downloaded here.
Want to quickly find a Scout station on the radio? There is a DX cluster set up specially for JOTA stations and you can integrate it into the HRD logbook as well. How? Have a look here.
If you add the web link of your logbook to your JOTA report that you send to your National JOTA Organizer after the weekend, we can include it in the world-wide overview that will be compiled after the event.
More programme packages are available in the radio-scouting library.
Additional JOTA-JOTI programme suggestions
A few examples of the many programme suggestions available in the JOTA fact sheets (on the radio-scouting web or in printed form):
The continuing story.... Make up a short imaginative story of ten lines. Read it to the station with whom you are in contact. Ask them to add the next part to this story and pass it on to the next scout station that they will contact. If you receive such a story by radio from another scout group, write it down in your station report afterwards. This activity is also very well suited for RTTY (telex) and packet-radio contacts.
The global weather situation. Take a large wall map of the whole world. Ask the Scouts who you speak to, to give you the local weather report. Indicate this on the map for the area where they are located. A weather report in a local newspaper will show you how to do this on a map. At the end of the weekend you have the global weather view.
Determine the distance of each radio contact that you make and add them all up. Can you reach 100.000 km in one JOTA weekend ?
Make a simple drawing. Give instructions by radio to Scouts how to draw the same picture, line by line, without telling them what the picture is. Can they reconstruct your drawing and tell you what it is ?
Each scout patrol gets 20 metres of ordinary electrical wire. Can they construct a "super antenna", to their imagination, with which the radio operator can make a contact ?
Find out what the local names are for "Scouts" and "Guides" in at least ten different countries. Make a list.
Learn to sing the first lines of a foreign song. Find some Scouts on the radio from the country where the song comes from. Sing their song and see if they can join you in it.
Furthermore, the on-line radio-scouting library presents you amongst others:
Idea book for antennas pulled into the air by kites
Several exciting Foxhunting recipes
Radio Puzzle games from different countries
Morse code games
Idea set for playing with the world’s time differences
This year’s participation cards will be mailed separately to the National Scout Organizations in the Scout Pack of July 2013. The intend is that each participating station receives its card, as a confirmation of its participation and a souvenir of the event.
National JOTA Organizers can download a high resolution file suitable for printing, with both front- and back side of the participation card, in the NJO section of this web side.
National JOTA Stories
With your help, the World Scout Bureau can compile a world-wide overview of the weekend and make it available to all participants. Of course, the information has to come from the participating Scout groups in your country. So you may to prepare for that and send a short story of your activities to your National JOTA Organizer after the event.
Note that an increasing number of participating Scout groups are using the on-line web log to submit stories and reports of their JOTA adventures. The link to the web log will be available here as soon as the weblog is opened.
Photographs showing Scouts in action at the microphone or keyboard and of other activities like electronic kit building, foxhunting, semaphore, map plotting and the like are most welcome. Of course, we do not need all your photographs, a selected set of e.g. the 5 best ones is greatly appreciated. So are clippings of local newspapers carrying the story of JOTA - JOTI in your local community.
We look forward to receive your input before the publishing deadline of:
15 December 2013.
|Posted by VA3MPM on September 30, 2013 at 3:20 PM||comments (0)|
If any of you are wondering what the swan 500 C is like, take a look at this. The one I am useing right now is a 1968. I like the fact that they bill it as 520W and mobile.
|Posted by Darrell VA3RDC on August 2, 2013 at 4:40 PM||comments (0)|
Don’t be put off by the nonstandard Amateur Radio call sign. ATBSG13 will be the special event call sign for the ninth Asia-Pacific Regional/Internet Jamboree 2013, August 3 and 4. VU2RBI, VU2TCU, VU3KRT and VU3OWL will be operating this station from the Bharat Scouts and Guides Headquarters in New Delhi. The Air-Internet Jamboree is a regional event established in 2004 in which Scouts and Guides contact each other via Amateur Radio or the Internet, as they would in a typical Jamboree gathering, to exchange Scouting and Guiding experiences and ideas. Look for ATBSG13 in the morning hours mainly on 14.160 MHz. — The Daily DX
|Posted by Darrell VA3RDC on August 2, 2013 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
An unidentified ham in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, avoided serious injury or worse after falling July 16 from a ham radio tower he was disassembling. The man, whom media reports called “a certified tower expert” fell backward from the tower and became trapped about 35 feet in the air. The Edmonton Journal quoted District Fire Chief Lorne Corbett: “He had on the proper harness, that’s what saved him. He also had his legs entangled in the tower itself.” When the rescue team showed up, the man was upside down, and firefighters went up the tower to stabilize him and orient him upright. Firefighters got the man down using a bucket on a fire ladder. Although bruised, he was able to walk to the ambulance. The ARRL offers antenna and tower safety tips on its website. Universal Radio also has posted a list of general recommendations for installing outdoor antennas. — The Edmonton Journal; The Edmonton Sun