The January 2019 Rambler is now available!
I’ve been noticing some user lockouts lately, so I thought it might be helpful to repost this stuff from back in March 2016, just so everyone is on the same page. Back in 2016 the club was forced to change web providers, and in so doing, took a look at the web services we had and what was being used or left unused. This is what changed…
Things That Are Gone:
- The OVMRC Forum is gone. Very few people were using it, and the software was very out of date and not easily able to be updated. Your old login will not work. See point 4 in the New Features, below.
- The number of static pages has been (somewhat) trimmed down in favour of more dynamic, news-feed like content.
Things That Are New in 2016:
There are so many new features. So, starting at the top…
- Check the address bar – you will see that there is a lock icon there now! Our site is now using HTTPS to protect passwords that may be sent when you log in or send us data.
- The site will whinge at you if you’re using an old browser, and remind you to update it to something safer and more reasonable. We care about the safe surfing of our members and users. Please use an up-to-date browser when you browse the internet – it will save you grief.
- Blog format – news items are now posted in a blog format, with the current stuff on the front page, and older stuff moving automatically into archives.
- Comments enabled! – in lieu of the forum, users so inclined may now comment on posts for 90 days. If you wish to write comments, you must register an account with our web site by clicking the register link in the left column. Old forum accounts are gone, and the logins from the forum will not work. OVMRC does not sell any of the information you provide. Signing up on here DOES NOT add you to the mailing list. If you wish to receive club newsletters by email, you will have to join the club or sign up through the newsletter subscribe link.
- Search – you can now search the site with the box in the upper right corner, or via the Archives, Categories, and Tags links on the left-side menu.
- The site has been optimized for mobile browsers as well, if you follow the site from a phone or tablet.
- RSS feeds – the site now provides RSS feeds for anyone who may wish to follow our posts with a reader.
- Behind the scenes – backups, security and protection from internet scumbaggery, data organization.
We hope everyone finds the new site a bit more informative and easy to use. Enjoy!
Reading the web site does not require registration. Only posting and commenting requires a login.
Greetings to all that have indicated an interest enrolling in this year’s Amateur Radio Course sponsored by the Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club Inc. We have had over 40 people that have indicated an interest in taking our course over that last many months. If anybody has previously expressed an interest in the 2018 course but no longer intends registering for the course conducted weekly, Monday evenings at the Science and Technology Museum until mid-December, please let us know now so we can make space for another student. That said, regular attendance is not necessary for completing the course and being successful on the examination.
Registration will be Monday evening, 17 September, at 19h00 at the Canada Science and Technology Museum located at 1867 St. Laurent, Ottawa. Enter on the south side, directly into Studio 6 as shown on the map below (click map to open large version in a new tab):
Come as early as 6:45 pm if you wish; this will help us commence the formalities of collecting your registration form and tuition fee. The cost of the course is $100 by cheque payable to the Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club (or OVMRC for short) or by cash. Your fee includes a one year membership in our Club and helps us cover the costs of insurance and for rental of the meeting room(s) at the Museum and entitles you to take the ISED Federal Government Exam for your Basic Amateur Radio Qualification Certificate following the course, free of additional charge. Members of the Club provide services teaching this course on a volunteer basis and receive no personal remuneration.
Please print out this registration form, fill out and have ready for next Monday. If for any reason you can not attend next Monday, formal registration can take place at the first class you can attend.
Following registration, a presentation will be given on the course syllabus and objectives, in general terms what amateur radio is all about, and specifically indicating the wonderful amount of radio spectrum that is allocated nationally and internationally to the amateur radio service. Be prepared to stay until 21h30. This kick-off lecture is available for your review at:
We meet for class indicated as Studio 6 on the map above. Parking for the course is free of charge in the designated area “OVMRC Parking Lot”. Parking anywhere else may result in a parking ticket if you do not pay the prescribed $4.
Click here for our schedule of classes and topics; this is subject to change depending on how we progress.
We also invite you all to take an interest in our regular meetings schedule and activities of the Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club. These meetings in themselves can be very tutorial to the aspiring radio amateur. Our Club meetings are scheduled on the 3rd Wednesday evening of the month commencing September 19th in the same meeting room as the course. For up-to-date information about the agenda and presenter, tune into the Club web site https://www.ovmrc.on.ca/ . Our Newsletter is called the “Ramber” and is published at the beginning of every month and is available and archived on our Web site. You may wish to “Subscribe” for Club notifications about posting of the current newsletter and other amateur radio event information.
Amateur Radio Course – Registration for the 2018 will be Monday, September 17 at the Science and Technology Museum.
The OVMRC is pleased to offer again this year an amateur radio course for those wishing to acquire their “Certificate of Proficiency in Amateur Radio” and Call Sign issued by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISEDC) necessary to operate an amateur radio station.
The course will teach all the necessary topics and subject material to pass the examination prescribed by ISEDC for a “Certificate of Proficiency in Amateur Radio”, Basic level. Some students may also be able to pass the Advanced level qualification test. The course will also include practical sessions on equipment operation.
The course length is 13 weeks, Mondays, 7 – 10 pm, mid-September to mid-December for sessions instructing in all topics and material contained in ISEDC course syllabus necessary for the “Basic” qualification. The course concludes with a group examination session administered by the OVMRC accredited examiner. Supplementary examinations can be arranged for those that may not be successful with first writing or for some reason cannot attend the group examination session.
The course provides instruction on electrical and radio theory, radio regulations, operating technique and safety. The course covers the complete syllabus prescribed by ISEDC for the Basic Qualification outlined in their document RIC-3 (Radiocommunication Information Circular – Issue 4). No technical background is required to take this course, but those having a technical or engineering background will have some advantage.