2 Metre Net 2019-20

Well, hello everyone! Now that Autumn is fully in gear, it’s certainly time to introduce the new OVMRC Nets season and some changes that have occurred since last year.

Firstly, let me introduce myself as the new Chair of OVMRC Radio Ops – Hugo Kneve, VE3KTN. Many will know that Ken, VE3EKN, announced his retirement from leading Radio Ops as of June, after having held the position for several years. Ken led the Thursday night 2 metre net, making our Club a more interesting place to be and a great forum for exchanging ideas and news among Club members. Thank you, Ken, for the service you’ve given to the Club.

So, now what? For one thing, the Thursday evening 2 metre net continues, albeit with a few changes in format. Maybe I should apologise for springing a new order of doing things over the first couple of weeks into the new season without prior notice, but I think that things are smoothed out now and will continue to run well henceforth; even with live testing the new format, we continue to have a robust group of people checking in to the net. The new 2 metre net preamble and check-ins call order can be found on the “Club Info – Amateur Radio Info – OVMRC 2-Metre Net” page.

Regarding net controllers for the 2 metre net, Rob Haddow, VE3RXH, has come forward offering to run the net along with me – thank you Rob. At this point, I’m looking to alternate with Rob on a two weeks on – two weeks off schedule that would start in October. I still have to confirm this with Rob, hopefully to have him on for the last two weeks of October.

The 80 metre Pothole Net is under way as well, continuing under the leadership of Ernie Jury, VE3EJJ. Eighty metres has been a bit unpredictable over the summer and continues to be so. There have been days when propagation has been totally flat, both day and night, and others when propagation has been good enough to support some overseas DX. Through thick or thin, the Pothole Net carries on, please mark your calendars to check in each Sunday morning at 10:00 local time, 3760 kHz., LSB.

That’s it for now. Looking forward to good talk on the Thursday 2 metre net:

20:00 each Thursday evening on VE3TWO, 147.300/900 MHz. with a 100 Hz. tone.

OVMRC 2019 Field Day Exercise – 22/23 June

Club Members and Visitors Join us at the annual Field Day Amateur Radio Communications Exercise & Competition.

Place: Aviation and Space Museum – The Big Open Field south of Parking Lot
Date: June 22-23, 2019
Times:

  • Setup: Friday afternoon, June 21 and Saturday morning June 22
  • Radio Communications Exercise: 2 pm Saturday for 24 hours
  • Site tear-down: Sunday afternoon after 2 pm.

Club Field Day Call Sign: VE3JW
Field Day GOTA Call Sign: VE3RAM

Talk-in: VE3TWO Repeater 147.30 MHz + (100Hz tone)
Alternate Talk-in: 146.52 MHz Simplex
(Local Ottawa Hams, please all give us a FD contact on 146.52 MHz)

Members of the General Public (especially those with an interest in STEM) are encouraged and welcome to drop-in on our Field Day Communications Exercise and we will show and explain what amateur radio is all about and how you can get involved in this wonderful and exciting hobby.

What you can see:

  • Amateur Radio Communications through Low Earth Orbiting Satellites.
  • High Frequency (Short Wave) world-wide capable communications.
  • Morse Code and Voice Communications.
  • Amateur Radio Digital Communications.
  • Information on what you need to know to obtain your Certificate of Proficiency in Amateur Radio issued by the Federal Government.
  • General Information of how various radio services are authorized to utilize the radio spectrum in Canada.
  • How amateur radio provides volunteer communications services for public events such as the CN Bike Ride for CHEO
  • How amateur radio operators provide volunteer communications services in times of disaster relief when conventional communications services fail or are overloaded.

For further information, contact Norm at VE3LC<@>rac.ca  (*** remove the < and > )

OVMRC Net Season 2018/19

The summer is old… It happens every year in mid to late August. We realize the weeks have flown by and the days begin to quickly shorten as the oncoming equinox suddenly reminds us of the inevitable change that will be upon us in only a few weeks.

It’s not all that bad. We’ve enjoyed a steamy summer and managed to spend a great deal of it outside, but there’s always something pleasing about preparing and tuning antennas and feedline in the last bearable weeks for doing so. Settling in at our cozy operating position for a few cold months, ready for dozens, maybe hundreds of QSOs. Maybe even a net or two.

The OVMRC’s nets will be fun, busy places to meet.

The OVMRC 2 Metre Net will kick off the season at 8pm Thursday September 6th on the club’s repeater VE3TWO. 147.300 MHz+ with a 100 Hz tone.

Look for the Pot Hole Net, in its 60th year at 3760 kHz at 10am Sunday September 9th.

Of course all hams are welcome!  Please join us.

2018 Amateur Radio Course

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 full course information document can be downloaded here: CLICK

Objective:

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.

Course length:

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.

Course content:

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.