The December 2020 Rambler is now available!
I hope you had a great summer despite all the restrictions floating around. This has certainly been a different lifestyle compared to what we were used to.
Nevertheless, it is that time of year when we start thinking of colder days and with that, we have the return of the Pot Lid Net (PLN).
Make a note on your calendar, the PLN will begin its 47th season on September 13. Once again, the PLN will operate on 3.620 Mhz at 11 o’clock (Ottawa) local time. The net is open to anyone who enjoy Morse code, every Sunday except when there is a holiday.
The PLN’s Manager, Roger (VE3XRR) is also the regular Net Control Station (NCS).
Please join the group and chat with us while at the same time, practice your Morse code at a nice slow speed (approx. 8-12 wpm).
Looking forward to your participation.
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.
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
- 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 > )