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.
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:
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.
The OVMRC will be setting up a radio site for ARRL Field Day at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Field Day is always the fourth full weekend, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday (2 PM EDT, 23 June) and ending at 1800 UTC Sunday (2PM EDT, 24 June).
Everyone is invited to attend, even if you are not a licenced radio amateur!
The original instructions for the Slim Jim 2 metre antenna gave dimensions that were in error due to calculations based on an incorrect value for the velocity factor of the 300 ohm twin lead given by the cable vendor. Folks that received and already built their kits based on the previous instructions will be given a replacement length of 300 ohm cable to correct the problem that resulted in a high SWR.
Download the (updated) project documentation here: