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:
(4) This section is revoked on January 1, 2018. O. Reg. 366/09, s. 12 (4), O. Reg. 253/12, s. 2 (3).
Time-limited exemption for amateur radio operators
(1)Drivers who hold a valid radio operator certificate issued under the Radiocommunication Act (Canada) may drive a motor vehicle on a highway while holding or using a two-way radio. O. Reg. 366/09, s. 13 (1), O. Reg. 253/12, s. 3 (1).
This year’s Field Day 2017 event takes place Saturday and Sunday, June 24 – 25.
The Combined Field Day operation involving members of the Ottawa Valley Mobile Club and Ottawa Amateur Radio Club will be conducted this year on the grounds of the RCMP Recreation and Conference Centre located just north of the Long Island Locks Station on the east side of the Rideau River. Access is by Nicolls Island Road west from River Road and north from the intersection of River Rd with Rideau Road.
The contest period is from 2 pm Saturday to 2 pm Sunday with setup and tear down before and after this period. Radio amateurs and friends intending to participate and/or help in the combined OVMRC/OARC Field Day should indicate by reply to Norm VE3LC at firstname.lastname@example.org stating when able to attend and how able to help and/or operate and preference CW or SSB. Folks should base their response on one or more time periods and activity so we can do proper provisioning for food and refreshments. The Field Day weekend time slots and activities can be divided into the following list:
Friday afternoon/evening for setup of antennas and tents
Saturday morning for setup and assembly and testing of stations.
Saturday for operating
Through the night for operating
Sunday for operating.
Sunday afternoon for tear down.
New radio amateurs within the last year qualify and are needed to operate the GOTA station. We also need a radio amateur with gear and experience to make at least one satellite contact. Amateur Radio will be on-display and will be promoted at this Field Day so we will also need non operating hams to explain amateur radio to other interested folks and children otherwise attending the camp grounds.
For talk-in to the site, we will endeavour to monitor repeater VE3TWO, 147.300 + (100 Hz tone required)