Field Day 2018

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!

You can find us here:

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Or visit the ARRL Field Day Locator and search for VE3JW.

Slim Jim Antenna Project UPDATE

This just in from Barry Allison (VE3NA):

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: Click to Download

Ontario Distracted Driving Law – Extension of Exemption

The amateur radio exemption to Ontario’s distracted driving law has been extended until 1 January, 2021 (see below).


ONTARIO REGULATION 475/17

made under the

HIGHWAY TRAFFIC ACT

Made: December 12, 2017
Filed: December 12, 2017
Published on e-Laws: December 12, 2017
Printed in The Ontario Gazette: December 30, 2017

Amending O. Reg. 366/09

(DISPLAY SCREENS AND HAND-HELD DEVICES)

  1. Subsection 11 (3) of Ontario Regulation 366/09 is amended by striking out “January 1, 2018” and substituting “January 1, 2021”.
  2. Subsection 12 (4) of the Regulation is amended by striking out “January 1, 2018” and substituting “January 1, 2021”.
  3. Subsection 13 (2) of the Regulation is amended by striking out “January 1, 2018” and substituting “January 1, 2021”.

Commencement

  1. This Regulation comes into force on the day it is filed.

Made by:
Pris par :

Le ministre des Transports,

Steven Del Duca

Minister of Transportation

Date made: December 12, 2017
Pris le : 12 décembre 2017

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(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. (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).

OVMRC Field Day 2017

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.

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Get directions here.

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 ve3lc@rac.ca 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)

All responses to Norm at ve3lc@rac.ca

73 and see you all at Field Day
de Norm VE3LC