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).


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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


  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”.


  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


 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 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

73 and see you all at Field Day
de Norm VE3LC

OVMRC Fox Hunt

Date: Saturday, 27 May 2017

Time: Assembly by 10h30

Location to Meet: The parking area on north side of Sir George Étienne Cartier Parkway (formerly known as Rockcliffe Parkway) just east of intersection of Birch Avenue and just west of RCMP Horse grazing pasture. See map.

Talk-in and coordination channel. 147.150 + (VE3MPC)

Objective of Event: To find one or two hidden 2 metre beacon transmitters. One will be hidden relatively close to the starting point within 10 to 15 minute walking range and the other to be hidden a few kilometers away along the parkway. The more distant transmitter should be heard while driving or cycling along the parkway east bound from the starting port. For seeking out the more distant hidden transmitter, it will be necessary to park your car at one of parkway NCC parking areas and from there, try to find the transmitter on foot.  The transmitters will not be hidden deep in the bush but somewhere along an established pathway.

Participants can set out solo or as a team of two or three.  There will be a staggered departure of participants from the starting point with an expected time to return with or without finding the “FOX”.

Frequencies of the transmitters and other details will be given at the beginning of the event.

What you need to bring: Your Lunch and Refreshments (coffee and donuts served on site by OVMRC).

Other personal gear you may need:

  • Folding Lawn Chair(s).
  • 2 Mtr FM portable with stock antenna and spare battery
  • Optional Directional DFing antennas.
  • Optional reception signal attenuation equipment or technique.

WX Forecast:   Looks good at the time of this post!  (Environment Canada Weather for Ottawa)