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.

Web Site Maintenance

web site maintenance

As you can see, our web site has been revised again.  We were pretty much forced to move to a new server, and with that, it was seen as an opportunity to update and change the features of the site to be more useful as a communication tool.

Gone:

  1. The OVMRC Forum is gone.  Very few people were using it, and the software was very out of date and not easily able to be updated.  Your old login will not work.  See point 4 in the New Features, below.
  2. The number of static pages has been (somewhat) trimmed down in favour of more dynamic, news-feed like content.

New Features:

There are so many new features. So, starting at the top…

  1. Check the address bar – you will see that there is a lock icon there now!  Our site is now using HTTPS to protect passwords that may be sent when you log in or send us data.
  2. The site will whinge at you if you’re using an old browser, and remind you to update it to something safer and more reasonable.  We care about the safe surfing of our members and users.  Please use an up-to-date browser when you browse the internet – it will save you grief.
  3. Blog format – news items are now posted in a blog format, with the current stuff on the front page, and older stuff moving automatically into archives.
  4. Comments enabled! – in lieu of the forum, users so inclined may now comment on posts for 90 days.  If you wish to write comments, you must register an account with our web site by clicking the register link in the left column.  Old forum accounts are gone, and the logins from the forum will not work.  OVMRC does not sell any of the information you provide.  Signing up on here DOES NOT add you to the mailing list.  If you wish to receive club newsletters by email, you will have to join the club or sign up through the newsletter subscribe link.
  5. Search – you can now search the site with the box in the upper right corner, or via the Archives, Categories, and Tags links on the left-side menu.
  6. The site has been optimized for mobile browsers as well, if you follow the site from a phone or tablet.
  7. RSS feeds – the site now provides RSS feeds for anyone who may wish to follow our posts with a reader.
  8. Behind the scenes – backups, security and protection from internet scumbaggery, data organization.

We hope everyone finds the new site a bit more informative and easy to use.  Enjoy!

[edit] Reading the web site does not require registration.  Only posting and commenting requires a login

Did You Find SuitSat Fascinating?

suitsat-in-spaceTHEN…You should consider becoming an Amateur Radio operator!

The original goal of SuitSat-1 was to inspire school aged children so that they may become interested in space, science, and Amateur Radio but you don’t have to be a kid, just a kid at heart!

Amateur Radio is a fun and rewarding hobby which will help you understand and experiment with new communications technologies, including satellites! “Ham Radio” is much more than morse code, it is new and exciting. Consider becoming a “Ham”! You can find out more about Amateur Radio at our club meetings and consider attending one of our offered courses in Amateur Radio here.

“We are all anxiously awaiting for the launch of SuitSat-2, hopefully soon. So, ALL KIDS AT HEART…. get your license NOW and get your receivers and 2m Boomer antennas ready!!”

The Canadian Ski Marathon

his year marks the 40th anniversary of the Canadian Ski Marathon (CSM). The 2006 edition of the marathon is scheduled on Feb 11th and 12th. Radio Amateurs have been providing communications support to CSM operations and safety for 32 years and we show no signs of slowing down for the 33rd year! Although sponsored by the Ottawa Amateur Radio Club, clubs and individuals in Montreal, Ottawa and all points between support this challenging event each year. Find out why “Winter Field Day” is so much fun!

Interested? Please visit: http://radio.admin2.ca and see what kinds of jobs are available. You can also email Richard, VE3UNW at: radio1@admin2.ca