OVMRC 2019 Field Day Exercise – 22/23 June

Club Members and Visitors Join us at the annual Field Day Amateur Radio Communications Exercise & Competition.

Place: Aviation and Space Museum – The Big Open Field south of Parking Lot
Date: June 22-23, 2019
Times:

  • Setup: Friday afternoon, June 21 and Saturday morning June 22
  • Radio Communications Exercise: 2 pm Saturday for 24 hours
  • Site tear-down: Sunday afternoon after 2 pm.

Club Field Day Call Sign: VE3JW
Field Day GOTA Call Sign: VE3RAM

Talk-in: VE3TWO Repeater 147.30 MHz + (100Hz tone)
Alternate Talk-in: 146.52 MHz Simplex
(Local Ottawa Hams, please all give us a FD contact on 146.52 MHz)

Members of the General Public (especially those with an interest in STEM) are encouraged and welcome to drop-in on our Field Day Communications Exercise and we will show and explain what amateur radio is all about and how you can get involved in this wonderful and exciting hobby.

What you can see:

  • Amateur Radio Communications through Low Earth Orbiting Satellites.
  • High Frequency (Short Wave) world-wide capable communications.
  • Morse Code and Voice Communications.
  • Amateur Radio Digital Communications.
  • Information on what you need to know to obtain your Certificate of Proficiency in Amateur Radio issued by the Federal Government.
  • General Information of how various radio services are authorized to utilize the radio spectrum in Canada.
  • How amateur radio provides volunteer communications services for public events such as the CN Bike Ride for CHEO
  • How amateur radio operators provide volunteer communications services in times of disaster relief when conventional communications services fail or are overloaded.

For further information, contact Norm at VE3LC<@>rac.ca  (*** remove the < and > )

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.

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

ARRL Field Day 2015

The Last Rainy Weekend of June

VE3NJK Field dayFor 2015, the Ottawa Valley Radio Club conducted their Field Day operations on the grounds of the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum; a very public place that attracted many visitors from the public.

The objective of the Field Day exercise is a 24 hour competition between Amateur Radio Clubs and Groups in North America to contact as many other amateur radio stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding 60, 30, 17, and 12 metre bands) and in doing so, to learn to operate under abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. A premium is placed on developing skills to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness as well as to acquaint the general public with the capabilities of Amateur Radio.

This objective means the club will operate several stations simultaneously using tent and camper trailer shelters and antennas erected especially for the Field Day event and all power necessary to operate the radio and related equipment will be self generated and not from public commercial sources.

The Field Day event and competition is governed by the America Radio Relay League (ARRL) and also sanctioned by Radio Amateurs of Canada , our advocacy organization for Canada. The rules of competition are set annually by the ARRL and can be found at: ARRL Field Day.

Bonus points are given to competing clubs for such initiatives as operating in a public venue, for using solar power, for media publicity of the event, for contacts using low earth orbiting satellites launched especially for the amateur radio service and for having youth participate in making amateur radio contacts.

Click Here! to have a look at our FD 2015 photos!