2018 Amateur Radio Course

Amateur Radio Course – Registration for the 2018 will be Monday, September 17 at the Science and Technology Museum.

The OVMRC is pleased to offer again this year an amateur radio course for those wishing to acquire their “Certificate of Proficiency in Amateur Radio” and Call Sign issued by Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISEDC) necessary to operate an amateur radio station.

The full course information document can be downloaded here: CLICK


The course will teach all the necessary topics and subject material to pass the examination prescribed by ISEDC for a “Certificate of Proficiency in Amateur Radio”, Basic level. Some students may also be able to pass the Advanced level qualification test. The course will also include practical sessions on equipment operation.

Course length:

The course length is 13 weeks, Mondays, 7 – 10 pm, mid-September to mid-December for sessions instructing in all topics and material contained in ISEDC course syllabus necessary for the “Basic” qualification. The course concludes with a group examination session administered by the OVMRC accredited examiner. Supplementary examinations can be arranged for those that may not be successful with first writing or for some reason cannot attend the group examination session.

Course content:

The course provides instruction on electrical and radio theory, radio regulations, operating technique and safety. The course covers the complete syllabus prescribed by ISEDC for the Basic Qualification outlined in their document RIC-3 (Radiocommunication Information Circular – Issue 4). No technical background is required to take this course, but those having a technical or engineering background will have some advantage.

Invitation To Attend Raspberry Pi Boot Camp


For those of you who are just starting to play around with Raspberry Pi and/or Linux, we are holding an event that aims to pair newbies with experts and provide a place for you to ask questions and to get ideas.

If you are having trouble getting your Raspberry Pi and/or “Linux stuff” installed or working properly or are merely curious what all the fuss is about, this is the place to visit.


This event is open to anyone and is offered * free of charge * , however, we are accepting donations for the Algonquin Students’ Association Food Cupboard drive. Information can be found on the event web page.

The pertinent details for the event are:

Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 from 0900h to 1600h Eastern
Algonquin College, Woodroffe Avenue Campus (Ottawa), Room T119

To reserve your spot, please use the registration link found on the main event page.


Folks may feel free to drop-in whenever they like throughout the day. Free parking is available in lots 8, 9 and 12 and there is also adequate public transit across the street to/from Baseline Station. detailed directions available on the main event site.

We are planning to have a few short demo presentations spaced throughout the day to demonstrate various Raspberry Pi projects or cool things that you can do with them. Please check back on the main site often as we refine the schedule.

Buyapi, a local distributor of Arduino and Raspberry Pi products, will likely also have Raspberry Pi units and other related products available there for sale.

Lunch (pizza or subs) will be provided for a small fee for those who are interested.


73, Tyler Tidman, VA3DGN

Satellite Communications Training — FREE Course!!

Amateur Radio’s future is in space!

There was a very successful contact with ISS International Space Station

at the Science & Technology Museum station VE3JW

at 9:01 am on Wed, Jan 24, 2007

You’ve heard it before, “Amateur Radio’s future is in space”. Past accomplishments in space are warrant of our ability out there. NASA is ever more confident in that ability after assessing the many tasks we have performed for them. Amateur Radio on board the International Space Station is continually growing in importance as requested and approved by every astronaut who have been in the solitude up there. In recent weeks, discussions on how best to implement Amateur Radio for the soon-to be station on the moon, to allow astronauts to vent off, have been on a positive note. The building of Phase 3E, Express and Eagle are well underway, as well as Phase 5A, ordered by NASA to orbit Mars.

Albeit, future in space is right now, if only you have a 2m radio. VO-52, AO-7, NO-44 and the ISS are a few satellites you can listen to for voice, packet, APRS, SSTV and school contacts. And some of them will allow you to uplink on 2m. FO-29, SO-50, and AO-51 have been working very well if only you have a little more equipment.

At VE3JW, your Amateur Radio Exhibit station, we have all the necessary equipment to carry regular satellite communications with the existing and the upcoming satellites. Not only is this equipment available for you to use, but we have set up a short course to help you get acquainted and work satellites.

The course is open to all certified Radio Amateurs, comprises three 2-hour sessions which you can attend at your leisure, in your own time. Pick a date and time (7 days a week) from 10AM to noon, 1PM to 3PM or 3PM to 5PM. No charge for the course or entry to the Museum. Register with Maurice-André, ve3vig@rac.ca, tel: 613-749-9010 or VE3JW station 613-991-6749.

This course will introduce you to satellites, make you aware of the many factors having effect on their signals, and provide you with hands-on practice until you’ve completed contacts on your own.

For a list of the subjects covered in the course see below.

Maurice-André Vigneault, VE3VIG
Amateur Radio Exhibit Group VE3JW
Canada Science and Technology Museum