Radio Course Info

Greetings to all that have indicated an interest enrolling in this year’s Amateur Radio Course sponsored by the Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club Inc. We have had over 40 people that have indicated an interest in taking our course over that last many months. If anybody has previously expressed an interest in the 2018 course but no longer intends registering for the course conducted weekly, Monday evenings at the Science and Technology Museum until mid-December, please let us know now so we can make space for another student. That said, regular attendance is not necessary for completing the course and being successful on the examination.

Registration will be Monday evening, 17 September, at 19h00 at the Canada Science and Technology Museum located at 1867 St. Laurent, Ottawa.  Enter on the south side, directly into Studio 6 as shown on the map below (click map to open large version in a new tab):

Parking for OVMRC meetings

Come as early as 6:45 pm if you wish; this will help us commence the formalities of collecting your registration form and tuition fee. The cost of the course is $100 by cheque payable to the Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club (or OVMRC for short) or by cash. Your fee includes a one year membership in our Club and helps us cover the costs of insurance and for rental of the meeting room(s) at the Museum and entitles you to take the ISED Federal Government Exam for your Basic Amateur Radio Qualification Certificate following the course, free of additional charge. Members of the Club provide services teaching this course on a volunteer basis and receive no personal remuneration.

Please print out this registration form, fill out and have ready for next Monday. If for any reason you can not attend next Monday, formal registration can take place at the first class you can attend.

Following registration, a presentation will be given on the course syllabus and objectives, in general terms what amateur radio is all about, and specifically indicating the wonderful amount of radio spectrum that is allocated nationally and internationally to the amateur radio service. Be prepared to stay until 21h30. This kick-off lecture is available for your review at:

We meet for class indicated as Studio 6 on the map above. Parking for the course is free of charge in the designated area “OVMRC Parking Lot”.  Parking anywhere else may result in a parking ticket if you do not pay the prescribed $4.

Click here for our schedule of classes and topics; this is subject to change depending on how we progress.

We also invite you all to take an interest in our regular meetings schedule and activities of the Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club. These meetings in themselves can be very tutorial to the aspiring radio amateur. Our Club meetings are scheduled on the 3rd Wednesday evening of the month commencing September 19th in the same meeting room as the course. For up-to-date information about the agenda and presenter, tune into the Club web site . Our Newsletter is called the “Ramber” and is published at the beginning of every month and is available and archived on our Web site. You may wish to “Subscribe” for Club notifications about posting of the current newsletter and other amateur radio event information.

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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.

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,, 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