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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
We now have confirmation the grounds of Aviation Museum are available again this year for Field Day. Permission granted by Stacy Wakeford, new Director, Visitor Experience. To plan the event and provide info to members, a workshop will be held at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum regarding the club’s annual Field Day exercise on Monday, 9 May, at 19h00.
Anyone interested in participating in the OVMRC Field Day event is encouraged to attend!
For 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.