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  Very few people were using it, and the software was very out of date and not easily able to be updated.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

We Must Stop The New Zoning Bylaw Now!

Amateur Radio Antennas Targeted by Ottawa’s New Zoning Bylaw — A MUST READ for ALL Radio Amateurs!!!!!

The FIRST draft of the proposed New Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw was finally posted on the city’s website on May 26, 2006, after several months of delay. There are three sections of it that specifically mention (target) amateur radio antennas: Sections 55, 64 and 120.

The radio amateur’s ability to communicate over distance is only as good as his antennas. Does Ottawa want to shoot itself in the foot in times of emergency by severely restricting antennas usage and heights??

Please click on the header page labeled “New Zoning Bylaw” for more information and to keep up-to-date on the latest meetings proceedings. Your Webmaster will be postings all relevant information and comments on that page ON A DAILY BASIS!!!

WE MUST CHANGE THE NEW BYLAW NOW!!!!!!!!!

The following comments are from Ernie VE3EJJ

The draft of the proposed New Comprehensive Zoning Bylaw was finally posted on the city’s website on May 26, 2006, after several months of delay. There are three sections of it that specifically mention (target) amateur radio antennas: Sections 55, 64 and 120.

  • Section 55 deals with accessory uses, buildings and structures. It specifies minimum setbacks from lot lines for various structures such as wind turbines etc., but specifically states that it does not apply to accessory satellite dishes or accessory amateur radio antennas in residential zones, these being regulated by section 120.
  • Section 64, permitted projections above the height limit, lists many items such as barns, silos, bridges, chimneys or smokes stacks, steeples, bell towers, equipment penthouses, flag poles, solar panels, television, radio or telecommunication antennas, but specifically excludes satellite dish or amateur radio antennas accessory to a permitted use in a residential zone.
  • Section 120, accessory satellite dish or accessory amateur radio antenna in a residential zone, lays out the permitted conditions of use in tabular form. As to location, a satellite dish greater than 1 meter in diameter or an amateur radio antenna may be located on a building that is a minimum of 3 stories or 13.5 m (closely 45 feet) in height. They may not be located in a yard abutting a public street.

The minimum setback from any lot line is 1.2 m for the dish but for the antenna a distance of ½ the height above grade of the antenna, but no less than 3m (10 feet). For the antenna the setback applies to a tower, a foundation etc. but excludes guy wires.

The maximum permitted height including the support structure is 3.7 m for the dish, excluding the height of the building if roof-mounted. For the antenna the permitted height is the same as the maximum permitted height of the principal building. (In many residential zones the limit is 11 m).

And the kicker – maximum number of antennas permitted per lot is ONE

It is obvious that the drafter of these provisions does not appreciate the technical niceties of antenna resonance requirements or the fact of amateur bands. Also, he does not distinguished between the different basic types of antennas, although it is obvious that the main concern is about towers and beams.

It is equally obvious that the local amateur community has an educational job to do with the public and more specifically with the drafters of this bylaw. The provided avenue for this is the public meetings being held to receive comments on the draft bylaw.