Amateur Radio antenna class for students from the Annapolis West Education Centre in Annapolis Royal. We covered the theory of transmissions lines and antennas first, then made some practical measurements, and finally went outside to set up a portable HF station. With 100 watts from a battery-powered transceiver and a simple dipole antenna, we worked stations all over Europe and North America.
ANNAPOLIS ROYAL – Students who successfully launched and retrieved a space probe last year are back in business, but this time they hope to live stream from the stratosphere.
“We’ll basically be able to get live information sent back this year,” said Finn Hafting who is working on project design. “We’re trying to get a live Facebook feed going so that people can log on and see what the balloon is seeing as it’s going up.”
Hafting is one of 10 Annapolis West Education Centre students working on the Annapolis Royal Space Agency project with physics/art teacher Derrick Smith. They’re looking at a mid-May launch date.
Congratulations to AVARC’s founding member Al Penny!
January 26, 2016
The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Executive Committee has appointed Al Penney, VO1NO, RAC’s Band Planning Committee Chair, as the HF Band Manager for IARU Region 2.
The official announcement from IARU R2 can be found at: http://wp.rac.ca/iaru-r2-ec-elects-three-new-coordinators/
In Region 2, Canada’s proximity to both of the other International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Regions offers a unique perspective on how small the world is for radio propagation and the need to coordinate band usage to minimize interference and maximize the Amateur spectrum for all. Al is an excellent choice with his on-the-air experience and as the current Chair of the RAC Band Planning Committee. Please join me in congratulating Al on his new role.
George Gorsline, VE3YV
International Affairs Officer
Radio Amateurs of/du Canada
Club member Doug McComber (VE1FAL) has set up a bi-directional APRS IGate in the Kingston area. While there is an existing IGate, it is RF to IS only, limiting APRS usage in the area to just position reporting. Doug’s new IGate will give APRS users within RF range of the VE1ARC digipeater full two-way messaging capability.
To learn how to send/receive text messages from your APRS capable radio visit Paul Dufresne’s (VE3OTB) site. To learn how to send/receive Internet email visit this APRS-IS page. To learn how to query IGates for local information read this document from SA7SKY.
The Field Day results have been published, and it looks like The Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club did very well! Our score was 2276 points, placing us fifth overall in the ARRL Maritime Section. We actually had the second highest number of participants, and the third greatest number of QSOs – Well Done!
Members of AVARC gave a demonstration of Amateur Radio to residents of the Veteran’s Wing at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital in Middleton today. Three of us erected a 30-foot mast, and in short order we had dipoles for 40m and 20m hoisted aloft. Wayne VE1BAB made several CW QSOs for the Vets, while Doug VE1FAL showed them how digital communications work. All told, we worked several stations in Europe and North America. The Vets, who included Stan VE1WW and an Army Signaller who served in NW Europe in 1944/45, tried their hand (literally!) at CW with a code practice oscillator. Some even made a few QSOs on 2M Simplex.
Our first lighthouse activation went very well! Ten AVARC members showed up at the Margaretsville Light, and we quickly erected two 24-foot masts that supported dipoles for 20m and 30m, and a 33-foot vertical antenna for 40m. Several people also brought along their own portable stations with mag-mount antennas for the HF bands, and in short order we had 5 transmitters operational.