Hello everyone. A few of us are planning an operating event at a nearby lighthouse that might be of interest to you.
There are a lot of Hams around the world who like to collect QSL cards from lighthouses. I checked the figures, and discovered that Nova Scotia has more lighthouses than any other province or state in North America (312 lighthouses!). The Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society has assigned identifying designators to those lighthouses, and gives awards in several categories for working lighthouse stations.
Fort Point lighthouse and bell tower with ARLHS radio antenna.
I am very pleased to announce the formation of a new Amateur Radio club in Nova Scotia!
The Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club (AVARC) is an informal association of Hams. We have no constitution, bylaws or membership dues at present. Instead, we keep members up to date on developments and news of interest through our website and Facebook page, and periodically gather to participate in club activities such as Field Day, or to assist members. Although it is primarily for Amateurs in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, membership is open to anyone interested in the art, science and magic of radio.
Among other topics, we promote DX’ing, contesting, weak signal VHF operating, digital modes, and public service. Education is one of our primary concerns, both to expand our own knowledge and to help those who want to become Amateurs. We have dedicated a section of our web page to a series of presentations covering the entire Basic Qualification curriculum. Additional presentations on different aspects of Ham Radio will be added in due time. We believe that there is far more to Amateur Radio than just Two Meter FM repeaters!
We are also very conscious of the valuable role that Amateurs can play in times of emergency. To that end we emphasize our ability to set up portable stations such as during Field Day, and developing the skills to pass information in a crisp, efficient and professional manner.
Our web page can be found at http://avarc.ca. If you would like to be added to our e-mail list, or if you want to become an Amateur Radio operator, please use the “Contact Us” tab.
We are also on Facebook. Look for Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Operators.
Thank you and 73,