Well, the snow is gone, and the days are getting both warmer and longer, so it’s time to start thinking about Field Day!
Field Day 2018 will take place on the weekend of 23 – 24 June. This year AVARC will conduct a joint Field Day with the Kings County Amateur Radio Club (KCARC). With the resources of both clubs available for the event, we should be able to properly man all stations for the weekend. More importantly, a joint Field Day will promote cooperation between the two clubs, something that will pay dividends should Amateurs be called upon to provide communications in an emergency.
AVARC will provide a complete HF station, as well as a VHF/satellite station. The location is the sports field near the water tank off Collins Road in Port Williams. Details are yet to be worked out, but be sure to mark 23 – 24 June in your calendars!
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.
Thanks to Wayne and Doug for assisting with this worthwhile demonstration today!
Visit to Veteran's Wing at Soldiers' Memorial
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.
Just a reminder that a group of us plan to operate from the Margaretsville Lighthouse this Sunday, 25 September. We will start setting up mid-morning, and plan to be on the air by noon. We’ll operate until 1600 or so.
We will have stations on CW and/or SSB on 40 and 20m, and will operate several digital modes on the 30m band. Antennas will include dipoles and quarter-wave verticals.
The forecast looks good – a mix of sun and clouds. It will be a little cool, so you may want to bring a jacket. If you plan to spend much time there, snacks and something to drink are advised.
Once again, this is a low-stress operation. Emphasis will be placed on having fun and learning how to set up an effective station in the field.
While several people have indicated that they plan to be there, we always have room for more! I hope to see you there!
Al, VO1NO / VA1AVR
Team F4HEC Freddy, F1RAF Nicolas, FK8IK Michel, F5TMJ Laurent is currently activating FP (DXCC 277, NA-032) until september 20th 2016.
Activity expected on 10-80 m CW, phone, RTTY.
QSL & confirmation: LoTW, clubLog OQRS. Use only OQRS for QSL. Do not send your QSL, we don’t need it.
Check here QSO (real time log): http://www.a6dx.com/QSO/to5fp/
Check QSO on Club Log (updated once a day): http://www.clublog.org/charts/?c=TO5FP
See original article at qrznow.com
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.
Well, that was one heck of an excellent weekend! Thanks so much to all those who participated and assisted in making Field Day 2016 a huge success!
We had two objectives for Field Day. The first was to practice those skills necessary to operate in an emergency – deploy to a remote location, set up effective stations without relying on commercial power, and make QSOs in an efficient manner. The second was to have a fun and interesting weekend. I can safely say that BOTH these objectives were met quite handily!
The setup crew started at 0830, and by noon had two towers in the air, complete with triband Yagis and inverted V antennas. The tents were easily set up, and by 1500 we had two stations in operation and a field galley set up. The logging software worked well, and our local network had very strong signals, thanks to our helical antennas – we probably could have separated our stations by 2 km and still maintained the network!
Field Day is fast approaching, so I want to let you all know what the Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club (AVARC) has planned for this year. Continue reading
CB (citizens band) radio became popular in the early 1970s and Penney and his father got their licences at that time. A couple years later, Penney and his father took an amateur radio course offered by the federal Department of Communications, now Industry Canada, and were licenced in 1977. Continue reading