Winter Field Day will take place this upcoming weekend, and once again the Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Club will participate!
As described on the WFD web page, the purpose of Winter Field Day is “to foster Ham camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on the air, outdoor fun in the midst of winter for American, Canadian and DX Amateurs”. Disasters don’t always happen in the summer, and as providers of emergency communications capabilities, Amateurs need to be ready.
Last year, AVARC was the top station in the world in its category, and we intend to defend that placement. Don’t worry about freezing in a tent however! We will operate in the “Home” category, using my station. In recognition of the emergency preparedness aspect of the event however, we will power the equipment with a generator.
Winter Field Day will start at 1500 (3 PM) Saturday 28 January, and will finish up at 1500 the next day. All modes are permissible, so we need voice, CW and digital operators. If you would like to take part in the event, or simply want to drop by to see how Amateur Radio works, please contact me and I’ll fit you into the operating schedule.
This is a low intensity, relaxed contest, so there is no need to feel intimidated. I’ll have snacks and refreshments for those who drop by.
VO1NO / VA1AVR
Well – that was a fantastic start to the Basic Course in Annapolis Royal today! Nine students, with several more to join us next time. What’s more, they were motivated, quick to catch on to new concepts, and very sharp – a pleasure to teach! We covered the first 3 chapters of the Study Guide, and then spent an hour hooking up circuits in the Physics Lab. I think we’ll have a bunch of new hams in a few month’s time!
AVARC has received a request from the Annapolis Royal Space Agency for assistance with their next high altitude balloon project. Doug and I met with them today to discuss the part that Amateur Radio might play. We were really impressed with their enthusiasm, and look forward to working with them! Assistance right now will consist mainly of technical advice, but we’ll need club members to help with tracking and chasing the balloon when launch day arrives.
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.
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