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!
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
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.
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.
We are also on Facebook. Look for Annapolis Valley Amateur Radio Operators.
Thank you and 73,