General News

2021 SIMULATED EMERGENCY TEST (SET)

The 2021 SET will be held Saturday October 30, 2021 starting 9:00am MDT.

This year’s theme is “A High Impact, Low Frequency Event” as directed by RAC. Our scenario is based around disruption following wet snowfall.

A strong cold front passing through the Province has brought heavy, wet snowfall, this has brought down overhead power lines, leading to widespread power outages.

Rapidly falling temperatures following the cold front, have brought freezing conditions, with the power outages are bringing challenges to residents heating their homes.

The Canadian Red Cross has setup warming centres at major hubs across the Province. However, the power outages are causing a breakdown of the regular communication systems (landline, cellular); the Red Cross has called upon ARES to relay messages between Red Cross HQ, Operations Centres (Provincial) and the warming centres.

Respecting Provincial Covid-19 guidelines, the exercise will be a virtual response, no travel is required.
Make up your own challenges to pass along to other areas of what may be needed or what is happening at the time.
We forsee needing stations in the following locations:

    • Provincial Operations Centre
    • Municipal Operations Centres
    • Red Cross HQ
    • Warming Centres

Let’s try sending formal messages via NBEMS / Winlink.

Tune to VE6QE Saturday morning and await further instructions.

Further information on the RAC website https://www.rac.ca/simulated-emergency-test/

Any questions, send me an email, text or call: stephen.lee at shaw dot ca; 403 three zero seven one six 43

73

Steve VA6SGL CEC

CAARC & Red Deer EC

 

SARA Flea Market

The SARA Flea Market in Calgary this October has been postponed due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Silent Key VE6BJK

On Monday September 6th, 2021, Louis (Lou) William Maga, loving husband, devoted father, passed away at age 83.

 

Louie was a very important member of the Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club (CARL originally) for many years. I remember helping him install his tower on the west side of the house and he always had a big smile and wonderful laugh. He was always helping with all club activities for many years. I was so glad I had an hour visit with him on his porch just a few weeks ago when I bought some new RV batteries. I know he will be sadly missed.

Please click this link for the obituary.

Pictures from CAARC social at VE6HPY’s QTH

 

CAARC Social – August 28

Hi Everyone, 

At the last club meeting way back in May, it was suggested that we have a late summer get together.  Saturday, August 28 seems to work for many people and John VE6HPY has offered to host it at his place.  
 
We are planning a low key event from 6 – 8 pm. Please bring your lawn chairs, a beverage of your choice and whatever snacks you may wish to bring.  We are planning a fire and John does have extra weenie sticks.  Because of Covid, the club executive felt it was best to keep things simple for this get together.   In the event of rain we could go into one of John’s sheds.  Please RSVP to either myself or to John to give us an idea of numbers.
 
 John’s cell is 403 304 3963 and his address is 39126 RR 280, HWY 11A, Red Deer County.  From Red Deer, go west on Hwy 11A and turn right at RR280, go north until you see a long lane lined with trees on the west side. 
 
This will give us all a chance to have a visit and enjoy an evening together.  Hope to see you there!
 
Sandy Jacobs,
VE6SND
CAARC Club President

https://crj.co/Articles/615508/_Volunteer_radio.aspx

Volunteer radio operators to the rescue in Belgian floods 

DF Loop Construction Project

I have been having issues with RFI across the HF spectrum at my QTH, and having killed the house power at the main breaker, the RFI was still present, so I decided to build a direction-finding (DF) antenna to attempt to locate the source.
A quick web search yielded a link to the ARRL, with design notes to build such an antenna.

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Antenna%20Book%20Supplemental%20Files/24th%20Edition/Handheld%20DF%20Antenna%20-%20NA6O.pdf

I used what parts I found in the junkbox, and it took 2-3 hours to build. The tuning is quite sharp, so I may add a slow motion drive to make tuning easier.

The next step will be to wander the neighbourhood, waving the DF loop around, and likely get some odd looks from the neighbours.

DF loop antenna

Tuning unit with variable and fixed capacitors

 

 

Field Day Pictures 2021

Thanks to everyone who submitted these pictures. Be sure to check all four pages at the bottom of the first page for all the pictures. 

These are the field day results as submitted to ARRL (Thanks VA6SGL ) Great job everyone!

Provinces and states worked.

Provinces and states worked.

VE6QE_FD_Report