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Online petition about radio interference

Online petition about radio interference
Deadline for signatures: October 4, 2018

Radio Amateurs in Quebec have told us of a petition involving a radio station that is “generating interference on purpose”.

While we have not had a chance to investigate the specific details of the incidents the petition refers to we agree with the importance of acting to support the security of high frequency communications.

Those interested in signing the petition can do so at the following website:

https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1631

The petition will be closed for signatures on October 4, 2018 at 9:33 am.

Alan Griffin

RAC MarCom Director

Field Day 2018 in Central Alberta

Red Deer County will be hosting Central Alberta Amateurs to participate in the 2018 ARRL Field Day on June 23 and 24. We will be making and logging HF contacts and trying to send formal messages, among other Field Day Activities. We will be operating from the County Emergency Operating Centre Amateur Radio Station for the first few hours, then we will transfer to a co-located temporary portable 20-meter station to fill out the 24-hour period from local noon to local noon.

Amateurs in Central Alberta can help us make a strong showing. Mobile and home stations may participate in Field Day. The number of contacts we record is more important than the distance on Field Day. For us to count a contact, we will need to make a valid Field Day Exchange. A Field Day Exchange consists of the call signs, each station’s Field Day Class, and each station’s ARRL/RAC section. We will be VA6RDC 1F AB. Normally the communication is established first with the call signs, then the CQing station will then give its class and section, in our case, “1F AB”, or “One Foxtrot Alfa Bravo” or “One Foxtrot Alberta”. The responding station then replies with its Class and Section. The class would be:

  • From a mobile station power your station will be Class 1C because of 1 transmitted signal at time
  • From a home station using commercial power your station will be Class 1D.
  • From a home station using emergency power your station will be Class 1E.

Your station’s section in this area will be Alberta, also said “Alfa Bravo”.

We can count a contact with you only once on any band-mode but we can count you again on another. Contacts on the 60, 30, 17, and 12-meter bands may not be counted. “Modes” are voice, CW, and digital.

Classes A, B, and F are also described in the Field Day Rules at http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2018/2018-Field-Day-Rules.pdf .

We are trying to find a young person of 18 years or younger who would join us for up to 2 hours on June 23 to make and log at least one Field Day Contact. If you think one of your young acquaintances could find that interesting, persuade him or her, then have him or her make contact with John, VA6SJA, by emailing to va6sja@rac.ca or by telephoning John at 587-272-2699. This young person does not require an amateur radio certificate.

We are also looking for an amateur who likes to make contacts via amateur radio satellite with simple equipment. This is to make a Field Day contact from very close to the County EOC station.

We will be also asking for 2-meter and 70-centimeter simplex FM contacts for stations within range. The rules forbid using 146.520 MHz, so we will try to use 146.490.

Particularly between 12 noon local and 4:00 p.m. on Saturday we will do our best to make these contacts:

At 10 minutes after the hour, we will call CQ Field Day on 146.490 MHz FM in hope of contacting you to make and log a valid Field Day contact.  When we have run out of 2-meter contacts we will shift to 446.030 MHz FM and call CQ Field Day again. We hope to work each of you on that band too!

As far as feasible we will continue this schedule after that until noon on Sunday.

We could score even more points by making 2-meter digital contacts. Are you interested in digging out your PK232 Packratt or similar terminal node controller from 20 years ago and setting it up to make a keyboard to keyboard packet radio contact? There are also now programs that generate the packet tones directly in the computer sound card. If you are interested in trying 2-meter packet this Field Day contact John, VA6SJA, by emailing to va6sja@rac.ca or telephoning 587-272-2699 so he would make the effort to ensure there is a TNC at the county.”

We thank Red Deer County for facilitating this event.

John Allen, VA6SJA

Chairman – Field Day 2018”

BBQ Found

Hi everyone, I’ve contacted Baker Hughes about a BBQ trailer, they have offered to donate this to the club. I’ve got it booked for June 15, 16, 17 018. Just as an FYI, they mentioned that they’ve been having trouble with the one half but said they’d most likely have the bugs worked out by the time we get it. Let’s cross our fingers and hope the whole thing works. 73 from VA6TNA

Jack Humphries VE6JRH/VA6IX Silent Key

Photo of Jack in operation

It is with sadness we announce the passing of Jack Humphries VE6JRH/VA6IX from Olds. Jack received his Amateur Radio license in June 2001 and had been very active on the bands ever since.  Jack was very instrumental in helping many hams obtain their licenses and he made many friends on HF and VHF.  Jack worked many stations around the world on various bands and was always listening and ready to engage everyone in a meaningful conversation. He will certainly be missed.

Jack’s funeral service will be held on Friday April 20th at 11:00 A.M. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3802 57 Ave. Olds.

The following is from a profile of Jack, written on the CAARC web site October 30, 2003.

I grew up on a farm southwest of Drumheller, Alberta, just south of the Horse Shoe Canyon. I came down with Diabetes Mellitus in 1947, which certainly changed my way of life.

My father took ill in 1950 and my work load at age eight got considerably heavier, with lots of chores to do. Dad then suffered a stroke in 1952 and work around the farm got a lot harder. I started driving truck and hauling grain when I was ten years old. Dad passed away in 1953 when I was eleven. I had a younger brother and two younger sisters.

I met my XYL in Calgary during 1960 and we went our separate ways until we married in 1965. We lived in Calgary, on 42nd Street SW, had two children, a boy and a girl. We subsequently moved to Olds, Alberta in 1969. We bought a shoe store in 1974 and sold it during the devastating inflationary early eighties. I presently work in Life Insurance and Mutual Funds as an independent broker.

Please click this link to read the complete profile of Jack.

Dov/4Z4DX announces special event stations

From Earl Rubin

4X, Israel:

    Dov/4Z4DX announces that special event stations will be operating from several HOCOTA

   locations between Dec. 22 and 24. QSOs will count towards a special award as well. QSL only by EQSL.CC  and LOTW

4X2XMAS-Tabor mountain,

4X3XMAS-Caeserea,

4X4XMAS-Nazareth,

4X6XMAS-Arbel,

4X7XMAS-catholic church Beer Sheva,

4X9XMAS-Nitzana .and

4X0XMAS- Shivta

    For more info please check QRZ.COM

Fleetwood digital products

Check here for special CAARC savings

New CAARC Executive for 2107- 2018

Congratulations to the new executive. Click this link to see them if you are logged in to this web site.

 

Baofeng UV-5R dual band winner.

 The Baofeng UV-5R Dual Band VHF / UHF Amateur Hand Held Radio 

was won by  Richard VA6RGB.

Congratulations!

(no Picture as he left early).

ARES NET CONTROLLER SCHEDULE

 

Please see the attached schedule for dates through to April 2018. If you’re unable to run the net on a given date please arrange for someone else to stand in.

If I have missed anyone who would to volunteer please let me know.

 

Thanks and 73

Stephen Lee, VA6SGL CEC

CAARC and Red Deer Area EC

 

ARES Net Control Schedule

ARES Net Control Volunteers

Firstly, I acknowledge the contribution made by Greg VA6GMC as ARES Net Control; thank you Greg.

ARES Red Deer is seeking volunteers to take on Net Control duties for the Sunday evening ARES Net. If you’re new to ARES, this is a good opportunity to learn or improve your net control and traffic handling skills.

There is a script to follow, and, in general, the Net doesn’t take more than 15 to 20 minutes. If you are able to commit to operating Net Control once every five weeks, I’d like to here from you.

Once there is at least five volunteers, a schedule will be drawn up with volunteers operating in rotation.

If you’re interested and would like to know more drop me a line at stephen dot lee@shaw dot ca, or give me a call at four zero three-three zero seven-1643.

If you’re already an ARES member that’s awesome, it not, why not sign up; just ask for details.

73

Steve VA6SGL CEC

CAARC and Red Deer & Area EC

 

  • Calendar

    June 2018

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    • Koffee Klatch Join the local Hams for coffee at the A and W in the Village Mall across from Wall Mart on the North hill in Red Deer. .Listen to VE6QE 147.150 MHZ plus 600 for directions. See you there!
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    • ARES Net on the CAARC repeater system
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    • CAARC 2 Meter NET Please check in to the CAARC net on VE6QE 147.150+ repeater.,VE6VHF 146.91-, VE6PZ 145.210 -, VE6UK 145.25 -...
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    • Koffee Klatch Join the local Hams for coffee at the A and W in the Village Mall across from Wall Mart on the North hill in Red Deer. .Listen to VE6QE 147.150 MHZ plus 600 for directions. See you there!
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    • ARES Net on the CAARC repeater system
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    • CAARC 2 Meter NET Please check in to the CAARC net on VE6QE 147.150+ repeater.,VE6VHF 146.91-, VE6PZ 145.210 -, VE6UK 145.25 -...
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    • Red Deer Picnic And RAC AGM
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    • Koffee Klatch Join the local Hams for coffee at the A and W in the Village Mall across from Wall Mart on the North hill in Red Deer. .Listen to VE6QE 147.150 MHZ plus 600 for directions. See you there!
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    • ARES Net on the CAARC repeater system
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    • CAARC 2 Meter NET Please check in to the CAARC net on VE6QE 147.150+ repeater.,VE6VHF 146.91-, VE6PZ 145.210 -, VE6UK 145.25 -...
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    • Koffee Klatch Join the local Hams for coffee at the A and W in the Village Mall across from Wall Mart on the North hill in Red Deer. .Listen to VE6QE 147.150 MHZ plus 600 for directions. See you there!
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    • ARES Net on the CAARC repeater system
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    • CAARC 2 Meter NET Please check in to the CAARC net on VE6QE 147.150+ repeater.,VE6VHF 146.91-, VE6PZ 145.210 -, VE6UK 145.25 -...
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    • Koffee Klatch Join the local Hams for coffee at the A and W in the Village Mall across from Wall Mart on the North hill in Red Deer. .Listen to VE6QE 147.150 MHZ plus 600 for directions. See you there!
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