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Temporary Rule Waivers for ARRL Field Day 2021:

Temporary Rule Waivers for ARRL Field Day 2021:

For Field Day 2021 only, Class D stations may contact all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points. Class D and Class E stations are limited to 150 Watts PEP. (See Field Day rule 4.6)

  1. Eligibility: Field Day is open to all amateurs in the areas covered by the ARRL/RAC Field organizations and countries within IARU Region 2. DX stations residing in other regions may be contacted for credit and may submit entries as check-logs.
  2. Object: To work as many stations as possible on the 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 Meter HF bands, as well as all  bands 50 MHz and above, and in doing so to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions. A premium is placed on developing skills to meet the challenges of emergency preparedness as well as to acquaint the general public with the capabilities of Amateur Radio.
  3. Date and Time Period: Field Day 2021 will be held June 26-27. Field Day is ALWAYS the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and ending at 2059 UTC Sunday.

3.1. Class A and B (see below) stations that do not begin setting up until 1800 UTC on Saturday may operate the entire 27-hour Field Day period.

3.2. Stations who begin setting up before 1800 UTC Saturday may work only 24 consecutive hours, commencing when on-the-air operations begin.

3.3. No class A or B station may begin its set-up earlier than 0000 UTC on the Friday (Thursday afternoon or evening local time) preceding the Field Day period. Cumulative set-up time shall not exceed a total of 24 hours.

  1. Entry Categories: Field Day entries are classified according to the maximum number of simultaneously transmitted signals, followed by a designator indicating the nature of their individual or group participation. The minimum number of transmitters that must be claimed is one (1). Twenty (20) transmitters maximum are eligible for the purpose of calculating bonus points (2,000 points maximum). However, additional transmitters which may legitimately be used simultaneously will determine your entry category classification, but will not earn additional bonus points (i.e. 22 transmitters = 22A). The use of switching systems that allow for lock-outs in order to use multiple transmitters (i.e., an “octopus”) in an attempt to enter a lower-number-of-transmitters class are prohibited (i.e. using 2 transmitters that can transmit simultaneously, with two operators, and a lock-out system and entering class 1A). The use of simulcasting devices which allow a single operator to key and transmit on more than one transmitter at a time, is prohibited. Bonus stations, such as the GOTA station and satellite station do not count towards determining the number of transmitters for the class and do not qualify for transmitter bonus points.

4.1. (Class A) Club / non-club portable: Club or a non-club group of three or more persons set up specifically More >

New DMR repeater near Red Deer

The VA6DMR repeater, which supports the DMR digital format, recently went on the air. It is connected the the international BrandMeister network. Any amateur station is welcome to utilize the repeater. It may be accessed by any UHF DMR radio which supports the DMR standard.

The frequency is 443.6625+, Color code 1. The following talkgroups are carried full-time:

Alberta, Talkgroup 3026, Timeslot 2
Manitoba, Talkgroup 3024, Timeslot 1
Local, Talkgroup 9, Timeslot 2

The repeater is located southwest of Penhold on a 100ft tower, on elevated land. It provides coverage from Mountain View County to Ponoka County. Coverage within Red Deer City should be excellent. Operation mobile from south of Highway 27 (Olds) to north of Lacombe, along Highway 2 has been tested successfully.

More information is available at:  https://repeaterbook.com/repeaters/details.php?state_id=CA01&ID=20109

Users may review their inbound signal strength in real-time at:  https://brandmeister.network/?page=repeater&id=302098

Amateurs who own a “hotspot” will also be able to communicate with stations who utilize the VA6DMR repeater. There are DMR-connected hams in Calgary and Edmonton who are active on the Alberta BrandMeister talkgroup.

NET CONROLLERS NEEDED!

Hello everyone. We have lost one of our net controllers for the Monday night net, we are down to three. I am asking for anyone to please volunteer to help to be a net controller. If we get some new people it will not be a very big commitment for anyone. Running the Monday night net is very easy and it gives you great experience in case we have need for a net in an emergency. It is also a great way to meet local Hams and to help remember their names! We have a spread sheet you can use that will automatically fill in their name and location when you type their call in as they check in. To volunteer please send me an e-mail at 

sparkyham(at)gmail(dot)com to volunteer for the net.

You can also just let me know by voice when you hear me on the QE repeater!

Thank you to the net controllers who run the net every Monday night.

73

Bob VE6BLD

CAARC Net Controller admin

RAC Presents CANWARN Spring Training Session: May 26

RAC Presents CANWARN Spring Training Session: May 26

Click link below for more details

CANWARN (CANadian Weather Amateur Radio Network)

 

CANWARN logo

New VE6QE Repeater Radio

The club has purchased a few Motorola MTR2000 VHF repeaters to replace the very old and aging GE-2 radios that we have been using in all the repeater sites for around the last 30 years.. The old GE-2’s are great radios but the last time we tried to peak one up the capacitors on the xtal multiplier board just snapped off.. These old parts have seized solid on the circuit boards so it is time to upgrade I guess.. These new MTR2000 are not brand new but are more of the latest technology, every thing is set up by a computer and there is really now adjusting of parts anymore.. In order to be able to connect these units into our controllers I had to remove the old J5 interface connector and build a new circuit board for having things isolated between circuits.. This required unsoldering a 96 pin plug and then creating a new circuit board and drilling the 96 holes into it for the plug to resolder into, that was fun I tell you…

Motorola MTR2000.

 

Front cover removed to show laptop and other connections.

 

Rear View of the radio..

 

New Interface board with the 96 pin connector..

 

Completed Interface assembly.

In the next few days I will be going up to the repeater site to check for mounting and cable lengths that need to be built. Then after that we will install it and see what happens. Stay tuned.. Skip, VE6BGT.

Got this today!!! Skip VE6BGT

Got this today!!!  Skip

 

VE6BLD’s first try on an Electric Unicycle! TOO MUCH FUN!

A few weeks ago I was at my son’s place in Okotoks and he helped me try his new Electric Unicycle. It was a very cold and windy day but after 3 tries I managed to go a few hundred feet! What a blast! 

Click these links for my 3 best tries…

This was the first time I tried riding Michael’s new Electric Unicycle. What a blast. It was very windy and cold. Safety first!!!

Dad’s 2nd Good Ride on Michael’s EUC  This would be easier on a flat lawn with no wind!!

Dad’s 3rd Good Ride Ya HOO

I may have to get one of these..

 

 

A short video to start your day with a good laugh!

What a great driver these Germans are!!

New tower and antenna

Antennas finally up on the new tower. Many thanks to Rod ve6roh,Jim ve6jhk,Bob ve6bld and Tom va6ta for all the expert assistance. Top antenna is a 24 element looper for 1296,below is the new 2m – 70cm Dual Band EME Yagi Antenna PA144-432-34-6-2CBGP Two Separate Connectors followed by the Cushcraft 5 element for 6.Once again thank you to the guys from the Red Deer area for all your help. Bob va6zo.

World Amateur Radio Day

Sunday, April 18

RAC “Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day” Special Event

Sunday, April 18: https://www.rac.ca/ward2021/

On Sunday, April 18, 2021, Radio Amateurs of Canada is organizing a special on-air event to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day.Every year on April 18, Radio Amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of Amateur Radio and to commemorate the formation of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) on April 18, 1925.

Radio Amateurs of Canada is once again holding a “Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day” special event in which we encourage as many Amateurs as possible to get on the air and contact as many RAC stations as possible.

  • RAC official stations will operate across Canada from 0000Z to 2359Z on April 18. The RAC official station call signs are VA2RAC, VA3RAC, VE1RAC, VE4RAC, VE5RAC, VE6RAC, VE7RAC, VE8RAC, VE9RAC, VO1RAC, VO2RAC, VY0RAC, VY1RAC and VY2RAC.
  • Those contacting one or more of these stations will be eligible for a special commemorative certificate noting their participation in RAC’s Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day Event.
  • Participants simply need to complete one or more contacts, on any band and mode, with RAC official stations to earn their certificates.
  • No logs need to be submitted; simply check back on the RAC website when instructed and enter your call sign to download your certificate.

Note: From 0000z to 0500z and again from 1200z to 1800z, VA3RAC will be active in the Ontario QSO Party and will be sending the contest exchange. Stations contacting VA3RAC during those time periods are encouraged to send their contest exchange in return (state/province/country or Ontario county).

Thank you for your continuing support and understanding during this time of crisis. As with many of our Amateur Radio activities, overcoming challenges is a great way to learn. Please take care of yourself and your loved ones, stay safe and have fun while celebrating World Amateur Radio Day.

For more information on World Amateur Radio Day and the RAC “Get on the Air on World Amateur Radio Day”  special event please visit:

https://www.rac.ca/operating/world-amateur-radio-day-april-18/

Glenn MacDonell, VE3XRA
President, Radio Amateurs of Canada