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Simplex Saturday Report 2022-05-01, 21:03:09 4
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Simplex Saturday Report Amateur Radio » Emergency Communication
Emergency Preparedness
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GBARC's first Simplex Saturday was held between noon and 1:00pm, Saturday 30th April 2022. The following stations checked in:

  1. VA3KOT John (NCS)
  2. VE3WI Dave
  3. VE3OZW Richard
  4. VE3RQY Greg
  5. VE3RWY Rob
  6. VE3PQ Paul
  7. VE3NBJ Norm
  8. VE3VCG Marvin
  9. VE3JMD Jim
  10. VE3BQM Bernie
  11. VA3TS Tom
  12. VE3FP Adam

An honorable mention should also be made to VE3DGY Doug who attempted to check in but experienced equipment difficulties.

Net controller John VA3KOT was stationed in the parking lot of Inglis Falls Conservation Area just south of Owen Sound operating 50 watts into
a collinear VHF vertical antenna mounted on a truck hitch.

What Was Learned?
  • Communications between Inglis Falls to Owen Sound and points in Georgian Bluffs were clear and strong.
  • Communications between Inglis Falls and Port Elgin (VE3WI) were challenging. John VA3KOT's signal was reported to be noisy in Port Elgin but signals from Port Elgin into Inglis Falls were loud and clear.
  • Communications between Paisley and Inglis Falls revealed a surprising result. VE3VCG was stationed at the Paisley repeater site and comms were noisy and difficult - until Marvin re-oriented his truck then it was 59 both directions. Marvin's mag-mount antenna was off-centre on his truck roof and that seemed to be enough to dramatically change signal strength.
  • The NCS base station is recommended to use an antenna¬†elevated on a pole
  • The NCS base station should check for local electrical noise interference. A hydro pole transformer was suspected to be the source of noise at Inglis Falls.

Thank you to all who participated. The exercise should be repeated at some point in the future to learn more about unexpected practical difficulties that are to be encountered in the field.