Winter Field Day
January 28 & 29th 2017
VA3GUF Frank and his wife graciously hosted Winter Field day this year at their home just outside Owen Sound. During the day, almost a foot of snow fell making the roads difficult to drive; so a number of members were unable to attend. Those who attended enjoyed great food, company and use of VA3OSO Carson's new radio, a ICOM IC-7300.
Two stations were operated. One operated as a 'Home' station and one as an 'Outdoor' station. Many contacts were made on 80m, 40m, 20m.
Most notably, an Antarctica station, KC4AAA, was contacted on 40m at 0605 UTC by Bobby VE3PAV and Paul VE3EFQ using 50w on a 20/40/80m linked dipole in an NVIS inverted 'v' configuration. The radio used to contact Antarctica was operated from the outdoor station powered by a lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery. The operator in Antarctica was a member of the Ice-Cube South Pole Neutrino Observatory, a research centre with sensors under 1000s of metres of ice that are used to detect neutrinos. You can read about this research here:https://icecube.wisc.edu/
An ONTARS check in by VE3EFQ, using only half a watt, was also made on the same antenna when linked up for 80m.
VE3PAV Bobby and VE3EFQ Paul camped out overnight in Paul's tipi, which has a collapsible, lightweight wood-stove inside. They reported it was very warm!
VA3OSO Carson showed the members some digitals modes, including JT65, PSK31 and WinLink Global Radio Email (just remember to check your 'spam' or 'junk' email folder else you may think the email did not come).
All the above events were punctuated with discussions about radio and antenna theory, batteries for portable operation, as well as how the local ARES group should prepare and organize itself.
In attendance: VA3GUF Frank, VE3IZS Adam, VE3EFQ Paul, VE3QVC Philip, VE3PAV Bobby, and VA3OSO Carson.
A great time was had by all: thanks to Frank and his wife!
Article and photos by VA3OSO, VE3EFQ
Radio Course 2017 Congratulations to this years new hams
L-R Raj - VA3TXO , Bob - VA3TXR, Scott - VE3OSA , Doug VE3WRF Instructor Extraordinaire
Band Mode QSOs Pts Pt/Q
3.5 CW 29 58 2.0
3.5 LSB 16 16 1.0
7 CW 11 22 2.0
7 LSB 60 60 1.0
14 USB 1 1 1.0
Total Both 117 157
Field Day 2017
We had special guests from the Dufferin County ARES, who attended our field day and brought along their Emergency Communications vehicle. We had an informative tour of the vehicle and its features by Wayne McLean, VE3WWM and John Corby VA3KOT of Dufferin ARES.
Field Day 2017 has come and gone, the raising of antennae, tents, operating positions set up and tested, conversations with friends and new friends, technical discussions and the greeting of visitors. This year as in the past, an enjoyable time was had by all with the weather co-operating on Saturday and a fine dinner by chef Bernie. Thanks to all who contributed and attended to make this years field day a success. A special welcome to our new hams who recently completed the radio course.
With over 20 attending, a good time was had by all, a nice meal with door. Thanks to all that attended and those who donated door prizes. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year...73
2017 GBARC Amateur of the Year
Congratulations to Doug Hall VE3WRF who is this year’s recipient of the coveted GBARC Amateur of the Year Award. The award is presented to the club member who has demonstrated a continued support for the club and the hobby of amateur radio. Thank you for your participation and encouragement in radio courses, club events and scouts/guides jamboree on the air to mention a few.