We're having a Fox Hunt
LARC will be running a fox hunt on Sunday November 29, meeting at 13:30 est at the Secrets of Radar Museum.
If you're not sure what a fox hunt is, it's a friendly competition to see who can find a hidden transmitter using Radio Direction Finding (RDF). In our case the "fox" will be somewhere within the borders of the City of London, and will transmit for 60 seconds, followed by 120 seconds of silence. Don't worry if you've never done this before, or aren't ready to try it on your own - we'll have at least 2 teams that you can join and learn as you go.
What do you need for a fox hunt?
- -a handheld transceiver
- -a directional antenna, such as a yagi
- -a compass to take bearings of the direction from your location towards the fox
- -pencil, eraser, ruler, maybe a protractor
- -an attenuator to reduce the signal to your radio
- -parallel ruler for copying lines on the map
- -a compass that can be adjusted for the local magnetic declination (which is about 9 degrees west
We'll supply some paper maps that you can use.
If you have questions, contact Doug Elliott: canoe.eh at~sign gmail.com
ARRL Sweepstakes Week-end
Several club members participated in the event this week-end at the club station and the results were favourable. We achieved at full sweep, which is a contact in every region. Nothing can compare to the thrill of making a contact in Hawaii on 40M at 3am with 100 watts, who says our club station antenna doesn't perform well. Thanks goes out to David Lambert, Mike Watts, Ansil Rock, Corbin Lippert, Tom Pillon and Jim Morris for being part of the team for the week-end.
We have also found the secret to getting that rare section when working a contest, check here for details, though we ask that you not share this information!
As well we had a secret weapon, we purchased the Sweepstakes Contest logging application from n3fjp ( same software company we get our field day logging program) and it was a great piece of software. A big thanks goes out to Scott and Kimberly Davis for their development efforts. Check out all their software at http://www.n3fjp.com/
New Frequency Allocation
Colin Thomas, G3PSM reports that during todays (18 November) afternoon plenary session of WRC-15 in Geneva a new amateur service allocation at 5 MHz was approved.
Although only a small allocation of 15 kHz between 5 351.5 – 5 366.5 kHz was eventually agreed, it is the first new allocation at HF since the WARC of 1979. After intense pressure from the fixed service pri-mary user, power limits have been set at 15 Watts EIRP in Regions 1 and 3, 20 Watts EIRP in Mexico and 25 Watts EIRP in Central America, South America and most of the Caribbean area.
Region 1 Member Societies not having an allocation under Article 4.4 of the Radio Regulations are urged to contact their administration to have this narrow segment included in their licence, although the new Radio Regulations will not come into force until 1 January 2017.
Presented by our guest speaker Garry Hammond, VE3XN at the November meeting, to Brian Bouckley, VA3ATB
This certificate is to recognize that esteemed Amateur Radio Operator Brian Bouckley, VA3ATB has earned coveted membership in the Heifer's Club (also informally known as the HFer's Club) having achieved through effort, dedication, and some modicum of skill the distinction of establishing two way radio communication with at least 104 DX entities.
Membership is bestowed upon those deserving Hams who have demonstrated through their achievements the distinction of working one hundred or more DX entities after overcoming a severe case of microphone fright, a sensible fear of high places upon which to hang antennas, and particularly buyers remorse regarding their chosen rig.
The next LARC meeting will be held on Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 7:00 pm
at the Church of St, Jude 1537 Adelaide Street North at Fanshawe Park Road.
It will be our annual Pot Luck celebration....Please note the earlier time.
It is that time of year again…
The weather will soon start to turn cold…
Do you receive the adverse weather alerts from Environment Canada and from
Emergency Management Ontario yet?
It is easy for you to sign up on your own…
Please feel free to set up your account and specify the region and type of weather alert that you would like to receive…
Go to Environment Canada’s website to set up an account, specifying regions and types of alerts….
Go to Emergency Management Ontario’s website and click on Public Alerting in Ontario on the left side of the home page to receive your Public Alerts…
Be aware! Be safe! And plan according to the weather reports!
Feel free to pass this on to your contacts, anyone can join in!
Patricia Simone ABCP, CMM III-EMP
Manager, Emergency Management
Middlesex-London Health Unit,
A big thank you is due to Paul VE3PFN for his efforts in bringing together the JOTA event Saturday Oct 17. We had a number of scouts in the afternoon who were able to make contacts. Thanks to Mike and Karen are also due as they worked hard to get a station up and running. Doug Elliott's Yaesu worked well. Ken Brightling also did a good job of encouraging the scouts to take a turn at the radio. Also acted as photographer at times.
Participating Hams were:
Committees and Groups
The committees and groups are:
LARC Club station Committee
LARC Hamfest Committee
LARC Website Committee
LARC Field Day Committee
LARC Builders Group
About DIGITAL MOBILE RADIO (DMR)
A message and guide from Mark Bramwell (VE3PZR):
"Due to the massive confusion about Digital Radios and specifically DMR, I have created a page that if followed, will get you on DMR radio with minimal fuss."
Thank you Mark!
September through June, LARC meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month. There are a variety of guest speakers, and you will have a chance to meet other hams to discuss your interests in amateur radio. All hams, SWL’s and interested individuals are welcome.
Mark your calendars:
December will be our Christmas Pot Luck Dinner.
Notes from our meetings
Presentations from our meetings will be posted here
JOTA Friday to Sunday October 16-18 Spencer Hall 531 Windere Rd. Contact Paul Fraser for further details.
Want to become part of this hobby!
How to become an Amateur Radio Operator( Ham), for more detail go here
Distracted Driving Legislation for Ontario
The legislation has been updated with a 5 year extension.
A suggestion is that you print out the legislation and have it available in your vehicle.
Dave McCarter VE3GSO, Tom Pillon VE3HOR and Ansil Rock VE3HDR are listening to the antenna for some DX!
For more pictures of the days event please look here .
Read the full story here
The Grand Opening of the Club Station at the Secrets of Radar Museum was a great success!
See all pictures of the event in the Gallery
Hams and Eggs Breakfast update
The location for the HAMs and Eggs Saturday breakfast is
Mary's Place Restaurant, 1494 Dundas St., London Ontario N5W 3B9.
Amateur Radio Newsline - "Your independent source of Amateur Radio news for today's radio amateur."
eHam.net - "ham radio on the net'"
ARRL - "The national association for Amateur Radio - News and Features."
QRZ.com - A site to lookup Hams as well as information.
DX Daily - Site dedicated to the art/science of DX chasing