A new net is being activated!
Net: Elmer Net
Time: Tuesdays @ 8:00 pm EST
Repeater: VA3LON (147.060 – 114.8 PL)
Target: Newly licensed hams (but any ham is welcome to check in)
Net controller: Steve Black (VA3SNJ)
The first net is tomorrow December 16, 2014. Let's get a good number of checkins.
The next L.A.R.C. meeting will be held on Thursday, January 8th, 2015 at 7:30 pm.
The speaker and subject to be announced soon.
Look for a 'Brain teaser' feature coming soon to this site....
Ham and Eggs
We said our goodbyes to Kathy, Peter and Pauline at the Cottage Restaurant which closed on this Saturday, November 29th after 60 years in business and hosting 30 years of area hams on Saturday mornings. We all wish them well in the future. A Certificate of Appreciation was presented to Kathy and Peter. The staff at the Cottage restaurant surprised us with a nice cake.
Kathy and Peter are presented with a Certificate honouring them and Pauline as Friends of L.A.R.C.
A surprise from the Cottage Restaurant to all the Hams over the 30 years.
Those in attendance for the final Cottage Restaurant breakfast, Special thanks to Mike Cook for taking these photos.
Hams and Eggs.. The next Chapter.
A proposed new place for our Ham and Eggs Saturday breakfast is at the Take-a-Break Restaurant (former location of the Majors Family Restaurant), 1130 Wilton Grove Road. We started last Saturday, December 6th. There was a separate room available for us. A good showing of Hand and Eggers were in attendance.
It's that time of year again, subscribe to weather alerts!
Our friend ( Pat Simone, VA3HIS) over at the LMHU have reminded us that we can subscribe to weather alerts.
Sign up for Weather Alerts
1) You can sign up for Environment Canada alerts on your own now!
Click on this website and complete the boxes as instructed…
I would also suggest that you bookmark as a favourite, this page:
When you do receive these alerts…the subject line says “ECAlertMe”
Alerts will contain “impact” and “call to action” statements. The impact statements will describe the expected impacts relative to the severity of a weather event. Call to action statements will suggest actions to reduce exposure to weather-related risks.
2) Emergency Management Ontario’s website (now part of OFMEM) also has weather and emergency alerts that you can sign up for…
Candidates for Amateur Radio license take the exam.
As the Cottage restaurant was wrapping up on Saturday November 29, so was our Basic Ham course. The candidate count was swelled by some self-study students who were ready for the test, and 12 people have written the exam so far, with 2 more to write at a later date. The final exam was a success for all who wrote it, with 4 achieving scores over 90, 7 more getting over 80 and earning HF privileges, and one who got 75. This is a great showing, and we congratulate all the students.
Due to a change in procedures at Industry Canada, these folks will have call signs and be legal hams within days, and you'll see their new call signs on the website soon.
We also thank our instructors who make these courses possible by sharing their expertise and experience:
Doug Elliott, Rob Hockin, Jim Spicer, Mike Cook, Mitch Powell, Mark Bramwell, Dave McCarter and Mike Watts.
Doug Elliott VA3DAE
Hams operate at LMHU during "Bring your children to work day"
November 5th was "bring your children to work day" at the LMHU (Middlesex-London Health Unit). We were contacted by Marilyn Ashworth and asked if we would be able to demo their amateur radio equipment and speak to the students about the hobby. Dave Lambert VE3KGK, Ansil Rock VE3HDR, and Jim Morris VA3AHQ went to the LMHU and operated from 1:00 to 2:30. There were 7 grade 9 students who attended our session, they had been to other sections of the LMHU to learn about the different functions of the health unit.
We explained some of the history of amateur radio, how Rocky began his interest in the hobby ( his father was a ham, so it was always around him), how amateur radio would be an important role if an emergency occurred in the area. David explained about QSL cards and he had brought his collection for the students to have a look at. Jim, explained a bit about digital modes and how psk31 is similar to texting, but the signal goes through the radios, instead of through a cell phone. We then made a few contacts, tuning around the band on 20 meters and made contacts on 15 meters, one in the Canary Islands and another in Hungary. The students were interested in what was shown and explained to them, I don’t think any of them were familiar with amateur radio. They asked many questions and seemed excited when we did the QSOs.
Hopefully we made it interesting enough for the students that one of them may take up the hobby.
Visitors at the LMHU shack, (R) Marilyn Ashworth, Program Assistant in Emergency Preparedness
Field Day 2015
Yes we are thinking about this already. Thoughts and ideas to make an already good event better.
On Wednesday 15th October we attended a Parks and Recreation meeting in London and confirmed our previously submitted application to use Reservoir Park again in 2015. This is the site we have used for the last couple of years.
Do you have any feedback, interest or suggestions please? email and let us know by clicking on our names above.
As things progress we will duly feedback at club meetings. Also please use the Field Day link in the menu above.
- LARC has a new brochure to promote the benefit of our club. You can download a PDF version of the brochure.
- Are you interested in becoming an Amateur Radio Operator?
To start on a facinating hobby, please visit this link.
- Just a heads-up to those who buy radio equipment off the internet. Read how Fred the owner of QRZ.com pulled in a dishonest individual, who was trying to scam him. Article on the Scam
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