Archive for January, 2010

NTS operating under Winter Field Day rules

January 31, 2010

On Saturday Jan 30 2010 OPN Net Manager Bob Sharp VA3QV while operating as part of the Victor Alpha 3 Real Cold Spot (VA3RCS) Group participating in the SPAR Winter Field Day checked into the 2nd Region Traffic Net at 1345 hours EST representing Ontario and the Ontario Phone Net.

“VA3RCS going to Ontario with No Traffic over…”

“VA3QV at the mike”

(Above Picture courtesy Martin VA3SIE)

The NCS for 2RN was AK2Z (Doug in Camden NY) and according to QRZ.com it was distance of just over 140 miles from Ottawa to Camden NY or 230 kms if you like the metric system.  Not too bad for an 80m daytime contact.

Signal reports were good from other stations in the New York Section and the New Jersey Section.

Dougs setup can be found on his QRZ site and the setup in Ottawa was a Yaesu FT 817 (5w QRP) along with a W3EDP antenna at approx 15 feet above ground level.

At 1345 hours Eastern the temp in Ottawa was approx -20 deg C or -4 deg F but it was sunny out.

“If you can pass traffic outside at -20 degrees then you can do it anytime”

For your information the Ontario Phone Net meets up with the 2nd region net daily at 1345 hours and 1830 hours on 3.925 mhz  to pick up traffic for Ontario and to send traffic from Ontario.  In addition the Ontario Phone Net meets daily at 1600 EST on 3.742 mhz

More pictures and infomation can be found of the following blogs:

VA3SIE Martin and VA3QV Bob

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

OPN holding Traffic

January 30, 2010

The Section Traffic Manager (STM) for Ontario as part of his duties generates Test Messages or Exercise Traffic and inserts it into the system in an attempt to give Amateurs who do not usually handle traffic a chance to get some practice.

At this time the Net is holding traffic for the following areas of Ontario

Mississauga – 3
Etobicoke – 4
Kingston – 3
Port Carling – 1
Atikokan – 2
Toronto – 6
Woodbridge – 1
Kenilworth – 1
Scarborough – 3
Spring bay – 1
North York – 1
Windsor – 1
Markham – 1
Elliott Lake – 1

If you would like to assist please either check into the Ontario Phone Net which runs daily at 1600 EST on 3.742 or contact the Section Traffic Manager VE3GNA

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

New Frequency for Ontario ARES Net

January 27, 2010

The following came in to my inbox today:

Hi All:

Dave VE3DVE, Bob VA3BZ and I, Bob VE3YX have moved to 7080 to take advantage of improving propagation and to keep away from the heavy US usage of 7100 and up. We haven’t had other ARES stations checking in, nor have we heard any ARES activity on the other frequencies 7153 or 3742. Spread the word! Maybe we can get the net back to what it was a year or so ago.

cheers;

73 de Bob   VE3YX

The Ontario ARES Net meets Sundays at 1300 eastern

I will remind/mention to you all that the Ontario Phone Net meets daily on 3.742 at 1600 hrs eastern (winter hours) 7 days a week and is always looking for people to check in to represent their part of the Province.

73bob

With help from my friends

January 23, 2010

Some days its difficult to hear the net just due to the poor band conditions.  Now fortunately I have had some help courtesy of the VE3MAZ Echolink Remote Rcvr in Niagara Falls

VE3MAZ-L

In the past I was forced to use Ken’s system due to the high noise level I had here in Ottawa.  Now due to the poor band condtions I am stealing his system again…

The way I have it set up is as follows….  I have a audio line coming from my FT 847 and my laptop to a switch box.  My head phones plug into the switch box and then I just switch from one input to the other depending on where in the province you are and what receiver gives me the best signal.  My own rcvr in Ottawa or Ken’s rcvr in Niagara Falls.

N8AD-L

Without the support of Ken in Niagara Falls and Len N8AD in Erie PA who also runs an ECHOLINK HF Remote Rcvr I would not be able to fully manage the Net and so we all owe them a vote of thanks…

There are others who run these ECHOLINK nodes and I don’t mean to slight them by not mentioning them.  First of all there are too many to mention and secondly I only use these two for my OPN duties.

The services the others provide are just as important as proven by the recent Haiti Earthquake relief work where  a couple of amateurs in Haiti were able to find a WIFI hotspot and echolink their message out from a location that their radios were able to function.

A lot of hams don’t like VOIP and are dyed in the wool HFers but if they were to see how the new technology can help them…  And with the expected influx of traffic coming soon from Haiti I will gladly take all the help I can get to keep the Ontario Phone Net running smoothly.

Thanks again guys…

Best 73

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for January 23, 2010

January 23, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for January 23, 2010

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Haiti Updates

Note that the frequencies 14265, 14300, 7045, 7065, 7265, 3720, and
3977 kHz are still being used for disaster response. Please keep them
clear.

Radio Club Dominicano (RCD) and Union Dominicana de Radio Aficionados
(UDRA) were turned back from Port-au-Prince when their convoy came
under fire.  RCD has established a 2m repeater at the Dominican
Republic border covering some of Haiti (including Port-au-Prince).

RAC VP of Field Services Doug Mercer, VO1DTM, reports that French-
speaking Canadian hams are monitoring the emergency frequencies, and
a group is ready for deployment to Haiti when required.

CNN has reported on amateur radio activity from Haiti; visit
tinyurl.com/ydw79ze (Yankee Delta Whiskey Seven Nine Zulu Echo).

– various sources

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

ITEMS OF INTEREST

2. Niagara Hamfest

The Niagara Peninsula Amateur Radio Club will hold its “Big Event 32″
Flea Market and Hamfest on Saturday, February 6, at the Merriton
Community Centre, 7 Park Ave., St. Catharines.  Open to the public at
9 a.m.; talk-in on VE3NRS repeater 147.240 (+) tone 107.2 Hz.  For
more information visit www.nparc.on.ca/bigevent

– RAC Events Database

3. AM Transmitter Rally

The Amplitude Modulation Transmitter Rally will be held on Saturday,
February 6, from 6 AM Eastern Time 2 AM the following day.  The event
will be on will be on 160 through 10 meters on the usual AM
frequencies,  and is open to any radio amateurs running standard
(full carrier) AM with any type of equipment.  For more information
visit www.classeradio.com/amtr.htm (that’s “Class E Radio dot com”)

– Amateur Radio Newsline

4. The Art of Radio-Telegraphy

William Pierpont N0HFF has written a book, “The Art and Skill of
Radio-Telegraphy,” for those who are interested in telegraphy, those
who would like to learn it, those who love it, and those who want to
improve their skills.  It’s a free PDF download, about 1 megabyte, at
tinyurl.com/n7g8d2 (November Seven Golf Eight Delta Two).

– Glenn Killam, VE3GNA

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

If you want to listen along

January 21, 2010

The following information comes to us via the RAC Ontario Section Traffic Manager and his new website. The site is currently under construction but what information is there is accurate and up to date…

If you are planning on participating in any of the traffic nets when the Haiti Traffic starts you should be listening now to get the formats of the nets figured out.

Try any of the nets on this list…

NTS traffic nets operate in four cycles. Each cycle is timed to maximize the efficient transfer of traffic from one level to the next. In some sections and regions, there will not be a net in each cycle. This is determined by the available operators and average traffic amounts.

The cycles are as follows:

Cycle One

10:00 am Section

10:45 am Region

11:30 am Area

12:30 pm Region

Cycle Two

1:00 pm Section

1:45 pm Region

2:30 pm Area

3:30 pm Region

Cycle Three

4:00 pm Section

4:45 pm Region

5:30 pm Area

6:30 pm Region

Cycle Four

7:00 pm Section

7:45 pm Region

8:30 pm Area

9:30 pm Region

10:00 pm Section

Generally speaking, nets in Cycles One through Three will be on voice and Cycle Four nets will be CW. There will always be exceptions to this, and as well there are wide-area nets which meet at different times to take advantage of early morning propagation for maximum coverage.

A chronological list of some of the traffic nets heard regularly in the Eastern Time zone, both NTS affiliated and wide-area. All times are Eastern.

Amateur Radio Telegraph Society (ARTS) daily 7:15 to 8:30 am on 7052 khz (CW) Wide Area

Hit and Bounce Slow Net (HBSN) daily 7:30 am on 7042 khz (CW) Wide Area

Hit and Bounce Net (HBN) daily 8:30 am (M-F 7042 khz and S-S 7114 khz CW) Wide Area

Eighth Region Net (8RN) daily 12:30 pm 3865 khz

Second Region Net (2RN) daily 1:45 pm 3925 khz- This is the net that the OPN hooks up with…

Fourth Region Net (4RN) daily 1:45 pm 7243 khz (again at 3:30 pm)

Eastern Area Net (EAN) daily 2:30 pm (M-F 7243 khz and S-S 7050 khz) Area Net

Central Area Net (CAN) daily 3:15 pm ( begins on 14345 khz and QSY’s to 7240 and down at approx 3:25 pm)

First Region Net (1RN) daily 3:30 pm 3948 khz

Ontario Phone Net (OPN) daily 4:00 pm 3742 khz (reverts to regular time of 7:00 pm with change to DST)


Fifth Region Net (RN5) daily commencing approx 4:15 pm 7243 khz

Eighth Region Net (8RN) daily 4:30 pm 3865 khz

New York Public Operations Net (NYPON) daily 5:00 pm 3925 khz

New York State Phone Net (NYS) daily 6:00 pm 3925 khz

Second Region Net (2RN) daily 6:30 pm 3925 khz (alternate 1840 khz) This is the net that the OPN hooks up with…

Atlantic Provinces Net (APN) daily 7:00 pm 3654 khz (CW)

Second Region Net (2RN) daily 7:45 pm 3576 khz (CW)

Eastern Area Net (EAN) daily 8:30 pm 3577 khz CW ( alternate 1812 khz)

Second Region Net (2RN) daily 9:30 pm 3576 khz

Each section will have nets operating at these or similar times with each time zone. This is only a partial list of the nets regularly heard in Eastern Ontario.


In Preparation for expected incoming TFC

January 18, 2010

With the chances that we might have  an influx of traffic from Haiti to Ontario given the large Haitian Communuties of  Toronto and Ottawa combined with our neighboring Section Quebec which has a large Community in Montreal it seems only fitting that we do a slight reminder of Traffic Formats.


The RAC Vice President Field Services feel that our services could be needed in the very near future as you can tell from the previous posting copied below:

From:
“vo1dtm” <vo1dtm@yahoo.ca>

To:
ARES-Alert@yahoogroups.com

During the next few days as Haiti begins to recover, there may be traffic flowing into the ARRL NTS System destined for Canadians. This traffic will be moved north towards the regions closest to destination by American NTS stations in hopes of it being picked up by a Canadian operator. The more times you are able to check into nets in your area, the better the chances are that traffic being held for delivery will get through.

73

Doug Mercer VO1DTM
VPFS


First of all the NTS Message form:

Then some examples of NTS Traffic:


___R         HX G         VE3GNA            ARL 15            WESTPLAIN ON      <date>

<NAME AND ADDRESS GOES HERE WITH PHONE NUMBER>

AMATEUR               RADIO               IS               A              WONDERFUL

AND                        REWARDING      HOBBY      ARL               SIXTY

NINE                     AMATEUR            RADIO      WORLD            73

GLENN VE3GNA

==================================================

___R           HX G            VE3GNA            17               WESTPLAIN ON            <date>
<NAME AND ADDRESS GOES HERE WITH PHONE NUMBER>

PLEASE               CONSIDER               LEARNING               AND             USING

MORSE               CODE                        JOIN                         A                     SLOW

SPEED                  CW                           NET                          MAKE               NEW

FRIENDS               73

GLENN VE3GNA

==================================================

If you have any questions please feel free to check out the RAC Website looking at NTS in the Site Index under Field Services or just drop in and ask your question on the Ontario Phone Net which meets every day at 1600 EST (2100UTC) on or about 3.742 MHZ which as you should know is the 80m band.

Email Queries can be sent to the Net Manager or the RAC Ontario Section Traffic Manager as well

Bob Sharp VA3QV OPN Net Manager

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for January 16, 2010

January 16, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for January 16, 2010

NATIONAL NEWS

1. Haiti Earthquake Updates

On January 13, Father John Henault, HH6JH, in Port-au-Prince, made
contact with the Intercontinental Assistance and Traffic Net (IATN)
on 14.300 MHz.

On January 15, The Radio Club Dominicano (RCD) reports and Union
Dominicana de Radio Aficionados (UDRA) were scheduled to go to
Port-au-Prince to install an emergency radio communications station,
HI8RCD/HH, and a mobile station. See www.hi8vb.tk for details.

Frequencies in use for this disaster are now 14265, 14300, 7045,
7065, 7265, 3720, and 3977 kHz.  Please keep these frequencies plus
or minus 10 kHz clear.   The International Radio Emergency Support
Coalition (IRESC) is also active on EchoLink node 278173.  Some
Haitian hams speak only French. If you are bilingual and able to
assist, please monitor those frequencies.

As Haiti begins to recover, there may be National Traffic System (NTS)
traffic for Canadian recipients.  Please check into NTS often so that
traffic for your area can be delivered.  Please do not originate
traffic for Haiti during the next week; direct health and welfare
inquries to the Red Cross web page, tinyurl.com/ycptv7d (Yankee Charlie
Papa Tango Victor Seven Delta).

– various sources

ITEMS OF INTEREST

2. Olympics 2010 Special Event Prefixes

From February 1 to March 31, to commemorate the 2010 Olympic Winter
Games, Canadian amateurs are authorized to use the following special
prefixes: VG for VA, VX for VE, XJ for VO, and XK for VY.

– RAC Web Page

3. Sarnia and Thunder Bay Hams in the News

The Lambton County Radio Club got a nice write-up last week in the
Sarnia Observer; you can see it at tinyurl.com/yeoy365 (Yankee Echo
Oscar Yankee Three Six Five). And the The Northwestern Ontario Senior
Citizens Amateur Radio Club were featured in the Thunder Bay
Chronicle Journal on December 2nd (archive not available).

– RAC Blog

4. Morse Code Resources

If your New Year’s Resolution is to learn Morse Code, AC6V’s web page
at www.ac6v.com/morseprograms.htm has links to many code practice
programs and other resources.  For on-line practice, try AA9PW’s
web page at www.aa9pw.com/morsecode.

– Handi-Ham News

5. Power Tubes Web Page

G8WRB has a web page on RF Power Amplifiers and Tubes, where you will
find data on RF power tubes from 100 W to 1 MW, as well as
application notes of interest to amateurs using tubes for power
amplifiers.  The site is actively seeking uploads of data sheets for
more power tubes.

– ARRL Contest Update

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

From RAC Bulletin Service

January 16, 2010
Saturday, January 16, 2010 12:34 AM
From:
“rac-bulletins@eton.ca” <rac-bulletins@eton.ca>

To:
“Bob Sharp” <va3rcs@rogers.com>

Important information for all RAC Members

On Tuesday, January 12 at 4:53 PM, Haiti time (2153) UTC a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit 15 kilometers west of Port-au-Prince, the nation’s capital. Communications in and out of Haiti have been disrupted.

The RAC requests that all Canadian Hams  be aware  of the emergency operations on the following frequencies: 7.045 3.720 MHz (IARU Region 2 Nets), 14.265, 7.265 and 3.977 MHz (SATERN Nets), and 14.300 MHz (Intercontinental Assistance and Traffic Net).

The International Radio Emergency Support Coalition (IRESC) is also active on EchoLink node 278173.

Doug Mercer  VO1DTM
Vice President Field Services
Radio Amateurs of Canada
P.O. Box 1042   Goulds
Newfoundland Labrador
A1S 1H2
Tel: (709) 364-4741
Cell: (709) 697-3319

* * * *

Vernon Erle Ikeda – VE2MBS/VE2QQ
Dollard des Ormeaux, Quebec
RAC E-News/Web News Bulletin Editor
<racnews@rac.ca>

Messages from RAC VPFS- Haiti Update

January 16, 2010

Yesterday we heard from the RAC Ontario Section Traffic Manager…

Today we hear from the RAC Vice President Field Services with the information coming in via the ARES Alert system:

From:
“vo1dtm” <vo1dtm@yahoo.ca>

To:
ARES-Alert@yahoogroups.com

I received urgent messages from Greg Mossop IARU EMCOR region 1 and Cesar Pinto Santos IARU EMCOR region 2 earlier tonight stating that a Ham in Haiti was trying to communicate with the SATERN net in french and that were unable to understand.

If you are bilingual and are able to assist, please monitor the following frequencies and listen for Haitian traffic.
7.045 and 3.720 IARU nets
14.265, 7.265 and 3.977 SATERN nets
14.300 Intercontinental Assistance and Traffic nets
EchoLink node 278173 International Radio Emergency Support Coalition

Many thanks!

73

Doug Mercer VO1DTM
VPFS

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From:
“vo1dtm” <vo1dtm@yahoo.ca>

To:
ARES-Alert@yahoogroups.com

During the next few days as Haiti begins to recover, there may be traffic flowing into the ARRL NTS System destined for Canadians. This traffic will be moved north towards the regions closest to destination by American NTS stations in hopes of it being picked up by a Canadian operator. The more times you are able to check into nets in your area, the better the chances are that traffic being held for delivery will get through.

73

Doug Mercer VO1DTM
VPFS

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