Archive for December, 2009

Happy New Year

December 31, 2009

I would like to take this time to wish all of the Net Participants, Net Control Stations, and all others a very…

HAMMY NEW YEAR

73 Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

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Its easier with a good crew…

December 31, 2009

On Monday evening my only HF antenna had a failure.  Looking outside and seeing wire hanging loosely in the wind is never a good thing…  I re-attached the wire to the balun and found out that things were still not working right…

On Tuesday I took the balun down and let it thaw out.  After it had thawed out and lost the coating of ICE that was on it I noticed a crack in the balun which I guess let moisture get into it and with the Flash Freeze we had on Monday evening I guess that did it in…

On Wednesday I tried a repair job with no luck and I tried installing a 1:1 balun in its place with no luck.  Well the instructions for the W3EDP antenna say that it does need a 4:1 balun to work best on the lower bands…

Today I went with a different antenna, one from my portable ops collection but with it came the a much higher noise level as the antenna was designed to operate with my FT 897 with a FC40 auto tuner and unfortunately the FC 40 will not work properly with the FT 847 and of course all my noise filters are set up with the 847…

So today is another day that I won’t be participating in Net operations but I am very glad to say that things seem to be functioning fine in my absence.  The traffic is getting though and the crew is stepping up to make sure things are running fine.

By the time the new balun arrives and get installed we will be looking Wednesday or Thursday but its good to know that things are fully functioning in my forced absence.

Thanks guys for keeping things running

73bob

NTS- From a guest Blogger

December 28, 2009

Todays posting comes to us from the Ontario Section Traffic Manager VE3GNA


Who says NTS is obsolete?

In this era of cellphones and instant communications, it is refreshing to hear of instances when the tried and true methods of communications can hold their own. Two instances are chronicled here.

On December 17, 2009, the net manager of the Ontario Phone Net (OPN) , Bob Sharp VA3QV, originated several messages containing Christmas greetings. One of these was addressed to Ian MacFarquhar VE9IM, in Rothesay NB. The traffic was passed on the net to the liaison for the Second Region Net (2RN), Glenn VE3GNA. At 7:45 pm, the Cycle 4 session of 2RN convened on CW. The message was passed to Lyle Bates, VE1VAU at that time. As the local session of the Atlantic Provinces Net (APN) completed somewhat earlier, the message was passed the following day, the 18th to Wade Wall VE1TAY in nearby Taymouth NB.

On December 21st, a message from VE1TAY originated on the 20th at 2300Z confirming delivery of the greeting to Mr MacFarquhar was received by VE3GNA and relayed to VA3QV on OPNon the 22nd.  The message went on to state that Ian returned similar greetings to the stalwarts of OPN.

From Ottawa ON to Rothesay NB and back in under 74 hours ( OPN meets at 2100Z daily, and the return message was created at 2300Z on the 20th) . Even allowing for the delay in getting the traffic into OPN on the 22nd still is just over 96 hours turnaround. Better than Canada Post.

The second instance is even more amazing. Glenn VE3GNA, does weekly updates of his personal database of amateurs in Canada, and creates NTS traffic welcoming new hams to the hobby. One of these was David Bruce Peer VE3RIE of Ottawa. The message was given to VA3QV on the 26th of December and phoned to Mr Peer the same evening.

It turned out that David had only recently written his exam, and had been told on the 22nd that he had passed. He was still awaiting confirmation of his assigned callsign by IC and the message was the first he had heard of it. The greeting confirmed that his first choice of callsign was approved, even before the actual letter arrived from Industry Canada, in the SAME city.

Oh yes, Virginia, NTS does work, and should be wholeheartedly supported by all hams, whether directly or indirectly. Why not utilize the system to extend greetings to Aunt Sarah in Whitehorse, or Uncle Don in St Johns, NL? Granted it is easier to text or phone. But there is still something exciting about receiving a message from a loved one via radio, and it gives the delivering station a thrill to participate. Not to mention the practice in case our services are ever needed in a real emergency. Practice makes perfect.

73,

Glenn Killam, VE3GNA / VA3OPN  Ontario Section Traffic Manager

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I would like to thank Glenn for taking the time to give us this article

73 Bob Sharp VA3QV OPN Net Manager

Holiday Net Schedule-Updated Dec 24

December 24, 2009

NET SCHEDULE FOR THE HOLIDAYS

UPDATED DECEMBER 24 2009

Thursday Dec 24- VE3WKJ

*****Friday Dec 25- NO NET*****

Saturday Dec 26- VA3PB

Sunday Dec 27- VE3PSV

Monday Dec 28- VA3QV

Tuesday Dec 29- VE3PSV

Wednesday Dec 30- VE3HMS

Thursday Dec 31 VE3WKJ

Friday Jan 1 2010- VA3QV

On Saturday Jan 2 2010 we return to regular operations

( As always schedule subject to change with NO Notice )


A message from the Net Manager

On a personal note on behalf of my Wife Liz ( who tolerates me spending all the time in the shack) my two daughters still at home, who have learned not to plan family events at “Net Time” and my self who is still trying to balance “Net Time and Family Time” all the best for the Christmas Season and our hopes for a very prosperous New Year.

73

Bob Sharp VA3QV- Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

Inbound Traffic for the Net Participants

December 22, 2009

The following message was received for us from the 2nd region net on December 22 2009.

It was in reply to a message I had sent out via NTS to    Ian MacFarquhar VE9IM ACTING RAC PRESIDENT last week wishing him a Merry Christmas from the OPN

His Reply as follows:

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BOB SHARP VA3QV OTTAWA

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MSG    1001     X     IAN     RETURNS

BEST    OF     SEASONS     GREETINGS    TO

YOU    AND     YOURS     AND    ALL

OF    THE     OPN      73

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WAYDE WALL VE1TAY

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4 Days from Ottawa to New Brunswick and back…  Not too shabby for an outdated mode…  Might of even been quicker but I missed 2rn last night cause I was out for the afternoon session and the evening session was poor band conditons…

73 Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

Ontario Phone Net Holiday Schedule

December 20, 2009

Updated OPN Holiday Schedule as of Dec 20 2009- 1530hrs

Sunday Dec 20-VE3PSV

Monday Dec 21- VE3RHJ

Tuesday Dec 22- VA3QV

Wednesday Dec 23- VE3HMS

Thursday Dec 24- VE3WKJ

*****Friday Dec 25- NO NET*****

Saturday Dec 26- VA3PB

Sunday Dec 27- VE3PSV

Monday Dec 28- VA3QV

Tuesday Dec 29- VE3PSV

Wednesday Dec 30- VE3HMS

Thursday Dec 31 VE3WKJ

Friday Jan 1 2010- VA3QV


On Saturday Jan 2 2010 we return to regular operations

( As always schedule subject to change with NO Notice )

A Message from the Net Manager OPN

On a personal note on behalf of my Wife Liz ( who tolerates me spending all the time in the shack) my two daughters still at home who have learned not to plan family events at “Net Time” and my self who is still trying to balance “Net Time and Family Time” all the best for the Christmas Season and our hopes for a very prosperous New Year.

73

Bob Sharp VA3QV- Net Manager Ontario Phone Net


RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for December 19, 2009

December 20, 2009

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for December 19, 2009

This is  The Ontario Phone Net Blog, Official Bulletin Station for Radio Amateurs of Canada, with this week’s bulletin

NATIONAL NEWS

1. VE3CT Appointed to Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame

The Board of Trustees of the Canadian Amateur Radio Hall of Fame has
appointed Croft Taylor VE3CT of Kanata, Ontario, to the Hall of Fame
for 2009.  Croft will receive his award at a presentation to be held
in Ottawa later in the spring at which time a summary of his
contributions will be published.

Details will also be included in the RAC website.  Appointments to
the Hall of Fame are made to recognize a radio amateur for
outstanding achievement for sustained service to amateur radio in
Canada or amateur radio at large.

— RAC Bulletin Service

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. IRLP Network Operational Change

Starting Sunday January 3, 2010. the weekly Ontario ARES IRLP network
will be conducted on the new Ontario Public Service reflector #9035,
located in Haliburton County and now serving the needs of emergency
communications providers such as the Ontario ARES, Canwarn and many
other public service partners throughout the province. Please
continue “to serve and communicate” on our new home reflector.

— ARES Ontario web page

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. No More “West” Crystals

As of December 11th, West Crystal Company of Kelowna, BC is no longer
manufacturing custom crystals for radio equipment.  Canadian amatuers
will now need to order crystals from the U.S.

— via Paul Caccamo, VA3PC, OBS

4. First Chinese Hamsat Now in Space

On December 15, China launched its first Amateur Radio satellite,
XW-1, into space. The satellite’s communications payload includes a
beacon and three crossband transponders operating in FM, SSB/CW and
digital modes.

In the first few days, the XW-1 team will work on the satellite’s FM
and store-forward transponder mode and its linear transponder mode.
Once those tests are complete, they will upload a new flight program
to set up the payload schedule.

Uplink and downlink frequencies can be found on the AMSAT web site,
at tinyurl.com/ylj9z5j (Yankee Lima Juliet Nine Zulu Five Juliet).

— ARRL Bulletin Service

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Message from RAC Vice President Field Services

December 17, 2009

Hi all,

The following was received as part of an email exchange between the Net Manager of  the Ontario Phone Net (VA3QV) and the RAC Vice President Field Services (VO1DTM)

” Please pass on my sincere best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of your Net participants, and to you and family all the best for the upcoming season.

73

Doug Mercer VO1DTM RAC CEC
Vice President Field Services   “

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73bob

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

Christmas Net Schedule-Updated DEC 17

December 17, 2009

The following schedule is a “Work in Progress” and subject to change as we get closer to the dates involved:

Sunday Dec 20-VE3PSV

Monday Dec 21- VE3RHJ

Tuesday Dec 22- VA3QV

Wednesday Dec 23- VE3HMS

Thursday Dec 24- VE3WKJ

*****Friday Dec 25- NO NET*****

Saturday Dec 26- VA3PB

Sunday Dec 27- VE3PSV

Monday Dec 28- VA3QV

Tuesday Dec 29- VA3QV

Wednesday Dec 30- VE3HMS

Thursday Dec 31 VE3WKJ

Friday Jan 1 2010- VA3QV


On Saturday Jan 2 2010 we return to regular operations

But Please remember this is subject to change.

At this time I would like to welcome Paul VA3PB back as a NCS.  Recently he had to give up his Friday Slot due to other commitments.  He has agreed to step in to the Saturday time slot to give our STM VE3GNA a little more free time.

As usual you can contact the Net Manager if you have any questions and concerns.

73bob

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

Attention OPN NCS

December 13, 2009

We are getting closer to the Christmas Season and I am wondering if any of you will be requiring any of your Shifts Covered due to other obligations.

The Schedule as I have it so far is as follows:

Sunday Dec 20-VE3PSV

Monday Dec 21- VE3RHJ

Tuesday Dec 22- VE3GNA

Wednesday Dec 23- VE3HMS

Thursday Dec 24- VE3WKJ

Friday Dec 25- VE3PSV

Saturday Dec 26- VE3GNA

Sunday Dec 27- VE3PSV

Monday Dec 28- VA3QV

Tuesday Dec 29- VE3GNA

Wednesday Dec 30- VE3HMS

Thursday Dec 31 VE3WKJ

Friday Jan 1 2010- VA3QV

If there are to be any changes made please advise me asap so I can work on filling any openings.

73bob