Archive for February, 2010

Ontario ARES Sunday 40m Net

February 28, 2010

Today as part of my testing of a new antenna I took my FT 817 out to the park and decided to check into the Ontario ARES HF Net to see how things would work on 40m and show some support for ARES from the NTS.

For this test remember I was operating QRP at the 5w SSB setting and I was testing out a Hamantenna CN32 Horizontal antenna.

Now before you ask…  The above picture is from their advertising and its not me on the mountain top.  I was operating from a Picnic Table in a City of Ottawa Park.

However the picture does show you that the antenna is a “Buddipole Style antenna” so now you have an idea of what I was talking about.

Concidering band conditions and I was QRP I was able to check in with the Net Control Station in Deep River Ontario and hear all of the participants but some of them had trouble hearing me.  This does not come as a shock but its good to know that if needed the contacts could of been made.  Maybe next time bringing my QRO Radio out with the same antenna might be a good thing but at least they know that someone from the Ontario Phone Net took the time to check in to their net as a show of support.  Perhaps when we change back to our winter hours some of them will repay the favour and check in with us.

One drawback is that the Hamantenna is only a 2m to 40m antenna so I was unable to load up on 80m so I did miss the 2nd region net on 3.925 at 1345 hours.

Next time I take the antenna out I will have to remember to bring my hamstick dipole for 80m as well so I can use the Hamantenna for 2-40 then the hamsticks for 80m for a true multiband portable antenna,

73bob

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RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for February 27, 2010

February 28, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for February 27, 2010

Earthquake Emergency Frequencies

Following the earthquake that struck southern Chile early Saturday, IARU, Region 2 and the Red Chilena Nor Austral de Servicio (RECNA) suggests radio amateurs monitor EmComm frequencies for earthquake and tsunami information:

SSB frequencies:
10 meters – 28.300, 28.500 MHz
15 meters – 21.200, 21.350 MHz
20 meters – 14.200, 14.350 MHz
40 meters – 7.050, 7.095 MHz
80 meters – 3.738, 3.750 MHz

In addition, monitor the worldwide emergency communication “centre of activity” frequencies: 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz.  As always,  please keep the frequencies clear for emergency traffic.

— CQ News Service

NATIONAL NEWS

1. New NARED Manager

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mervyn Halvorsen,
VA3TSA/VO1TSA, as our new National Amateur Radio Emergency Database
(NARED) Manager effective immediately.

Merv has many years of ARES experience, has worked in support of ARES
during the BC fires while he lived there, has worked closely with me
in support of the Newfoundland and Labrador EMO at the Provincial
EOC. Merv was active “on the ground” following Hurricane Katrina in
Biloxi, Mississippi and while in Newfoundland  was in charge of
Emergency Services for the Salvation Army, Critical Incident Stress
Trainer, as well as Chaplain for the St. John’s Regional Fire
Department.

Merv and family now reside in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Welcome aboard!
It will be great working with you again.

— Doug Mercer VO1DTM, CEC, RAC VP Field Services

ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

2. ARES HF Nets Return

The Ontario ARES HF network has returned to operations due to
improving propagation on low HF frequencies. The 40-metre Ontario
ARES HF Net is scheduled on Sundays at 13:00 Eastern on 7.080 Mhz.
The 80-metre Ontario PROCOM HF Net is scheduled on Mondays at 21:00
Eastern on 3.650 Mhz.

Please continue to support and maintain this weekly HF Emergency
Communications network.

— Bob Gammon, VA3RX, Ontario ARES SEC

3. OPN Time Change

On March 14th, the Ontario Phone Net (OPN) will revert to its
Spring/Summer start time of 1900 Eastern Time to compensate for changing 80m band conditions.

This change is planned to coincide with the change from Standard to
Daylight Savings time, with the Sunday March 14th net starting at
1900 Eastern. However, if daytime band conditions continue to weaken
to the point that communications are not dependable then this could
change earlier than planned.  Please check
ontariophonenet.wordpress.com for up to date information.

— Bob Sharp, VA3QV, OPN Net Manager


ITEMS OF INTEREST

4. College Satellite Night

College Satellite Night is planned for all available satellites on
the first Thursday of each month. College club stations plan on
being on satellites AO-51, SO-50, AO-7, VO-52, HO-68 and FO-29.
Welcome the student operators and enjoy your QSOs with them as we
are planning on creating an award for working college club stations
on satellite.

— Jay Garlitz, AA4FL, via AMSAT News

5. On-Line Circuit Databases

When you need circuit design ideas it is usually time to hit the
books, but if you don’t have a huge library on hand, try the Potluck
Circuit Database at www.kitsandparts.com/potluck.  Another good
resource is the CircuitsArchive Web site at www.circuitsarchive.org.
You can also contribute your own favorite circuits.

— ARRL Contest Update

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Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Addition to the NCS Roster

February 25, 2010

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I am pleased to announce that James VE3TPZ from Stratford Ontario has agreed to step in and give us a hand on the Wednesday opening while Ian Ve3HMS is off recovering from some medical issues.

James is an experienced Traffic Handler and well versed in the ways of NTS and is a welcome addition to the team.

73bob

Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

ARES HF Nets

February 23, 2010


The following was copied from the ARES Ontario Website with full credit for the article given to them.  Posted here for your infomation.

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ARES HF. NETS RETURN

To all Ontario ARES interests:

The Ontario ARES HF. network has returned
to operations due to improving propagation
on low HF. frequencies.

The Ontario ARES HF. Net is scheduled on
Sundays at 13:00 hrs. on 7.080 Mhz.40 mtrs.

The Ontario PROCOM HF. Net is scheduled on
Mondays at 21:00 hrs. on 3.650 Mhz.80 mtrs.

Please continue to support and maintain this
weekly HF. Emergency Communications network.

Bob Gammon, VA3RX On: February 23, 2010

Ontario ARES SEC

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As Net Manager for the Ontario Phone Net I suggest that OPN Participants take the time to check into both nets to show a spirit of cooperation between ARES and NTS as well as getting used to operating with different groups.  Normally we only seem to get together for the Ontario SET.

73 Bob Sharp VA3QV  Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

Changes to OPN Start times

February 21, 2010

As most Net Participants are aware, the Ontario Phone Net will be reverting back to its Spring/Summer start time of 1900 EASTERN to compensate for the changing 80m band conditions.

At this time it is planned that the change in the start time will coincide with the change from Eastern Standard to Eastern Daylight Savings time with the Sunday March 14th NET starting at 1900 EASTERN.

However if the Daytime band conditions continue to weaken to the point that communications are not dependable then this could change earlier than planned.  I would ask all net participants to check this blog on a regular basis to get up to date information.

The change in start times will also affect our Liason times with the 2nd region net and there will be more information on this in the near future.

73 Bob Sharp VA3QV  Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for February 20, 2010

February 20, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for February 20, 2010

NATIONAL NEWS


ONTARIO SECTION NEWS

1. Great Lakes Net Time Change

Effective February 15, the Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net
(GLETN) has changed its operating time from 6:30 pm Eastern to 7 pm
Eastern Time. As band conditions improve the net will move back to 8
pm in half-hour increments.

— Grant Watson K8VFZ, via Shawn Gartley VE3PSV

2. CW Operators Needed

Glenn Killam VE3GNA, Section Traffic Manager for the Ontario Section,
is looking for operators to visit some of the CW Traffic Nets to pick
up any traffic destined for Ontario.

Glenn suggests that you monitor the following frequencies:

Empire State Slow Speed Net (ESS) 7 pm 3576 kHz.
Second Region Net (2RN) Cycle 4 early 7:45 pm, late 9:30 pm 3576 kHz.
Hit and Bounce Slow Speed Net (HBSN) 7:30 am 3576 kHz
Hit and Bounce Net (HBN), 8:30 am 7042 kHz weekdays, 7114 kHz Saturday
and Sunday.

If you have questions, email Glenn, ve3gna (at) xplornet (dot) ca.

— Ontario Phone Net Blog

ITEMS OF INTEREST

3. IARU Agrees Emergency Frequencies

All three regions of the International Amateur Radio Union have
agreed on three global Center of Activity (CoA) frequencies for use
in the event of emergencies: 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz. When no
emergency operations are being conducted, these frequencies are open
for normal amateur usage.

— ARRL Contest Update

4. Ham Radio Deluxe Software

Ham Radio Deluxe (HRD) is a suite of free Windows programs providing
computer control for commonly used transceivers and receivers. HRD
also includes logging, mapping, satellite tracking, and the program
Digital Master 780 (DM780) which supports many digital modes.

HRD is designed for Windows 2000 or higher (XP, Vista, 7), also
Internet Explorer 6.0 (or higher) is required. Download it from
http://www.ham-radio-deluxe.com

— Handi-Ham News

5. ITU Digitizes Historical Archives

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has launched the
“History of ITU Portal,” at http://www.itu.int/history This is part of a
project to digitize, catalogue, and make freely available the ITU’s
historical documents since its founding in 1865. This includes
documents from early telegraph and telephone conferences, as well as
Radiocommunication Conferences since 1903.

— ARRL Web

Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

Chronology of an NTS message:

February 19, 2010

Todays posting come to us from Glenn VE3GNA who is the Section Traffic Manager for Ontario Section as well as a seasoned NTS Operator.

Chronology of an NTS message:

On February 16, 2010, a message was generated by Gus Mark, WA2GRS, in Sidney NY addressed to Richard Henderson in Punta Gorda FL. Normally this would not be an unusual occurrence, as message traffic is passed daily on many different traffic nets in the US and Canada. What makes this one different is the content and the way it was handled.

The message stated that the addressee’s brother was undergoing cancer surgery and the addressee was to contact his mother immediately. Adding to the mix was the fact that the addressee did not have a working telephone, which necessitated hand delivery of the message.


The message was brought to the Second Region Net (2RN) during its regular session at 1855Z by Jim LeBaron WA2IAX destined for the Eastern Area Net (EAN) and onwards to Fourth Region (4RN).

Glenn Killam, VE3GNA, agreed to handle the next leg of the trip for the message. Because of the precedence of the message (Priority) and the content, it was decided to forgo the normal routing, via EAN to 4RN at 2030Z. The message was passed on the Fourth Region Net early at 1917Z from VE3GNA to KJ2V, George in Tennessee, who relayed it to Barry Phelps WD4DNC, in North Port FL.

As Punta Gorda is only about a 15 or 20 minute drive from North Port, Barry decided to deliver the message himself. Consequently the message was delivered to Mr Henderson at 2020Z, for a total elapsed time of one hour twenty-five minutes.

This is an example of just what a handful of dedicated amateur radio operators can do when the need arises. This is why we practice message handling each day on several different nets, both on voice and CW, as NTS stations.

73,
Glenn Killam, VE3GNA Section Traffic Manager Ontario Section

Thanks go out to Glenn and the Excellent Operators who assisted in the passing of this very important message.

CW Operators needed by Ontario Section

February 17, 2010

I was talking to Glenn Killam VE3GNA who is the Section Traffic Manager for the Ontario Section of RAC and he is looking for some CW operators to visit some of the CW Traffic Nets to represent the Ontario Section and pick up any traffic destined for Ontario.

Glenn suggests that you monitor the following frequencies:

Empire State Net (ESS) 7 pm 3576 khz
2RN Cycle 4 early 7:45 pm 3576 khz
2RN Cycle 4 late 9:30 pm 3576 khz

Also strongly suggest HBSN daily at 7:30 am on 3576 or HBN at 8:30 on 7042 M-F and 7114 weekends.

And if you have the time and you feel comfortable with the formats of the nets send him an email < ve3gna@xplornet.ca > and he would be able to answer any of your questions

OPN Holding Traffic for… Updated List

February 16, 2010

As of February 16 2010

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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.

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

Kingston
Port Carling
Atikokan
Kenilworth
Spring Bay
Markham
Norwood
Coldwater

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

Welcome to ARES Ontario Section

February 16, 2010

If you take a look at the Blogroll on the right hand side of your screen you will notice that we now link exchange with the ARES Ontario Section.

Click on the ARES logo to go to their website

As you know they run a 40m hf Net on Sundays at 1300 Eastern on 7.080 so why not check in and see what they are up to. (Note- Frequency has been corrected)

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After that if you wanted you could listen to the 2nd region net at 1345 hrs on 3.925 and then after that visit us on 3.742 at 1600 eastern for the Ontario Phone Net.

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Notice

The RAC AMATEUR RADIO EMERGENCY SERVICE AND DESIGN trademark is owned by RADIO AMATEURS OF CANADA INC.

The Ontario Phone Net Blog is using  the ARES  logo for linking purposes only