Archive for the ‘NTS’ Category

1530hrs 2nd Region Net (2rn-1530)

June 28, 2010

From the email inbox comes the following:





We do however meet with the 2nd region (2RN) at 1345hrs and 1830hrs daily on 3.925 to pass traffic.


Bob Sharp Net Manager OPN


Saturdays Net

June 28, 2010

Our Field Day session of the OPN was a great success…  Net Control was VE3RAM (Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club) from Ottawa with VA3QV at the mike and the net had 10 stations checking in with 9 pieces of formal traffic passed.

We had Eastern Ontario, Central Ontario,South-Western Ontario and North Eastern Ontario covered.along withh the GTA.  We did not have 80m conditions into North Western Ontario.

I thank those who checked in and as there were some new calls heard I hope they come back again for a visit…


Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager


Photo courtesy VE3EMB- Above picture shows the Lighthouse we operated from with the Club Trailer.  Due to damage from the earthquake we did not have access to the interior or the top railing so the 80m antenna was tied to the lower railing about 10 feet agl… NVIS seemed to work well for the net…bob


June 22, 2010

Due to a change in work schedules James VE3TPZ is no longer able to cover the Tuesday night net.  You start by checking into the 2nd region net at 1830 checking for traffic to Ontario.  At 1900 you QSY to 3.742 and run thr net as normal.

We also have an open slot on Saturdays with the same format as Tuesdays…


Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager

Ontario Field Services- ARES and the NTS

June 20, 2010

As most of you aware the  Field Services for RAC  in Ontario is made up of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) and the National Traffic System (NTS)

The NTS meets every night on the Ontario Phone Net which as you know is held at 1900 hrs eastern (EDST or EST) as close to 3,742 that we can find a clear spot to operate from


In addition our cousins ARES meet several times a week on HF and also on the IRLP networks. 

You can find them on Sunday on 7.080 at 1300 hrs eastern along with at 2000 hrs on IRLP reflector  9035

On Mondays they can be found on 3.650 at 2100 hrs

On Wednesdays they can be found again on the IRLP Reflector 9035 at 2000hrs.

On Thursdays they hold a net on the IRLP Reflector 0040 at 2000 hrs as well.

For more information on the ARES in Ontario please check out their website


Todays story (and yes there was a point to the information above) starts just before 1300 hrs in Hutton Park in Ottawa when VA3QV Bob (OPN Net Manager) decided to take his QRP Radio (Yaesu FT 817) out to the Park to test out a modification to his W3EDP Antenna.

Anyway in my own words…  If you zoom in as much as you can on the map you will see a baseball backstop on the top right of the map and a row of trees below on the left.

I strung my W3EDP from a line thrown over the backstop to the tree on the bottom right of the map.  I then adjusted the lenght of the antenna so it was approx 15 feet above ground at either end and approx 10 feet above ground in the middle as I was hoping for a NVIS style of operating.  Hearing the Ontario Swap Shop on 7.055 before the ARES Net Started did not fill me with confidence but at 1300 I tried 7.080 and was able to be checked in by the Net Control Station Bob VE3YX in Deep River Ontario with a good signal report.  Seeing how long 40m usually is I was suprised as he was on how good the signals were between us.

The above “Google Map”  image will give you an indication of the distance between the stations although Radio Waves don’t take hwy 17 but its close enough for an example…

For the duration of the Net I had good copy on most of the participants although some of them had more than a bit of trouble with my QRP Signal not getting over the static level they had at their locations.  One of the stations checking in was VE3NCQ Austin who is a regular on the OPN as well as the ARES EC for Chatam Kent Ontario.  He came to the net wondering if anyone could handle traffic for Ottawa and although he could not hear me I could hear him so relaying through the NCS the traffic was passed to  Ottawa and then my reciept of the traffic was relayed to Austin via the NCS in Deep River.

Once again the above map is more to show you the area involved as radio waves don’t follow the 416 and the 401…

Now the big thing to remember is that the traffic got passed…  ARES and NTS got together to do it… 

So the moral of the story would be that if you don’t check into the nets who will pass the traffic???

The ARES Nets are filled with skilled communicators who can pass traffic if needed.  Several times a year for exercises the NTS is called out to support various ARES groups.  We work together and we get the job done… 

As net manager for the Ontario Phone nets I ask my NCS stations and liason stations to do their best to check into the Ontario ARES HF Nets and IRLP Nets if they have an outlet to IRLP to better hone their communications skills.  I would hope that my counterparts with the Ontario ARES Nets would be asking their operators to visit the Ontario Phone Net if they have the capabilites for 80m voice for the same reasons.


Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

From the STM

June 20, 2010

An email from the STM advises that the family issues have not been resolved ,but he will do his best to be available for Net Times at least for the short term.

Therefore traffic for the STM can be brought to the net…


Bob Sharp VA3QV OPN Net Manager

Net Business

June 20, 2010

Saturdays session of the OPN has me re-thinking the NCS Station for Field Day Saturday…  I am scheduled to be NCS and as I would be operating as VE3RAM (Ottawa Valley Mobile Radio Club Field Day Station) from the Science Museum in Ottawa which is less than a km from my place… 

Check out the Museum and my place on and you will see what I mean…

The last two Saturdays the net has been conducted but with limited results…  Last night using the VE3MAZ Echolink RCVR in the Niagara Area I was able to hear the two stations checking into the net (VA3PB and VE3TQT) but they were unable to hear my transmissions from Ottawa.  Going on the assumption that the band conditons will be just as bad as they have been at 1900 in the last few days I am asking if any of the Net Control Stations would like to step in and do an extra shift as there should be a fair amount of Field Day Generated Traffic and the NCS should (in my opinion) be centrally located so they stand a better chance of hearing and being heard…

So if any of the regulars want the overtime please contact me ASAP other than that I will do the best I can with what I have…  100w with an antenna aimed for the best signal going – west..


The Net is holding Traffic for the following locations

June 17, 2010







I have just recieved an email from VE3GNA Glenn who is the Section Traffic Manager (STM) for the Ontario Section and he advises that he is holding formal traffic for the following Ontario locations.

Manitoulin Island:-          5
Atikokan:-               3
Port Hope:-              1
Windsor:-                1
Holland Landing:-          1
Kinmount:-               1
Port Sydney:-           1
Caledon East:- 1
Kingston:-               3
Port Carling:-           1
Kenilworth:-             1
Copper Cliff:-           1
Kakabeka Falls:-     1
Wahnapitae:-           1
Toronto:-                4
Allenford:-               1
Mississauga:-           4


If you are able to assist us with the above mentioned traffic please check into the Ontario Phone Net 3.742 at 1900 eastern daylight savings time and advise the NCS of your abilities to handle the traffic.


Ontario Phone Net and Field Day

June 15, 2010

As in previous years the Ontario Phone Net will be in operation for Field Day and be running our regular scheduled net activities.  The “Pre Net” or “Warm Up” will start at approximately 1830 hours as close to 3.742 as band conditions and usage will allow.

The NCS for that night will be Bob VA3QV (Ottawa- Eastern Ontario) with the actual net being called at 1900hrs

Seeing  that there are bonus points awarded for NTS Messages being sent from “your” field day site to the Ontario Section Manager and the Ontario Section Emergency Coordinator I am hoping that there will be a liason station checking in to the Net from the Windsor Ontario area and the Manitoulin Island Area.


Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for May 29, 2010

May 29, 2010

RAC Ontario Section Bulletin for May 29, 2010


1. Laurentian Net Advisories

On SUNDAYS only, the Laurentian Net now starts at 18:40 Eastern Time.
This is to accomodate the Ontario Swap Shop which starts on the same
frequency, 3.755 MHz, at 19:00 Eastern.  From Monday through Saturday
the Laurentian Net still starts at 18:45 Eastern.

Also, the Laurentian Net is seeking liaison stations to carry traffic between that net and the Ontario Phone Net, once a day.  If you can assist even one or two days a week, please contact Shawn VE3PSV, Saturdays on the Laurentian Net, or via NTS message.

— Shawn Gartley, VE3PSV, Laurentian Net Manager

2. GLETN Pre-Net Times

The Great Lakes Emergency and Traffic Net (GLETN) meets daily on
3.932 MHz, at 20:30 Eastern Time.  Please note that there is now a
pre-net starting half an hour before, at 20:00 Eastern.

— Shawn Gartley, VE3PSV


3. London Vintage Radio Flea Market

The London Vintage Radio Club will hold its annual flea market on
Saturday, June 12, at Hammond Manufacturing, 394 Edinburgh Road in
Guelph, on the east side of the parking lot.  Open to vendors and the
public at 7 a.m.; free admission to the public.  The Hammond Museum
of Radio at 595 Southgate Road in Guelph will also be open that day.
For more information visit web page

— RAC Event Database

4. ARRL Audio News Returns

Effective May 27, after a hiatus of nearly four months, the ARRL
Audio News is available at  For the
time being, it will only be available as one mp3 file; ARRL will no
longer be breaking it up into segments.  It will not be available by
telephone, though that feature may return in the future.

— ARRL Web

5. Battle Harbour

Right here in Canada there is a site begging for a few devoted,
adventurous ham operators and it has not one but two towers.
Battle Harbour is an island off the southeast shore of Labrador. It
is a National Historic District operated by the Battle Harbour
Historic Trust.

Neil Galloway, VE3VNG, describes the location and its history in an
article on the ARRL Web page.  You can read it at (Three Xray Golf Charlie Charlie Yankee Charlie)
Or read more about the island at

— ARRL Web


Bulletin sent from Official Bulletin Manager Brad Rodriguez, VE3RHJ.

The Ontario Phone Net needs your help

May 23, 2010

At this time due to the poor band condition on 80m the net is in serious need of the following:

Net Liaison Stations -Local

The duties of a Net Liaison Station is to check into the net and represent your area by picking up traffic coming in to your area.  All you need to do is check into the Net (1900hrs daily on or about 3.742) and check in representing your home area.  With the poor band conditions you also might be able to help us with relays.


Net Liaison Station- Regional  Level

The Ontario Phone Net receives and sends its traffic to/from the 2nd Region Net.  This Net meets daily on 3.925 at 1345hrs, 1530hrs, 1830hrs all times in eastern (EST or EDST).  You check into the Net when they call for Net Liaison Stations and advise that you are “going to” or “coming from” Ontario and either you have no traffic or list the traffic you have.


Please give a listen on 3.925 and see if you have a good enough copy on one of the sessions to assist us.

Without your assistance the net is in danger of not being able to properly serve the Ontario Section in Traffic Handling

If you have any questions or would like to be scheduled into the rotation please contact Bob Sharp VA3QV OPN Net Manager either by the email link provided or by checking into the Ontario Phone Net and hoping there is propagation between Ottawa and where you live…


Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager Ontario Phone Net