Posts Tagged ‘Field Day’

NTS, the OPN and the ISS

June 29, 2010

The following is from my Personal Blog ( describing an interesting contact made early Sunday Morning during Field Day.  Just a reminder that in this day and age the NTS can reach out…

The highlight of  Field Day came much later but did involve the NTS when around 0100 local with a Carleton Student at the controls.  There was a station calling CQ Field Day but every time they made the contact at the end the operator asked the contacted station if they could handle NTS Traffic for the bonus points and strange as it seems none of the contacted stations were willing to pick up the traffic.  When we finally got through to the station I instucted my operator (I think her name was Maria from Carleton U) to accept the traffic and I would copy it.  To be honest I was expecting the usual message to “Uncle Bill from your nephew at the Ham Radio Exibit at Field Day” but as the sending station was relaying the message you could hear a pin drop as the recipient was given:

Now this was something…  I have been connected with the NTS for many years and this was the first time I had ever heard of a NTS message being addressed to the ISS.  We accepted reciept of the message and then continued on with our Field Day after explaining to Maria the functions and history of the NTS… 
After Field Day I contacted the Ontario Section Traffic Manager and asked how I would route traffic to the ISS and it was decided I would try via AMSAT.  The local Canadian AMSAT Rep who happens to live in Ottawa (VE3VIG) send an email to the ARRL and at this time we are waiting to hear back to see if we send it to NASA or the Russian Space Federation for relay.  From what we have been told so far it appears that this is the first time a Canadian Amateur Radio Station has had to pass traffic to outer space via NTS and it could also be the first time that any NTS Message has been sent to outer  space and we are eagerly awaiting routing instructions and also to find out if indeed this was a first for Amateur Radio.
As I said earlier this was the highlight of Field Day for me…
Bob Sharp VA3QV Net Manager

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

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..


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