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Field Day 2015 is on!

Field Day 2015

The last full weekend in June always coincides with Field Day. This year that is Saturday, June 27 and Sunday June 28. We are back at our old location, 175 Main Street in Ottawa, probably for the last time as the property has been sold and will be under development starting this fall. We will be set up in the usual spot behind the main building and in front of the Rideau River.You can find a link to the site hereMargaret Tidman (VA3VXN) is our Field Marshall this year and she is planning a fun operating event. Field Day is an operating event sponsored by the ARRL whose purpose is to demonstrate the communications ability of the amateur radio community in simulated emergency situations. The aim is to work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands (excluding the 60, 30, 17, and 12- meter bands) and in doing so to learn to operate under less than optimal conditions.Set-up will be from 10 am until 2 pm. We should be up and running by 2 pm and will be on the air for 24 straight hours. We operate as a 2 Alpha Ontario station using the OARC Club Call Sign - VE3RC. That means we operate 2 transmitters (plus a VHF/UHF station) independent of commercial power mains. One transmitter is devoted to CW (Morse Code) and the other to SSB (voice). Help with set-up & tear down (after 2pm Sunday) is always appreciated.The OARC Field Day is a very relaxed event. You can come and go as you please; you are not committed to anything. If an operating position is vacant, don’t hesitate to pick up the mike/key. It’s a good idea to bring a lawn chair, however, there never seem to be enough. You don’t need to bring any other gear (unless you promised Margaret you would). Anyone with equipment to offer, please do not hesitate to contact Margaret.You are welcome to stay for meals, but it doesn’t hurt to tell Janice (VA3PAX) that you’ll be there. Janice’s meals are almost legendary! We eat at: 1 pm Saturday 6 pm Saturday Noon SundayIf you are on site you are welcome to join us.The main thing to remember is that the OARC Field Day event is first and foremost a social event and the aim is to have fun and spend some time with your OARC friends. Any last minute information will be posted on the club’s web site: you thereGreg Danylchenko/VE3YTZField Day Helper

Club Project a huge hit

The Club Project Leader this year is Dave Conn (VE3KL) We have had five sessions so far as Dave has stepped us through the process and theory of measuring noise. Wayne (VE3CZO) has helped considerably designing and building circuits that work up to 1GHz. Also a great help were Tyler (VA3DGN) and Clayton (VE3IRR) plus a host of others. Thanks again to Richard (VE3UNW) for arranging for the lab at Algonquin College. Dave has developed an innovative approach to this year's project using inexpensive rather than commercial equipment costing thousands of dollars.

2015 club project photos

OARC Members prove that it is possible to learn and have fun at the same time.2015 OARC Club project photos

Next OARC Meeting March 14, 2018 at 7:30pm - Ron McFadyen VE3YXY "Building Linked Repeaters Above 7000 Feet" in the Colonel By Room at Ottawa City Hall