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Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour

Support of the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour (RLCT) will again require many talented, volunteer radio operators to help out on the weekend of June 8 and 9, 2013. If you can volunteer for one or both days, or lend equipment to another licensed amateur, please contact us. If you know another ham who would be interested in volunteering for this event, please consider relaying this message to them. The cycle tour is organized by the Ottawa Bicycle Club (OBC) and runs from Ottawa to Kingston on the Saturday, returning to Ottawa on the Sunday. The RLCT originally began in 1972 and, today, typically involves over 2000 cyclists. Fixed and mobile amateur radio communications assist the event to efficiently coordinate repair and relief vehicles across the entire 177 km course to help keep the cyclists safe and happy (and to remind the public about how magical radio can be when used correctly). Communication support for this event is provided collaboratively via three neighbouring Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) groups, namely: Frontenac County ARES, Lanark-North Leeds ARES and Ottawa ARES/Emergency Measures Radio Group (EMRG). Essential repeater and equipment support is also graciously provided by several other local amateur radio clubs and radio volunteers come from all over to help out. The time commitment for radio operators working on the Ottawa leg of the course is expected to be about 5 to 7 hours on Saturday and again on Sunday (if you can only volunteer for one of those days, we would still appreciate your help). The Ottawa section of the course is to be comprised of 10 checkpoints, provided there are enough radio volunteers. There is also a need to place a radio operator in each of the 4 mobile rental vehicles and provide them free overnight accommodation in Kingston. Basic recommended equipment for this event is: a 50 Watt 2-metre transceiver with CTCSS and instruction manual and a 5/8-lambda magnetic-mount omni-directional mobile antenna (or equivalent). For some checkpoints, a small 15-foot mast is desirable to reach some Ottawa-based VHF repeaters. Newcomers to the event are also most welcome and mentoring will be available. Don't own your own radio yet? If you are a licensed amateur, keen to help, we will strive to make sure that you won't miss out on the fun due to a lack of radio equipment. Please contact Gord Mein VE3FRB or Tyler Tidman VA3DGN for details, or to lend your support to the team and help make this event a success.

In Memory of Mary Fowler

Obituary for Mary FowlerMary Natalie Fowler (nee Antonchuk), passed away at the age of 89 on January 7, 2013 at the Glebe Centre in Ottawa Ontario. Born on May 5, 1923 in Fisher Branch, Manitoba, she was the beloved wife of Clare Fowler, mother of Trevor (Ursel Bond), Nadine (Jim Burgess) and David (Angèle Beaulieu) and grandmother to Bennett Donahue and Ryan and Justin Burgess. She is survived by her sister Anne Buchko (Stanley) and predeceased by her brother Bill Allyson (Charlotte). A devoted mother and grandmother, Mary was an avid curler and celebrated her Ukranian heritage. She also loved children and spent many years at Southminster United Church running the nursery there. Special thanks to the caring staff of the Glebe Centre and Billings Lodge.Friends are invited to visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry 315 McLeod St. (at O’Connor) on Friday January 11 from 7-9pm. The Funeral Service will be held in the chapel on Saturday at 11:30am. Donations to the Glebe Center and the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated by those wishing to do so.

Trivia Night

In what is now an annual tradition for the December meeting, Trivia Night will be held on December 12 and just the way you like it - loud and crazy. So form your teams, and make a noisemaker! For the benefit of new members, this means that, instead of listening to a speaker, you will be challenged to answer a broad range of questions related to Amateur Radio, a la Reach for the Top. As per usual, you can either play individually, or else form teams of any manageable size (max 4 players). Don't forget to come up with a goofy radio-related name for your team (how about "One Antenna with Three Radials"?). Prizes will be given to teams who answer the most questions correctly and to runners-up. Each individual or team will need to bring a noisemaker of some kind, in order to signal the moderator when you have a right answer. Your noisemaker could be as primitive as a boy scout whistle or as complex as a buzzer circuit. The more homebrew it is, the better; that way you can enter it in the mini homebrew contest afterwards. If you forget your noisemaker, don't worry one will be assigned to you. The evening promises to be great fun as always. Janice Neelands, VA3PAX

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