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Volunteers need for Black Bear Rally

With just over two weeks to go to the 2013 Black Bear Rally onSaturday, June 13, we need at least 20 more volunteers, so if you havebeen procrastinating, please sign up now. For those of you who havealready done so, how about convincing someone else to come with you? ?no experience required. The Black Bear Rally, being the only fullRegional event in Ontario, needs a few more helpers than the otherOPRC events.We have assignments waiting for radio operators, control marshals,road/trail blockers, electronic timers and a few jobs at Rally HQ.The rally runs out of Gilmour with the stages on the Egan Creek forestroads of the Pines. It is a very compact route providing workers withlots of action.Workers need to be at Rally HQ by 10 AM and Car 0 will finish around 7PM. Thanks to our sponsors, all volunteers will receive a T shirt ordrinking mug, plus will be treated to the Awards Banquet featuring adelicious home-cooked meal of roast pig. You will also be eligible fordraws including the Clearwater Design kayak and other goodies.Our sponsors include Clearwater Design, Davenport Subaru, Tim HortonsBancroft, Rally Race Developments, Douglas Apiaries, Chiropractic onMain and Peterborough Mitsubishi.To volunteer contact Dave Cotie, Chief Control Marshal at

Field Day 2013 video

Field Day 2013 Video

Field Day 2013 photos

OARC Field Day Photos 2013

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.

Next OARC Meeting December 13, 2017 at 7:30pm Holiday Party Night in the Colonel By Room at Ottawa City Hall

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