Next Meeting

Next Meeting 7:30 pm, Wednesday, March 8th in the Colonel By Room at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West.

An overview of the many uses of APRS (Automatic Packet Reporting System) along with it's origin and history, followed by a live demo and show-and-tell of some of the common hardware used in APRS activity by Stephen Smith WA8LMF.

Members are reminded that executive meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month, and are open to members. Contact the executive for details.

Regular Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, at 19:30L (except July and August).

We meet at Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue, on the second floor. It is easiest to come in from the Lisgar street entrance.

Or catch us on Mondays at 20:00L on the Capital City FM Net using the club repeater VE2CRA
(146.940- 100Hz CTCSS).

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OARC RAC Winter Contest Claimed Score

Dave Green, OARC RAC Winter Contest Team Captain, compiled our results, here is his summary:

Total QSOs: 756

Total points: 3528

Total multipliers: 58

Final Score: 204,624

Compared to last year, there were some obvious differences:

While the CW QSO count held steady, the SSB count dropped by 174,

Total multipliers dropped from 79 to 58, final score dropped from 368,772 to 204,624, 80 m CW QSO count jumped this year from 71 to 129, 20 m SSB crashed, down from 200 to 84 QSOs. 15 m was a disaster, CW dropping from 43 to 8, and SSB dropping from 75 to 3 QSOs, 10 m was also dead, CW dropping from 30 to 0 and SSB from 18 to 2 QSOs. Multipliers on 20, 15 and 10 m were down a total of 22.

As is evident, the sunspot cycle is taking its toll on the upper bands suggesting that next year we will have to focus more carefully on 80 through 20 m.

We had an excellent turn out of OARC Members this year, despite the snow. We also had two new participants who made a big dent in our performance: Jeremy VA3ZTF and Carl VE3CZN blasted out a ton of QSOs on 40 and 80 m phone.

A special thanks to Nick VE3OWV for putting us up at Canada's Cold War Museum's Amateur Radio Station again this year. Nick has been instrumental in helping organize the antennas and the operating conditions at VE3CWM.

Also thanks goes to Helen, the operational manager at the museum for her assistance in arranging our extended hours access.The OARC is indebted to the management and staff of the Diefenbunker Museum without whose assistance entry into the RAC Winter Contest from this incredible location would not be possible.

Dave Green/VE3TLY

Posted by executive on December 25, 2016

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