Upcoming WCARC Meetings/Speakers/Topics

  • Mar. 20, 2017 - Jeremy Jones (VA3ZTF) - 2.4 and 5 GHz Wi-Fi Network Experience in Iraq
  • Apr. 17, 2017 - Paul Coverdale (VE3ICV) - Vector Network Analyzers and Applications, featuring SARK-110
  • May 15, 2017 - Clayton Smith (VE3IRR) - Planning for June VHF Contest
  • June 9-12, 2017 - June VHF Contest 2017
  • June 19, 2017 - Clayton Smith (VE3IRR) - Recap for June VHF Contest
  • July 17, 2017 - Jeremy Jones (VA3ZTF) - Grounding and Bonding
  • Aug. 21, 2017 - Wayne Getchell (VE3CZO) - A Bit About Batteries
  • Sep. 18, 2017 - Tyler Tidman (VA3DGN) - Introduction to Git, GitHub, and GitLab
  • Oct. 16, 2017 - Dave Conn (VE3KL) - Multiband HF Wire Antennas and Adding a Sixth Band to the Off-Centre Fed Antenna
  • Nov. 20, 2017 - Bryan Jeffrey (VE3UU) - Adventures from the Coldest Part of the Cold War
  • Dec. 18, 2017 - Annual Meeting and Christmas Party

Some Highlights of What’s Coming

HF and VHF Calendar

see CONTEST CLUB ONTARIO WEBSITE: http://www.va3cco.com/calendar.htm

ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes

January 21-23, 2017 - 1900 UTC Saturday to 0359 UTC Monday

Spring VHF UHF Sprints

  • 144 MHz: Mon, Apr 17 from 7 - 11 PM local
  • 222 MHz: Tue, Apr 25 from 7 - 11 PM local
  • 432 MHz: Wed, May 3 from 7 - 11 PM local
  • Microwave, 902 MHz and up: Sat, May 6 from 8 AM - 2 PM local
  • 50 MHz: Sat, May 13-14 2300Z to 0300Z

ARRL June VHF QSO Party

June 10-12, 2017 - 1800 UTC Sat to 0259 UTC Mon

222 MHz and Up Distance Contest

August 5-6, 2017 - 1800 UTC Sat to 1800 UTC Sun

ARRL September VHF QSO Party

September 9-11, 2017 1800 UTC Saturday to 0259 UTC Sunday

23cm Net in the Toronto Area

1296.1 SSB Net Friday nights 21:30 (local) Net Control is VA3ELE

Recurring Important Dates

WCARC Meetings

  • Third Monday of the month at 19:00 (local)
  • Sobeys, 840 March Rd in Kanata North
  • Upstairs in the meeting room
  • Watch your email for changes

OARC Hamfest

Spring Nearfest Excursion

  • New England Amateur Radio Club
  • 4th weekend of April? 09:00 Friday to Saturday
  • see http://www.near-fest.com
  • Deerfield, NH (25mi from Manchester). Approx 280mi from Cornwall.
  • members of WCARC will be attending

Fall Nearfest Hamfest Excursion

  • see http://www.near-fest.com/
  • around mid October, some WCARC members often head to Deerfield, NH
  • depart early Friday for a mid-day arrival; tour the flea market etc; group supper; departure for Ottawa mid-Saturday
  • very limited discount space available in Manchester Super 8

Canadian Ski Marathon

  • 48th Ski Marathon
  • Radio Amateurs have been providing communications support to the CSM operations and safety for 42 years (as of this year) and show no signs of slowing down for this year.
  • Around mid-February. see http://www.csm-mcs.com/
  • volunteer radio operators are always needed
  • spare radios are needed
  • Contact Harold VA3UNK radio1@admin2.ca, va3unk@rac.ca, va3unk@gmail.com
  • radio assignments and operating info will be posted at http://www.radio-1.ca

Iroquois Flea Market

Smiths Falls Flea Market

  • May second Saturday Vendors 0700hrs, Public 0900hrs (Confirmed)
  • Curling and Squash Club (this is a new location), Old Sly’s Road, Smiths Falls, ON
  • Admission is $5.00 per person. Tables cost $10.00 each. (price includes one admission)
  • Talk-in 147.21MHz(+)FM
  • see http://rac.eton.ca/events/upcoming.php
  • or see http://www.ve3rlr.ca/

Dayton Hamfest

ARRL June VHF QSO Party + WCARC GRID EXPEDITION

  • second full weekend in June. Begins 1800 UTC Saturday, ends 0300 UTC Monday
  • see http://www.arrl.org/june-vhf for details.
  • 50MHZ and above, all modes
  • Exchange is 4 character Maidenhead Grid Square (i.e. FN25) and call

ARRL Field Day

  • Always the fourth full weekend of June, beginning at 1800 UTC Saturday and ending at 2100 UTC Sunday
  • all bands, all modes
  • rules are complex - see http://www.arrl.org/field-day for details.