The Atlantic Nationals in Moncton included a bonus attraction this year. Denis Guitard (VE9MUD) demonstrated his Jeep based camping and Ham Radio solution for guests. Many stopped to ask questions about the Jeep, the radio and antennas on display. Several Hams were also in attendance seen using their mobile radios for communications at the event. The Atlantic Nationals is the largest car show East of Montreal and brings in participants and guests from all over North America and beyond numbering in the tens of thousands.
Field Days 2019 has come and went. The band conditions yesterday, June 22 could have been better, to say the least. There were some problems with the 3 element Yagi and the day of the event is not the time to find out. That being said, thanks to Mathieu for hosting us this year. Thanks to Misha for bringing all the stuff in his truck and to Yvon for helping him.
Many hands make for quick work. Next year I hope to see many hands get involved before the actual day of the event. I would have liked to spend more time there but there was family birthday yesterday and our niece had her high school graduation from Odessey High School this afternoon.
To those that came out and helped, thank you. Sunday night is RF energy night in Moncton. See you on the bands.
73, Ross McCart
Thanks to all who took and submitted photos for this post.
Another good turnout for the June MAARC Meeting this morning in Riverview. With the start time being 9:30am, the meeting seems to fly by. Good attendance and we covered a lot of ground. The Tek-Talk was a presentation by Bernie, VE9BGC and a demonstration of his 20 meter vertical "Rocket" antenna. Thanks Bernie. - Ross
Date: Saturday, June 22nd & Sunday, June 23rd
Location: VE9MDB - 1341 Gorge Rd Stilesville NB E1G 3E1
Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.
The Facebook Event page can be found here.
Date: Saturday, September 14th at 9:00am (for buyers)
Location: Riverview Lions Club - 701 Coverdale Rd.
The MAARC Annual Flea Market is just $5 for both buyers or sellers. Doors open at 8:00am for sellers and 9:00am for buyers. There will be a 50/50 cash draw, raffle tickets for a Yaesu FT-2980 and the door prize is a QYT KT-8900D dual-band radio. Flea Market will be followed by the RAC Annual General Meeting. More details to come.
At the Wednesday morning social meeting at the clubhouse, SK VE9TM's brother Glenn stopped by to drop off some radios that the family wanted to give to the MAARC.
There were two Alinco 2 meter radios, a Kenwood TR-7950 2 meter radio, a 20 amp Astron P/S, an old Heathkit shortwave radio and a Zenith portable shortwave radio.
Having nothing to do today, I put the three transceivers through their paces. The Kenwood and one of the Alinco's are good to go, both Tx and Rcv. The other Alinco has issues. The Tx side is fine but there is no volume on receive. You can hear the speaker "pop" when it powers up and I opened it up and the speaker is plugged in. Also, an external speaker didn't change anything. I thought maybe a new volume pot would fix it but I noticed after being turned on for about 30 min that it was hot. Hot like it had been keyed down on high power for 5 minutes hot.
Maybe it can be a project for the Tinkerers to play with. I have taken it as far as I can and I don't want to burn the house down.
A big thank you to Jean Richard for his work today on the MAARC tower. The ground crew was myself, Oscar, Gordie, Jim, Andre, Tobie and the student JP from the Basic Class. Also, Hinson and Larry stopped by to check out the work.
All antennas are now up and working. The dualband has been replaced and is being used by the DMR repeater. The Log Periodic is back up and lined up with the 6 meter beam. The 40/80 meter dipole has been secured with steel wire as the para cord was showing signs of UV Ray damage.
The Ringo on the parking lot side is now a Ringo Ranger so it has double the gain now.
As big as the Log Periodic looks up on the tower, you should see it on the ground.
Thanks again to all who came out this morning. We had a great day for working on antennas.
Another great turnout to the MAARC Monthly members meeting this month with 30+ members in attendance. Thanks to Nav Canada for providing the TekTalk.
Meeting minutes can be found here.
Ron VE1BIC as posted photos of the 2019 SMART Symposium held in Springhill on April 27th.
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A great time had by all. MAARC member Misha (VE9GIS) won the 50/50!
Gordie (VE9MM) waiting for a sale and Denis (VE9MUD) manning the QSL Bureau at S.M.A.R.T. 2019.
Photo courtesy of Larry McKnight (VE9ASB)
Another stellar turn out to the MAARC Monthly Meeting. The meeting minutes can be found on the Meetings page. Special thanks to Denis (VE9MUD) for giving a TekTalk on the QSL Bureau.
Thanks to Cam (VE9CAM) we now have a slideshow of photos showing one our repeater sites. Check it out on the Repeaters page under Technology in the main menu.