For the first time, a group of CARG volunteers provided communications for a reduced Dobson Trail Race. The original race, which was cancelled due to flooding, covered 60 kms in length. As a result, race organizers went ahead with a 10 km race instead.
The only way to get to the “turn-around” point was by Jeep. This job was taken on by Denis, VE9MUD and Mike VE9NOM. Have to love those Jeep Club guys, as they did a great job. That being said, Misha, VE9GIS walked to the 2.5 km point in snow, rain/high winds to provide valuable communications.
The race organizers were very pleased with our support. The added safety factor that was provided by CARG was mentioned by several of the runners. A total of 37 runners took part in the race.
Taking part: Andre VE9ARG, JP VE9BK, Ross VE9GCS, Mike VE9NOM, Denis VE9MUD, and Misha VE9GIS.
A big thank you to the 2018 Pumpkin Patrol team, great job!
Left to Right - Back: Huguette, Denis (VE9MUD), Marcia (VE9MMG), Gilles (VE9NW), Gerald (VE9GDE), Gerry (VE9GER), Tobie (VE9XAB), David (VE9QED), Larry (VE9ASB), Charles (VE9CEL)
Left to Right - Front: Keith (VE9ELA), Jack (VE1AIR), Andre (VE9ARG), Chris (VE9CS), Oscar (VE9OSK),
Missing from photo: Net Controller: Angus (VE9MCD), Yvon (VE1VON)
Well Yvon, VE1VON did it again. He put together a meet and greet at the MAARC clubhouse with a presentation of amateur radio for those interested in being in the basic course beginning in January. There were 7 people in attendance and it was well received by all.
Thank you Yvon for giving your time and expertise and for setting this up. It is a great idea and it looks like the next basic course will have students who are motivated to get licensed and on the air. - Ross, VE9GCS
A QSL card from the club's first Secretary, Gorely Brown (VE1EV), originally sent in 1938 was purchased from a collector by Denis Guitard (VE9MUD). The card was framed and presented to MAARC on Oct 20, 2018 by Denis. The QSL card prominently displays what is now the club's official call sign: VE1EV and serves as a great testament to the rich history of Amateur Radio in the Moncton region.
The Codiac Amateur Radio Group (CARG) spent the morning at the Riverview Firehall interacting with the public during this years Fire Prevention Week. The public were presented with interactive demos of equipment, video presentations and first-hand discussion with local Amateur Radio Operators. Presenting this year were: (left to right) J.P. Leblanc (VE9BK), Oscar Leblanc (VE9OSK), Ross McCart (VE9GCS), Denis Guitard (VE9MUD), Jim Power (VE9JRP), Mike Noble (VE9NOM).
To all the MAARC members who came out early this morning to help, a big thank you. While the totals are not in yet, we did have 134 paid entrants and the 50/50 gave $192 to the winner and $192 to the club so I think we are on track to have the best flea market yet. Larry will let us know what the final take is on the raffle and canteen and we will post some pictures of the winners of the door prizes and the raffle.
I am glad to report that our own Oscar, VE9OSK won the raffle prize. The prize was a new Yaesu FT-2980 hi output (80 watts) 2 meter transceiver. He told me that at first he said to himself that he just missed the winning number of 273 as his ticket was 271 but then he remembered he had bought 3 for $5 so he had 271, 272 and 273. Congratulations Oscar and enjoy the new radio.
The door prizes were won by Kevin, VE1KEV who decided on the Tri-band hand held radio and VY2REG, Reg who got the dual-band mobile radio. Congratulations to all. - Ross VE9GCS
Updated: 01/10/2018 with more photos.
Today's MAARC meeting was the annual general meeting where in accordance with the constitution, elections were held for the executive positions. MAARC would like to thank Gilles Gaudet, VE9NW for his 3 years on the board of directors. His position will now be filled by Michel Landry, VE9JFL. Hinson, VE9CX and Misha, VE9GIS are our other two directors.
Larry, VE9ASB has agreed to stay on as treasurer and Jim, VE9JRP will continue as Vice President. Ross, VE9GCS will fill the vacant position as secretary while André, VE9ARG will take over the position of president on October 1
All executives of MAARC agree that the first order of business is to ensure that ham radio is fun for everyone.
Thanks to Marcel, VE9ML for taking the lead on this year's nominations and ensuring that the vote was in accordance with our constitution.
Left to right: Misha VE9GIS, Larry VE9ASB, Ross VE9GCS, André VE9ARG, Jim VE9JRP
Today, members of both Tri-County and MAARC met at VE9ML's house in Irishtown to participate in Field Days 2018. Antennas used are an Alpha Delta dipole, a 160 meter slooper and a 3 element Tri-band beam. The call VE9TCA was on the air at 3pm local time and we were logging many contacts on both CW and SSB.
Updated: 15/10/2018 with more photos.
S.M.A.R.T. 2018 is now in the history books.
On Friday Apr.28th at 6pm organizers and volunteers arrived at the Dr. Carson and Marion Murray Community Center in Springhill, NS to transform the Center into a ham radio venue for one hundred and forty two hams.
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