Don, VE7DXE has started a ‘Covid project’ that provides a service to help fellow hams buy and sell surplus ham radio gear on-line. Hamshack.ca has been operating for a few weeks and is gradually seeing an increase in traffic, listings and the buying and selling of ham radio gear. The buy and sell section incorporates some really effective AJAX search and filtering tools to make it easy for users to find listings by searching and filtering on the name, location and ham radio category, etc.
He has also embarked on an initiative to compile an up-to-date, accurate and comprehensive listing of all Canadian ham radio clubs and organizations. Don believes that the Canadian Amateur Radio Organization Listing (CAROL) project will fulfill a need by enabling interested users quick and easy access to on-line information about all Canadian Amateur radio clubs and organizations, without the need to cull through search results. Authorized club members will have the ability to update information and submit new ham radio club information to help ensure CAROL is accurate and remains current. MAARC has added a link to both Hamshack.ca and the Carol Project on our website links page.
The Codiac Amateur Radio Group (CARG), in cooperation with the Codiac RCMP, conducted its yearly Pumpkin Patrol, which covers the municipalities of Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the decision as to if the Pumpkin Patrol would go ahead this year was not taken until the last minute. This had a minor impact on the number of volunteers and patrol vehicles this year. But as is usually the case, CARG and MAARC members stepped up and made this public service event a great success.
A total of 16 volunteers, compared to 22 last year took part. In all, 10 vehicles compared to 12 last year were organized in accordance with the 6 Codiac RCMP zones.
Volunteers provided 64 volunteer hours, compared to 70 last year, and covered a total of 739.3 kms, compared to 819 last year. We are happy to report that it was a very quiet night for our patrollers.
Taking part in the patrol were: Tobie, VE9AXB, Craig, VE9NCW, Andre, VE9ARG, Gilles, VE9NW, Marcie, VE9MMG, Yvon, VE1VON, Denis, VE9MUD, Hugette, VE9HUG, Gerry, VE9GER, Chris, VE9CS and his helper of many years Owen Kelly, Dave, VE9QED, Lou, VE9LMN, Larry, VE9ASB, and Jack, VE1AIR.
Special thanks go out to Yvon, VE1VON for doing double duty by also acting as Net Control for the event. As in previous years, JP, VE9BK organized and coordinated the patrol with Codiac RCMP.
Thanks to Mike, VE9MTV for submitting this story.
MAARC President Gilles Gaudet, VE9NW regrets to inform MAARC members that as of midnight tonight, Friday October 9, the MAARC clubhouse will not be hosting any events or informal social meetings during CoVid-19 condition orange. This includes the Wednesday morning get togethers which of late was getting popular again. We ask JP, VE9BK to continue running the Wednesday morning social net on the VE9TCR repeater so our members can stay connected with one another.
Not sure how long this condition orange will be in place but we all need to do our part to make sure we do not spread this terrible virus to any of our family, friends or MAARC members. Thanks everyone of understanding and 73.
This months Ham Shack photos come from Hinson, VE9CX. Thanks for submitting the photos!
This will be a new monthly feature showcasing MAARC members Ham Shacks. If you would like to have your Ham Shack featured, please send your name, Call Sign, a high quality photo and short description of your shack to email@example.com.
Thanks to Mike, VE9MTV for submitting this little bit of history.
On behalf of the MAARC Executives, I regret to inform all that because of the current Covid-19 pandemic, MAARC has postponed the Flea Market 2020 until a later date. The venue, The Riverview Lions Club, has not received permission to reopen for bingo, weddings or other events. We had hoped to hear that they had opened but even with permission to open, the social distancing requirements would be next to impossible to adhere to.
We had set the July 1 date as the decision date for go or no go as we need to get the word out as we have amateurs come from Fredericton, Bathurst, PEI and Halifax who attend. Not only is it a flea market, it is a well attended social event but with little ability for social distancing with all those who attend.
We will ask the Net Controllers of the area nets to begin letting the local amateurs know that we are looking at a date in 2021, maybe end of March or first of April.
Thanks all for understanding and as always, 73.
Flea Market Chairman
Field Day 2020 is now in the books. A big thanks to Marcel, VE9ML, to Jaime, VE9GOM and to Misha, VE9GIS for helping us get the VE9EMM callsign on the air. We had help from JP, VE9ADV and Oscar, VE9OSK also to set up and to operate.
Misha brought his trailer with the 24 foot tower and we put the 3 element Tri-band beam on it because we had tested the Log Periodic antenna on Wed. and found it was 3.8 to 1 SWR on 20 meters. After Jaime, VE9GOM climbed the tower and put up two 80 meter wire antennas, a dipole and a slopper, he must have moved the feedline for the Yagi because we re-tested it and found it was 1.5 to 1 on 20 meters.
That being said, we were on the air as VE9EMM and made 283 contacts. Most on 20 meters SSB and CW and a few on 80 meters CW. While not a score to win a trophy, the fact that we shut down at 10:30 Sat. and didn't go back on the air until Sun. at 8am makes the 283 score a pretty good score.
Thanks to all who helped setup and those who came to operate the station.
73, stay healthy and keep the social distancing so we can beat this Covid 19 virus.
Field Days 2020 at the MAARC Clubhouse. This is a last minute notice to MAARC members who are interested in participating in Field Days 2020 during the current Covid-19 pandemic.
Marcel, VE9ML and I spent some time there yesterday and this morning setting up for this weekend. The big beam antenna is not working on 20 meters but is fine for 15 and 10 meters. We have asked Misha, VE9GIS to bring his trailer with the 24 ft tower and we will mount the 3 element Tri-band yagi on it so we will have something for 20 meters. Also, Jaime, VE9GOM is going to climb the tower and replace the broken 40/80 meter dipole with an 80 meter dipole that Marcel built six or seven months ago. That will give us a second operator to work 40 meters from the back room.
The clubhouse has been marked with red X's where the chairs should be to maintain the 6 ft distance. Everyone going into the clubhouse will need to sign in so that if anyone does show signs, we will be able to track contact. Without having to say it, if someone is not feeling well, please stay home.
We are meeting at 10am on Saturday to get everything ready for a 3pm start time. The Field Days runs for 24 hours until Sunday at 3pm. Those interests in participating, please come on Saturday at 10am and help us setup and thanks.
Special thanks to the all the volunteers quickly putting this event together. 73.
I just finished the permanent install of radios in the Tacoma. The pictures are in no particular order. Radios are Yaesu FTM 400 for Fusion/APRS and a Motorola XPR5550 VHF for DMR. Both are programmed for Analog. Any spot that shrink tube was used it is doubled. - Mike, VE1ZB
Mike has submitted photos of his work and a few captions highlighting some of the install. Thanks for sending this our way.
If anyone has an install or any news of interest to the Ham Radio community, please email us.
In the Province of New Brunswick Radio Amateurs since the 1950's have had the privilege of obtaining vehicle license plates displaying their radio call sign.
For several years, Fred LeBlanc, VE9UN, has been devoted to ensuring continuation of this special benefit. His administrative experience gained through a long career with the NB government make him uniquely qualified to facilitate the acquisition of call sign plates by Radio Amateurs in New Brunswick.
Fred has very helpfully laid out specific directions related to call plate acquisition in the document below. These steps are essential to obtaining this special concession and must be followed precisely to avoid difficulty.
Radio Amateurs in New Brunswick are greatly indebted to Fred for his dedication in overseeing the application process and ensuring the ongoing availability of call letter plates.
The new procedure can be found here.