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Article date May 10, 2013 - There are a few openings for Radio Room assistants, and we’re down to our last Liaison Operator positions to fill. The Liaison Operator is attached to the Race Officer(RO) and passes voice traffic between the RO and the CRD Radio Room. A dual band handheld is the only equipment needed and can be provided if needed. The remaining time slots is 1800-0000 Sunday, May 26th. This position is centred around the inner harbour. If you would like more information or to volunteer, please contact Don MacLeod, VA7KOC at VA7KOC at shaw dot ca. More info about the Swiftsure International Yacht Race available at swiftsure dot org
NOTICE: Next Meeting May 21.
May 21 Guest Speaker: Frank VE7AWV is to give a presentation on the Genesis G11 software defined radio. It receives 160m to 6m and transmits 10W. Look on the web for genesisradio in Australia for some info.
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General Meetings: Third Tuesday of the Month. Location: Red Cross House, 909 Fairfield Road, Victoria, BC Time: 7 pm (Enter at Fairfield Rd Basement Doors).
Do you have an interesting project that you want to share at a meeting? We are looking for presenters (guest speakers) for each meeting. Let us know !
On the June 22-23 weekend, we will be holding Field Day at Heritage Acres in Saanichton, in partnership with New Horizons Amateur Radio Club and with the Victoria Short Wave Club. Founded in 1929, the Victoria Short Wave Club is the oldest radio club in Canada.
The purpose of Field Day is to make as many contacts as possible and to learn to operate in abnormal situations (temporary antennas and power supplies) and in less than optimal conditions (in shelters and communications trailers). A large number of individuals and clubs across North America take part, so there are many opportunities to make contacts. Last year we made over 500 contacts on CW and voice in the HF bands and we certainly plan to meet or beat last year's score. Watch an excellent video produced by Chris, VE7ALB/VA7OL, explaining the 2010 Field Day.
We have a lot of fun setting up and operating the temporary antennas and the various stations, and enjoying a BBQ dinner together. See the Field Day page for information about previous years, and watch this space for more information about this year. Meanwhile, please put these dates in your calendar.
Big thanks to all 48 Hams who volunteered and supported the 2013-TC10k. We had 100% attendance, and everyone, new hams and previously experiened, performed marvellously. At Net Control, the team of dispatchers handled lots of routine traffic plus a few urgent calls which were all resolved quickly. We have a good system in place and have received some positive feedback from emergency service professionals.
Thanks again for everyone's assistance, 73 Alan Mallett va7awm at rac dot ca.
The WARA Saltspring 146.66 VA7VIC Repeater is temporarily off the air, due to long-standing interference issues with VE7RSI repeater that we have been unable to resolve. The new set of filters we recently added did not help. I will keep you posted - Al VE7BEU,Repeater Operations