VE6BLD

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The next CAARC general meeting will be on Wed. February 21 at 7.30 PM.

 

Hello all.

The  next CAARC  General Meeting will be on Wed February 21th at 19:30 hours. Meet after 19:00 hours at the Calder School at Sunnybrook Farm 2879 Botterill Crescent .  The Calder School entrance is behind Sims Furniture just north of the Bower mall at the south end of Red Deer.

We have a planned an exciting and technically interesting presentation by Mark Cundict, VA6MKC

Mark will be presenting a talk about the fascinating description of Motus.

In Mark’s words:

Motus is revolutionizing animal tracking, yet likely you’ve never even heard of the technology.    It’s low cost and has citizen science at its core

    – discuss what Motus is

    – review a typical Motus station installation from this spring near Sylvan Lake.

    – look at how that station and several others have led to a complete re-write of Saw-whet owl migration

If you have spare room on your tower Motus can use your help. Hopefully you can attend. “” 

Motus Wildlife Tracking System 

There will be a zoom available for this meeting. Watch for an email from Don VE6HQ with the zoom link.

The gates will be open for 1900.

Hope to see you at the meeting!

Don VA6HQ

 

New CAARC Executive and winner of the new handheld.

The November AGM was held on Wed Nov 15 with a great turnout. The draw for the new handheld radio donated by Mike VE6MIM was won by Tadd who is working on getting his license, CONGRATULATIONS. We hope to hear you on the repeater soon.

New CAARC President Don VE6HQ

Don VE6HQ

 

MikeVE6MIM presenting new Handheld to Tadd.

 

 

New 2023-2024 executive

Click this link to see the new executive.

Field Day Friday, Saturday and Sunday 2023

Welcome to Field Day

Central Alberta Amateur Radio Club will be hosting a Field Day Station. Please come and
join the fun.

When: All day, Saturday, and Sunday 24 – 25 June

Where: Hillcrest Community Hall, Township Road 342, Bowden (AB)

Bring your lawn chairs, lunch, drinks, sunscreen and be ready to help our station
make contacts around the world. Club members and non-members are welcome.
Non licensed operators are also welcome to operate under supervision. Invite
your friends, it is a great time to get to know what the hobby is all about. If you
would like to camp, you are welcome to do so for a small donation to the club.

Set-up: We will begin setting up the station from noon on Friday, 23 June. Those
of you that have assignments to bring equipment for the event, please plan to
bring it on Friday afternoon. If you brought radio items last year, please bring the
same equipment this year. Your help in setting up on Friday afternoon and taking
down on Sunday is highly appreciated.

Please see the next item for driving directions and the location.

Hope to see you there. Don VA6DFR

Your field day 2023 committee.

Field Day update 2023

 
The Field Day planning committee just met for a brief progress meeting.  The following issues came up 
Thank you to all the hams  for offering your help to participate in another field day  the last weekend of June.   Brian VE6CKC has booked Hill Crest community center SW of Innisfail for the last weekend of June. Some of us met at the hall and we all agreed it is a great place for field day as it has a hall and an outdoor covered operating  area and lots of room for antenna separation.

Here is the link for directions

https://goo.gl/maps/Pf9WhdvncLYa8kLr7
Exit off QEII just south of the refinery at Exit 357 and take the first ramp on your right. Turn left at the Stop sign. (Hwy 587 west). Go approximately 7 miles to RR22 South
Turn South on RR 22 ( there is a Hillcrest Hall sign ) and turn right at the Stop sign. The Hall is on your right. The address is 2206 TWP342.
 Please note that you are responsible for providing your own meals , lawn chairs, mosquito spray, and any  other personal items you will need during field day operation.

Invitation to come and camp for the weekend for a small donation to the club.

Bring your own food and drinks.

Maybe a photo from last year for attention.

 

Field day will be a great opportunity to gather and work together as hams to communicate around the world. If we all do a small part to help field day will be a great experience for everyone involved as well as learning some new skills and getting more operating experience.
We look forward to a great couple of days working together!
Please let us know by e-mail of any ideas or additions you can think of to help us plan this field day.
Please e-mail  Paul VA6MPM

paul@sweetgrassltd.com

Please  watch here for more ongoing info.

73 Paul VA6MPM

Artemis 2 astronauts flying to the moon could phone home with ham radio

It’s been 40 years since the first astronaut called an amateur radio operator on Earth. Now the moon is in the community’s sights.

Most of the astronauts aboard the Artemis 2 mission, which will send a quartet of people around the moon in late 2024, are certified ham radio (amateur radio) operators. There’s high hopes in the community that the astronauts may call home from deep space, the president of Radio Amateurs of Canada told Space.com.

click to read the whole story

NASA astronaut Owen Garriott made the first amateur radio call from space in 1983. (Image credit: NASA)

 

 

 

New CAARC Tower trailer

The club has purchased a used trailer and we are in the process of adding the tilt over tower from the old county bus. Stay tuned for more updates.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Digital Library of Amateur Radio & Communications

 

Digital Library of Amateur Radio & Communications (Click this link to enter)

DESCRIPTION

The Digital Library of Amateur Radio and Communications is a library of materials and collections related to amateur radio and early communications. The DLARC is funded by a significant grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications, a private foundation, to create a digital library that documents, preserves, and provides open access to the history of this community.

This free resource combines archived digitized print materials, born-digital content, websites, oral histories, personal collections, and other related records and publications. The goals of the DLARC are both to document the history of amateur radio and to provide freely available educational resources for researchers, students, and the general public.

To contribute content for this project, email kay@archive.org

Ham radio operator jumps in to help woman

Ham radio operator jumps in to help woman in Florida during Hurricane Ian

 

From hundreds of miles away, a ham radio operator helped first responders find people stranded on a Florida island after Hurricane Ian hit.

The age-old communication made a difference for a woman who has family in the Susquehanna Valley.

With a language all their own, ham radio operators converse with people all over the world.

Dale Klonin, with the call sign KC3TAU, got into the hobby about a year ago.

“I found the fun aspect of it being talking to people in other countries, even people in the United States at some activities that ham radio operators do,” he said.

During the height of Hurricane Ian, his hobby became lifesaving work.

“Ham radio operators in particular are here to help out when all other means of communication just don’t work,” Klonin said.

Click this for full story.

 

CAARC Christmas pot luck dinner

There was a good turn out for the Christmas dinner on Dec 4.  Everyone enjoyed the great food and visiting. Thanks to all those who organized and prepared the food. Congratulations to Tiny VE6TIP for winning the Gizmo! We look forward to see what he adds for next year! Thanks to our new President Don VA6DFR for the pictures and video. 

 

Marvin VE6CJY presenting the gizmo to Tiny VE6TIP

November election results

The results of the November Annual General meeting are listed below. Congratulations to the new executive.

NEW CAARC Executive for 2022 – 2023

CAARC Executive for 2022-2023

President-Don  Keber  VA6DFR

 

Vice President– Greg McKinney,VA6GMC More >