Emitter February 2007 Published by the Northern Alberta Radio Club PO Box 163, Station Main Edmonton, Alberta Canada, T5J 2J1. Tel: (780) 467-1333 Information & Resource Material for Amateur Radio NARC at the SARA Flea Market Canada Post Agreement #40036426 - Canada Post Customer #04062140 NORTHERN ALBERTA RADIO CLUB Board of Directors NARC Postage & Emitter Information President: Bruce Donovan VE6NDA firstname.lastname@example.org Canada Post Agreement #40036426 Vice President Canada Post Customer #04062140 Patrick VE6PIE IF UNDELIVERED PLEASE RETURN TO: - Secretary Lorraine Sabourin VE6MSL 467-8679 The Northern Alberta Radio Club Treasurer P.O. Box 163 Bruce Aubert VE6SA 437-1603 Edmonton, Alberta Past President Carl Gill VE6GGG 428-5422 NARC Main Repeater Site —Phone: 780-467-1333 Emergency Communications Director Home Page: NARC URL: http://www.narc.net David Evans VE6DXX 922-0880 E-Mail NARC Board members at:- Operations Director [Callsign]@narc.net Ray Semenoff VE6RHS 440-1427 Webmaster Emitter Editor: Rosemary Evans, G0NDB/VE6 Bruce Donovan VE6NDA email@example.com Assistant Editor: David Evans, VE6DXX Activities Director Fax Emitter articles to: (780) 922-0881 or Gern Sabourin VA6HGS 467-8679 Email to: firstname.lastname@example.org Public Service Director Assembly & Distribution Paul Duczynski VE6PDD 455-2763 Paul Duczynski VE6PDD 455-2763 Public Relations Director Dave Loken VE6DJL 440-1427 Glen Chapman VA6GWC email@example.com Malcolm Jameson VE6MKJ 454-4267 Program Director David MacFarlane VE6CUT firstname.lastname@example.org Advertising Rates Training Director Full Page - $120.00/yr $18.00/issue Michael Brooke VE6XUK 430-6919 Half Page - $60.00/yr $9.00/issue Director at Large Business Card (1/3 Page) $40.00/yr $6.00/issue Stephen Position Vacent Classified Ads - $1.00 for three lines NARC Member Classified Ads - Free for personal NARC Activities and amateur radio related purposes only. ATV National Activities Les Abbott VE6OG 455-7659 RAC Alberta, NWT & NU Director RDF Crew Brian Nilsson VE6RNR Barry VA6DX, Don VE6DKS and James VE6SRV e-mail to email@example.com Packet Sysops RAC Assistant Director (Edmonton Area) Bob Septou VE6AIA 437-2504 (VE6KM) David Evans VE6DXX Dave Yaeck VE6DJY 477-2025 (VE6MC) e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org Membership Chair Lorraine Sabourin VE6MSL 467-8679 RAC Section Manager Thomas Martens VE6TRM Repeater Custodian e-mail to email@example.com Loran Liebert VE6LRN 476-3189 RAC District Emergency Coordinator Historian James Ewen VE6SRV (Northern Alberta) Earl Grotzki VE6ERL 481-3643 Net Control (Tuesdays @ 19:30 on 147.060 MHz) RAC Emergency Coordinator Gern Sabourin VA6HGS 467 8679 (ARES - Edmonton Region) New Hams Net (Thursdays at 19:30 on 147.060 MHz) Tom Cox VE6TOX 50 MHz SSB Net (Sundays at 21:00 on 50.145 MHz) Gern Sabourin VA6HGS 467-8679 Swap & Shop Front Cover Vacant NARC at the SARA Flea Market on NARC Site Security Officer Saturday 3 February. L —> R, Gern Vacant VA6HGS, Bruce VE6NDA and Chief Examiner Michael Eliuk VE6MY 701-2673 Lorraine VE6MSL. Full story in the March Emitter. Picture — Thanks Ed VA6EJP NARC NOTICE BOARD Club meeting — 21 February February Club meeting — The next general meeting will be on Wednesday 21 February at the Continental Inn on Stony Plain Road at 7:30 p.m. ‘Birkie’ time — 10 February 2007. Operations are planned for 147.150 MHz (+600). NARC intends to provide an exhibit for the Sherwood Park Mall on 3 March 2007. The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you would like to volunteer to staff the NARC exhibit, please contact Gern VA6HGS ASAP. NARC Site Saturday Morning Breakfast — The March Breakfast is on Saturday 10 March at 9 a.m. Last calls at 11 a.m. with your hosts Lorraine VE6MSL and Gern VA6HGS. Eagle Hill Amateur Radio Club Flea Market - Sunday, 11 March, commencing at 8 a.m. Bring your surplus radio and miscellane- ous items for the ‘flea market’- Info from Curtis VE6AEW or at http://www.eharc.net Want to be a NARC trainer, for the Basic and other courses? See Page 11. Regular Club Net - Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m. on VE6HM (VHF). New Hams Net - Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Six metre Net - Sundays at 9 p.m. 50.140 MHz USB - Net Control for all nets is normally Gern VA6HGS. ARES (Edmonton Region) Nets — 80m SSB check-in net at 7:45 p.m. local on Sundays on 3.765 MHz. At 8 p.m. the 2 metre net starts on VE6UV (147.090 MHz) and then moves to 145.695 MHz simplex. NARC Website — Bruce VE6NDA, NARC’s Webmaster, is always interested to hear any comments or suggestions regarding the web- site. NARC Website by Bruce VE6NDA http://www.narc.net 1 The President’s Page Greetings all — The new building is not fail to have a positive effect in this coming along very well thanks to all direction. the volunteers. Amateur Radio is not dying - it is We have an agreement with CHA changing, and we must be sure to (Capital Health Authority) to provide change with it. New computer-related emergency communications for the technologies have recently expanded hospitals in the Edmonton area. We our potential for effective communica- will be working diligently on this as tions. Again and again, we see Ama- soon as the building is done this teurs across the country and around spring. the world providing vital communica- tions in emergencies when other One of the things we have made great modes fail. Amateur Radio is a vital strides with is the Ham Radio Mentor National resource that we must do our program. If you have any ideas on it best to bolster. please send an email to the President. One of the things that we would like to At the February 2006 RAC Board of do is to encourage new people to join Directors’ meeting, a motion was our Club. I think we need to include all unanimously passed to attempt to deal aspects of Amateur Radio. I was ex- with this disturbing trend. The motion tremely pleased when John VE6SJA enabled Midwest Director B. Madsen - organized the RAC Winter Contest. It VE5FX - to establish an Advisory was a great outing and more evidence Committee to study and report on the that we have a broad approach to concept of restructuring Amateur Ra- Amateur Radio. We are planning to dio in Canada with the possibility of have a session for HF procedure and including a Canadian Entry Level Cer- another for soldering techniques. tificate. This is under discussion by RAC and hopefully a decision will be We are experiencing problems in Can- made soon. You can check it out on ada getting new hams, a reduced in- the RAC website. terest in obtaining an Amateur Radio license and a decline in the activity of One of our priorities is to get the an- Amateur Radio clubs. This has been tennas and equipment working at the an identified concern with RAC’s Ex- site. We have considerable equipment ecutive and Directors for some time. that hasn’t been set up and working. Amateur Radio has a long history of Sometimes this is because antennas providing fertile ground for technologi- need to be set up and sometimes be- cal development. Many young Ama- cause antenna’s need to be fixed. teurs choose to extend their early in- terest in radio by entering careers in At any rate that is one of our priorities. the sciences and technology. With Our Satellite station is ready to go and Canada’s increasing need for techni- all the equipment is in place, just a cally skilled workers, the promotion of matter of getting it on the air. Amateur Radio to young people can 73 de Bruce VE6NDA 2 3 NARC’s First Snow-BQ Hosted by Lorraine VE6MSL & Gern VA6HGS Sunday 28 January at the NARC site 4 HOW THE FICKLE FINGER OF FATE WORKED FOR ME by Doc VE6YH As many of you are aware, part extinguisher was, knew it was re- of the hobby for me is the horse cently recertified, and headed for the trading or the swapping I do. Most smoke source. On the stove was a have complimented me on what I flaming plastic kettle. I managed to have been able to find. Some ‘razz’ knock the fire down quickly, with me on what I uncover. My latest only minor damages. If I was 60 sec- acquisition saved my house! onds later, near the stove was a con- tainer of paper coffee filters A few months ago, while at and a plastic coffee maker, the NARC site, I traded with which could have ignited. If VE6BYN for a commer- they had ignited, damages cial grade fire extinguisher. would have been major. Little did I know how valuable it would prove to be! My This article was submitted wife decided to boil some because several hams sug- eggs, turned the stove on, gested I submit the experi- and headed downstairs to do ence to the Emitter. One some work on the computer. Several ham relayed how a kitchen fire minutes later I hear a smoke de- did thousands of dollars damage tector and start to run upstairs to to the family home. find out why. Half-way up the stairs I see that the main floor is Moral of the story; this was one of the smoke filled. Oh oh, FIRE. best swaps I ever made. You never know how rewarding this hobby can Fortunately, I knew where the fire pan out to be! NARC’s Next Basic Exam Class By Michael VE6XUK The next class for the basic exam cover the text books and course will be held on 24, 25, 31 March materials. The exam is 100 multi- and April 1st. This four day ple choice questions. course will run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day. Passing mark for the basic li- cense is 70%. Pass mark for The exam for the license will be the advanced license is 80% held at the end of the class on (This gives you additional privi- Sunday 1 April. The location is leges to transmit below 30 MHz). the Strathcona County Health Centre on Brower road in Sher- Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org wood Park. f o r r e g i s t r a t i o n . " The cost is $50.00 which will 5 Ham Radio Mentor Program By Bruce VE6NDA I will be using Mentor instead of People that are passionate about Elmer as people outside of Ham their own particular part of the hobby Radio do not recognize the term are eager to tell what they know. As Elmer but know very well what a a mentor you can call upon your mentor is. As the program is geared fellow hams to help you with these towards the new ham radio operator specialties. this won’t cause confusion. Have a Plan - 1) Establish ground Mentor means someone who pro- rules - Mentors and hams should vides personal guidance and assis- establish when and where and what tance to new hams or provides help activities will be performed. Specify and assistance to aspiring hams to when telephone calls could be al- get their ticket. We can call them lowed. 2) Get a commitment - “the unsung fathers of Amateur Ra- There should be an expected level of dio. Other terms that can be used commitment that should be respect- are teacher, tutor, guide, helper, ful of all parties involved. If both par- sage. A mentor can be all of those ties agree to be an active part of the things. mentor process then there won’t be a waste of anyone’s time. 3) Estab- Recruiting Mentors - Clubs need to lish goals and objectives, i.e. Main look no further than their own mem- objective: By the next exam session bers for mentors to help new hams we expect to be prepared for the learn the basics so that they may get upgrade exam. Goal: complete two on the air and become mainstream chapters of the study guide per Amateur Radio operators. week. Goal: learn all Morse code characters by the second week. Some qualifications for a mentor are Goals and objectives should be real- that they should be personable and istic and attainable. 4. Solicit feed- willing to commit the time and en- back - Feedback is two-way so don’t ergy necessary to help the new ham, forget to offer constructive feedback have an ability to explain topics in as well as lots of positive rein- simple terms, be able to direct the forcement. new ham to resources that will help them better understand the topic. Support – 1) The Club should be supportive of the mentor program by Mentors for more specific topics recognizing the accomplishments of such as DXing, contesting, VHF the new hams and the successes of UHF operation, etc. can be sourced the mentors. Introduce new hams at from specialty members in the Club. meetings. Present awards; the new 6 ham with a certificate of achieve- site. This person should be a friendly ment, mentors with a certificate of individual able to approach newcom- appreciation. See the NARC website ers and extend a hand of friendship. under New Hams or Ham Bios. 2) This person does not need to be the Mentors act as a team and share most technical person in your group, resources. 3)“Specialists” can share but they need to have some good the generalities of their specialty people skills. with other mentors enabling them to handle the basic areas of that Have a prepared packet for visitors topic and allowing the specialists to and guests to your meeting that field the more in-depth discussions. would include a contact person, 4) Incorporate portions of the mentor membership application, and a list of program into their monthly meetings. some activities such as on-air nets 5) Have some hands-on programs or upcoming license classes and and open discussions. 6) Get sup- special sessions for beginners. The port from RAC for your program. packet could include such things as If you are going to volunteer to men- band plans, World maps, repeater tor someone you should be prepared link codes and such to help the new to be diplomatic and gentle. It takes amateur become familiar with the lots of time effort. systems out there. Your operating style should be ex- For people under the age of 18 we emplary. In that way they can model should have them get a police check your on-air conduct and be rewarded if they are going to mentor these with good reports from other hams. individuals so as to ensure as much as possible that we don’t have any Although your mentor may provide problems with any kind of harass- you with motivation and inspiration, it ment. is still up to the new ham to have the discipline to accomplish the goal. A If you have anything to add or any good mentor is not only your comments about this document so teacher and coach, but this person we could improve it send it to: should also be your cheerleader to email@example.com motivate you to keep going should you get discouraged. After the exam session we will pro- vide a list of applicants so that you as a Mentor can contact them. We will respect the privacy of the appli- cant and offer them the option to remain anonymous. Check the website regularly for new or upgraded hams in your area and extend an invitation to them. Be a greeter of new hams at Club meetings or gatherings at the HM 7 February — Local Events Calendar 1 Thu NARC New Hams Net - 1930L on VE6HM (VHF) VA6HGS 2 Fri Local Gathering - PARA, Tim Hortons 50 St./44 Ave. at 7pm. VE6ELO 3 Sat Informal gatherings - (1) SARA Flea market —Yellowhead SARA Motor Inn,149 Str. & Yellowhead Trail at noon. 4 Sun Local gathering – Boston Pizza, 4804 Calgary Trail at noon VE6PDD 5 Mon 6 Tue NARC Net on VE6HM (2m) at 7:30 p.m. VA6HGS 7 Wed Local gathering – Boston Pizza, 7641 Argyll Rd. at 8:30 p.m. VE6PDD 8 Thu NARC New Hams Net - 1930L on VE6HM (VHF) VA6HGS 9 Fri Local Gathering - PARA, Tim Hortons 50St./44 Ave. at 7 p.m. VE6ELO 10 Sat Informal gatherings - (1) Birkie — All Day VE6PDD (2)Yellowhead Inn,149 Str. & Yellowhead Trail at 9 a.m. 11 Sun Local gathering – Boston Pizza, 4804 Calgary Trail at noon VE6PDD 12 Mon 13 Tue NARC Net on VE6HM (2m) at 7:30 p.m. VA6HGS 14 Wed Local gathering – Boston Pizza, 7641 Argyll Rd. at 8:30 p.m. VE6PDD 15 Thu NARC New Hams Net - 1930L on VE6HM (VHF) VA6HGS 16 Fri Local Gathering - PARA, Tim Hortons 50St./44 Ave. at 7 p.m. VE6ELO 17 Sat Informal gatherings - (1) VE6HM Site 9 - 11 a.m. NARC (2) VA6HGS Yellowhead Inn,149 Str. & Yellowhead Trail at 9 a.m. 18 Sun Local gathering – Boston Pizza, 4804 Calgary Trail at noon VE6PDD 19 Mon 20 Tue NARC Net on VE6HM (2m) at 7:30 p.m. VA6HGS 21 Wed NARC monthly meeting—Continental Inn at 7:30 PM VE6NDA 22 Thu NARC New Hams Net - 1930L on VE6HM (VHF) VA6HGS 23 Fri Local Gathering - PARA, Tim Hortons 50St./44 Ave. at 7 p.m. VE6ELO 24 Sat Informal gatherings - (1) VE6HM Site 9 - 11 a.m. NARC (2) VA6HGS Yellowhead Inn,149 Str. & Yellowhead Trail at 9 a.m. 25 Sun Local gathering – Boston Pizza, 4804 Calgary Trail at noon VE6PDD 26 Mon 27 Tue NARC Net on VE6HM (2m) at 7:30 p.m. VA6HGS 28 Wed Local gathering – Boston Pizza, 7641 Argyll Rd. at 8:30 p.m. VE6PDD NARC Website — www.narc.net 8 March — Local Events Calendar 1 Thu NARC New Hams Net - 1930L on VE6HM (VHF) VA6HGS 2 Fri Local Gathering - PARA, Tim Hortons 50 St./44 Ave. at 7pm. VE6ELO 3 Sat Informal gatherings - (1) VE6HM Site 9 - 11 a.m. NARC (2) VA6HGS Yellowhead Inn,149 Str. & Yellowhead Trail at 9 a.m. 4 Sun Local gathering – Boston Pizza, 4804 Calgary Trail at noon VE6PDD 5 Mon 6 Tue NARC Net on VE6HM (2m) at 7:30 p.m. VA6HGS 7 Wed Local gathering – Boston Pizza, 7641 Argyll Rd. at 8:30 p.m. VE6PDD 8 Thu NARC New Hams Net - 1930L on VE6HM (VHF) VA6HGS 9 Fri Local Gathering - PARA, Tim Hortons 50 St./44 Ave. at 7pm. VE6ELO 10 Sat Informal gatherings - (1) NARC Breakfast VE6HM Site - 9 - 11 VA6HGS a.m. (2)Yellowhead Inn,149 Str. & Yellowhead Trail at 9 a.m. 11 Sun Local gathering – Boston Pizza, 4804 Calgary Trail at noon VE6PDD 12 Mon Local Gathering - PARA, Tim Hortons 50St./44 Ave. at 7 p.m. VE6ELO 13 Tue NARC Net on VE6HM (2m) at 7:30 p.m. VA6HGS 14 Wed Local gathering – Boston Pizza, 4804 Calgary Trail at noon VE6PDD 15 Thu NARC New Hams Net - 1930L on VE6HM (VHF) VA6HGS 16 Fri Local Gathering - PARA, Tim Hortons 50 St./44 Ave. at 7pm. VE6ELO 17 Sat Informal gatherings - (1) VE6HM Site 9 - 11 a.m. NARC (2) VA6HGS Yellowhead Inn,149 Str. & Yellowhead Trail at 9 a.m. 18 Sun Local gathering – Boston Pizza, 4804 Calgary Trail at noon VE6PDD 19 Mon 20 Tue NARC Net on VE6HM (2m) at 7:30 p.m. VA6HGS 21 Wed Local gathering – Boston Pizza, 7641 Argyll Rd. at 8:30 p.m. VE6PDD 22 Thu NARC New Hams Net - 1930L on VE6HM (VHF) VA6HGS 23 Fri Local Gathering - PARA, Tim Hortons 50 St./44 Ave. at 7pm. VE6ELO 24 Sat Informal gatherings - (1) VE6HM Site 9 - 11 a.m. NARC (2) VA6HGS Yellowhead Inn,149 Str. & Yellowhead Trail at 9 a.m. 25 Sun Local gathering – Boston Pizza, 4804 Calgary Trail at noon VE6PDD 26 Mon 27 Tue NARC Net on VE6HM (2m) at 7:30 p.m. VA6HGS 28 Wed Local gathering – Boston Pizza, 7641 Argyll Rd. at 8:30 p.m. VE6PDD 29 Thu NARC New Hams Net - 1930L on VE6HM (VHF) VA6HGS 30 Fri Local Gathering - PARA, Tim Hortons 50 St./44 Ave. at 7pm. VE6ELO 31 Sat Informal gatherings - (1) VE6HM Site 9 - 11 a.m. NARC (2) VA6HGS Yellowhead Inn,149 Str. & Yellowhead Trail at 9 a.m. 9 10 Train the trainers ... The Northern Alberta Radio Club has decided to establish a small group of "certified " trainers who would be available for teaching the Basic course as well as other topics, if necessary. To this end we will be holding a series of "Train the Trainers" sessions. The purpose of these sessions will be to improve teaching techniques and to increase familiarity with elementary electronic theory. Anyone who would like to be considered for this program should Email VE6XUK@narc.net for details. 11 In an Emergency — Monitor VE6UV By Tom VE6TOX In a disaster, what frequency do I and emergency/disaster opera- check-in on to offer my help? This tions and VE6UV has great cover- is one of the biggest communica- age, especially for the river valley tions issues in North America and (as discovered during the search around the world! Unless you for Robert Barrington Leigh) and know where to go, you don’t have keeps other local repeaters the ability to offer your help. (including, VE6HM, VE6QCR and VE6NHB) available for regular Almost every ARES / RACES / use. CERT / SAR / SATERN or Red Cross team in North America have The international calling fre- their own amateur frequency des- quency, 146.520 is often unusable ignated for emergency operations, for three reasons: including check-ins. • Few people use it (or it is of- ten used for chatting rather than The military, law enforcement and calling!) civil aviation always use the nor- • Those who do use it for regu- mal operational frequency for lar chatting get upset when it is check-ins and also for declaring used for emergency purposes! an emergency (a topic on it’s • Everybody is already on an- own!). Think about it, if no one is other frequency and the shortage listening you can’t communicate! of operators means you can’t spare an operator to monitor In Edmonton, like most cities and 146.520 MHz. areas in North America, there aren’t always enough volunteer When VE6UV is being used for operators to run lots of frequen- both check-ins and operations, it cies and most callouts are emer- is important for amateurs to un- gencies rather than true disasters. derstand two things: In the Edmonton area to start, 1) You can’t necessarily check-in both the CHECK-IN of available right away – you must listen radio operators and the OPERA- for say five minutes or so to TIONS for the ARES response will make sure you don’t interfere be on VE6UV 147.090 (+600 with emergency traffic. KHz) with a tone of 114.8 Hz. 2) Either you are available or you are not available. During NARC has agreed that ARES has emergencies, it is frustrating priority on VE6UV for exercises to listen to amateurs give long 12 explanations why they aren’t The check-in frequency for a local available. It ties up the fre- ARES group should never change quency and stops available and running operations and check amateurs from getting on. -ins on the same frequency cer- tainly has advantages in the over- Not everyone is immediately avail- all management of emergency able, and it is EXTREMELY im- communications. portant to know who is not avail- able and who we have not heard However, if the traffic for both from. Listening for a few minutes check-ins and the operations gets will give you a sense both of what overwhelming, the ARES Opera- is happening and of an appropri- tions Chief will split certain activi- ate time to check-in. Then jump ties to another frequency in accor- in using formal net procedures. dance with a predetermined plan, but the check-ins stay the same Three great ways to check-in VE6UV. If nobody knows the area would be: - check-in frequency, what type of communicators would we be? “VE6TOX” (“GOAHEAD TOX”) “At work until 21:00, available after.” In a multiple frequency operation still check-in on the VE6UV opera- “VA6EEE” (“GOAHEAD EEE”) tions frequency; you may be im- “Not available, on call at work” mediately redirected to a logistics frequency in a major operation, “VE6DXX” (GOAHEAD DXX”) but the golden rule is to ALWAYS “Available in one-five minutes” check-in on the stated opera- tions frequency first! WHAT TO DO IF YOU BECOME AWARE OF A MAJOR EMERGENCY OR DISASTER in the Edmonton Area MONITOR VE6UV on 147.090 MHz + 600KHz offset with a 114.8 Hz transmitter tone (ARES Edmonton Region CH 1). You may have become aware of a major emergency or disaster by observation or through the media. Contact a member of the ARES ER Operations Group. WHAT TO DO IF YOU HAVE BEEN CALLED OUT BY THE ARES Edmonton Region Group Follow the directions of the person who calls you out - this will normally be to MONITOR VE6UV VHF on 147.090 MHz 13 NARC General Meeting — January 2007 By Lorraine VE6MSL Welcome—Bruce VE6NDA, NARC’s Vice President Patrick VE6PIE will 2007 President, welcomed all to the be working side-by-side with Bruce to meeting and welcomed the members help implement his plans; of the Board which included two new Treasurer Bruce VE6SA reported members. that 1) he has heard nothing from the Minutes of the Previous Meeting— November Casino to date about what Moved by Al (Radar) VA6RDR, sec- we will be receiving in funds. 2) the onded by Glen VA6GWC, that the satellite project will be going ahead minutes of the November 15th Annual this year; planning to have it opera- General Meeting be approved as tional by summer. Contact him if you published. Carried. are interested in helping; 3) work on the new building: painting will take Business from the Floor—James place on Saturday, January 27 when VE6SRV asked that all logs for the the drywall will be painted with RAC Winter Contest 2m sprint be primer. A schedule of upcoming work sent to him as soon as possible. on the trailer will be posted on the Directors Reports: President Bruce website. Please check the list and let VE6NDA outlined his vision for the Bruce VE6SA know when you can coming year: 1) that there be more help. Club activities coordinated by Gern Secretary Lorraine VE6MSL wel- VA6HGS and more involvement in comed two new members. 2007 our community; 2) begin planning for membership is around 125-130 to a ham fest possibly in 2008. 3) keep- date. ing our members involved. If a mem- ber has not been involved he would Operations Director Ray VE6RHS— like to hear from you. He plans to 1) new batteries have been installed, send out a questionnaire for feedback tested and the backup system has from members; 4) more events for been maintained. 2) He had to repair seniors are planned, visits to the sen- the IRLP. 3) This spring the focus will iors unable to get out easily; 5) more be on repairing/installing antennas articles in the Emitter from both ex- and yard work. 4) Balloons have been ecutive and the general membership; purchased which could reach 6) he would like to see the Club put 100,000 feet for a project in the fu- on a flea market in the future; 7) dur- ture. Curtis VE6AEW is one inter- ing emergencies he would like to see ested in this project. More information information passed by Pactor and will be provided on a later date. several in the club are working on it Training Director Michael VE6XUK which is a tremendous idea; 8) he 1) confirmed that the next Basic class would like to see more use of the HM will be held the last two weekends in Site, more activities about antennas, March. 2) He has been invited to soldering and related ham projects; 9) meet with the Alberta Offshore Sailing preparation of brochures about the Club to talk about amateur radio and Club and what we have to offer. will be encouraging those interested 14 to take the Basic course in March. 3) February 3 at the Yellowhead Inn. 4) A new class “Train the Trainer” will be We will be participating in the Sher- conducted for NARC members and wood Park Mall event on Saturday will be a certified course. Please con- March 3, demonstrating amateur ra- tact him for more information if you dio. All equipment needed will be are interested. Information will be on taken from the HM Site. Please con- the website and in the Emitter. tact him to let him know when you would be available to take a shift dur- Emergency Coordinator David ing the day. 5) There is a goal to have VE6DXX reported 1) Linking Edmon- at least one activity per month over ton Agencies by Pactor 3 is a possi- and above the monthly breakfast. ble project for 2007. 2) If you are in- terested in the APRS Tracker Project, Website Report Bruce VE6NDA re- please contact him before the end of ported that Kyle VE6WTF has pre- the month. Building sessions are sented some new ideas for the web- planned for February/March. site. If any errors or omissions are found, please let Bruce know. Also, if Public Service Director Paul interested in other links, contact him. VE6PDD reminded members that the Birkie will be held on February 10 and Director at Large Stephen VE6SDW provided details for the volunteers’ raised the concern about the HM re- orientation. Only one or two volun- peater interference most noticeable in teers are needed. the afternoons. MOTION: Moved by Curtis VE6AEW, seconded, that a Public Relations Director Glen 100kz tone be put on the VE6HM VA6GWC 1) will be approaching in- repeater input within two months. dustry to educate them about NARC’s Michael VE6XUK suggested an community support. He asked mem- amendment that the tone may be bers to contact him if they could pro- suspended for one month following vide names and titles of people in the end of the Basic classes. The large corporations that he could con- amendment was defeated with no tact; smaller companies will be ap- seconder. The main motion was car- proached in a different manner. ried. Program Director David VE6CUT It was mentioned that some owners thanked those who had helped out of repeaters are not always happy while he was away for a few months. with others using their equipment. Activities Director Gern VA6HS Gern VA6HGS is to include informa- reported on 1) the participation at HM tion on who owns various repeaters in in the RAC Winter Contest. Briefly, the area on the New Hams Net and the group made 186 contacts with 32 recommend that users check with the multipliers. The event was enjoyed by owner before using for a specific pur- all who participated. 2) Reminder that pose as a matter of courtesy. the Snow-B-Q will be held at HM on Presentation: Slide show and dis- Sunday, January 28 from 1:00 to cussion of previous Birkies by Paul 4:00. 3) The SARA Flea Market is VE6PDD 13 Classified Ads NOTICE: NARC pins, crests, FOR SALE and stickers are available from Tri-band Mosley directional Paul VE6PDD at coffee or antenna. Coax — 100feet of RG- meetings. Pins & crests are 213/U. Antenna rotator control CDE Big Talk Model BT-1 120 & TRA- $3.00 each, and stickers are 4, BT 1 SER1 630. Also top end of a $1.00 each. heavy duty tower a total of 20 feet FOR SALE Let me know if anybody is interested TRA 1-2 Heavy Duty Rotator - in any of the equipment. Contact $100.00 obo Contact Karin Moller, Rudy at firstname.lastname@example.org VE6AAB at (780) 467-5167 FOR SALE FOR SALE Kenwood TS850S Transceiver, Nice package for a new ham. PS52 AC Power Supply, SP31 Complete station - Lots of Speaker, MC60 Desk Mike, Hand coax, 50 foot guyed tower, Mike, with original boxes, $1300.00. homemade 2m beam, Yaesu Contact Hans VE6FA - Ph. (780) 436 FT101ZD HFTX/RX,SWR meter, -5843, Fax (780) 439-2655, e-mail: phone patch, antenna switch, email@example.com dummy load. Tower just taken down. Bill Gillespie VE6ABC 438-2510 firstname.lastname@example.org Main NARC & ARES Nets • Tuesday’s -19:30 Hours MT - NARC 2m net on VE6HM • Sunday’s -19:45 hours on 3.765 MHz USB - ARES check-in net • Sunday’s - 20:00 hours on VE6UV - ARES net The Last Word ….. A little more snow in the two weeks leading up to the Birkie can’t be a bad thing! This month, thanks to Bruce VE6NDA, Doc VE6YH, Ed VA6EJP, Michael VE6XUK, Tom VE6TOX and Lorraine VE6MSL for their welcome contributions to this issue. 73 Rosemary G0NDB/VE6 16 Emergency Access Codes VE6HM (Note: no * required on emergency numbers) 91 City Police Department 92 RCMP K-Division 93 City Fire Department 911 City of Edmonton Emergency Links VHF repeater to UHF repeater To link 147.060 to 444.100 is 4440* To shut off is 4441* Links VHF repeater to IRLP port To link 147.060 to 444.275 is 4706* To shut off is 4707* **3 Resets timer on Autopatch 26* Redial (this is not a misprint) NARC Site Map HM Repeater Fast Access Codes *3 VE6 LIZ Elizabeth Sadoway Personal Access Codes *69 VE6 MKJ Malcolm Jameson *37 VE6 MY Mike Eliuk *70 VE6ADV Tom Forman *28 VE6AER Tony Ratcliffe *34 VE6BKW Jim Munsey *61 VA6JBS James Smith *59 VE6DXX David Evans *62 VA6TWT Thomas Turner *42 VE6GE Martin Matheson *25 VE6RNF Neil Federspiel For information on or changes to speed dial, *30 VA6DX Barry Bergstrom call Dave VE6DJL @ 440-1427.
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