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									  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 ve6nda@narc.net
                                                      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 ve6nda@narc.net        Assistant Editor: David Evans, VE6DXX
Activities Director                                   Fax Emitter articles to: (780) 922-0881 or
Gern Sabourin           VA6HGS 467-8679               Email to: editor@narc.net
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 va6gwc@narc.net        Malcolm Jameson       VE6MKJ          454-4267
Program Director
David MacFarlane        VE6CUT      ve6cut@narc.net   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 ve6rnr@rac.ca
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 ve6dxx@rac.ca
Membership Chair
Lorraine Sabourin       VE6MSL       467-8679         RAC Section Manager
                                                      Thomas Martens VE6TRM
Repeater Custodian
                                                      e-mail to ve6trm@rac.ca
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


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     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
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     NARC’s First Snow-BQ
         Hosted by Lorraine VE6MSL & Gern VA6HGS

Sunday 28 January at the NARC site




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   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 ve6xuk@narc.net
wood Park.                                f o r   r e g i s t r a t i o n . "

The cost is $50.00 which will
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          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
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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            ve6nda@narc.net
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

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             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
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                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.


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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.




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 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

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    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

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  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
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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




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          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 rdleben@shaw.ca
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,               hkfrueh@shaw.ca
dummy load. Tower just taken down.
Bill Gillespie VE6ABC     438-2510
billgill@interbaun.com

                    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


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      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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