INDEX
  o Meeting Dates
o Announcements
o Special Events
o Members
o Executive
o Committees
o KCARC Net
o Club History
o Feb Brass Pounders Contest 
o VE1LD Club Station
o VE1AEH Repeater
o Repeater Codes 
o Phone Patch
o Packet  
o Amateur Qualification
o KCARC Minutes
 
 
 


Meeting Dates

The Kings County Amateur Radio Club meets regularly in Kentville Volunteer Fire Department Training Room, Kentville, Nova Scotia at 7:00 pm on the first Monday of every month, with the following exceptions; July - No Meeting, August - No Meeting, September - 2nd Monday.

Meeting dates are:
 
06 Jan
03 Feb
03 Mar
02 Apr
05 May
2014
2014
2014
2014
2014
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 Regular Meeting
 Regular Meeting
 Regular Meeting
 Special Meeting
 Regular Meeting
  02 Jun
08 Sep
06 Oct
03 Nov
01 Dec
2014
2014
2014
2014
2014
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 Regular Meeting
 Regular Meeting
 Regular Meeting
 Regular Meeting
 Regular Meeting

Announcements

SILENT KEY:  The KCARC regrets to announce the sudden passing of member Kurt Arseneault VE1TT on November 2nd, 2014.  In respect for Kurt, a long time member of the KCARC, the regular club meeting scheduled for Nov 03, 2014, has been cancelled.

1. The next meeting of the KCARC will be held on 01 Dec 2014 at the Kentville Fire Department Training Room at 1900 local.

2. Lysle VE1BZE created a Facebook group for the KCARC.  It can be accessed by visiting the KCARC Links page and clicking on "KCARC Facebook Group" under the Special Interest heading.  Please note:  You will have to log into Facebook to access the group postings.  If you do not have a Facebook account and wish to access the KCARC group postings you will have to sign up for one on the Facebook homepage at http://www.facebook.ca 

3. Bob VE1RSM is starting an 80 meter SSB Net. (CW check-ins welcomed).

The SSB Net will be held on Thursday evenings (Starting 09 Dec 2014) at 1930 local.
Frequency 3740 (Plus/Minus QRM).  Call will be VE1LD (Club Call).

Please note: The Thursday 80 meter SSB Net will be discontinued until Fall 2014 due to the low number of participants.

4. Volunteers are needed to assist with Operation Handshake.  Noting the group has a commitment to EMO and the County to assist with EMO activities.  Currently there are only two folks helping out and to ensure we are prepared and ready to help in an emergency more volunteers are need to as assist with Operation Handshake the last Tuesday of each month. 



 

Special Events -

From Bob VE1RSM:

EMO Training EXERCISE – Windsor – Jun 14, 2014

On Jun 14th the Windsor Area held a training EXERCISE to introduce the new TMR2 System to the area.  This was not restricted to Hants County personnel with personnel from both Hants and Kings Counties in attendance.

The meeting started at 9:30 AM with a presentation on the EXERCISE and the reason behind the EXERCISE.

Following this briefing Scott gave a detailed briefing on the new TMR2 radios both base stations and hand held.  The TMR2 is a digital system that will bring a wider coverage across the province and a built in redundancy.

The above two briefings finished around lunch time and following lunch we went into the EXERCISE using handheld radios, available classrooms and personnel divided up based on their experience.

As a spectator assigned to the Dispatcher and EMO room and from what I concluded from the on goings the exercise was a success and the radios responded very well.

At times there was some difficulty reaching the repeater from inside the school, on the 700 Mhz band.  This was easily overcome by standing next to a window.

The EXERCISE carried on for nearly 2 hours and everything the EMO trainers wanted to test was included.

It was quickly noticed that the dispatcher had to be an on the ball person.  Having two and even three radios on the go and keeping things in order and a good handle on everything that was taking place.

It was a very good training session.  However, I will make a recommendation to Paul that for the next training session they hold, that maybe a briefing be given to include the persons/agencies taking part in the EXERCISE with their roles and responsibilities be included along with a briefing on the command or command posts that may be involved be included as part of the briefing package.  This would greatly assist the inexperienced persons like myself in attendance.
 

Presentations and Demonstrations:

Dec 03, 2012 - How to Properly Use Your Mulitmeter - Fred VE1FA
Jan 07, 2013 - SOTA - Phil VE1WT
Feb 04, 2013 - Cancelled
Nov 04, 2013 - Linux OS - Lysle VE1BZE
Dec 02, 2013 - "Chase Me Charlies" or The Development of Counter Measures to the German Guided Bombs of WW II - Al VO1NO
Jan 06, 2014 -
 "Tony Hancock – The Radio Ham"Ernie VE1AUW 
Feb 03, 2014 - Project Life Saver - Ron VE1LDD
Mar 03, 2014 - TBA
Apr 02, 2014 - Awards Night, KAO Restaurant, New Minas, NS
May 05, 2014 - TBA
Jun 02, 2014 - TBA
Sep 08, 2014 - TBA
Oct 06, 2014 - TBA
Nov 03, 2014 - Cancelled
Dec 01, 2014 - TBA
 

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KCARC Members

 
Lorne Anderson
Lysle Anderson
Fred Archibald
Helen Archibald
Kurt Arseneault
John Bickerton
Wayne Blenkhorn

VE1BXK
VE1BZE
VE1FA
VA1YL
VE1TT
VE1ATT
VE1BAB
 
Maurice Brehault
Brian DeAthe
Layton Fulton
Art Hamilton
Jacob Hartenof
Phil Hopkins
Barry Lloyd
 

VE1AEM
VE1RCF
VE1MT
VE1ART
VE1JAH
VE1PFH
VE1QY
 
 
Phil Long
Bill MacDonald
Ralph MacDonald
David Morrison
Paul Robinson
Bob Schofield
Peter Smale
 

VE1WT
VE1WRM
VE1SIM
VE1UJ
VE1AVD
VE1RSM
VE1BHH
 
 
Eric Smith
Jeff Trevors
Kate Trevors
Brad Walker

VE1CFY
VE1IO
VE1KST
VE1CI

 

2013 - 2014 Executive

  President   Vice President   Secretary   Treasurer
  Robert Schofield VE1RSM
393 Lockhartville Rd.
Hantsport, NS     
Canada             B0P 1P0
1-902-352-2130
Email: Robert VE1RSM
  Lysle Anderson VE1BZE
95 Reid Road, 
RR 1, Kentville, NS   
Canada         B4N 3V7
1-902-678-1653
Email: Lysle VE1BZE
  Helen Archibald VA1YL
25 Canard St., RR 1
Port Williams, NS
Canada          B0P 1T0
1-902-582-1561
Email: Helen VA1YL
  Art Hamilton VE1ART
164 Canaan Avenue
Kentville, NS
Canada          B4N 2BI
1-902-679-0633
Email: Art VE1ART

 

Committees and Representatives 2013 - 2014

  Activities and Events   Education   Club Station   Nominating
  Lysle
 
VE1BZE
 
678-1653
 
  Fred
Helen
Lysle
VE1FA
VA1YL
VE1BZE
582-1561
582-1561
678-1653
  Lysle
 
VE1BZE
 
678-1653
 
  Vacant    
                               
  EMO - Municipal   EMO - KCARC   Publicity   HF Activities
  Art
Brian
Eric
VE1ART
VE1RCF
VE1CFY
679-0633
765-3028
765-4468
  Moe
Phil
Art
Lysle
Peter
Fred
Helen
Brad
Brian
VE1AEM
VE1WT
VE1ART
VE1BZE
VE1BHH
VE1FA
VA1YL
VE1CI
VE1RCF
678-7549
681-6748
679-0633
678-1653
542-2430
582-1561
582-1561
678-3911
765-3028
  Lysle VE1BZE 678-1653   Phil
Barry
VE1WT
VE1QY
681-6748
678-0599
                               
  Repeater   Special Projects   Club Room   NSARA Director
  Art 
Phil
Lysle
Reg
Lorne
VE1ART
VE1PFH
VE1BZE
VE1RGM
VE1BXK
679-0633
847-1141
678-1653
582-7983
254-3766
  Lysle VE1BZE 678-1653   Vacant

 


 


 
  Vacant    
                               
  RAC   Packet System Admin.   KCARC Municipal Liaison   Webmaster
  Lysle VE1BZE 678-1653   Vacant       Art VE1ART 679-0633   John VE1ATT 582-3873
                               

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Brass Pounders Contest

2014 KCARC Brass Pounder/SSB Award/Challenge

February 2014 will see the revival of the KCARC’s Brass Pounder Award/Challenge. The challenge will commence at 0000Z 1 Feb 2014 and conclude at 2359Z 28 Feb 2014, except leap year where it will conclude on the 29th.

The intent of this month long challenge is to get club members on the air. This year we will also include SSB for those operators who are not proficient or active in CW but still want to take part. SSB was added to the Brass Pounder Award in 1998 but for some reason there is very little recollection of the SSB award or where the trophy is currently located. A new trophy will be made for the SSB Award.

This challenge is a very easy one and will give all those who take part and submit their results to the committee a sense of accomplishment.

Trophies will be presented - one for CW and one for SSB and participation certificates will be printed and given to all members who submit their results to the committee.

Rules:

1.     Opened to all members of the KCARC;

Dates:

2.     0000Z/1 – 2359Z/28 Feb 2014; (except leap a year)

Modes/Bands:

3.     CW/SSB on all bands including WARC Bands and 6 meters;

QSOs:

4.     Almost all QSOs can be counted towards this award.  The exceptions are QSOs made during a contest are not counted for this challenge unless the following exception is met.  EXCEPTION: If you make a QSO during a contest or you worked a DXCC during a contest and this is the only QSO made with that DXCC than that QSO can be counted.  (IE: if the only time during the month of Feb you worked Bermuda (VP9) was during a contest you can count that QSO and DXCC multiplier, no QSOs from a contest can be counted towards your QSO count.)

Multipliers:

5.     Total DXCCs, once per band (IE: if you work Canada three times on 20 meters it only counts once on 20 meters.)

Score:

6.     Total all QSOs (even repeats, except contest QSOs see rule 4) on all bands times the total DXCCs (once per band)

           (IE: 102 QSOs made x 52 DXCCs worked (once per band) = 5304 pts.

Results:

7.     Separate results to be submitted for either the CW and/or SSB award. No combination award will be presented. A member can submit results for one or both modes, but they must make two separate submissions; one for CW and one for SSB. A member could be awarded both awards.

Awards:

8.     One Award will be presented to the winner of the

a.     CW Challenge;

b.    SSB Challenge; and

c.     Participation certificates will be presented to all members who take part and submit their results.

Due Date for Results/Submissions:

9.     Deadline for all results NLT: 15 Mar 2014.

10.  Results to be forwarded to the club Secretary. (See web page for email address)

Presentations:

11.  Awards and certificates will be handed out at the April club meeting.


 

 

Results Template (Please send results in the below format):

Kings County ARC February Challenge

Name/Callsign

(CW or SSB) Results:

Band(Mtrs)        QSO     DXCCs

160                   2          1

80                     4          3

40                     5          2

30                     2          1

20                     10         5

17                     6          3

15                     10         5

12                     8         2

10                     20         14

6                      2          1

Total                 69         37         = 2553 points

Note: Remember separate results for each mode.

Looking forward to your results. Let’s get on the air, have fun and make sure the winners earn these awards.

 
 
February 2001 KCARC 
Brass Pounders Contest Results
Name & Call  Points
Phil VE1WT  94,116
Andrew VE1EX 70,262
Dave VE1DAD 43,831
Layton VE1MT 34,402
Peter VE1BHH 3,473
Mike VE1MAW 1,107
 
February 2002 KCARC
Brass Pounders Contest Results

Name & Call

Points

Andrew VE1EX 174,344
Phil VE1WT

21,726

 
February 2003 KCARC
Brass Pounders Contest Results
Name & Call Points
Andrew VE1EX

001

 
February 2004 KCARC
Brass Pounders Contest Results

Name & Call

Points

Hal VE1LV

4773

Layton VE1MT

975

               
 
February 2014 KCARC 
CW Contest Results
Name & Call  Points
Bob VE1RSM  418,309
Phil VE1WT 10,494
Mike VE1MAW 3,621
 
February 2014 KCARC 
SSB Contest Results
Name & Call  Points
Fred VE1FA  5,452
Phil VE1WT 5,029
Helen VA1YL 180
       

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VE1LD Club Station


VE1AEH Repeater

Repeater Codes

To access Mavcom from VE1AEH, key in 118* to turn the VE1AEH link ON and then key in the destination code.   To bring down the link, key in the code to bring down the destination link and then key in 119* to bring down the VE1AEH link.

For example:  118* VE1AEH Link ON,  124* VE1CFR Link ON
                          123* VE1CFR Link OFF, 119* VE1AEH Link OFF

Phone Patch

Phone Patch  -  enter *9 (followed by the phone number)
Bring Down    -  enter # (hold for two seconds)

Note:

1. Please listen to determine if anyone is using the repeater before accessing the phone patch. 
2. Please announce your intention to use the phone patch.
3. All characters and numbers must be entered in succession without pausing during the process or it will timeout and you will have to begin again.
4. When your call is completed, announce that you are clear of the phone patch.

Packet

VE1AEH LAN - 145.090 MHz

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Industry Canada RIC-3

Information on the Amateur Radio Service

1. Qualifications

1.1 Certification

Authority to operate radio apparatus in the amateur radio service is issued to holders of an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic Qualification.

Other qualifications available with the Amateur Radio Operator Certificate are Morse code and Advanced Qualifications.

Operating privileges are granted according to the level of achievement. Attaining honours scores (i.e. 80% or above) on the Basic examination or attaining qualifications in addition to the Basic Amateur Certificate will grant the amateur certificate holder certain additional operating privileges as specified in RIC-2, giving full access to the amateur frequency bands below 30 MHz (i.e. high frequency (HF)).

1.2 Certificate Equivalency

The holder of an Amateur Radio Operator's Certificate or the Amateur Radio Operator's Advanced Certificate issued under the repealed Radio Operator's Certificate Regulations has the same operating privileges as the holder of an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic, Morse code and Advanced Qualifications.

The holder of an Amateur Digital Radio Operator's Certificate issued under the repealed Radio Operator's Certificate Regulations has the same operating privileges as the holder of an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic and Advanced Qualifications.

Persons holding any of the following Canadian certificates may be issued an authorization to operate in the amateur radio service with the same operating privileges as the holder of an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic, Morse code and Advanced Qualifications: 

  • Radiocommunication Operator's General Certificate (Maritime)
  • Radio Operator's First Class Certificate
  • Radio Operator's Second Class Certificate

Persons holding any of the following Canadian certificates may be issued an authorization to operate in the amateur radio service with the same operating privileges as the holder of an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic Qualification: 

  • Radiotelephone Operator's General Certificate (Aeronautical)
  • Radiotelephone Operator's General Certificate (Maritime)
  • Radiotelephone Operator's General Certificate (Land)
  • First-class Radioelectronic Certificate

Persons holding an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic Qualification issued prior to April 1, 2002 will be granted the same operating privileges as the holder of an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic Honours Qualification.

Persons holding an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic Qualification issued on or after April 1, 2002 will be granted the same operating privileges as the holder of an Amateur Radio Operator Certificate with Basic Honours Qualifications if they can demonstrate that they had attained a mark of 80% or above on their Basic examination.

1.3 General Criteria for Operation on HF Bands

Privileges granted to amateurs with an existing authorization will be based on the following criteria: 

(1) All Amateurs holding Basic and Advanced Qualifications will be allowed to operate on the HF bands below 30 MHz.

(2) Amateurs certified prior to April 2, 2002 will be allowed to operate on the HF bands below 30 MHz based on the experience and knowledge they will have acquired over this period of time.

(3) Amateurs certified after April 1, 2002, who have demonstrated a superior knowledge of operational, technical and regulatory requirements by achieving a mark on the Basic examination of 80% or above will be allowed to operate on the HF bands below 30 MHz.

1.4 Privileges and Restrictions

Privileges and restrictions can be found in the Radiocommunication Regulations and Radiocommunication Information Circular 2, Standards for the Operation of Radio Stations in the Amateur Radio Service (RIC-2). A brief summary follows:

Basic Qualification: 

  • access all amateur bands above 30 MHz
  • use a maximum of 250 watts DC transmitter input power
  • build (Footnote 1) and operate all station equipment, except for "home-made" transmitters

Basic with honours (80% or above score) - access to all amateur bands below 30 MHz

Advanced Qualification: 

  • access all amateur bands below 30 MHz
  • use maximum transmitter power of 1000 watts DC input
  • build and operate transmitting equipment
  • establish repeaters and club stations
  • remotely control fixed stations, including the use of radio links

Morse Code (with Basic or Basic and Advanced Certificate): 

  • access to all amateur bands below 30 MHz

1.5 Non-Qualified Persons

Non-qualified persons may use an amateur radio station provided a qualified operator is in attendance to perform the control functions.

Footnote

1.  "Build" in the context of the Basic Certificate is limited to the assembly of commercially available transmitter kits of professional design.

KCARC Net

The KCARC operates a VHF net on 147.180 MHz every Sunday night at 2000 Hrs.  The net operators use the Club Callsign VE1LD in honor of long time club member Wes Veale, who held the callsign prior to becoming a silent key.  Please feel free to check-in as soon as the operator has completed announcements, called in mobile stations and opened up the net for general check-ins.   If you have club or other special announcements for the net please inform the operator as soon as he/she asks for further announcements.   Suggestions for Net Topics are also welcomed.

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