Hamfest 2018 is over and was a great success!
The weather cooperated again this year and we had an impressive turnout.
A big thank you to all those who volunteered and special thanks to Ruth (VE3RBO) for leading the organizing and planning.
The winner of the RadioWorld Certificate is Stan who is an SWL and student in the 2018 Ham Study class.
The winner of the Baofeng VHF radio is Joey (VE3UJN).
LARC Memberships for 2018-2019 can now be obtained or renewed.
Details and the form can be found via the Membership link.
The Club Station has a beam and a tower!
More details and pictures to follow
Images taken by Mike Watts VE3ACW are here.
Images taken by Tom Pillon VE3HOR are here.
The Club Station Tower Project has begun!
We have begun the project of installing the tower and the beam antenna at the club station. A number of club members assisted on Wednesday July 11th afternoon with digging the hole and setting up for the concrete to be poured the next day.
You have heard the stories, and seen the pictures, now the movie has been released!
A short video on driving in the ground rods. 3 rods 10 feet long driven 1 foot below ground. See it here.
4U1UN is coming back!
This station which is in the UN HQ in NY has been off the air for some years. For some of you newer hams this will count as a new entity for DXCC when it comes back on the air soon as it is tested after a refurb. It could be tested on the air as early as next Tuesday. It is likely that there will be a flurry of activity when it comes back up and it will probably stir up quite a pile-up when it first comes back on. Given that many hams consider 1000 watts as QRP these days, in the beginning it may be a bit hectic trying to get through.
4U1UN is not a manned location but was conceived as a place where UN members who were hams could activate the station. Some consideration is being given to making the station operable remotely to get it on the air more frequently. While it is located in New York City in the UN HQ building, it is considered as a separate DXCC entity since the UN building is considered to be a separate entity from New York City. Apparently it meets some ARRL location criterion much as does 1A, the Sovereign Knights of Malta which is HQ'd in a building in Palazza Malta in Rome.
Fortunately this is one I do not need. Also 1A is not one I need either. This comes from being a ham for over 40 years! There is some advantage to being ancient!
Treat your LARC Membership Card to a fancy new LARC 1920-2020
Centennial Celebration Lanyard.
You have probably seen some of the members wearing them.
They include a high quality locking clip and breakaway safety catch.
You can have as many as you want for only $6.00 each.
Get them from Membership Chair Norm Campbell.
CW practice will be held on Wednesdays at 21:00 EDT at 28.505 Mhz.
Information on the Basic Amateur Radio Course for 2018 is here.
And if you wish to register for the course, please go here.
New Hams on the air
On Saturday April 7th afternoon Mike Watts, VE3ACW, introduced two newly minted hams, Philip, VA3PGJ, (left) and his son Tristan,VA3TGJ, (right) to the joys of SSB on 20m at the LARC club station VE3LON. They both passed the Basic Exam with Honours just minutes before. Shortly after this photo was taken dad and son changed places so both had plenty of microphone time. Look for them on the local repeaters and perhaps soon on HF.
Congratulations to the both of you, we all look forward to hearing you on the air!
CW is alive and well in the London area.
A great accomplishment: CW course completed at LARC. Special thanks goes to Mitch Powell, VE3OT, for encouraging club members to attempt the improbable.. getting their CW endorsements. Dave McCarter VE3GSO presenting Mitch with a certificate of appreciation. Photo of all course particpants.
Article with Ham radio implications here.
Piecework at the nano assembly line article is here.
Dance of auroras: First direct observation of electron frolic, here.
Rotating dusty gaseous donut around an active supermassive black hole, here.
Physicists create new form of light, here.
System draws power from daily temperature swings, here.
Graphene on toast, anyone? -Scientists create patterned graphene onto food, paper, cloth, cardboard, here.
Can a cockroach teach a robot how to scurry across rugged terrain? -Bug research paves the way for search-and-rescue and exploration tasks, here.
Lithium metal solid state batteries, here.
Single-atom transistor, the world's smallest, here.
Stacking concrete blocks is a surprisingly efficient way to store energy, here.
Battery made of paper and fueled by bacteria, here.
Wireless communication breaks through water-air barrier, here.
All upcoming events can be viewed here.
September through June, LARC meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month ( note this is a change from previous years, which were held on the Second Thursday of the month). The meetings start at 19:30. Location of meetings is LARC Club station, 427 Wing, 2155B Crumlin Road North London, Ontario (43.033766, -81.1589447) There are a variety of guest speakers, and you will have a chance to meet other hams to discuss your interests in amateur radio. All hams, SWL’s and interested individuals are welcome.
Grid Square information can be viewed here.
The LARC Club station is located at, 427 Wing, 2155B Crumlin Road North London, Ontario (43.033766, -81.1589447)
If an individual or group wish to have a tour of the club station, they can drop by any Saturday between 10am and 12:00 noon. Generally on Fridays members come to the club station around 11:00 and stay until 2:00. The 427 Wing has a lunch special every Friday at a nominal charge of $10.00.
Notes from our meetings
Presentations from our meetings will be posted here
How to become an Amateur Radio Operator( Ham), for more detail go here.
Do you need an examiner to provide a test for your license, a list can be found here.
Do you have a project you want funding for that will benefit the club!
See the guidelines for LARC Projects here and submit to the president, for executive review.
Distracted Driving Legislation for Ontario
A suggestion is that you print out the legislation and have it available in your vehicle.
The attached document makes it easy for hams to print and put it in their glove compartment, along with a copy of their ham license.
Documentation of the legislation is here.
On December 15, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) announced that the current two-way radio exemption for “Amateur Radio operators and specified commercial, public transit, and public function drivers will be extended for a further three-years, effective January 1, 2018 until January 1, 2021.”
Hams and Eggs Breakfast update
The location for the HAMs and Eggs Saturday breakfast is
Mary's Place Restaurant, 1494 Dundas St., London Ontario N5W 3B9.
The club's logging software and a contributor to our HAMFEST door prizes offerings is N3FJP.
Amateur Radio Newsline - "Your independent source of Amateur Radio news for today's radio amateur."
eHam.net - "ham radio on the net'"
ARRL - "The national association for Amateur Radio - News and Features."
QRZ.com - A site to lookup Hams as well as information.
DX Daily - Site dedicated to the art/science of DX chasing