Author: VE3ZX

The Field Day That Almost Wasn’t

Field day 2015 went off with only one real hitch; the weather. Normally the end of June has some nice, early summer weather. Daytime temperatures in the high 20’s, nighttime sweater cool. This year we were treated to a fall storm delivered with perfect timing on our Field Day weekend. Being a hardy lot, we still managed to get some wire in the air and some signals into the ether. While the number of contacts is surely down compared to past years, getting on the air at all is an achievement in these circumstances. With sustained winds of 40 km/hr, gusts up...

Mesh Networking Workshops

The winter season is ideal for learning or expanding new skills. This winter, HARC will be  holding workshops on Mesh Networking. The purpose of these sessions is to build confidence and skills in utilizing this exciting new technology. Workshops will be held at Westdale High School, room 124, from 7-9 pm. If you’ve ever set up your own home wifi, you’re already ahead of the curve. Mesh Networking is a term that describes a type of wifi connection that does not rely on a centralized authority such as an ISP or cell carrier. It’s a way to interconnect computers and...

Picnic In The Park

City Housing Hamilton hosted a ‘Tenant Engagement’ event at Bayfront Park on Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014. The club was invited to put on a demo during the event. We took the opportunity to set up an HF station to demonstrate, and handed out club brochures. The event included entertainment, a barbecue lunch, and a variety of other entertainment and vendors. Set-up went easily. I brought my Kenwood TS-590 and support gear, and with Rick (VE3BK) and Scott (VE3QU) helping out, we stuck a half-size G5RV in the air about 25′ above ground. Conditions were great on 20 meters, with a...