The Hamilton Amateur Radio Club will be having Field Day 2013 at the Devil’s Punch Bowl.
This is located at the top of the Stoney Creek Mountain off of Ridge Road and 20 Highway (Centennial Parkway).
For actual coordinates, go to the ARRL Website to the Field Day Locator ( http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator ) type in VE3DC.
Rules are at: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2013/2013%20Rules.pdf
Field Day runs from Saturday June 22, 2pm to Sunday June 23, 2pm.
Field Day is a 24 hour emergency coordinated event with stations all over North America taking part.
Helpers are needed to help setup antennas and stations.
Come and visit just to see us in action.
Anyone is welcome to come out and help set up and operate– you don’t have to be a member to help out.
We will likely be running 4A again this year, using the Club call VE3DC.
4A means 4 stations on HF. Usually the 2m station is a free station and the G.O.T.A. (get on the air station) is also a free one.
If you want to be our G.O.T.A. for this year, let us know.
To qualify: You must be a newly licensed ham OR a ham who has been inactive for a year.
The G.O.T.A. station can work all HF bands and modes with his points helping our overall score, some rules apply (check the ARRL rules for details).
We should even have some stations doing CW and digital for bonus points.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Dan via the phone at 905-643-6390, if you want to be a part of Field Day this year.
73′ Dan VA3DJ
Contributed by: Dan Martinak, VA3DJ
VE3DC 2013 Field Day Coordinator
Announcing the International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend 2013 (ILLW) will be on August 17th and 18th, 2013 this year and we will be at the same place on the Beach Strip. This has been a great spot for us with lots of interest from the public. We will be running VE3DC as usual on whatever bands we can.
This year is the 155th Anniversary of the Burlington Lighthouse. We have been operating on adjacent property on the Beach Strip for the last 7 years. We will be looking for participants to help operate and set up temporary antennas again this year. Let Mike Krebs VA3WXS know if you can come and maybe bring some equipment or an antenna to experiment with.
Mike’s number is 905-523-9005. I know that there is a lot of interest in this event. If you can’t get Mike on the phone and you are interested in giving us a hand, you can email me at email@example.com. Mike will probably be phoning you for confirmation.
Check out the information on these websites. August is the month of Lighthouse events. If you go to the ARLHS website, you will see there is also a contest on the 2nd weekend but we are not involved with this one, just the ILLW event when many Lighthouses are on as Special Event stations, just like VE3DC.
You can check out the ILLW at their site: http://illw.net/
International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend – Held on the third full weekend in August – An annual amateur radio weekend event conducted under the sponsorship of the Ayr Amateur Radio Group, (AARG), Scotland.
We usually only operate in the daytime on the Saturday and the Sunday, not for the whole weekend and make good use of the two days experimenting with antennas and working as many as we can while we are there.
You can check out the Beach Canal Lighthouse Group. This is a group of volunteers that are working on getting renovations done to the Lighthouse at the Canal: http://www.bclg.ca/
Information on the Canal Lighthouses can be found at:
If you want to help us out this year, let Mike know or send me an email to let us know. Thanks
73 Rick VE3BK
The Canada Day Contest will be here soon, a whole week after Field Day again this year.
Field Day is on the Saturday and Sunday of June 22-23 this year with Canada Day starting at 00:00 UTC or 8pm locally on the Sunday June 30th, 2013 a whole week after Field Day and running till 23:59 UTC or 8pm locally on Monday July 1st, 2013. This year it is on the Monday so everyone will likely have the Monday off for the holiday……..no reason not to come out, run a station, or have fun operating one we have set up.
We will be looking for stations to be run at the contest site. Call me if you can help out (my number is in the bulletin) or run a station or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rules and information can be found in the TCA magazine May/June 2013 issue page 44 or on the RAC website at: https://www.rac.ca//en/rac/programmes/contests/ under RAC Canada Day 2012 Rules.pdf
Hope to see you there. If you can’t help out, at least get on the air and wish your fellow hams in Canada “Happy Canada Day” . Don’t forget to look for us on every band too at VE3DC. We can always use as many contacts from you as you can give us. Let’s make this another great Canada Day Event.
73 Rick Danby VE3BK
Contesting Manager for VE3DC
Hamilton Amateur Radio Club
Hamilton, Ontario Canada
Born in the town Krasnoturinsk, Sverdlovsk Oblast, in the Urals as the son of a priest, he became interested in natural sciences when he was a child. His father ensured that Alexander received a good education at the seminary at Perm, and later studying physics at the St. Petersburg University. After graduation in 1882 he started to work as a laboratory assistant at the university. However, due to the poor funding of the university he changed to a teaching job at the Russian Navy’s Torpedo School in Kronstadt on Kotlin Island.
Alexander Stepanovich Popov was a Russian physicist who was the first person to demonstrate the practical application of electromagnetic radio waves. Beginning in the early 1890′s he continued the experiments of other radio pioneers, such as Heinrich Hertz. In 1894 he built the first radio receiver, a version of “The Coherer“. Further refined as a lightning detector, it was presented to the Russian Physical and Chemical Society on May 7, 1895. The day has been celebrated in the Russian Federation as Radio Day. The paper on his findings was published the same year.
In 1888 Heinrich Hertz had produced and transmitted electromagnetic waves, arousing the interest of many scientists. Popov began experiments on the transmission and reception of the so-called Hertzian waves (radio waves) somewhat earlier than Marconi. He modified the coherer developed by Oliver Lodge for detecting these waves, making the first continuously operating detector. Connecting his coherer to a wire antenna, he was able in 1895 to receive and detect the waves produced by an oscillator circuit.
His interests at this time, however, seemed more toward the investigation of atmospheric phenomena such as thunderstorms and lightning; he used his coherer connected to lightning conductors for this purpose. Stimulated by the 1896 patent awarded to Marconi, Popov again turned his attention to radio transmission and enlisted the help of the Russian navy. In 1897 he was able to transmit from ship to shore over a distance of 3 miles (5?km) and managed to persuade the naval authorities to begin installing radio equipment in its vessels. By the end of 1899 he had increased the distance of his ship to shore transmissions to 30 miles (48km). He received little encouragement or support from the Russian government and did not commercialize his discoveries.
The Russians claim, that Popov invented radio communication, is not widely accepted, although he did publish in January 1896 a description of his receiving apparatus that coincides very closely with that described in Marconi’s patent claim of June 1896. Popov is credited however with being the first to use an antenna in the transmission and reception of radio waves. Russia claims that Alexander Stepanovich Popov invented the radio before the Italian scientist Guglielmo Marconi. Determining who was the official inventor of the radio is complicated by nationalistic pride, inadequate documentation of events, and differing interpretations of what constitutes inventing the radio. By what most persons in the West consider objective analysis of the facts known, however, Marconi’s work invariably is recognized as having priority over Popov’s. However, Popov’s numerous achievements do merit both recognition and respect.
Popov was the chair of the Department of Physics at St. Petersburg University in 1901 and director of the St. Petersburg Institute of Electrical
Engineering in 1905. On May 7, 1895, Popov demonstrated that a receiver could detect the electromagnetic waves produced by lightning discharges in the atmosphere many miles away. Popov’s receiver consisted of a “coherer” made of metal filings, together with an antenna, a relay, and a bell. The relay was used to activate the bell that both signaled the occurrence of lightning and served as a “decoherer” (tapper) to ready the coherer to detect the next lightning discharge. The value this instrument could have in weather forecasting was obvious.
There have been many claims by other prominent people during this period for recognition of similar discoveries related to the coherer device.
See the Commemorative stamp to Radio pioneer Alexander Popov USSR 1989
In 1900 a radio station was established under Popov’s instructions on Hogland island (Suursaari) to provide two-way communication by wireless telegraphy between the Russian naval base and the crew of the battleship General-Admiral Apraksin. The battleship ran aground on Hogland island in the Gulf of Finland in November, 1899. The crew of the Apraksin were not in immediate danger, but the water in the Gulf began to freeze. Due to bad weather and bureaucratic red tape, the crew of Apraksin did not arrive until January 1900 to establish a wireless station on Hogland Island. By February 5, however, messages were being received reliably. The wireless messages were relayed to Hogland Island by a station some 25 miles away at Kymi (nowadays Kotka) on the Finnish coast. Kotka was selected as the location for the wireless relay station because it was the point closest to Hogland Island served by telegraph wires connected to Russian naval headquarters.
By the time the Apraksin was freed from the rocks by the icebreaker Yermak at the end of April, 440 official telegraph messages had been handled by the Hogland Island wireless station. Besides the rescue of the Apraksin’s crew, more than 50 Finnish fishermen, who were stranded on a piece of drift ice in the Gulf of Finland, were saved by the icebreaker Yermak following distress telegrams sent by wireless telegraphy.
In 1901 Alexander Popov was appointed as professor at the Electrotechnical Institute, which now bears his name. In 1905 he was
elected director of the institute. In 1905 Alexander Popov became seriously ill, after being very uneasy about the suppression of a student movement. He died of a brain hemorrhage on January 13, 1906.
Did you know?
A minor planet, 3074 Popov, discovered by Soviet astronomer Lyudmila Zhuravlyova in 1979, is named after Alexander Popov.
At ITU Telecom World 2011, Mr. Igor Shchyogolev, Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation alongside Dr. Hamadoun Touré, Secretary General of the ITU, inaugurated the “Alexander Stepanovich Popov” Boardroom at ITU’s headquarters in Geneva.
Some of his Alexander Popov’s descendents escaped to Manchuria during the Bolshevik Revolution and eventually made their way to the United States. Among others the cousin, Dr. Paul Popov, became a prominent physician in San Francisco and Paul’s son, Egor Popov (1913-2001), became a UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus of Civil and Environmental Engineering. 
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2. “Aleksandr Popov”. IEEE Global History Network. IEEE. Retrieved 21 July 2011.
3. The Guglielmo Marconi Case; Who is the True Inventor of Radio.
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5. Engineering Pioneer Egor Popov
6. The EERI Oral History Series. Egor Popov
Held on the third full weekend of April, the first part of the contest is from 1800Z, April 20 to 0500Z, April 21 2013. This translates from 2pm Saturday April 20, and until 0100Z, and part 2 from 1200Z, to 1800Z, April 21 which is from 8am to 2pm on Sunday April 21, 2013.
The Ontario QSO Party is 4 weeks away! Please clear your calendars for the weekend of April 20/21. The snow should be all gone and the mobiles and rovers will be in full operation, enjoying the Springtime conditions we usually have this time of year.
Tom will be one of the rovers, maybe working 3 counties at once. He wants to earn a new plaque with his new call, VE3IBU. We all like working the mobiles and rovers especially from our Multi-op Multi-radio setup. Also on the air will be the three bonus-point stations VE3ODX, VA3RAC and VA3CCO which makes this an interesting contest. Let me know if you are interested in running a station or plan on coming out to operate VE3DC. We plan on having as many stations on the air as possible. We even have a new antenna up, plus some maitenaince work was done, thanks to Jim VE3EEZ and David VE3DWJ for assisting me. The “new to ham radio” people are more than welcome to come and see how we do it. Regretfully, Dan VA3DJ is still recovering from his illness, so may only make a visit to the Contest site but this means there is an opening this time for someone to go all out on Dan’s favourite band.
This event is held annually on the third full weekend of April. Beginning in 1998 under the thoughtful guidance of Bob Chandler VE3SRE it quickly became a popular event among Ontario hams and beyond. VE3DC has been involved since the beginning and have many plaques and certificates from this event. In 2006 the organization of the party was turned over to Contest Club Ontario (CCO) who now manages the event.
In the contest, stations outside Ontario make as many contacts with Ontario amateur radio stations as possible. Ontario stations contact as many amateur radio stations as possible both in Ontario and world-wide. Please check the rules for the contest exchange, frequencies, modes and categories.
Four weeks goes by very quickly so let me know if you want to be a part of this great Canadian event this year. You don’t have to be a great Contester to come and help out. We have fun on this one and get to talk to many Canadians. We find out the weather in Eastern, Western and all parts of Canada. Many of our American friends come to give us a contact for our Ontario QSO Party. Lots of fun. CU there.
Everyone is welcome. If you have never hunted before come to the starting location and ride along with one of the more experienced hunters. There is some spare equipment available so ask one of the regular hunters if you may borrow some equipment to try foxhunting. First transmission will be as noted in the schedule below, and the hunt should be over within 150 minutes or less.
The fox can be anywhere with the following guidelines. Must be heard from the start point. Must be in a public location; i.e. no private property. Must be in a safe location; e.g. not in a high traffic area. See the hunting location “Area Maps” for the specific date of interest.
After the hunt we can meet at a specified location to do a post hunt analysis, pick a fox for the next month, and discuss other important events of the day. For more info, contact:
See below for full schedule…
|Date||Start Time||Staring Location||End Time||Hunting Location|
|April 28 2013||1:00 pm||Billy Sherring Parking lot Across from 1577 Upper Sherman. West side of Upper Sherman, north of Rymal Road. (Upper Sherman entrance)||3:30 pm||Area Map 1
South of Rymal Rd. West of Hwy 53, east of Hwy 6, North of the Grand River
|May 25 2013||7:00 pm||Scotia Bank Parking Lot 2250 Rymal Road. Across from Rymal Corner Plaza south side of Rymal Road. West of Centenial Parkway.||9:30 pm||
Area Map 2_
South of Mud, east of Centennial Parkway/ hwy 56, North of county rd 34/65,West of County rd 12.
|June 16 2013||1:00 pm||Hamilton District Christian High School. 92 Glancaster Road, south of Rymal Road (location of former club meetings)||3:30 pm||Area Map 3
South of Garner Rd west, East of hwy 8 Ancaster, North of Carluke/Sawmill/Lost mile & Stonechurch Rds. West of Hwy 6 as noted on map 3
|July 28 2013||1:00 pm||Billy Sherring Parking lot Across from 1577 Upper Sherman. West side of Upper Sherman, north of Rymal Road. (Upper Sherman entrance)||3:30 pm||Area Map 1
South of Rymal Rd. West of Hwy 53, east of Hwy 6, North of the Grand River
|Aug 25 2013||1:00 pm||Scotia Bank Parking Lot 2250 Rymal Road. Across from Rymal Corner Plaza south side of Rymal Road. West of Centenial Parkway.||3:30 pm||
Area Map 2
South of Mud, east of Centennial Parkway/ hwy 56, North of county rd 34/65,West of County rd 12.
|Sept 29 2013||1:00 pm||Hamilton District Christian High School. 92 Glancaster Road, south of Rymal Road (location of former club meetings)||3:30 pm||Area Map 3
South of Garner Rd west, East of hwy 8 Ancaster, North of Carluke/Sawmill/Lost mile & Stonechurch Rds. West of Hwy 6 as noted on map 3
This month I am exploring the life and times of Michael Faraday.Ernest Rutherford has called Michael Faraday the “Greatest Scientific Discover of all Time”. In short, Mr. Faraday was a Mathematician and a Chemist, not versed in the mathematics of Trigonometry he was however identified by James Maxwell as “to have been in reality a mathematician of a very high order, one from whom the mathematicians of the future may derive valuable and fertile methods.”
Michael Faraday was responsible for many discoveries, several you have heard about, and I believe many you have not. Michael Faraday was an English scientist who contributed to the fields of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include those of electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis. It was by his research on the magnetic field around a conductor carrying a direct current that Faraday established the basis for the concept of the electromagnetic field in physics. Faraday also established that magnetism could affect rays of light and that there was an underlying relationship between the two phenomena.  He similarly discovered the principle of electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism, and the laws of electrolysis. His inventions of electromagnetic rotary devices formed the foundation of electric motor technology, and it was largely due to his efforts that electricity became practical for use in technology.
As a chemist, Faraday discovered benzene, investigated the clathrate hydrate of chlorine, invented an early form of the Bunsen burner and the system of oxidation numbers, and popularized terminology such as anode, cathode, electrode, and ion.Faraday was an excellent experimentalist who conveyed his ideas in clear and simple language; his mathematical abilities, however, did not extend as far as trigonometry or any but the simplest algebra. James Clerk Maxwell took the work of Faraday and others, and summarized it in a set of equations that is accepted as the basis of all modern theories of electromagnetic phenomena. The SI unit of capacitance, the farad, is named in his honor.
Faraday was born in Newington Butts,  which is now part of the London Borough of Southwark, but which was then a suburban part of Surrey.  James Faraday moved his wife and two children to London during the winter of 1790 from Outhgill in Westmorland, where he had been an apprentice to the village blacksmith.  Michael was born the autumn of that year. The young Michael Faraday, who was the third of four children, having only the most basic school education, had to educate himself.  At fourteen he became the apprentice to George Riebau, a local bookbinder and bookseller in Blandford Street.  During his seven-year apprenticeship he read many books, including Isaac Watts’ The Improvement of the Mind, and he enthusiastically implemented the principles and suggestions contained therein. At this time he also developed an interest in science, especially in electricity. The book Conversations on Chemistry by Jane Marcet particularly inspired Faraday. 
Faraday married Sarah Barnard (1800-1879) on 12 June 1821.  They met through their families at the Sandemanian church, and he confessed his faith to the Sandemanian congregation the month after they were married. They had no children. Faraday was a devout Christian; his Sandemanian denomination was an offshoot of the Church of Scotland. Well after his marriage, he served as deacon and for two terms as an elder in the meeting house of his youth. His church was located at Paul’s Alley in the Barbican. This meeting house was relocated in 1862 to Barnsbury Grove, Islington; this North London location was where Faraday served the final two years of his second term as elder prior to his resignation from that post.  Biographers have noted “a strong sense of the unity of God and nature pervaded Faraday’s life and work.”
Faraday’s earliest chemical work was as an assistant to Humphrey Davy. Faraday was specifically involved in the study of chlorine; he discovered two new compounds of chlorine and carbon. He also conducted the first rough experiments on the diffusion of gases, a phenomenon that was first pointed out by John Dalton, and the physical importance of which was more fully brought to light by Thomas Graham and Joseph Loschmidt. Faraday succeeded in liquefying several gases, investigated the alloys of steel, and produced several new kinds of glass intended for optical purposes. A specimen of one of these heavy glasses subsequently became historically important; when the glass was placed in a magnetic field Faraday determined the rotation of the plane of polarization of light. This specimen was also the first substance found to be repelled by the poles of a magnet.
Faraday invented an early form of what was to become the Bunsen burner, which is in practical use in science laboratories around the world as a convenient source of heat.  Faraday worked extensively in the field of chemistry, discovering chemical substances such as benzene (which he called bicarburet of hydrogen), and liquefying gases such as chlorine. The liquefying of gases helped to establish that gases are the vapors of liquids possessing a very low boiling point, and gave a more solid basis to the concept of molecular aggregation. In 1820 Faraday reported the first synthesis of compounds made from carbon and chlorine, C2Cl6 and C2Cl4, and published his results the following year.  Faraday also determined the composition of the chlorine clathrate hydrate, which had been discovered by Humphrey Davy in 1810.  Faraday is also responsible for discovering the laws of electrolysis, and for popularizing terminology such as anode, cathode, electrode, and ion, terms proposed in large part by William Whewell. Faraday was the first to report what later came to be called metallic nanoparticles. In 1847 he discovered that the optical properties of gold colloids differed from those of the corresponding bulk metal. This was probably the first reported observation of the effects of quantum size, and might be considered to be the birth of nanoscience. 
Electricity and magnetism
Faraday is best known for his work regarding electricity and magnetism. His first recorded experiment was the construction of a voltaic pile with seven halfpence pieces, stacked together with seven disks of sheet zinc, and six pieces of paper moistened with salt water. With this pile he decomposed sulphate of magnesia (first letter to Abbott, 12 July 1812). One of Faraday’s 1831 experiments demonstrating induction. The liquid battery sends an electric current through the small coil. When it is moved in or out of the large coil, its magnetic field induces a momentary voltage in the coil, which is detected by the galvanometer. Faraday’s breakthrough came when he wrapped two insulated coils of wire around an iron ring, and found that, upon passing a current through one coil, a momentary current was induced in the other coil.  This phenomenon is now known as mutual induction.  The iron ring-coil apparatus is still on display at the Royal Institution. In subsequent experiments, he found that, if he moved a magnet through a loop of wire, an electric current flowed in that wire. The current also flowed if the loop was moved over a stationary magnet. His demonstrations established that a changing magnetic field produces an electric field; this relation was modeled mathematically by James Clerk Maxwell as Faraday’s law, which subsequently became one of the four Maxwell equations, and which have in turn evolved into the generalization known today as field theory. Faraday would later use the principles he had discovered to construct the electric dynamo, the ancestor of modern power generators.
In 1839, he completed a series of experiments aimed at investigating the fundamental nature of electricity; Faraday used “static”, batteries, and “animal electricity” to produce the phenomena of electrostatic attraction, electrolysis, magnetism, etc. He concluded that, contrary to the scientific opinion of the time, the divisions between the various “kinds” of electricity were illusory. Faraday instead proposed that only a single “electricity” exists, and the changing values of quantity and intensity (current and voltage) would produce different groups of phenomena.  Near the end of his career, Faraday proposed that electromagnetic forces extended into the empty space around the conductor. His fellow scientists rejected this idea, and Faraday did not live to see the eventual acceptance of his proposition by the scientific community. (Editor’s note: Imagine if this theory never evolved! We would not have antenna’s radiating signals!) Faraday’s concept of lines of flux emanating from charged bodies and magnets provided a way to visualize electric and magnetic fields; that conceptual model was crucial for the successful development of the electromechanical devices that dominated engineering and industry for the remainder of the 19th century.
Michael Faraday holding a glass bar of the type he used in 1845 to show that magnetism can affect light in a dielectric material.  In 1845, Faraday discovered that many materials exhibit a weak repulsion from a magnetic field: a phenomenon he termed diamagnetism.  Faraday also discovered that the plane of polarization of linearly polarized light could be rotated by the application of an external magnetic field aligned in the direction, which the light is moving. This is now termed the Faraday effect. He wrote in his notebook, “I have at last succeeded in illuminating a magnetic curve or line of force and in magnetizing a ray of light”. Later on in his life, in 1862, Faraday used a spectroscope to search for a different alteration of light, the change of spectral lines by an applied magnetic field. The equipment available to him was, however, insufficient for a definite determination of spectral change. Pieter Zeeman later used an improved apparatus to study the same phenomenon, publishing his results in 1897 and receiving the 1902 Nobel Prize in Physics for his success. In both his 1897 paper  and his Nobel acceptance speech, Zeeman made reference to Faraday’s work.
In his work on static electricity, Faraday’s ice pail experiment demonstrated that the charge resided only on the exterior of a charged conductor, and exterior charge had no influence on anything enclosed within a conductor. This is because the exterior charges redistribute such that the interior fields due to them cancel. This shielding effect is used in what is now known as a Faraday cage. Amazing!
Nice to know
Faraday is a township in the Canadian province of Ontario, located within Hastings County. The township comprises the communities of Bow Lake, Faraday, Monck Road, and Paudash. There is also a street named after Faraday in Deep River, Ontario. Lord Bessborough (1880-1956, Governor General of Canada) unveiled over the telephone from Ottawa a plaque to Faraday in the then-new Battersea Power Station, in London England.
1. a, b, c, Michael Faraday entry at the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica hosted by LovetoKnow Retrieved January 2007.
2. a, b, c, d, “Archives Biographies: Michael Faraday”, The Institution of Engineering and Technology.
3. The Scientific Papers of James Clerk Maxwell Volume 1 page 360; Courier Dover 2003, ISBN 486-49560-4
4. “Einstein’s Heroes: Imagining the World through the Language of Mathematics”, by Robyn Arianrhod UQP, reviewed by Jane Gleeson-White, 10 November 2003, The Sydney Morning Herald.
5. C.N.R. Rao (2000). “Understanding Chemistry”. p. 281. Universities Press, 2000.
6. “Michael Faraday.” History of Science and Technology. Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004. Answers.com 4 June 2007.
7. Plaque #19 on Open Plaques.
8. John H. Lienhard (1992). “Jane Marcet’s Books”. The Engines of Our Ingenuity. Episode 744. NPR. KUHF-FM Houston.
9. The register at St. Faith-in-the-Virgin near St. Paul’s Cathedral, records 12 June as the date their licence was issued. The witness was Sarah’s father, Edward. Their marriage was 16 years prior to the Marriage and Registration Act of 1837. See page 59 of Cantor’s (1991) Michael Faraday, Sandemanian and Scientist.
10. See pages 41-43, 60-64, and 277-280 of Geoffrey Cantor’s (1991) Michael Faraday, Sandemanian and Scientist.
11. Paul’s Alley was located 10 houses south of the Barbican. See page 330 Elmes’s (1831) Topographical Dictionary of the British Metropolis.
12. Baggott, Jim (2 September 1991). “The myth of Michael Faraday: Michael Faraday was not just one of Britain’s greatest experimenters. A closer look at the man and his work reveals that he was also a clever theoretician”. New Scientist. Retrieved 6, September 2008.
13. Jensen, William B. (2005). “The Origin of the Bunsen Burner” (PDF). Journal of Chemical Education 82 (4).
14. See page 127 of Faraday’s Chemical Manipulation, Being Instructions to Students in Chemistry (1827).
15. Faraday, Michael (1821). “On two new Compounds of Chlorine and Carbon, and on a new Compound of Iodine, Carbon, and Hydrogen”. Philosophical Transactions 111: 47. doi:10.1098/rstl.1821.0007.
16. Faraday, Michael (1859). Experimental Researches in Chemistry and Physics. London: Richard Taylor and William Francis. pp.33-53. ISBN 85066-841-7.
17. Williams, L. Pearce (1965). Michael Faraday: A Biography. New York: Basic Books. pp. 122-123. ISBN 306-80299-6.
18. Faraday, Michael (1823). “On Hydrate of Chlorine”. Quartly Journal of Science 15: 71.
19. Faraday, Michael (1859). Experimental Researches in Chemistry and Physics. London: Richard Taylor and William Francis. pp.81-84. ISBN 85066-841-7.
20. “The Birth of Nanotechnology”. Nanogallery.info. 2006. Retrieved 25 July 2007. “”Faraday made some attempt to explain what was causing the vivid coloration in his gold mixtures, saying that known phenomena seemed to indicate that a mere variation in the size of gold particles gave rise to a variety of resultant colors”.
21. Van Valkenburgh (1995). “Basic Electricity”. pp.4-91. Cengage Learning, 1995.
22. Detail of an engraving by Henry Adlard, based on an earlier photograph by Maull & Polyblank ca. 1857. See National Portrait Gallery, UK
23. Frank A.J.L James (2010). “Michael Faraday: A Very Short Introduction”. p. 81. Oxford University Press, 2010.
24. Zeeman, Pieter (1897). “The Effect of Magnetisation on the Nature of Light Emitted by a Substance”. Nature 55 (1424): 347. Bibcode 1897Natur..55..347Z. doi:10.1038/055347a0.
25. “Pieter Zeeman, Nobel Lecture”. Retrieved 29 May 2008.
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By Tom Haavisto, VE3CX
Dave VE3SB, on the ve3 reflector wrote regarding the CQWWDX Contest:
“I tried to operate the whole contest with a broken shoulder, but woke up Sunday morning with it hurting badly. I decided to give it a rest even though I was on track for a personal record. Having 10 M open is good for a small fry like me. Obviously, from my score, I needed to get on to 15 M for Sunday. By the way, when are we small fry going to get lessons from the experts? i.e. is CCO ever going to give a course on how to improve your contest scores (aside from spending more money)”?
Tom VE3CX (recipient of our OQP Plaque from the H.A.R.C.) answers:
While I am not a top guy, I sometimes manage to turn in a decent score. Here are a few things that may help.
I have attended Contest University (CTU) at Dayton, and if you are looking for a one day course full of contesting information, it is highly recommended. At the same time, I do understand this may not fit into everyone’s budget.
Contesting boils down to one basic issue: time management. Whether a contest is 8 hours, 12 hours, 24 hours or 48 hours, you need to make all your QSO’s in that period of time. Time spent eating, sleeping, walking the dog, etc. is not making you any points. You may hear variations on this such as “An empty chair makes no QSO’s”. For most people, more time in the chair will result in a better score.
A contest in not won in 48 hours. Rather, it is won minute by minute, hour by hour. Focus on what you need to be doing this minute to maximize your score. When the hour is done, put it behind you, and focus on the next hour’s goal. When the contest is over, all those minutes and hours add up to reveal your final score.
The next thing is to make your time in front of the radio more productive. You should be calling CQ continuously. Your radio has a second VFO – learn to use it to search for more QSO’s between CQ’s. The idea being – find strong stations you can work with one or two calls. To someone listening to you calling CQ, they should not be able to tell your attention was diverted to make a QSO on the second VFO. If you are gone too long, you can lose your run frequency. N1MM supports SO2V.
When you are doing S&P, work the easy ones. For example, you are tuning the band, and hear someone loud. Might only be one point, BUT you can work him with one call. Every QSO helps.
Don’t waste time in pileups. Yes, you need the multipliers, but at the same time, you are not making any QSO’s. It is a tradeoff, but if you do not get through within 3 calls, move on. Yes, it’s hard to not stop and chase DX, but chances are you will work him later…No QSO’s in the log means no points.
Take time to make sure the call/exchange is correct. Most contests will exact a one or two QSO penalty for errors. Taking a few seconds to make sure you have things right pays big dividends. The top guys usually have score reductions under 1 percent.
When you are working the contest, keep a notepad handy. Did something go well? Is there something that is bugging you that you need to fix? Write it down. Also, when the contest is over, sit there for about 5 minutes, collect your thoughts and write yourself a note. What can you do to make your station better? Is your chair too hard? Switch in the wrong place? Sun in your eyes? Arm sore from reaching for something? The idea here is to capture that moment, figure out what you can do better next time, and then fix it. This note is only for you, but the idea is to fix the easy problems (the low hanging fruit). When those get fixed, move on to the next thing to fix. It is a process of continuous improvement, and over time, this should make your station better. What I like to do is look at my note(s) from previous years before a contest. By making note of certain things, I can carry that information forward to next year’s contest.
That said, it all *sounds* easy. What separates the guys with low scores to the middle tier to the top guys is execution. It takes time to master these skills, and it takes practice, practice, practice. Practice your pileup busting techniques between contests. Practice listening to both VFOs (on different frequencies) to see if you can follow two QSO’s by mentally shifting your attention from one ear to the other.
Last but not least: accept reality. While we all aspire to be top guns, precious few actually achieve that level of performance. That is what makes their performance stand out – not all of us can get there. While it is fun to dream of having a huge amount of aluminum at your fingertips, top notch radios, amps, etc., we need to be happy with what we have, and not worry so much about the other guy. Take time to enjoy the magic of radio, have fun with it, and set realistic goals that you can achieve. Take pride in reaching your goals (whatever they may be). It is after all a hobby. Have fun with it. Smile a lot. That too will improve your scores
You worked through the contest with a broken shoulder. Take pride in your accomplishment – others may have just sat this one out, but you chose to participate. Be happy with your score, and figure out what you need to do better next time around.
Good luck with the next one!
Tom – VE3CX
Over the years many of us as Ham operators have exercised our curiosity and some say our wallets to build, buy and operate various devices that enable us to reach out and talk to fellow hobbyists.
I was intrigued by such enthusiasts and curiosity seekers since attending the Lawfield Public School in Hamilton, Ontario those many years ago (1960s). I was introduced to Amateur Radio by Mark Gibson, VE3MWH, and his father Glenn Gibson, VE3FHQ. Although at that time I knew nothing about Ham radio, there was a mystery to be solved, how could someone talk to places far away without a telephone? VE3FHQ had the answers and I had the questions!
Mark and I traversed the stairs, over the wires, squeeze between boxes and enter the inner sanctum. I would watch as Glenn operated a phone patch for the ALERT station up on Ellesmere Island, or pound out C.W. and then to my amazement, read back what someone else was sending to him! There is a long history attached to VE8At later to be renamed VE8RCS. If you are interested in the ALERT story, click here
The shack as I can recall was a mess of wires, boxes, lots of radio magazines and had a glow about it from the warmed up tubes inside the radios and alike. I am endeavoring to this day to have a Shack with the same personality though I think the Mrs. might have something to say about it! I digress as my intention is to bring to those of us who consider themselves such experimenters, curiosity seekers, Amateur Radio operators the story of twenty five scientific icons in our midst. No less than twenty four men and one woman have brought to the field of science the critical thought processes, the experiments, patents and successes that brought wireless radio to us.I will be publishing on a regular basis the story of each member of this distinguished group. Some you will recognize, some you may not.
Our Distinguished Guests: Michael Faraday – 22 September, 1791 – 25 August, 1867; Mahlon Loomis – 21 July, 1826 – 13 October, 1886; David Edward Hughes – 16 May, 1831 – 22 January, 1900; James Clerk Maxwell -13 June, 1831 – 5 November, 1879; Wilhelm Von Bezold – 21 June, 1837 – 17 February, 1907; Edouard Branly – 23 October, 1844 – 24 March, 1940; Thomas Alva Edison – 11 February, 1847 – 18 October, 1931; Alexander Graham Bell – 3 March, 1847 - 2 August, 1922; John Ambrose Fleming – 29 November, 1849 – 18 April, 1945; Karl Ferdiand Braun – 6 June, 1850 – 20 April, 1918; Sir Oliver Joseph Lodge – 12 June, 1851 – 22 August, 1940; Julio Cervera Baviera – 26 January, 1854 – 1929; Charles Summer Tainter – 25 April, 1854 – 20 April, 1940; Nikola Tesla – 10 July, 1856 – 7 January, 1943; Heinrich Rudolf Hertz – 22 February, 1857 – 1 January, 1894; Sir Jagadish Chandra Bose – 30 November, 1858 – 23 November, 1937; Alexander Stepanovich Papov – 16 March, 1859 – 31 December, 1905; Nathan Stubblefield – 22 November, 1860 – 28 March, 1928; Father Roberto Landell de Moura – 21 January, 1861 – 30 June, 1928; Reginald Fessenden – 6 October, 1866 – 22 July, 1932; Ernest Rutherford – 30 August, 1871 – 19 October, 1937; Guglielmo Marconi – 25 April, 1874 – 20 July, 1937; Ms. Hedy Lamarr – 9 November, 1913 – 19 January, 2000.
I would invite any comments or observations you might have regarding the articles and look forward to learning more about the works of those before us that have enabled us to practice communicating without wires.
We were 3rd place in Canada in our class. In 1st place was VE6RE, Calgary Amateur Radio Association, a super station sponsored by the Government by grants. Second place was VA2RAC, the Club Radio Amateur of Quebec using the RAC callsign which is definitely in demand. So all in all we did very well considering our competition. Thanks to Dan VA3DJ, Jim VE3EEZ, Scott VE3QU, Andrew VE3RIA (who I realize I have your call wrong on this one. Sorry) and myself Rick VE3BK for being operators for this contest. A special thanks to David Bruton VE3DWJ and Sherry VE3DCU for helping with the setup. We also had visitors for this one. John VE3DVV and his wife Joanne stopped by. Thanks to all, we did a good job. In the article I received from the RAC sponsors, likely in the Mar-Apr 2013 issue of TCA, see the RAC Website to view “MULTI-OPERATOR MULTI-TRANSMITTER” article on page 2….” Our third place finish goes to the Hamilton Amateur Radio Club Contest Group; VE3DC with a score of 280,016. MOMT VE3DC: VA3DJ, VE3BK,VE3EEZ, VE3QU & VE3RIA”. (more…)
VE3DC was 1st place in our class in Canada and 1st place in Ontario in 2012, right in front of VE3MIS this time. What a great job for 2012. Let’s do it again this year in 2013. The 2013 CQ World-Wide 160 meter is our next contest. Rules are here. We will be doing the SSB contest once again from our contest site. Let me know if you want to be scheduled as an operator. This is the “Gentlemen’s Band”, which is best at night time in the winter months. I guess the snow or cold weather makes it better. So let me know if you want to operate. New hams are always welcome to see how we operate and to get your feet wet as a “contester”. This is a 48 hour contest, so everybody should be able to put in some time. Let me know at email@example.com or phone me. My number is in Club Bulletin.
The 2013 CQ World-Wide 160-Meter Contest
CW: 2200Z January 25 to 2200Z January 27
SSB: 2200Z February 22 to 2200Z February 24
2200Z is 5 PM on Friday February 22, 2013, 48 hours to Sunday February 24 4:59 PM
2012 CQ WW 160M Contest Results (We won a certificate)
Operators were: VA3DJ VE3BK VE3DCU VE3QEE VE3QU VE3RIA VE3XMS VE3WBT
SOAPBOX (for 2012) Another fun CQ Contest. We improved our score over last year, even though on the second night it seemed as if everyone was a dupe. No snow storm like last year, even though we did have big wind and some snow. One of our operators had his bus turn sideways on him before he came out to help us in the wee hours of the second morning. Also one of the ops came at 4 am to operate till the band went dead. A part time effort for many of our operators but thanks to all and especially to those that persevered for the whole contest. Thanks to everyone that worked us and especially those that stayed in there when we had trouble hearing. A very busy contest with not much band to get a spot to call CQ. Like I said, a fun time for all.
VE3DC 171,456 661 50 7
VE2UMS 76,384 376 40 4
VE3DC 171,456 661 50 7
VE3MIS 117,234 467 49 5
VE7SCC 34,086 191 37 2
Pictured here is Gerald Goldberg VE3HLI, past president of the H.A.R.C., who was in “The Hannukah Hustle” and was quite proud that he finished.
Also present where past members of the Hamilton club and members of the Burlington club. Individual hams always come to help out at the races as well. Inset are a few pictures of our previous executive member of “The Hamilton Amateur Radio Club”.
All the Hams that helped out were treated to a free lunch and T-shirt to commemorate the event. We all had a good time. Please think about helping Gary VE3TTO in future race events. It is for a good cause and the organizers appreciate our assistance with our radios.
By David Bruton VE3DWJ
On Sunday November 25, 2012, a race/walk was held at Pier 4 to Bay Front Park and back to the Discovery Centre. A few amateur radio operators were there to help out. The weather was good for the five hundred and fifty participants. This event was interesting that they all wore Santa Claus outfits with full white beards.
While waiting for the race to start, the net controller asked those at all checkpoints to report the first three runners male and female. No problem, we had a pen and paper to record their numbers. We decided to get some fresh air as the car was getting warmer. The breeze coming off the bay at the park, was bitter cold and damp. I thought I was dressed properly for the cold but I did not bring a hood or a liner for my coat but I did have a sweater on. We returned to the car to stay warm and just then, a reindeer on a bike came through, checking the course.
A thought came to us.
We put out a call for clarity on how to identify male and females runners.
Dead silence, no response for a while, radios were very quiet. Suddenly a voice came over the radio. If you guys don’t know how to tell the difference by now, there is no hope for you.
Then laugher broke the quietness.
Rick VE3BK wanted to know how we could tell the difference, because one of the runners had long curly hair and turned out to be male.
Soon the race started, we left the car and got into a better position to get a clearer view. The runners came too fast and in groups too close together, making it hard to get the numbers that we wanted.
On the return trip around the bay park, it was easier, 4550, 4560 and 4557 were the first males, 4300, 4302 and 4556 were the first females. The last walkers were 4218, 4479 females and 4488 and 4296 were males. This was the end of our reporting for Rick and I.
The race ended at The Discovery Centre where William’s Restaurant is located. Here runners and volunteers were treated to a sandwich wrap and coffee. It was here that we had our group picture taken with a few of the radio operators missing, Peter VA3PRE and our event organizers Gary VE3TTO and Kevin VA3KRA.
Operators that helped out in the picture are: Tom VA3TVW, Roger VE3UFZ, Rick VE3BK, Joan VE3JNX, Mark VE3RYI, Dave VE3DV, David VE3DWJ and not sure of the guy’s call in the black beside David. We all had fun at the event, even though it was cold on the waterfront.
Tom VA3TVW (our past president) Tracy VA3CDU (Tom’s wife) and the 95th Pathfinders at the Stoney Creek Santa Claus Parade with the HARC Banner. Tom & Tracy did this with their girls and advertised our Club in the process. Thanks Tom and Tracy, your efforts are really appreciated.
These pictures came from Kevin VE3HNG.
By Paul Fleck VE3HTF
In September 2012, my wife and I travelled to the U.K. to visit her birthplace and many relatives in the region of Cumbria also the home of poet, William Wodsworth. Our journey was to the town of Workington, Cumbria, located just south of the Scottish border on the west coast. In order to get to Workington, your travels take you on a two and a half hour drive north of Manchester into the Lake District. This is the “Haliburton” of the U.K. and a world away from the bustle of the big city. Upon arriving in Workington, visiting with family and taking time to visit several great pubs I dropped into the local library and did some research on Amateur Radio in the U.K. and found a local club in Workington that was having a meeting that very night! The local club call is MX0WRC.
I attended the meeting and was welcomed by Barry and the team. The meetings are held at the Helena Thompson Museum and the club station is perched in the attic with plenty of room for us to attend a “wireless data” presentation by Alex. There was also a chance to talk with the club DX-expedition that where working the airwaves from a remote island located off the coast of Scotland! The DX-expedition operator couldn’t understand how a VE3 call was originating from the Workington club station!
I was informed that the maximum power that a U.K. station can transmit is 400 watts and there are three levels of operator licensing in the U.K..
The Workington club participated with the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institute) to raise funds
The RNLI is a national charity that saves lives at sea. They are all volunteers and rely on donations for support. There is a national series of special event stations in January which the Workington club got involved with a couple of years ago with the Workington lifeboat station and last year ended up with 4 stations in total.
The Workington radio club had special event stations that were run over 2 consecutive weekends last year. Silloth station GB1LBC and Workington GB2LBC. Norman and Alex ran the St Bees lifeboat station GB4LBC and the Barrow-in-Furness club ran the Barrow station GB5LBC. Between the stations we had over 400 contacts, mainly in the UK that qualified for a mini award for contacting all the stations and that helped us to raise a little over £2000. We raised the majority of the cash for the whole of the programme (about £3500 was raised nationally) so we are pretty pleased with ourselves. We’re quite close to the lifeboats as many of us work with crewmembers and hope never to meet them in the sea.
We haven’t finalized plans for next year but I imagine it’ll be the same again. Norman, G7MRL is the main organizer but we share the operating between ourselves. The only station we don’t operate from in Cumbria is Haverigg; we just don’t have enough people. Perhaps we need to recruit a few more!
Well done, Workington Amateur Radio Club!!!
All in all, a great trip, new friends and a great reason to book my next trip back!
Thanks to the Workington Amateur Radio club for your warm hospitality.