Well 2020 was a year to get over. I want to wish all of you a much better 2021 and hope that all is well with you.
This is our first Zoom meeting for 2021 and it promises to be a lot of fun. So many things to discuss.
The are several ideas floating about such as a CW training / refresher course. The introduction of some home brew construction projects. These can be a lot of fun and some are quite experimental such as unusual antenna designs and simple but useful kits. How about a junk box swap meet. I know there are a lot of you out there with overflowing junk boxes that have some parts that need a new home.
Let's make this an exciting year where we open up new channels of club activity and more frequent Zoom meetings some of which are topic driven.
As well we have a few members with some great presentation ideas that we can enjoy. If you have some presentation ideas please bring them forward.
There is a lot to talk about and a lot to plan for the new year. So let's put 2020 behind us and enjoy 2021.
See you on Monday 8PM. Login details to follow.
By the way the Sunday morning net is still on for 10:30.
We have moved our Sunday morning and Thursday evening 10 meter nets to 2 meters. We have graciously been given access to the VE3TOR repeater to use for our Scarborough Amateur Radio Club nets. Many thanks to the kind operators of this repeater. Our new frequency is 146.940 with a tone of 103.5 Hz and an offset of -600. This repeater is located central to the Scarborough area and should be easily accessible to our members.
A few items must be noted.
Proper radio etiquette is required at all times.
A log of our activities should be kept for the repeater operators so they can update their coverage data.
There is a 1 minute talk timer on the repeater, so we ask that you keep you transmissions brief and to not exceed more than 2 cycles. This will also speed up our already lively discussions and allow more to participate. We will monitor our old frequency for the next few nets to guide everyone to the new repeater.
This move will open up our nets to those without HF resources and participation can be done with an inexpensive hand held radio. The net schedule has not changed.
73 Everyone, I Iook forward to hearing you on 2 meters!
Hello SARC members - I hope you are all well and have kept healthy especially in these COVID-19 times. I really miss our club meetings in the Don Montgomery centre.
This is an invitation for all amateurs to join us in our first Scarborough Amateur Radio Club Virtual Meeting. We will be using Zoom as the platform for this meeting. Thanks to Paul VE3GPB/VE3KU for setting up the facility for the meeting. The details on how to join will be sent out later.
It is unfortunate we cannot meet at our usual haunt since some of the city of Toronto use of facilities requirements have changed. They now require commercial insurance naming the city of Toronto as the additionally named insured in the policy. The cost of this insurance is prohibitive for our club.
There is a policy available through Radio Amateurs of Canada that will meet the requirements and this avenue is being investigated.
In the mean time while not everyone is comfortable with a group eyeball QSO, we are going ahead with our 1st Scarborough Amateur Radio Club Virtual Meeting via Zoom. This platform is in wide use and many are familiar with its operation. If you prefer you can also join by audio only.
The meeting is scheduled to start next Monday September 21st at 8:00 pm. There should be lots to talk about since we have not seen each other for quite some time and I look forward to hearing about your radio adventures.
Our Sunday and Thursday nets have been a lot of fun. A wide range of topics are discussed in a very lively manner and have attracted quite a few new amateurs. We even had a call in from Nova Scotia John VA1JON on one of the Sunday morning nets. So you are welcome to join us at 28.730 MHz Thursdays at 7:00 PM and Sundays 10:30 AM Upper Side Band.
So please join us this Monday. It will be great to meet you all again and please bring your adventures and ideas to the meeting. The Zoom meeting details and instructions will follow shortly.
Due to the current state of emergency, all City of Toronto community and recreation centres are closed and all programs cancelled until at least the end of June. Accordingly, there will not be any club meetings until further notice. Stay safe and healthy!
Recent world wide and local Covid-19 events have now reached ground level. The city of Toronto has announced the closure, until further notice, of various recreational facilities including the Don Montgomery Centre where we hold our club meetings. As a result of these measures taken by the city we will not be able to hold our Kit Build scheduled for Monday evening.
Our next meeting on Monday April 13th may also have to be postponed or cancelled depending on the availability of the community centre. The club will keep you up to date on any changes in our meeting and event schedules.
These are time of great concern and I want everyone to take care of themselves, their families and loved ones during this viral outbreak so we can all get through this situation unscathed.
Please keep your rigs on the air since this is one of the safest ways for us to keep in touch with our fellow amateur radio enthusiasts worldwide. Our usual nets will continue Thursday evenings at 19:30 and Sunday mornings at 10:30 EST on 10 meters at 28.730 on the dial.