COVID-19 update

Hello SARC;

Membership Notification

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.

Keep well
Sincerely
73 de Duncan VE3GNI President

January meeting

Hello SARC

There will be a meeting of the club in the usual location (Don Montgomery Centre) on Monday, January 13 starting at 19:30.

During this meeting we will -

  • Elect a new board
  • Review your survey responses that were sent out last month
  • Pick a date for the build project
  • Please remember to submit online or bring your yearly membership dues ($25.00)
  • Pick a date and venue for our belated club dinner.

Let's have a good turn out so we can have a lively discussion on these
topics.

Thank you Henry for getting the tester kits.

Thank you Paul for the inside story on the "Dying Art" article.

By the way Happy New Year to SARC.

73 Duncan... VE3GNI

November 2019 meeting rescheduled

From Duncan VE3GNI:

DUE TO THE INCOMING BAD WEATHER ALERT TOMORROW'S MEETING IS CANCELLED.

The roads are guaranteed to be a mess. Let's not add to the confusion.

This is the first significant snow storm for the GTA and will peak during our meeting.

I wish our members to be safe from the dangers of Toronto's first snow.

So, keep safe and we will meet on the 4th Monday the 25th.

On the 25th we will be discussing our club and how to move forward. Please bring your ideas.

Field Trip – Hammond Museum of Radio

Join us on our tour of the Hammond Museum of Radio in Guelph on Saturday, October 26, 2019 (note new date!)

Lunch courtesy of Hammond Manufacturing.

Carpool available from Scarborough. Meet at No Frills rear parking lot (Pharmacy/Eglinton) at 8 AM.

Cost of the trip is free but donations toward the cost of fuel are welcome.

Register now!

Hammond Museum photo

Autumn is coming

From Duncan VE3GNI:

I trust everybody had an adventure filled summer, hopefully spending some quality time on the air seeking the intercession of the propagation spirits. There is still time to get to any outdoor radio projects or activities you have in the works.

I discovered an interesting app called Robot36 on Android (free) and for iPhone - SSTV Slow Scan TV (almost free 2.99). This is a fine example of minimalist amateur radio fun.

The picture shows the complicated setup for the reception of SSTV images sent from the International Space Station. Here is Robot36 running on an Android phone using the ancient audio coupling technology (no wires) to connect the phone to the radio. The volume on the radio is set using a bar graph level meter built into the app.

The radio is tuned to 145.800 while waiting for the ISS overhead pass. You can see a received image during this space station pass. This image was received at a cottage on Pigeon Lake near Emily Provincial Park.

Another app called Heavens-Above has a section dedicated to the International Space Station. It uses your current location to list when the station will pass overhead. This allows you to know when to listen for the space station broadcast. Look to the ISS website to find out when next SSTV broadcast will occur.

This September 28th we are having our road trip to the Hammond museum of radio. Please see our website for the details. This promises to be a very exciting event. I hope you can make it. We will form a car pool so everyone can attend. Sign up as soon as possible so we can work out the trip details.

I look forward to seeing you at our Sept 9th meeting to share our summer adventures and enjoy our friendship in amateur radio.

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