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.
We are sad to report that Amy Bautista has died. As Nick VE3EBC mentioned at the June meeting, Amy was killed in a road accident while visiting family in the Philippines. Our condolences to her family and friends.
Amy was a member of SARC between 2008 and 2011. Although she ultimately decided not to become a licensed ham radio operator, she was an active participant in Field Day and other club events. Here's a picture from the 2009 Field Day at Bruce's Mill Conservation Area.
The next SARC meeting will be this coming Monday, June 10, 2019 at the Don Montgomery Centre beginning at 7:00 pm.
Special Guest Speakers Rick Harrison VA3NV RAC GTA Section Manager will talk about emergency communications in the GTA and Robert Galambos VA3BXG District Emergency Coordinator for York-Durham will share information on the ongoing jamming issues in the GTA
Folks, 2019 will mark a year of change for the CANWARN storm spotter program in Ontario. I retired last fall from Environment Canada but have returned this spring on a part-time basis to assist with the planning and some of the delivery of the training. Gerald Cheng and Peter Kimbell of Environment Canada will handle the majority of the sessions with me helping here and there. Resource pressures have demanded a stricter look at the number of training sessions that can be provided, resulting in a reduction of available sessions from previous years. Part of my duties during my part-time assignment this spring and summer will be to develop storm spotter training material that can be posted on-line and accessed at any time by interested parties. What form this material will take has not been determined yet and it is not likely it will be available by the end of this summer. However, we will keep you all posted as to the progress of this project and as material becomes available; you will be more than welcome to access it. For those of you who may not be able to attend a session this spring but want to refresh/reinforce your severe weather knowledge, the following websites will be helpful…
As an additional reminder, I have also attached the CANWARN reporting tip sheet to this email to reinforce the types of reports the Weather Centre would like to receive and the ways that information can be shared with them. My long association with the CANWARN program has provided me with many fond memories and some of the biggest highlights of my 35-year career. The devastating tornadoes that struck near Ottawa and into parts of Quebec last September were a stark reminder of why timely and credible reports of severe weather remain essential. My thanks again to all of you for your continued support of the program and your dedication in watching the sky and reporting severe weather to Environment Canada. Please find following the list of training venues. Each venue specifies the way to RSVP your intention to attend through either a registration web link or a contact email. Some venues only have limited space, so please sign up early if you intend to go. The session in Sudbury this year will not be a full CANWARN session but rather a 1-hour presentation on severe weather focused on marine activities. More information can be found below. Should there be other venues added in the coming weeks, this announcement will be updated accordingly.