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Welland Valley Amateur Radio Society Special Event Amateur Radio Station GB0BON – June 19th 2011

Welland Valley Amateur Radio Society Special Event Amateur Radio Station GB0BON – June 19th 2011

2011 is the 366th anniversary of the Battle of Naseby, the decisive battle of the English civil war. The battle took place on the 14th June 1645 in the small hamlet of Naseby just south of the town of Market Harborough in Leicestershire. In June 2010 a small group of locally based licenced Radio Amateurs, who were all members of the Welland Valley Amateur Radio society, decided to put a special event amateur radio station on air to commemorate the battle.

After the outstanding success of 2010′s field day at Rupert’s Viewpoint the Welland Valley Amateur Radio Society are to put a special event amateur radio station on in June 2011. We have obtained the same special call sign from the regulator Ofcom, GB 0 BON, and have again obtained permission from the land owners, to use the land to the rear of the car park to set up the the station and the antennas. The station is being run to commemorate the 366th anniversary of the Battle of Naseby that was won by Cromwell’s new model army and put an end to three years of civil war. This year our main day of operation will be the 19th June when we will be set up and open to visitors from 0900 British Summer Time (08:00 UTC) until the petrol in our generator runs out. Visitors will be able to see and hear Short Wave (HF) Amateur Radio in operation and talk to local Amateurs about the hobby. There will also be a small display of other radios and the opportunity for anyone who has an interest in radio to find out how to obtain a licence.

As in 2010 the station will be located at Rupert’s Viewpoint just south of Market Harborough in Leicestershire on the Clipston Road. Rupert’s Viewpoint is one of the highest vantage points in the area and was chosen by Prince Rupert because of the all-round field of view it gave him. It is also a superb location for a VHF and UHF station for the same reasons. It is also ideal for HF giving us as it does plenty of room to erect long wire antennas clear of trees and other obstructions. Another benefit is that we have permission to use the large flagpole to mount our antennas.

Rupert’s Viewpoint and the other areas of interest on and around the battle field are maintained by The Naseby Battlefield Project, a Registered Charity.

Peter Rivers


Secretary Welland Valley Amateur Radio Society

Tel.: 01858 432105 01858 432105

QSL information for Radio Amateurs and SWL’s

Further information

Welland Valley Amateur Radio Society

Battlefield Trust

History of the Battle

News from the Loyalist ARES Group

On the past weekend the Loyalist ARES Group provided much needed communications support for the Eldorado Dog Sled Race. From reading their blog posting( click on the ARES Logo on the left) it looks like they used one 2m repeater and also had about 12 hardy souls come out and operate in the very cold weather Ontario has this past weekend.


To those who came out to participate….  Well Done

Just remember…  The original Amateur Radio Social Media device used a “Key” and not a “Keyboard”.

73 from Ottawa… Bob

VE7CVA Field Day 2010

Today’s movie comes to us from our friends in VE7Land who posted an exceptional You Tube Video on Field Day 2010.  Their comments were as follows:
“Here is a video we made at the Cowichan Valley Amateur Radio Society’s (VE7CVA/VE7RVC) Field Day in 2010. We were set up at a local community hall and had twenty operators present.”

Good Production Technique in the Video and also Nice Toys in the video itself

Thanks to Gabor Horvath, VE7DXG for bringing this to my attention

Just remember…  The original Amateur Radio Social Media device used a “Key” and not a “Keyboard”.

73 from Ottawa… Bob

Submarine Museums and Radio Rooms

The following was forwarded to me as an email by VE4BAW.  I added a few pictures off the internet to dress things up a bit but the text is courtesy of Donald Courcy,  VE2CW.

As you will see from reading through his article he has a great deal of love for our submarine fleet and he wears the dolphins proudly…


HMCS OJIBWA is a cold war Canadian Oberon Class submarine which
was in  service in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1965 to 1998. The
submarine has  been acquired by the Elgin Military Museum of St. Thomas,
Ontario and  will soon be towed from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Port Burwell, Ontario  where it will be preserved and operated as a submarine museum.

Plans are being prepared to restore the radio room onboard the
submarine as an active ham radio club station, operating under
call sign VA3ZFQ,  in memory of OJIBWA’s former international call sign CZFQ.

I am a former submariner who served onboard submarines HMCS
OJIBWA, HMCS  ONONDAGA and HMCS OKANAGAN during the cold war. I have agreed to  sponsor call sign VA3ZFQ until a local ham radio operator in the  Port Burwell  area, with an advanced radio certificate, comes forward to take  over as  the sponsor.

Call sign VA3ZFQ has just been assigned to HMCS OJIBWA Submarine
MuseumAmateur Radio Club (HOSMARC). To view the VA3ZFQ info at, CLICK ON THE PICTURE OF THE SUB (ABOVE)

Once the submarine has been towed from Halifax and installed at Port
Burwell, the restoration of the radio room will begin.
Volunteers will  be needed to assist in the project. We will also be looking for old  naval radio equipment. Details about the radio room restoration
will be  posted in the coming months on the:

VA3ZFQ page at

For more information about The Ojibwa Project in Port Burwell,
Ontario, click on the Museum Logo (above)

If you are interested in helping out during the restoration of
the radio  room onboard OJIBWA, and/or in joining the HMCS OJIBWA Submarine  MuseumAmateur Radio Club (HOSMARC), send an email to

You might recall that I was involved in a similar endeavour 3
years ago  in Rimouski, Quebec, where OJIBWA’s sister submarine HMCS
ONONDAGA was  installed as a submarine museum. The radio room onboard ONONDAGA  is now  on the air as a ham radio club station and operating under call sign  VA2GNQ in memory of ONONDAGA’s former international call sign  CGNQ. The  station is operated by members of the St-Lawrence Amateur Radio  Club found at

For more information about HMCS ONONDAGA’s ham radio club
station, please click the sub (above)

For more information about HMCS ONONDAGA’s Submarine Museum in Rimouski,Quebec,click the sub (below)

Donald Courcy,  VE2CW
Sous-marinier Partenaire: Musée du sous-marin ONONDAGA -
Rimouski, QC
Member # S72-0007 – Ships Company – HMCS OJIBWA Submarine Museum
- Port Burwell, ON
Sponsor for VA3ZFQ – HMCS OJIBWA Submarine Museum Amateur Radio Club (HOSMARC) – Port Burwell, ON

Member: Submariners Association of Canada
Member # 0732 – North American QRP CW Club
Member # 15344 – FISTS (The International Morse Preservation Society)
Member: Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC)
Membre: Radio Amateur du Québec (RAQI)
Member: Submarine Veteran Amateur Radio Club (SVARA)
Member: Club Radio Amateur Rive-Sud de Montréal
Webmaster and Radio History Keeper:
Personal Website:


So thanks again to Donald for sharing this information with us and many many thanks for doing all this work to get the Subs Radio Rooms back on the air.

Donald also advises that the story (in much more detail) will be coming out in a TCA Article in the future.

Just remember…  The original Amateur Radio Social Media device used a “Key” and not a “Keyboard”.

73 from Ottawa… Bob

The quest for information

As you know we have a fairly large country here in Canada… And as you can tell by my callsign (VA3QV)  I live in Ontario…

And I am blogging on behalf of the Radio Amateurs of Canada not the Radio Amateurs of Eastern Ontario….

So it would be a whole lot easier to comment on Canadian Amateur Radio issues and items if you would take a few seconds and send me a quick email with your suggestions for blog items on our wonderful hobby.  Is your club doing something?,  having a hamfest?, a special event station or a mini or larger DXPedition???

Share it with your fellow hams by letting the RAC Blog get the word out.  Between the Blog itself and RACTWEETS and RAC FACEBOOK your message could get out to over 2000 amateurs and SWLs.

All you have to do is contact me ( ) and give me some basic information and the process starts…

Don’t forget we can also get it into the RAC Bulletins and if you plan far enough ahead it could make a great story for our Magazine The Canadian Amateur or for our New RAC Report which will come out in opposite months to TCA.

Let us help you…

Just remember…  The original Amateur Radio Social Media device used a “Key” and not a “Keyboard”.

73 from Ottawa… Bob

Going to be in Ottawa in mid February?

Todays email found a notice from Harold VA3UNK with some info on the upcoming Canadian Ski Marathon.


 I would appreciate it if you would help me by spreading the word throughout your local ham radio communities.  We are looking for radio operators.

Once again the Canadian Ski Marathon (CSM) is spooling up. This year is the 5th anniversary for the CSM.  Radio is a few years behind that.

The CSM depends on ham radio volunteers to provide important and timely afety and logistical communication for the benefit of the skiers. The mateur radio CSM web page ( is up and running with 011 information.

The event runs between Lachute and Buckingham in western Quebec – snow or shine.

If you would like to volunteer this year, please email Harold VA3UNK ( Although I can’t promise anything, assignment requests are generally first-come, first-served.

Please join me the second weekend in February (12th-13th) and help make 38th our best year yet!

Bye for now,
Harold va3unk


posted by VA3QV on behalf of VA3UNK

From the VPFS

This posting comes to us via Doug Mercer VO1DTM who is the RAC Vice President for Field Services

The YASME Excellence Awards are given to individuals who through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication have made a significant contribution to the cause of Amateur Radio. The contribution may be in recognition of technical, operating, or organizational achievement as all three are necessary for amateur radio to grow and prosper. With the 2010 Excellence Awards, YASME recognizes the following individuals in order to recognize them and inspire others on behalf of Amateur Radio now and in the future.

·        Ramón Santoyo V, XE1KK who is recognized for his work in advancing ham radio in Mexico and Central America and his service to the international radio community as IARU Region 2 Secretary. He is a strong proponent of radiosport and the World Radiosport Team Championships. Voices like Ramón’s help the amateur community work together worldwide, strengthening our position and reputation as important members of the wireless community.

·        Makoto (Mako) Mori, JE3HHT who deserves much credit for popularizing RTTY by writing the MMTTY software modem and making it available for integration into logging software. MMTTY is a great product and Mako has exhibited great ham spirit with a huge effect.

·        Bruce Horn, WA7BNM who continues to generate useful and innovative web applications including a complete upgrade of his excellent contest calendar web site. His 3830 score reporting and compilation service and Cabrillo log submission tools have changed the nature of radiosport.

·        Rick Meuthing, KN6KB for developing the new WINMOR sound-card digital mode software now gaining wide use in the worldwide Winlink 2000 system. Many attempts at approaching the performance of the proprietary PACTOR III protocol and hardware failed before WINMOR, attesting to the difficulty of the problem.

·        Mikael Styrefors, SM2O who has developed the Remote Radio Control interface. The ability to connect radios and operators transparently and robustly over the Internet is a key technological element of putting top-grade remote HF stations on the air – something more common every day.

·        Alex Shovkoplyas, VE3NEA for developing DX Atlas, Morse Runner, HAM-CAP, CW Skimmer, Rocky and other innovative software. Alex’s products are making a remarkable impact on the competitive HF operating environment. Making this software available to the amateur community at little or no cost demonstrates excellent ham spirit.

·        Pepe Ardid, EA5KB who makes it possible for many Latin American DXers, who are in many cases saddled with deficient postal services and QSL Bureaus, to confirm contacts with attractive and unique QSL cards. Pepe contributes countless hours of service in support of his fellow amateurs so they can continue to participate in one of amateur radio’s most cherished traditions.

Thanks go out to our VPFS for sharing this with us…

From the mailbag…

When I was reading the inbox today I found this one…

My Father is 95 years old and got his amateur license on July 29, 1933…he must be one of the oldest in Canada! His name is Al Miller, he lives in Penticton, BC and his call sign is VE7KC.

This is his website although he hasn’t added anything to it for years but he has a few interesting posts.

Well today I took a look at the site and I must say that the stories are interesting.  I hope all is still going well for Al and I’ll make the offer that if he wants to post any more stories I will happily read them and also share the information with you here…


Thanks go out to Kathleen for letting us know about her Dad… and also thanks to Al VE7KC for sharing a couple of stories with us…

Just remember…  The original Amateur Radio Social Media device used a “Key” and not a “Keyboard”.

73 from Ottawa… Bob

Some upcoming events

Now that the Christmas Rush is over and you are resting up for New Years I thought I would mention a few upcoming Amateur Radio Events to think about.

The First event which starts at 0000hrs (UTC) on Jan 1st 2011 is the ARRL Straight Key Night.If you click on the ARRL Logo (above) you will end up at the ARRL Website where you can read up on the where, what and wherefores of the event but basically its a CW Contest where the participants use the Straight Key rather than paddles, keyers, computers etc.

Although I (with my lousy CW Skills) will not be participating in this event I do recommend that you at least give a listen ( I will be) and if you have the necessary skills or think you do try making a few contacts…  I find it interesting that now that CW is not a requirement that the mode is actually gaining in popularity especially with the QRP Portable types as now everyone who is operating CW actually wants to operate CW…

If your not into CW HF but into CW and SSB VHF Work why not give the ARRL Jan VHF Sweepstakes a try.

Click on the above logo to go to the ARRL Contest site for more info.

Date and Contest Period: The date will be announced annually by the ARRL but will generally be the third or fourth weekend in January. Begins 1900 UTC Saturday, ends 0359 UTC Monday (January 22-24, 2011).

With all the various HF rigs that now offer 2m, 6m and 70cm as well (Such as the TS 2000, FT897, IC 7000 just to name a few) most of you have no excuse to at least listen to the contest and give out a few contacts to those who are actively contesting.

Also remember that they do call 6m the magic band for a reason and if there is any sort of opening you can have a blast operating just with the output of your radio and a simple dipole antenna.  But you can’t make any contacts if your not on the air…

I will be there for this one using a simple 1/4w rotatable dipole for 6m with my FT 847 with the rigs 100w and hope at least to get a couple of grid sq

Last but not least The SPAR Winter Field Day event is at the end of the month…

From their website:

The 2011 Winter Field Day will be held from 1700 UCT (12:00 noon EST) Saturday January 29, 2011 through 1700 UCT (12:00 noon EST) Sunday January 30, 2011. The object of the event is familiar to most Amateur Radio operators: set up emergency-style communications and make as many contacts as possible during the 24 hour period. The rules encourage as many contacts on as many bands and modes as possible, because during a real emergency, the most important factor is the ability to communicate, regardless of band, mode or distance.

If you click on their logo (above) you will be taken to the SPAR Website for more information.

I have participated in this event in the past and am looking forward to doing it again this year.  The plan is to set up in a park close to home and operate QRP/P from the great outdoors till I freeze up or I go through one battery pack with the FT817.  Either way I figure that I am good for about 3 hours or so …  Noon till 3 pm or 4pm would be a fun way to spend an afternoon giving out contacts and getting some fresh air at the same time.

So there you have it…  Three events to start off the New Year with…  Hope to hear you at least in one event…

Just remember…  The original Amateur Radio Social Media device used a “Key” and not a “Keyboard”.

73 from Ottawa… Bob

Christmas Greetings from the RAC Social Media Guy

On behalf of the various authors of the RAC Blog, RACTWEETS and the RAC Facebook Group I would like to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas along with my wishes for a Very Happy New Year.

Just remember…  The original Amateur Radio Social Media device used a “Key” and not a “Keyboard”.

73 from Ottawa… Bob