Yarmouth A.R.C. Assists With 2012 Acadian Games
In late 2011 the Yarmouth A.R.C. was approached by the organizing committee for the Acadian Games (Les Jeux de l’Acadie) in connection with radio communications for the games which were to be held in late June and early July of 2012. More than 1100 young athletes and their support people were expected to take part. After meeting with the committee and learning just what would be required, several club members volunteered to assist. The volunteers were Bernie VE1UT, Max VE1IC, Claude VE1CB, Dave VE1JC, Claude VE1CD, Glenn VE1GBD and Dave VE1GM. After the organizing committee arranged for insurance against loss or damage, the radios and associated equipment were provided on loan from the RCMP. They were delivered to the club’s meeting place two days before the start of the games. That gave us time to charge the batteries and install one in each of the 70 hand-held radios. We then met with the end users and explained the operation of the radios and issued them to the users. The events were held at about 10 different venues and the radios were used at those venues plus at a central coordinating location. Club members looked after issuing additional radios and replacing and recharging depleted batteries at the central location.
The weather was ideal for the entire weekend and the games were a great success. One day after the games ended, all the equipment had been returned and was packed and taken to our club’s meeting place and on the following day it was returned to the RCMP. In all, 70 hand-helds, 70 lapel mics, 140 batteries, twelve 6-gang chargers and 2 TMR base units were returned in good order. Nothing was lost or damaged.
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RULES FOR THE ATLANTIC WHITE CANE CONTEST
THE YARMOUTH AMATEUR RADIO CLUB IS PROUD TO SPONSOR THE 2012 WHITE CANE CONTEST WHICH WILL BE HELD ON SUNDAY FEBRUARY 5TH, 2012 ON THE 80 METER BAND USING LOWER SIDEBAND FROM 7:30 UNTIL 9:30 AM AND AGAIN FROM 3:00 UNTIL 6:00 PM ATLANTIC STANDARD TIME.
ONLY CONTACTS WITH AMATEURS IN THE FOUR ATLANTIC PROVINCES WILL COUNT FOR POINTS.
CONTEST LOG ENTRIES SHALL CONTAIN THE CALL–SIGN, NAME AND STATUS OF EACH CONTACT. STATUS IS WC FOR A WHITE CANER AND NWC FOR A NON-WHITE CANER. THE TIME OF EACH CONTACT MAY BE INCLUDED IF DESIRED.
EACH CONTACT WILL COUNT FOR ONE POINT AND THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CONTACTS WILL BE MULTIPLIED BY THE NUMBER OF WHITE CANERS WORKED TO ARRIVE AT THE FINAL SCORE.
LOGS ARE TO BE MAILED TO DAVID VAIL AT 50 PORTER ST. YARMOUTH, N.S. B5A 2Y9 IN PRINT, IN BRAILLE OR ON CASSETTE TAPE, OR BY E-MAIL TO VE1GM@RAC.CA TO BE RECEIVED NO LATER THAN FEBRUARY 29, 2012.
FIRST PLACE CERTIFICATES WILL BE SENT TO THE TOP SCORERS IN BOTH THE WHITE CANE AND NON- WHITE CANE CATEGORIES AND A CERTIFICATE OF PARTICIPATION WILL BE SENT TO EVERYONE WHO MAKES TWENTY OR MORE CONTACTS IN THE CONTEST AND SUBMITS A LOG.
Latest upgrade in E.K. features a new RC210 controller in its own case, now mouted at the bottom on the rack. The YAR link and duplexer are located on the very top. All links are full duplex since Oct.29th.2011. Digby and Middle Ohio link radios are Marconi’s and the link radio to VE1YAR is a converted Motorola Mitrek UHF.
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Pictures from the 2011 club supper July 20, 2011.
Photos from Trudy Goreham
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Each Saturday morning there is an informal gathering of YARC club members at the EMO building on Pleasant St. in Yarmouth. Doors open generally about 09:30 local time. If you are interested in becoming a ham operator this is the perfect opportunity to meet some of the amateurs in the area.
A State of Emergency was declared in Yarmouth County, N.S. on Saturday, November 6. 2010 due to flooding caused by heavy rain. Both Yarmouth and Argyle EOCs were activated and Amateurs were called to duty at both centers.
The rain continued for 3 days and total rainfall for the period was 270 mm or 10.7 inches. Eventually about 40 roads were closed, three bridges and one dam collapsed and approximately 120 families were evacuated from their homes until the water subsided. The EOCs remained staffed until the State of Emergency was lifted on Friday, November 12th. The amateurs were especially useful at the Argyle EOC because cell phone coverage is not reliable in the village of Quinan, where the flooding was most severe. Radio operations were carried out on a TMR talk group, on an EMO simplex frequency and on 2 meters.
Yarmouth ARC members staffed both EOCs, with VE1UT, VE1IC and VE1GM at Yarmouth and VE1CD and VE1CB at Argyle. VE1GBD and VE1DN assisted at Argyle as well as helping EHS and Fire Departments.
The Yarmouth County GSAR team was called in to assist with evacuation and with traffic control on damaged roads and bridges.
The Yarmouth ARC was well represented at the 2010 Greenwood flea market with 16 members and 3 XYLs in attendance. There were lots of used “goodies” for sale along with 2 or 3 displays of new items from commercial vendors. Much of the equipment was quite old and looking at it brought back lots of memories, like “Oh wow, I had one of those in my shack back in 19XX.”
The social aspect was great, it’s nice to have an eyeball QSO with an old friend or to meet in person someone you have talked with over the air but have never seen.
I found the cutest little Morse key on one of the tables and bought it to add to my collection. It was actually part of a piece of military equipment called TELEPHONE SET DMkV. I removed it from that set and here are a couple of photos of the little key posed in front of a normal-sized key and again in front of my monstrous ball-bearing Marconi Model 365 shipboard key for contrast.