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Field Day Was A Great Success


The annual ARRL Field Day on June 22nd and 23rd 2019 was a huge success with many members attending and getting to operate our emergency stations and make contacts all over North America.  The bands were not great, but we still made 89 contacts during the event with Austin being the highest score with 32 contacts both on SSB and CW.  The antennas worked well with a lesson being learned as to why you need to have a minimum of 90 degrees between legs of an inverted V.  

The weather held pretty much until the very end of the event when the skies opened up like a pail of water on us as we were breaking down the tents.  Fortunately nobody got too wet and it was a warm rain anyway to it didn't really matter.  For the most part weather was great and everything worked well.

The BBQ was well attended and we served 20 hamburgers and nobody went away hungry that's for sure.

Many thanks go to Riley and Kevin and others for pitching in to organize the event.  We owe you a great vote of gratitude for all your hard work to make this a success.

The operators were Austin, Tom Sr., Dan, Riley, Jen, Alex, Larry and Norm.  Good job everyone.

73 - Tom - VE6ARG

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Our Weekly Blurb

A few years ago we introduced a weekly notice for both members and non-members to join us on Saturday mornings for breakfast.  It was not only a notice to encourage people to come out but also to pass information about things that have happened over the last week and other newsy items.  That habit has turned into a weekly newsletter that is published by Tom VE6ARG every Friday called the Ham Radio Blurb  It has grown from a few members and interested people originally to a group of over 110 hams from all over North America and is gaining in popularity as time goes on.  We discuss important and sometimes purely boring things that have happened over the last week and even construcion projects and advice on how to handle common problems we encounter as amateur radio operators.  

Tom does most of the writing for the blurb and receives many ideas from the people who read it, some nice advice and some not so nice, LOL.  We also include links to swap and shop sites and have our own listings as well.  If you have items you want to sell or want to buy something don't hesitate to look at the site.  

Tom is also the Southern Alberta rep for GPS Central and you can contact him anytime for advice on items that you are interested in buying through Radio World Calgary.  Tom does not do the ordering, but is always available to pass on advice on equipment that will work for you in your circumstances.  Use him as often as you like. Please just mention his name when you purchase something, though, to give him credit.

So if you have items to list or items to talk about send Tom a note at ve6arg@shaw.ca and he will be happy to include them.