|Old Timers Radio Club
|Webpage established 22 January 2006
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|Webpage last updated on:
Sunday, July 19th., 2015
|This radio really is tuned to 3.750 MHz thanks to Roy, VE2RWT, who took the time to doctor up the original image
and then emailed it to Ron, VE1BIC who forwarded it on to me, Jim, VE1CHI. FINALLY we have our little HF radio
on the RIGHT frequency!
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|News & Upcoming Events
1) VE1RV, Roger Belliveau, Member Number 320, our hard-working
Secretary/Treasurer recently did some further modifications to his antenna farm
during May and June of 2015. Scroll down this page to see some photos sent
in by Roger as well as his notes of explanation. (Additional photos added June
26th and again on July 4th. His crank-up tower is now in the air!) Well done
2) The Annual Down East Radio Fleamarket was held on Saturday, the 6th of
June, 2015 at the Saint Andrews Centre in Halifax, NS. There was a good
turnout in spite of the rainy weather. The OTC had an information table set up
with forty members and future members dropping by. For the complete story
with photos, click HERE.
3) Your executive members have been working 'behind the scenes' on the
OTC Annual Report for 2014. This is the tenth consecutive annual report we
have produced. This report is available HERE as a pdf for reading or printing -
two pages. Print back to back and save a sheet of paper! :-)
4) On Saturday, November 8th, 2014, a work party including five OTC
members, worked to replace the VE1XK Repeater (146.790 MHz.) and the
TX and RX cavities. HERE is the story and photos of the day's activities. (Note:
VE1LV, Hal just joined the OTC so six of the seven were OT club members!)
5) The RAC Amateur Radio 60 Metre Operations Information pdf file is
HERE. Thanks to VE1BXK, Lorne (# 356) for sending this to me.
|VE9KC John, gave an interesting report on the Patron Saint of Amateur Radio when he checked in to the net
on Sunday, November 11th, 2012 - Remembrance Day. This was Maximilian Kolbe, SP3RN. I thought
members might want further information so go to the following Wikipedia page. Thanks for an interesting report,
DX Atlas 2.3 - The software mentioned by VE9KC, John on a recent net. Publisher's Info: Electronic World atlas
for Radio Amateurs. Scrollable World map with smooth zoom, DXCC territories, province/state prefixes, Grid
Squares, CQ and ITU Zones in the rectangular, azimuthal and Globe projections, 3D relief, Gray Line, city and
island index, unique hierarchical prefix database, local time with DST for all cities, islands and call areas, unique
Here is the URL:
|VE1WG, Bill Gillis (#258) wrote an article entitled "Spanning the Atlantic from
Miramichi" which is the story of the first international commercial wireless station in
New Brunswick erected at Newcastle in 1913. Bill has kindly offered his permission
to post it here on the OTC Website and you can read Bill's article HERE. Thanks Bill.
The 1st photo shows the tower I had for the two yagis now holds up the South ends of my dipoles.
2nd shot shows how I keep the tower up. There’s a hydro pole 12 ft. high and the tower is chained to it.
The 3rd photo shows my new-to-me “US tower” crank-up. (the top section of the tower is missing for modifications ), and the two Yagis are
17 meter monobanders (home brewed) by me. I’m going to co-phase them.
The 4th shot shows the South end of my dipoles. There you can see the weights I’ve installed to keep them taut and also to give the
support rope a bit of a chance to move in case of a heavy wind and the tower moves from side to side.
The last shot is my “Hustler” tri-bander . This one will be positioned in the middle (between) the two 17 monobanders. Hope it all works ..
VE1RV, Roger Belliveau, Member Number 320, our OTC
Secretary/Treasurer recently did some further modifications to his
antenna farm during May and June of 2015. Below are some photos
sent in by Roger as well as a note of explanation.
Today, I got the top section from the welding shop and installed it to the tower.
1st photo shows two truss bearings which will support the total weight of the 3 yagis.
The 2nd photo shows the mast. It is schedule 80 (thick wall) aluminum pipe and reinforced with another pipe inside to make sure it does
not fold at the top of the tower under high winds or ice buildup .The mast is 15 ft. above the top of the tower.
The 3rd photo shows the tower erected but not extended.
The 5th photo shows the tower extended to its limit, 67 ft. total.
Photo 6 shows the tower extended horizontally so I can wire (rotor wire and all coaxes) on the outside of the tower. ..Will send photos of
wiring crank-up tower (different from solid tower) later ..Roger
Here is an additional note and photos from Roger on the final phase of getting the project up in the air:
Finally, and the worst SWR is 1.7, so not too bad.
The tri-bander is 1.4, so I’ll take that ...They are not all flying perfectly horizontal, so I’ll get at that in the fall.
Enough is enough ...The tower can go up another 20 feet.
|OTC Executive Meet for Lunch
|President Bill (VE9UH) called an OTC executive meeting and we
met at Patterson's Restaurant in Sackville, NB at noon on
Saturday, July 18th, 2015 with just a few items on the agenda.
Bill had paid for lunch the first time we met a few years ago and
Roger paid for everyone last year so it was Jim's turn this time.
No club funds were expended on this meeting. Shown in the
photo above L to R are: President Bill VE9UH, Secretary
Treasurer Roger VE1RV and Webmaster Jim VE1CHI.