VA3SWO-1 APRS Digipeater
In 2009, an APRS Digipeater was setup at the QTH of Dave, VE3HKO. At the very top of his 60ft tower, a dual-element folded dipole was installed, with fresh feedline. A 2M rig was purchased, and wired up to an old TNC from the Packet days, a Pakrat 242. Carlo, VA3CSS, donated a Toshiba P3 notebook which still had actual Serial and Parallel ports on it. (Good luck finding one of them today!) A free download of UIView32 and some tweaking by Chris, VE3ZO, and VA3SWO-1 was on the air serving Southwestern Ontario and Southeastern Michigan.
AMHERSTBURG RADIO CLUB
President: Dan Fox
300 Seymour St.
Meetings 1st Sunday of each month at the Amherstburg Food and Fellowship Mission at 1:00 PM
Victoria St. at Simcoe St. (beside the Fighting Island Boxing Club)
More info at 519-736-4653 or EMAIL: va3dyf at sympatico.ca
EVERYONE WELCOME !
CLUB CALLSIGN: VA3ARG
The club antenna:
The main antenna that the club uses is a chunk of wire about 51 feet each side of center more or less, fed with 450 ohm ladder line about 33 feet, 9 inches more or less. But it has been found that it only works when it is put up in an east and west direction and only if the east end is tied to a maple tree or a high tension hydro pole. The west end also has to be tied off to a sour cherry tree with nylon line.
CLUB TOWER TRAILER
AARC Recognized by Amherstburg Police Services
On October 20, 2009, the AARC was recognized by the local police for their long service to the community with a plaque. It had been over 25 years that radio operators in and around the Amherstburg area had assisted the local police with voluntary patrols on Hallowe'en night and the night before. Indeed, these voluntary patrols have been going on longer than the AARC has been in existence. A previous club, known as the Amherstburg CB Club, used to help with these patrols. But no matter whether there was a club or not, radio operators in and around Amherstburg lent a helping hand those two nights consistently for over 25 years.
Earlier in 2009, Amherstburg Police officials attended a meeting with other police officials across Ontario to discuss issues related to policing. One of the many topics discussed that day was incident statistics for Hallowe'en and the so-called "Devil's Night." Amherstburg was not the only community with volunteers helping out on those two nights. What surprised Amherstburg Police officials, however, was the surprising stat that Amherstburg had the 6th-lowest incident rate of any town in Ontario on those two nights.
That fact drove home the difference radio volunteers in Amherstburg had made, and the Amherstburg Police Services decided it was long overdue to recognize our help.
The invitation to the banquet on October 20, 2009, was attended by:
- President Dan Fox VA3DYF
- Secretary - Treasurer Anne Fox VA3ADF
- Vice-President David Beckett VE3HKO
- HF Chairman Carlo Salvitti VA3CSS
Here's a clip from the local newspaper about the banquet, including a group shot of all the recipients of Service Awards that evening:
Here's a closeup of the plaque presented to the AARC for their volunteer work: