Ham Radio Christmas Dinner

Hello fellow hams.

The Oakville Amateur Radio Christmas Dinner is fast approaching.
This event is for anyone interested in Amateur Radio.

Tuesday December 8th at 19:15
Tuckers Marketplace Burlington
3110 South Service Road – QEW & Guelph Line
One price 30.00 per person
Included in that price is
One drink
Tip and taxes

To get this price it will be a single bill.
Please bring cash for you portion of the bill.

Please pass this email on to others.

RSVP to me at

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Two Candidates for Ontario South Director

Radio Amateurs of Canada (RAC) like all non-profit associations is actually run by a board of directors who appoint paid and volunteer staff to form an executive which carries out the directions of the board following consultation with the members (which doesn’t happen enough IMHO but that’s a blog for another day).

RAC is our national organization and for better or worse is the best association we’ve got right now. But that’s not to say it’s good enough. I love RAC but hate the way it’s run (just in case I haven’t been clear enough in the past).

After failing to impress the importance of change and leadership upon the current executive (many of whom have left in frustration over the years) our only resources as members is to elect the best people we possibly can to our national board of directors.

The two candidates Phil McBride, VA3QR (bottom photo) from Acton and Igor Slakva, VE3ZF (top photo) from Stoney Creek have both put their names forward and election ballots have been sent out my mail.igor-ve3zf-after-cq-ww-as-a-vc2x-zone-2_1-desktop-resolution QSLProof

I know and respect Igor and I trust Phil is equally up to the task. Either man would make a good director but it’s important that you express your preference.

If you’re a RAC member with your permanent address in the Southern RAC region it’s essential you vote.

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Ham Radio at Farmer’s Market

Ham Radio was at the Farmer’s Market and cultural festivities at Centennial Square at the main library on Navy Street in Oakville.DSCF6354

I ran a NorCal 20 with the AlexLoop and we could easily hear Europe in the morning and I even worked one guy in Rome, GA later in the day.

We had quite few folks stop to ask about Amateur Radio and I had a few handouts about the club which I gave out.

I ran an external speaker from the NorCal so the sound of CW wafted over the market.

I was thinking of showing digital modes but a laptop in bright sunlight isn’t something that’s easy to see so kept the new laptop (Lenovo ThinkPad bought at Dave’s shop on Kerr Street north of Speers on Friday. BTW it runs the Flexradios easily at home!) in the bag.

I would be nice if we had some more guys there to work the equipment and answer questions as we’ve got two more dates when we can setup our display. Also Aug. 1 and 2 we’ve been invited to demonstrate Amateur Radio at the Maker Fair at Toronto’s Reference Library on Yonge Stree.

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CANWARN Spring Schedule

Thanks to Geoff Coulson, Warning Preparedness Meterologist with Environment Canada, the spring training schedule for CANWARN training has been published. (See below.)

I took the CANWARN training and it is most worthwhile. First the training by Geoff is very entertaining as well as educational. At the end of the evening you’ll be issued with your official CANWARN reporting number and you’ll know what do to if severe weather comes into your community.

Highly recommended!
April 21 – 9 AM – Windsor – Windsor-Essex Health Unit 1005 Ouellette, Windsor, Room 1A Boardroom, registration through https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/storm-spotter-training-registration-15848853347
April 21 – 1 PM – Windsor – Windsor-Essex Health Unit 1005 Ouellette, Windsor, Room 1A Boardroom, registration through https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/storm-spotter-training-registration-15848853347
April 21 – 7 PM – Tilbury – Knights of Columbus Hall 20 Dupuis St, Tilbury
April 22 – 7 PM – Sarnia – Sarnia Yacht Club 1220 Fort St, RSVP to bhoad@xcelco.on.ca
April 23 – 7 PM – London – Fanshawe College Room T1003, Building T, 1001 Fanshawe College Blvd, free parking in any metered spot after 6 PM
April 29 – 1 PM – Central Huron/Blyth – Emergency Services Training Centre 40193 Blyth Road
April 29 – 7 PM – Goderich – Town of Goderich Council Chambers, 57 West St
May 2 – 9 AM – Toronto – Environment Canada Headquarters 4905 Dufferin St
May 4 – 6 PM – Kingston – City Library 935 Gardiners Road
May 6 – 6:30 PM – Ottawa – Greenboro Community Centre 363 Lorry Greenberg Drive
May 7 – 7 PM – Waterloo – Adult Recreation Centre 185 King St South
May 9 – 9 AM – Hamilton – Nash Auditorium, Wilcox Building, Chedoke Hospital, Sanatorium Road in Hamilton, free parking across from Wilcox building
May 9 – 9 AM – Frontenac County – Frontenac County Building Frontenac Room 2069 Battersea Road, Glenburnie
May 12 – 7 PM – Toronto – Environment Canada Headquarters 4905 Dufferin St
May 12 – 6:15 PM – Cornwall – Cornwall Public Library 45 Second St E
May 13 – 7 PM – Dufferin County – Dufferin County Museum 936029 Airport Rd in Mulmur (Highway 89 and Airport Road)
May 16 – 9:30 AM – Belleville – Belleville Public Library 254 Pinnacle Street
May 20 – 7 PM – Thornhill – Thornhill Community Centre 7755 Bayview Ave
May 20 – 6:30 PM – Renfrew – Best Western 760 Gibbons Road
May 21 – 7 PM – Peterborough – Peterborough Public Library 345 Aylmer St. North
May 23 – 9 AM – Orillia/Rama – Rama Fire Hall 7454 Williams Road just north of Casinorama
May 23 – 9 AM – Greater Sudbury – Lionel E. Lalonde Centre 239 Montee Principale Azilda
May 24 – 1 PM – Espanola – Pinewood Inn – 378 Centre St
May 25 – 6:30 PM – Sault Ste. Marie – Essar Centre Angelo Bumbaco Room 269 Queen St E
May 26 – 6:30 PM – Timmins – Timmins Fire Hall 133 Cedar St South
May 27 – 6:30 PM – New Liskeard – New Liskeard Marina Floating Dock (bad weather alternate location Temfund Boardroom 74C Scott St)
May 28 – 6:30 PM – North Bay – OPP Regional Headquarters Cathy Burns Training Room 911A Gormanville Road

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Meeting Tonight

Hi All:

Our March meeting  on Tuesday, March 10th will feature a technical update by John, VA3BL, who will walk us through where we are with the club repeaters and MESH network.
This is likely the last technical meeting of the year, so those interested in learning where we’re at when it comes to technology will want to attend.
Meetings start at 7pm at Abbey Park High School 1455 Glen Abbey Gate on the second floor.
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1Password – An Introduction by Rod VE3RHF

Rod Hardman VE3RHF gave an excellent presentation on 1Password, a comprehensive password manager for Mac OS X, iOS, Windows and Android.  Based on Rod’s demo it seems very easy to use.

Click on the link below if you would like to view the slides from Rod’s presentation:

An introduction to 1Password

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Cyber Crimes

Thanks to our immediate past president Rod Hardman, VE3RHF for his excellent presentation on 1Password we may never get hacked again.

1Password, a Canadian company, provides “simple, convenient security by creating strong, unique passwords for all your accounts, sites, licenses and just about anything else you want protected.onepassword-icon-large-f1ef08584f213343c8af7f7855ecf0e1

I’ve owned copies of 1Password and for the life of me I couldn’t get it through my head how to make it work.

Thanks to Rod I’m changing over my entire system and making all my online ventures much more secure plus I’m storing encrypted information about my credit cards, network passwords, ham radio and photography software license keys, bank statements, passports and the list goes on. You can even secure your sticky notes!

Why is this a big deal?

Two reasons come to mind. First I have about a dozen pages of passwords typed out which over time went from being unique, secure passwords to the same two passwords for everything.

How did this happen? I started to use just two passwords for convenience and because I had made so many changes to my old complicated passwords I couldn’t log into anything without my password cheat sheets in front of me.

Second it may not be my site or information that gets hacked on my sites. It’s much more likely that my information gets hacked off somebody else’s less secure site. Think Home Depot here or maybe “Honest John’s Used Parts Emporium”.

With 1Password I can just change my password quickly. BTW 1Password has a new feature called Watch Tower which warns you of sites that may have been compromised thus prompting you to change your password again. Very cool.

1Password works with most platforms and browsers and is highly recommended thanks to Rod’s presentation.

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