Field Day

DARCI Field Day Update!

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On Saturday June 23, 2018, the DARCI, under the stewardship of the Field Day chairman John Mitchel (J73MH), held its second post Hurricane Maria field day at the Marigot Fisheries complex located in the north east of the island (near to the Douglas-Charles airport).
 
The field day was well attended with over 30 persons present, the majority of whom were student hams.  They got a chance to design and build a 80m OCF dipole, assemble and get a station on air (there were 2 HF stations present).  Regional and International contacts were made on various HF bands (20m, 40m, 80m) as well as VHF/UHF with other local hams elsewhere on the island. 
 
Some of the digital modes were explained with FT8 highlighted.  The practicality of Winlink over HF was also exhibited.
 
The day culminated with a mass check-in on the DMR TG91 Worldwide Net (held every Saturday).  The mass check-in caught the attention of the DMR net controllers.
 
The day was a grand success with persons calling for a follow up event.  J73MH advised that the next field day event would take place somewhere in the north of the island.
 
Thank you.
Hilkiah / J73HGL
Secretary , DARCI
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DARCI Field Day 2018

Dominica Amateur Radio Club Inc [DARCI] will be having a Field Day exercise tomorrow Saturday 23rd June, 2018. The group will meet in Roseau and go to Marigot where they will setup for the day.
They will be active on VHF/UHF and on HF. On VHF UHF will be on the local repeater of 442.100 +5 tone 103.5 and HF they will be on 80 meters 3.800 Mhz Lsb, on 40 meters  7.210 Mhz Lsb and on 20 meters 14.200 Mhz USB. 
They will be on air from Marigot from 8:30 am, look and listen out for them. Call them let them know they are getting out!

The CEWN wishes the DARCI a successful Field Day 2018!

Edit: Also active on DMR TalkGroup 969 [Dmr Caribbean]

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J6 Field Day

The Saint Lucia Amateur Radio Club [SLARC] is having a Field Day exercise tomorrow Monday 21st of May at Pigeon point beach. The setup will be halfway between Gros Islet and Landings Hotel.  We will be setting up a minimum of three stations with a variety of antennae. We will be on 40 20 17, the other bands are possible but dependent on propagation. 
Everybody is invited to join us, we look forward to seeing you on the beach!

73 de Frans j69DS

Rainbow Radio League: Emcomm Exercise 2018

 
 
The Rainbow Relay League will be hosting a field exercise on May 20th, 2018. The Exercise is designed to get local and regional radio amateurs in a state of readiness for the upcoming storm season.  The activity will be conducted 3 HF bands (viz: 80M, 60M & 40M).  Most of the J8 stations will be portable, running no more than 30 watts from a manpack radio, so we will need stations with ‘good ears’  to monitor and relay messages when necessary.
 
The scenario involves a cruise liner running aground on a reef, with passengers and crew having to be evacuated.
As it is a maritime scenario the use of the VHF marine band will be used for the initial ‘Mayday’ then revert to ham VHF/UHF frequencies for continuation of the exercise. Of course, the maritime community will be made aware that it is a training exercise letting them know that they too can be called upon to assist in a coordinated manner.
 
As in the past, we look forward to the participation of all regional operators who have the time on Sunday May 20,2018.    The activity begins at 06.00 Hrs local and will run until 12:00 Hrs Local.  An evaluation is expected to be held later that day when the hams on St. Vincent meet at a central point.

73 de J88CD Donald.

SLARC WARD event report

World Amateur Radio Day 2018

Celebrating Amateur Radio’s contribution to society

 

The Saint Lucia Amateur Radio Club (SLARC) celebrated World Amateur Radio Day under the theme Celebrating Amateur Radio’s contribution to society. As part of this year’s celebration the SLARC decided to introduce amateur radio to a few of the secondary schools in the north and South of the island. The event was well received by both the faculty and students.

Students listened to an address from former director of ECTEL Mr. Embert Charles via the radio on this year’s theme “Celebrating Amateur Radio’s contribution to society “.  Students learned about the role amateur radio has played in the development of telecommunications and technology as a whole and also the importance of amateur radio in times of natural disasters when conventional means of communications are down.

The students also got the opportunity to ask questions and these ranged from, how one becomes an operator to questions on propagation of radio waves. The event was very successful and as a result the schools have asked that we repeat the sessions with the students. The St. Lucia Amateur Radio Club in order to continue this effort in bringing in fresh blood to the world of amateur radio will be conducting training sessions at the club’s headquarters with interested students eventually leading to a novice class license and the setup of amateur radio base stations at the schools.

The St. Lucia Amateur Radio Club would like to thank the National Emergency Management Organization, the administrators of the various secondary schools and the HAM operators for making this day possible.

Please see some pictures below of the day’s activities at the Participating schools: St. Mary’s College, St. Joseph’s Convent, Castries Comprehensive, Leon Hess Comprehensive, the Entrepot Secondary, Anse Ger Combined, and the Vieux Fort comprehensive.  

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Terry Goodman, J66BP,
Tot Henry, J69MV,
SLARC.

J7 – DARCI Field Day

The Dominica Amateur Radio Club Inc. (DARCI) held field day number 2 today, April 21 2018. The said day started at 7.30am local time and ended about 1.30pm local time.
The purpose of the field day was to exercise our state of preparedness and expose the novice class and students to a field day and get hands on experience to setting up equipment and to operate and make contact with the other field day stations.
Stations were setup at the following locations: the Club site J73Z at Canefield, Botanic gardens, Police Headquarters, Grandbay, Goodwill, Castle Bruce, Portsmouth, Salsbury and Cappuchine.
During the exercise we communicated via HF radio between all our stations across the island. We also had good communications with Trinidad, Barbados, Martinique, Saint Lucia and Anguilla. The students were exposed to all the various modes of communications we can use as hams. The students also made contact with other amateur radio operators. The purpose of the field day exercise was achieved with good attendance and lots of fun.
The frequencies used were 3.800.00 MHz Lsb  and 7.210.00 MHz Lsb.
DARCI thanks all who attended and participated and of course all the operators: J73MBQ, J73EW, J73KW, J73MH, J73AH, J73EJC, J73CI, J73WA, J73HJ, J73CC, J73JT, J73GAR, J72HGL, J73RJ, J79WTA and J72GPG. 
And a special thanks to J73MH John our Field Day Chairman!
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Roger
J73MBQ

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