FeaturedField Day 2024

Peterborough Amateur Radio Club’s Annual Field Day Event will start on Saturday June 22, 2024 2:00PM at Newhall Park (701 Locke St, Peterborough, Ontario) and run for 24 hours until 2:00PM Sunday June 23, 2024.

Field day is HAM Radios open house, come join in on the fun as amateur radio operators make contacts all around North America.

An Industry Science and Economic Development Canada Accredited Examiner will be on site for anyone interested in writing their amateur radio license.

Field day is also a great opportunity to learn more about emergency communications.

The public is invited to attend, and the event is free. 

Come see what Amateur Radio is all about! 

FeaturedWhat is Amateur Radio

Amateur Radio (ham radio) is a popular hobby and service that brings people, electronics and communication together. People use ham radio to talk across town, around the world, or even into space, all without the Internet or cell phones. It’s fun, social, educational, and can be a lifeline during times of need.

FeaturedMonthly Club Meetings

All meetings are hybrid meeting of combined in-person and Google Meet. The meeting location is at Otonabee Valley Public School’s Library, 580 River Rd S, Peterborough, ON K9J 1E7. Take south doors from parking lot and walk straight to Library.

Peterborough Amateur Radio Club meetings are “usually” held on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm. All amateurs including anyone interested in becoming an Amateur radio operator are welcomed to attend PARC meetings.

Meetings are not held for the months of July and August.

For the details of the next PARC meeting please visit the Events Page.

Morse Code Workshop

Contact Rick VE3RKY to join the sessions. First session is June 14th 2024 at 8PM via Google Meet.

Learning Morse Code Basics


The Morse code learning program will start with group sessions one day a week. The sessions will be Friday nights at 8pm for one hour.
Bob, VE3IEL will lead the group
We will be using the Koch method in these sessions.


Introduction to the Koch Method:


Morse code characters are sent at full speed from the beginning.
We will start with a reduced set of characters initially.
Gradual expansion of characters over time.

Character Selection:


Start with just seven characters (xyzjqhs).
These characters will be sent at full speed e.g., 15 words per minute, wpm, “words” (groups of 5 characters) will be sent at 5wpm

Learning Process:


Students will listen to the characters in 5-letter groups for 3 minutes.
The goal is to copy (write down or type) the characters accurately.
Once 90% accuracy is achieved, students can move to the next lesson.

Progression:


Each week, more characters will be added to each lesson.
Maintain the same overall speed (e.g., 5 wpm) while expanding the character set.

Daily Practice:


Students should practice daily for 45 minutes per session.
Scramble the characters to ensure varied practice.
Starting with the least often used characters provides more focused practice.

Internet Outage at VE3PBO (RESOLVED)

May 9th 2025 09:00 New modem has been installed, everything is back to normal.

May 8th 2024 13:30 Everything is currently working thanks to internet being supplied over the 5.9GHz link from VE3KPG. Nexicom has to schedule technician for tomorrow to replace the modem.

May 8th 2024 12:00 The modem at the VE3PBO shack is dead the network is still linked. Tech Committee is currently contacting Nexicom to get the modem replaced.

Fox Hunt May 5th 2024

Successful Fox Hunt Today Scores are:

VE3EMA and VE3YCL (winners) 9.4KM

VE3OBO 11KM

VE3HCP, VA3FZZ and VE3BSR 11.4KM

VE3BLM 16.5KM

VE3IQZ 17.1KM

VE3TCG 18.4KM

VA3IX 22KM

VA3DWH 22.7KM

Thank you VA3NW and VE3IEL for being the fox, VE3YCL and VE3EMA will be the fox at the next Fox Hunt May 26th.

Scheduled Outage for Maintenance of VE3TJR

As we have a high amount of power loss on the output of VE3TJR we will be doing scheduled maintenance tomorrow (April 19th) to investigate.

TJR will go offline sometime after 11 AM. This will include checking the cavities with a spectrum analyzer and several other things, it may be down for a few hours.

Update:

Maintenance is completed VE3TJR is back up and running as normal.

Allstar Node Number Change to 611411

As the node numbers we were using did not belong to PARC, March 30th 2024 around midnight VE3PBO will change from node number 28703 to node number 611411. If you are connecting via allstar please update your settings we will endeavor to reconnect all nodes that are connected before we make the switch. 

As such expect some shenanigans with the repeater network around midnight. 

PARC Board of Directors Elections Results

First of all we would like to thank Steve VE3PTA, Paul VE3KBI, Don VE3BSR, and Barry VE3BLM for their years of service as board members of PARC.

The results of the 2024 elections are in:

Clay Youmans (VE3YCL) was acclaimed President
Martin Ackerman (VA3OMW) was acclaimed Vice President
Jon Brown (VE3XOE) was acclaimed Secretary
Randy Neals (VE3RWN) was acclaimed Treasurer
Jerry Woodhouse (VA3CN) was acclaimed Activities Director
Jerry has made the decision to resign we thank him for his service, and as Such
Jordan Romain (VE3AVA) was acclaimed Activities Director at the March 5th General Meeting

We would like to thank all of the new board members for volunteering to serve as the leadership for the club this year.

New Repeater VE3RB on Air!

VE3RB 147.135 + 600KHz PL 162.2

With many thanks to the County, VE3RWN, VE3EMA, VE3IQZ, and many others PARCs newest repeater is on the air atop the county tower at five corners in Douro.

It is currently running 70W on a Motorola repeater loaned to the club by Randy VE3RWN, and internet access for Allstar was graciously donated by Nexicom.

VE3RB will be linked to the network full time.

Theoretical coverage map of VE3RB