VECTOR August 2020 News
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Previous newsletters can be found in the archive.
Our next members’ meeting will be held August 5 online using Zoom. Learn from Assistant Chief Jen Gjaltema what VFRS imagines VECTOR can do.
Let’s have fun together on air Saturday, August 8, using calling protocol and interrupting each other for a couple of hours playing a “picnic” game. Catch you there at 13:30?
How would you make practising calling protocol a game?
Join from home. We’ll welcome all certified amateur radio operators into the event on VE7RVF.
Questions? Download a pic-a-nic operator package through this link. Read it. Print what you need.
All radio amateurs are welcome to participate in any of our nets.
QSO Today Ham Expo - Online August 8 - 9
by Francois VA7GPL
The ARRL has announced that the QSO Today Ham Expo will be entirely online this year: ARRL Website
Check out this promising speaker list: Conference Speakers
Free registration here: VFairs
Schedule runs all day Saturday and Sunday (08:00 PDT to 16:00 PDT) in 4 tracks. Keynote Saturday night at 18:00 PDT.
VECTOR COVID-19 Update
Due to the physical distancing requirements of our present COVID-19 situation, all VECTOR activities are still being conducted by radio or through Zoom online conferencing.
The BC Restart plan is currently in Phase 3. What level of activity are members comfortable with? Let’s talk about how we might adjust our activities at our next members meeting August 5.
Please note: we now have simple requirements for members going into our offices at ECOMM (the Radio Room):
- only go in for business that requires objects in the radio room
- only go for the minimum time you truly need
- stay away if you feel unwell
- we must sanitize our work area
- we must wear masks
- we must maintain physical distance indoors
The meeting room remains off-limits and only 2 people can fit in the radio room.
Our Net Control Team plans to continue operating remotely without using the radio room.
Thank you for doing your part to “flatten the curve” to protect vulnerable members of our society.
Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC Provincial Health Officer:
“Be kind, be calm, and be safe.”
Borrow a Grab and Go Kit for a week?
VECTOR has 4 prototype grab and go kits that need user-testing. You can use it to check in on nets and give feedback.
Each kit has its own radio, computer and antenna. All you need to do is plug it into a 12-Volt system or a regular wall socket.
Sign up and arrange a hand-off.
VECTOR Needs Help Transcribing Brainstorming Session
From Our Wish Backlog
VECTOR needs assistance transcribing or converting the August, 2018, Brainstorming Session recording into a usable spreadsheet. Can you help? Please email Jesse VE7DET for more information on how the spreadsheet could be formatted to make it useful for VECTOR.
File: Brainstorming Session
Upcoming Training & Practice Opportunities
Net Control Operator training
If you would be interested in attending an introductory session on the net control operator program send an email to Andrew VA7YAA and we’ll contact you once viral circumstances permit.
Radio Skills Course
The next Radio Skills Course will be offered on Mondays, October 26 - November 23. Are you interested in delivering a course module or two? Please let us know!
For more info, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
See packet radio in action on working equipment and get live feedback to solve your problems. What can it do? What does it take? How do you set it up? How do you fix it when…? What digital mode are you curious about?
Join us in the [Zoom Room][zoomLink] on Tuesday, August 11 or August 25, at 19:00.
On Air Radio Activities
Please check out the Weekly Previews update to view the activities you can get involved in. You might also catch small activities on our repeaters. Look for activities on our calendar.
Announcements, Notable, etc.
Team New Packet Radio
You’ll be hearing about our results soon. We still need to buy a couple more pieces. Expect trials to start soon, though.
Team Grab and Go
You can try out any of the first three prototypes right now. Look for Number 4 soon. Book your slot.
Games and Exercises
You can join planned on-air activities on the second Saturday of each month through October. August
The weekly net takes place at 20:00 every Wednesday on the VE7TEL repeater: VECTOR channel 2, 145.170 MHz, -0.6 MHz offset.
Each week, a secondary net follows on a different frequency, providing an opportunity for amateur radio operators to test their radio with other bands and modes of operation.
Schedule for upcoming secondary net frequencies:
|August 5||4||146.580 MHz Simplex|
|August 12||1||145.450 MHz, -600 kHz offset, 100.0 Hz tone|
|August 19||430||446.100 MHz|
|August 26||401||443.725 MHz, +5MHz, 88.5 Hz tone|
Monthly Members’ Meeting
The monthly VECTOR members’ meeting is the first Wednesday of every month.
The next 4 Monthly Members’ Meeting dates:
- August 5 in Zoom virtual space at 18:30
- September 2 at 18:30, in Zoom virtual space
- October 7 at 18:30, in Zoom virtual space
- November 4 at 18:30, location under consideration
Look for a link to the Zoom online conference room in your email ahead of the meeting to join remotely. You can sign up for upcoming members’ meetings in BetterImpact.
VA7SWZ || Simone Hoedel, Writer and Communications Consultant (she|her)
VA7DPO || Darryl Pogue, Director (he|him)
VE7DET || Jessé Neri, Director (he|him)