Sunday, May 29, 2016

The "Fun at the park" event went well, the weather was fine (it wasn't too hot under the trees with a slight breeze). We started out with breakfast at Debbs Place restaurant at 8am and then headed out to Sunnidale Park. Lots of tall trees for antenna supports here.
Conditions weren't the best but we were hearing a number of SSB stations (lots of contest CW) on 40m, 20m and even 17m. Didn't hear anyone in the "1st International Field Radio Event".
All in all, everyone had a good time.

List of those taking part:
Al VE3RRD (in photo Fun in the park1) operating the club TS-480SAT powered from battery and using both a half-size G5RV (10m-40m) and an end fed (10m-80m).
Jack VE3RDQ (also in photo 1) hiding behind Al

Andy VA3TNE (in photo 2) with his KX3 and comfortable operating chair (using an end-fed antenna)
Ken VE3KDG (also in photo 2) oops! where did Ken's head go?

Ian VA3QT (his equipment is in photo 3 and 4) Photo 3 shows Ian's Buddipole on the tripod. Photo 4 shows his "portable" HF data station.

Also there but no picture was William VE3HME who operated HF mobile from his vehicle with a wire antenna up the nearest tree.

John VE3FDZ who was taking the pictures.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

As I write this, members of the WAX Group are at our weekly get-together in Ken VE3KDG's workshop. We meet each Thursday evening around 7pm to work on projects or just talk. Now we are playing with a number of Raspberry Pi 3 computers (in total we bought 12) that were just purchased from , a mail order store located in Ottawa.

We are also experimenting with some Arduino Uno clones called the Arduino Shrimp ( ), plus some Arduino Nano clones that we purchased from

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Field Day 2016 - June 25 and 26
ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in Canada and the US. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

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The City of Barrie Mayor issues a proclamation announcing Amateur Radio Week from June 19th to June 26th.
This coincides with ARRL Field Day on June 25th & 26th which the Barrie Amateur Radio Club will be taking part in.

Fun at the park
Some club members will be setting up their ham radio equipment at Sunnidale Park in Barrie this Saturday 28 May. They will be having fun contacting other hams during the "1st International Field Radio Event", see for more information.

The WAX Group consists of members of the Barrie Amateur Radio Club who enjoy building projects for our ham radio hobby from kits or individual parts, instead of just buying ready made.  We have fun soldering, and don't mind occasionally "letting the smoke out" of what we build. We also promote learning and using CW and getting out of your house to a park or other location to operate (whether it be QRP or higher power, CW or SSB). In addition to using the WAX Group VE3WEX call sign, we also use the VE3GCB Barrie Ham Club call.
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