The Shuswap Amateur Radio Club has achieved another successful and enjoyable Field Day at Haney Heritage Park.
After the Tuesday lunch at Jane’s Restaurant in the Piccadilly Mall, on June 13, Robin VE7HMN, Simon VE7SHG, and Dave VA7HDY went up the club trailer at the QTH of Peter VE7RZZ for some antenna testing.
On Saturday 10 January the following club members met at the QTH of Peter VE7RZZ to get the ball rolling for Field Day 2017:
Peter VE7RZZ, Simon VE7SHG, Robin VE7HMN, Dave VA7HDY, Tim VA7TMK, Al VE7AN, and Ron VE7RLE.
Following the business meeting of SARC on Thursday, 8 June 2017, past president Robin VE7HMN, a member of the Technical Committee, demonstrated a kit which he had assembled in the past week or so.
As luck would have it, I met Werner VE7GWE today in the library.
It will likely be the last time he graces us with his presence for several more years.
Tom Wrinch VE7AMM, a radio amateur for approximately 60 years, and a well-known and respected teacher in the Shuswap School District, succumbed on March 22, 2017 to the ravages of a longstanding illness dating back to a workplace explosion in Trail while he was still a teenager.
John Sansom VE7BOZ became a Silent Key on March 28, 2017 peacefully at home in his 90th year.
John is well-known among the teaching fraternity, having been the vice-principal and then principal of Shuswap Junior Seconday, for a period of about 15 years, retiring in 1987.
Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet: January 14, 2017
Once again several volunteers from SARC gathered at the Larch Hills ski chalet in preparation to assist with radio communications for the Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet. The temperature at 0800 hours was a crisp -20 and not a cloud in the sky, promising a great day for a Loppet. After a short briefing, transport out to the various stations around the course began. Celia/NIA and Wayne/VT were going to South Hub as First Responders where they would provide medical help if required, Tim/TMK took up Ron’s/RLE old station at Baby Moonwalk, Al/AN was stationed at the bottom of Stig’s Loop and Rob/ALY was at the bottom of Hot Shot. Each station had a supply of firewood and the makings to start a fire to help keep warm. While the outdoor crews were getting their fires going Daryl/DBC and Dave/HDY got the base station set up in the loft of the chalet. Peter/RZZ provided a radio in a “lunch box” for this year’s operation that was much more compact than the regular Club radio used previously. Communications were good this year, even out of the South Hub. Our portable radios performed well when the base radio stopped transmitting late in the morning. We suspect a power supply issue was the problem here but we worked around it. At 1100 net control got a request from Rob for food as he was burning so much energy he was now “starving”. Ten minutes later a beef on a bun was delivered by skidoo. This could be the start of a new trend on the course. Could it be drones delivering food??