For the second time, the Shuswap Amateur Radio Club has worked Field Day at the Salmon Arm Airport in conjunction with the annual Shuswap Emergency Program Exposition and the Airport Appreciation Day which is held every second year.
The club’s first experience with Field Day at the airport was in 2012 during monsoon weather.
On the Sunday evening of June 22, 2012, Two-Mile Creek in Sicamous blew out, in what was the first major incident in the extensive flooding of Shuswap and Mara Lakes which resulted in over 300 evacuees registered at the Shuswap Emergency Support Services Reception Centre held in the Sicamous Seniors Centre.
As the photos attest, the weather in 2016 was much more conducive to large crowds enjoying a variety of exhibits and air-borne demonstrations. The SARC trailer had never before been exposed to so many members of the public at one venue.
On Tuesday, Simon VE7SHG, Dave VA7HDY, Peter VE7RZZ, and Ron VE7RLE spent some time getting the trailer looking presentable for Field Day this coming weekend and for display at the Field Day / Airport site as part of the Shuswap Emergency Program Exposition at the Sunday, June 26th Airport Appreciation Day.
A checklist of the tasks performed includes:
–Wiping down all counters, etc.
–Testing the generator
–Tower: raising and lowering
–Removing wasps from the window screen and vent screen
–Removing batteries, cleaning terminals and charging
–Washing the outside of the trailer
Tasks pending include:
–Checking brake and tail lights
–Checking tire air pressure
–Refurbishing the rodent-damaged first aid kit [Thanks, Simon]
The trailer will be towed to the airport site on Friday, June 25 at 1400 hours where set up of antennas and of the tent will take place.
Please join us on Friday afternoon and also put some time aside for operating on Saturday throughout the night to Sunday noon.
Bring your camera for a number of great photo ops with radio and with airplane, helicopter demonstrations and so forth.
73– Ron VE7RLE
Operators in rural Salmon Arm with the Shuswap Amateur Radio Club hone their skills in determining the transmission source of drones in unauthorized areas.
Present were Robin VE7HMN, Mike VE7LOG, Tim VA7TMK, Dave VA7HDY, and Simon VE7SHG with photos by Ron VE7RLE.
Further postings to this blog by members of the Technical Committee will comment upon the materials and procedures which will be required to further the club’s progress towards making the “hunt” more effective.
Club President and Technical Committee member Robin VE7HMN, at the May 12, 2016 Club Meeting, demonstrates the club 15-element 2.4 Ghz Yagi in conjunction with the wifi dongle and laptop.
At this demonstration, the laptop displays all WiFi sources and their respective signal strengths within an approximate one kilometer radius of the meeting site in the Piccadilly Mall Board Room.
The club has purchased the yagi and dongle–as part of its project to be able to locate the transmitter of a drone.
Hopefully testing will soon be conducted with drones personally owned by club members and then perhaps with the drones now being used by the Sicamous-based Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue group.