February 2018 Meeting – Reminder

Hi Gang,

So today (February 6th, 2018) we are having our February Meeting at 7.30 pm at the Craft Room at Fletcher’s Creek Sportsplex (corner of Ray Lawson Blvd and McLaughlin Rd in Brampton).

The Craft Room is located just past the doors (ie you walk through the doors) leading to the Library. The Craft room is the first room to the left.  This is NOT the same room where we have held previous meetings.

On the February meeting, we will be doing some organizing with Hamex, we will have Hamex Raffle tickets you can purchase, updates on Field Day planning, updates on work being done on Education, as well as other club news and information.

This month also has Dave Rajnauth VE3OOI as our guest speaker.  He’ll be doing a presentation on high altitude ballooning!  Should be fun!

See you all tonight!


Joe de VA3POR



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Main Meetings – New Room at Fletcher’s Creek

Hi All,

So for this new calendar year, our main club meetings will be conducted in a different room other than the Youth Room.  Due to an error on my part, we were not enrolled in the Youth Room from January to May.  The staff at Feltcher’s Creek however were great, they temporarily gave us a room on the second floor for the January meeting, and they have got us a space on the first floor going forward.  We will primarily be in the Craft room (we’ve had meetings there before, just past the doors heading to the library) and there will be two meetings in the pre-school room (room behind frosted glass across the main desk).

So, for each monthly meeting announcement I will confirm the room for the particular meeting.  Below is the list for your reference:

  • Februrary Meeting – Craft Room
  • March Meeting- Craft Room
  • April Meeting- Preschool Room
  • May Meeting- Preschool Room
  • September Meeting- Craft Room
  • October Meeting- Craft Room
  • November Meeting- Craft Room

Meetings start 7:30 pm as normal.

See you all in February!


Joe de VA3POR

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Distracted Driving in Canada: An Update


For immediate release: December 15, 2017

Distracted driving regulations continue to be an area of interest for many Canadian Radio Amateurs. These regulations are made and enforced by provincial governments and can vary considerably from province to province and over time.

In Ontario, RAC Directors Allan Boyd, VE3AJB (Ontario North/East) and Phil McBride, VA3QR (Ontario South) have been working hard on this issue.

On December 15, 2017, the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) announced that the current two-way radio exemption for “Amateur Radio operators and specified commercial, public transit, and public function drivers will be extended for a further three-years, effective January 1, 2018 until January 1, 2021.”

The update to the regulation can be found at https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/r17475.

While we were hoping for a permanent exemption, this decision by the MTO ensures our continued ability to operate Amateur Radio apparatus while mobile. RAC will continue to press for a permanent exemption going forward.

For more information visit our Distracted Driving webpage at: http://wp.rac.ca/distracted-driving/

Alan Griffin

RAC MarCom Director
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Basic Amateur Radio Class Set

Hi All,

as was posted to the Groups.io in December, PARC has a Basic Amateur Radio Class Scheduled for Saturday January 20th and Saturday January 27th 2018.  The class will be held at 8 Nelson St.

For anyone interested – please email me at kingpin (dot) joe (at) gmail (dot) com, and I will provide the full details, costs, and materials.

Thanks All!


Joe de VA3POR

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Happy New Year! First Club meeting of 2018

Hi All and Happy New Year!

I trust everyone had a great Christmas Holiday!  The wishes of a White Christmas certainly came through this year – and a true Northern climate to boot!

Tonight (Tuesday January 2nd, 2018) is our first meeting of 2018!  It’s held, as usual, at the Fletcher’s Creek Sportsplex (McLaughlin and Ray Lawson in Brampton) at 7:30 pm in the Youth Room.

I’m just getting confirmation for tonight’s speaker – so I’ll send out a second message as soon as I have a confirmation.

As a backup, I have something I can share… I have successfully downloaded satellite images from NOAA weather satellites using WXtoIMG software, a RTL dongle, CubicSDR software, Soundflower virtual sound cable, and a pair of good ole’ rabbit ears from the bygone TV era.  I can show you how I set it up, and show you links for you to dive deeper!

I will be bringing the club projector, so if any of you have anything to present, please let me know.  Also, if you have any announcements you need to make, please give me a heads up, and I’ll insure that you are on our meeting list.

So, if you’ve been hiding insude away from the cold and need an excuse to get out, you have one!

See you all later!


Joe de VA3POR

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PARC Christmas Dinner 2017 – Reminder

Hi All,

Tomorrow is our Christmas Dinner at Roma Ristorante.  After looking at our reservations, we still have 5 spots open.  If you’ve been on the fence, now’s the time to RSVP.  To do so, you can use this link.

The cost is $35 per person (CASH ONLY and I will be collecting at the door) and it is an Italian buffett that includes softdrinks, coffee and tea.  I will also be bringing in dessert from San Remo Bakery with our coffee and tea.  A cash bar is available incase you wish to have your favourite suds with dinner.

The restaurant is at 6350 Tomken Rd in Mississauga and will be accepting guests at 5.30 pm with dinner to start at 6.30pm.

Thanks to everyone that has already signed up!  I’m looking forward to seeing all of you tomorrow!



Joe de VA3POR

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Field Day 2017 Results

For the seventh year in a row PARC has managed to achieve the top Canadian ranking in the 4A category. Our score on 6336 (contacts plus bonus points) was slightly ahead of last year’s total.


We also placed second overall in Canada, regardless of transmitter category, coming in behind VE2CWI in the 2A category, with 7984 points.

Thanks to everyone who made this an enjoyable and rewarding event for the club. For further details and for plans for FD 2018, be sure to attend the January club meeting.


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PARC Christmas 2017 Party – RSVP

Hi All!

The reservation for the PARC 2017 Christmas Party has been set!  At the November meeting – club members have voted to do Christmas at the Roma Ristorante!

Here is the sign up sheet -> https://goo.gl/forms/mzBGSoVER3hRyHra2

Cost is $35.00 – Italian Buffet with Tea, Coffee, and Soft Drinks – Cash ONLY – to be collected at the door!

Dates, times, and map will on the RSVP form and I will email the information again when I send the confirmation of your reservation.  For those of you who did the sign up sheet at the November Meeting, I will begin emailing your confirmations!


Joe de VA3POR

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New Group.io Group for Raspberry Pi

Hi All,

There was an issue with the original PiGuys Group in Groups.io.  So a new group was created called the PARCPiGuys.  For those of you who subscribed to the original group, please unsubscribe from there, and subscribe to the PARCPiGuys.

To subscribe, just send an email to:


Put in the subject line – Subscribe, and I’ll be sure to add you!


Joe de VA3POR

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PARC Trailer to participate in 2017 NVIS event

Hi Everyone!

As many of you know, there will be an NVIS event held Sunday September 24th, 2017.  On our main web page are listed the frequencies that are suggested to be used.

PARC will be deploying the trailer for this event and attempt to communicate with stations using HF in an NVIS configuration.  For those of you who would like to participate, but don’t have the equipment, or the means to set up your own station, come to the PARC trailer and help out with the deployment.

The trailer will deployed at White Spruce Park in Brampton – across from the Trinity Common Mall.  More details are to follow as to exactly where in the park, however you can raise the trailer on the repeater and find out precisely on the day of deployment (which may be necessary depending on park usage by the general public).

As per the main page – here are the frequencies as well as the date and time:

Sunday Sept 24, 2017, 13:00 – 18:00 EDT

Suggest frequencies:

SSB: 3.700-3.750; 5.3305, 5.3465, 5.3570, 5.3715, 5.4035; 7.040-7.070

CW: 3.550, 5.3305, 5.3465, 5.3570, 5.3715, 5.4035; 7.030

Stay tuned, and also listen out on the repeater for more details as they become available.


Joe de VA3POR

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