CCARS field day 1999. 

It is once again the annual picnic/field day for CCARS. We held the activity at Glen Haffy Headwater Trout ponds this year. As a continuation to last year's antenna testing project plus a space limitation issue at the new location, we can't reuse the wire beam last year. Based on response from our usual Cantonese HF contacts, we expect to have operations on both 20m and 40m band. The above factors basically defined the design criteria of the new antenna set up.

Two pieces of equipment newly bought by VA3MKO totally changed our plan at the last week. We suddenly have access to a 20ft telescopic pole and one UHF duplexer. The pole is made of aluminum and can be used as a temporary antenna tower. The structure is extremely solid once we have a vehicle stepping on its base plate. This handy 'tower' opens up a chance for us to change the antenna easily. We thus decided to use a 4 bands ground plane/dipole array in the morning while a change out is scheduled in the afternoon to test some home brew 20m beam designs. This created more fun and experience for our members to see how antennas are tested and trimmed.

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The duplexer is tuned on VA3CTR's frequency while a pair of Motorola mobile radio is configured as a full duplex repeater. Together with a 10db gain Yagi, the three components formed a standard UHF repeater that provides coverage up to 10km away. This mobile repeater made possible for us to provide navigation aids to members trying to find their way in.

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One of the goal this year is to invite more VHF grade members to experience HF operation. A new monitoring scheme is introduced this year to get more roaming time for members to make random CQ contacts. An Internet E-page address was sent to all known parties who might have interest to contact our field station that day. By sending us an Internet Email, the message will be sent to a alpha-numeric pager at site. We can then suspend the on-going random contact and start calling the station who sent us the page on his advised frequency. This practice proved very successful and we feel more freedom to scan around the band without worry on missing calls from pre-arranged members.

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Thanks to VA3ADM who generously donated the grand prize on the largest fish caught.

Thanks to VE3YIK who helped set up navigating road signs into the field site.

Thanks to VA3CTL who looked after construction of the campsite and the BBQ food center. With the help of VA3YGO and other members, they served hot meals for over 60 people.

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Thanks to VA3JMA who arranged for the special RC helicopter flight demonstration.

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Thanks to VA3MKO who provided hardware support for the tower and radio equipment.

Thanks to VE3RGW who provided the HF ground plane and 40m dipole.

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Thanks to VE3ZEM who provided the 20m mini beam and print jobs on this event.

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Thanks to VE3FLF who provided the rest of the hardware and supervised operation of the club station.

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Thanks to all members participated in this event and special thanks to W6IOW who dropped by the field site within his busy trip at Toronto.

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See you next year.