Only a week until winter officially begins and York Region enters lockdown at 0001 tonight. The nightly health & welfare net we're holding on VE3YRA & VE3YRC/UHF at 8:30 pm (except club meeting nights) has been a great way to keep in touch with other members and meet new people without having to leave the house. If you haven't checked-in please give it a try. We have 167 unique calls in the log so far, some from quite far away on nights with enhanced propagation.
Here's some of the other activities going on at the club right now.
D-RATS: Over the past couple of days Mike VA3MCT, Steve VE3EZ, Brian VE3IBW, Eric VE3EB, and Chris VE3NRT have been trying out D-RATS over the club's D-STAR repeater and with Simplex and have been making good progress. If you have a D-STAR capable radio and would like to try, contact me or check the club Google group for more information.
Fox Hunting: Mike VE3BWV gave us a presentation on Fox Hunting at the last meeting and promised to follow up with some activities. This social activity can be done while maintaining social distancing and is a great skill to develop within the club to track down various sources of interference. The level of interest seemed quite high so we're looking forward to some great hunts.
Winter Field Day: This popular event might still be held on January 30 and 31. We anticipate that we will still have COVID-19 restrictions then and are planning accordingly, but there is likely a better than even chance of cancellation or conversion to a home event at this point. Contact Steve VE3UT if you are interested in participating.
Meetings: We're holding virtual meetings right now using Zoom. Meeting details are sent to members by email and anyone else who is interested in attending should contact our club secretary, Sandra VA3SWD. Next meeting at the time of writing is January 5th.
The club by-laws require that the president form an advisory committee of members. I've seen no interest in doing this when I've asked at general meetings, but I'll be contacting members over the next month or so to see if they'd like to participate or just provide some comments about the club. The more feedback the board gets the more we'll be able to serve the needs and interests of the members. Feel free to get in touch.
We were saddened to hear of the passing of former club president and current member Dave Marzetti, VE3SLM who died from complications of COVID-19 in late November. Our condolences to his friends and family.
President, York Region Amateur Radio Club