Niagara Peninsula Amateur Radio Club



Next General Meeting:Thu Apr 10th
Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - Posted By: VE3LVW for VA3KGS

Col. Talbot Trail, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 613 in Fonthill, Ontario. Photo by Peter, VA3WET.The next meeting will be Thursday, April 10th, 2013 at 7:00 PM at the Royal Canadian Legion in Fonthill. The Legion is centrally located in the Niagara Peninsula at 141 Highway 20 East, Fonthill, Ontario. Click for map and directions.

Everyone is welcome to attend, including those interested in membership or learning more about the hobby.

Guest Speaker:There won't be a guest speaker this month but Kevin VA3KGS will provide an update and overview on the progress of the local MESH network testing.

Come and join us and perhaps you'll learn or discover something new about this fantastic hobby!

After the meeting, members are free to discuss their future in the club and answer any questions about becoming an Amateur Radio Operator if you are not one already.

Refreshments will be available following the meeting and a mini flea-market for members to sell or trade their new and almost new equipment. Guests and Non-members may find this very interesting. Again all are welcome.

Field Day 2014 April Update
Monday, April 7, 2014 - Posted By: VE3LVW for VA3WET

Looks like we have been thrown a curve regarding Field Day. Work has begun at Woodend Conservation Area for the construction of an environmental centre. Much of the area has been fenced off with the parking areas being used as staging areas. We will have to find a new location for this year. Construction should be complete by September 2014. We will be able move back to the Woodend Conservation Area next year.

Many NPARC members have taken the bull by the horns to save Field Day. Private property has been donated in Stevensville for Field Day. Kaitlyn, VE3AUO has connected me with a contact at Brock University and John, VA3BOZ has suggested the lower park at Firemen's Park as the upper park is booked for the Volkswagon bug convention. The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority is actively looking for an alternative site for us. We will discuss this more at the Thursday NPARC General Meeting.

If anyone has any suggestions for Field Day, please run with it, make contacts, check availability and get back to me. For your information, we have $5,000,000.00 liability insurance. The site must be generator and propane bar-b-que friendly and must allow overnight camping. Washroom facilities would be ideal but not mandatory as we can rent a port-a-potty and wash station. For your information all cities in Niagara DO NOT permit overnight camping in their parks.

Good Luck,
Peter, va3wet
Field Day 2014 Co-ordinator.