posted Jun 21, 2012, 1:06 PM by Jamie Cashin

This site has been retired... so if you're reading this, go to to find our new site! Thanks Mike VA3MPM for finding better software for our needs!

Jamie VA3JME

SK Announcement

posted Jun 6, 2012, 6:20 PM by Jamie Cashin   [ updated Jun 9, 2012, 1:43 PM by Darryl Cooper ]

It is with our deepest regret that we announce that VE3NLH, Norm Richardson passed away Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at 46 years old.

Our sincerest condolences to his fiance Victoria, family, friends, and the amateur community of which Norm was such an important contributor.
This was sent to Darrell (VA3RDC) Friday June 8, 2012 by Norm's sister, Juanita Richardson:  

"It was a shock to us all but Norman passed away peacefully on Wednesday morning in his chair in front of his beloved ham radios and his computer. 
PLEASE NOTE: We will be having a celebration of Norman’s life on Sunday at 3:00 PM at his house in Englehart – address is 324 Day Mar Road off Hwy 624.  I know you are far away but you would be welcome.  Please spread the word to Norman’s ham friends.  All are welcome."  

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VA3XPR Downtown Toronto gets new addition

posted May 25, 2012, 8:31 PM by Jamie Cashin   [ updated May 25, 2012, 8:33 PM ]

Our friends at VA3XPR in downtown Toronto continue to expand, thanks to a Dayton find! Click here

Jamie, VA3JME

3730 Net moved back to 21h00 Eastern

posted May 16, 2012, 11:12 AM by Jamie Cashin

Now that the bands have improved, we have moved the 3730 net back to 21h00 Eastern. See you there!

VHF repeater back up, UHF improved

posted May 11, 2012, 3:54 PM by Jamie Cashin

A dead power supply was the culprit behind our VHF repeater death this week. It's back up and the UHF side is now even more sensitive! Thanks to Sean and Mike!

Jamie VA3JME

Interested in volunteering?

posted May 9, 2012, 9:05 AM by Jamie Cashin

I do a lot of volunteering as long as I get to use a radio. In fact I have volunteered for events from Targa Newfoundland all the way to Bancroft Ontario (Rally of the Tall Pines). Most of the stuff I do though is near the Ottawa area, and a few things within a few hours of there.

So if you have an amateur radio licence, and like to volunteer, let me know and I can introduce you to some events. So far in 2012 you have already missed the Canadian Ski Marathon,  CN Cycle for CHEO, and the Lanark Highlands Forest Rally, but the Rideau Lakes Cycle Tour is rapidly approaching, and then there's the Galway Cavendish Forest Rally, and the Black Bear Rally.. and much much more to come this year!

Jamie Cashin

(Note that I do this as a sole amateur and not affiliated with any group or club, but it sure would be nice to start bringing in volunteers from VE3ORF/3730 and spread our good message of Amateur Radio, praise the airwaves, Hallelujah)

VE3ORF/3730 Group Supper & Monthly Meeting

posted May 6, 2012, 6:14 PM by Darryl Cooper

Join us at Rockwell's Family Restaurant located in the center of the Merivale Mall this coming Tuesday (May 8, 2012) for supper starting @ 5:30 pm to be followed by our monthly meeting starting at 7 pm.  Presentation and discussion on our upcoming Field Day event.  

Dealing with police and Ontario bill C118

posted May 2, 2012, 7:15 AM by Jamie Cashin   [ updated May 2, 2012, 7:19 AM ]

If you operate a mobile radio station in Ontario, you owe it to yourself to print off the contents of this link and carry it with you: C118 NEW: See below for links to printable PDF files, even easier!

If you get pulled over and the officer is trying to ticket you, and the only charge will be distracted driving under section C118, then you need to politely inform the officer that there is an exemption in place for licensed amateur radio operators. The excerpt in question is 13 (1), which reads:

Time-limited exemption for amateur radio operators

13.  (1)  Until January 1, 2013, drivers who hold a valid radio operator certificate issued under theRadiocommunication Act (Canada) may drive a motor vehicle on a highway while holding or using a two-way radio.

BE POLITE! But do inform the officer that it is your understanding that there is a temporary exemption for licensed amateur radio operators, and offer to produce the text of the act to point out to them why you believe this to be so. You should also carry a copy of your amateur radio licence with you if you operate mobile, even though you are not legally required to do so as far as I understand.

There are plenty of online resources that deal with or discuss bill C118, but we decided to place this notice here for the benefit of hams who just want to have something to print off to protect themselves.

Jamie Cashin

FIXED! - Was: VE3ORF VHF side down, but fixes coming!

posted Apr 30, 2012, 9:10 PM by Jamie Cashin   [ updated May 11, 2012, 3:52 PM ]

UPDATE! The repeater had a dead power supply. Back up even better than before thanks to Sean and Mike.

VE3ORF 146.850 has experienced a power supply failure.

We will attend to this ASAP.  Until then.............

You can find us on  VE3ORF 444.550 +  151.4 T


Get an Alinco Radio!

posted Apr 25, 2012, 10:01 AM by Jamie Cashin   [ updated May 1, 2012, 6:16 PM by Jamie Cashin ]

Professional Radio Service now taking orders for Smiths Falls Flea Market

Sean Huntley is the owner/operator of Professional Radio Services, based in the Ottawa region, and is one of our sponsors. Sean not only provides service, installation, and equipment to various commercial, municipal and government entities, but he also provides the same level of professional services to the Amateur community.

Sean is pleased to announce that Professional Radio Services is now Canadas newest Alinco dealer, and is also a dealer for GRE Scanners! Carrying the full Alinco and GRE line for Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, Sean is now taking orders for Smiths Falls Flea Market delivery.  A full catalog will be available soon, but for now the link contains the prices for radios only. If you need any accessories, let Sean know and he will get a price for you.

Current Alinco Price list HERE (Prices include HST!)

Tel: 613-258-9094

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