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2013 Annual General Meeting and Picnic

Notice of Annual General Meeting & Picnic

Where: VE3RPT Repeater Site, Skyloft Ski Resort
(Beside the green building)
722 Chalk Lake Road
Uxbridge, Ontario

When: Sunday, September 15th, 2013, 11:00 am (sharp)


Registration and refreshments (10:30 – 11:00 am)
AGM begins (11:00 am)
a. Review of the 2012 financial statement
b. General reports
c. Election of directors
Open discussion (ending in time for the annual picnic at 12 noon)
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Help Wanted

We need to do some repair work at the Skyloft site. Members of our technical committee were up there in the summer and fixed several issues. Other issues still need attention, including some of the antennas, various feed lines, and the roof of the shack. Please check out our Bug Reports database to see what needs to be done.

Update: Mike VA3MW has recently replaced the antenna for VE3DHL (1286 MHz). Initial tests look good - please try it out and let us know what you find.

If you are able to spare any time, expertise or materials we would like to hear from you. Please contact Luc VA3LMS (lms350 at for more details.

We are also accepting donations. Visit the donations page for more details.

Toronto ARES nets

Amateur Radio stations anywhere in the Greater Toronto Area are invited to check into the evening nets of the Toronto ARES Group.
The nets begin with a call out to roll call stations but the Net Control Station (VE3NCS) will also issue a call for any station anywhere to check in.

All weeknight nets start at 8.00 PM.

The Net on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday nights is a SIMPLEX net on 147.405 MHz. You must transmit a PL tone of 103.5 hz.

The Monday night net is held on the VE3TNC repeater (147.270+) in downtown Toronto. No tone required.

The Wednesday night net is held on the VA3GTU repeater 4B (444.850+) in downtown Toronto. 103.5 tone required.

The Friday night net is held on the VA3GTU repeater 4C (443.750+) in Scarborough. 103.5 tone required.

On Saturday nights additional nets are held

  • at 8.30 PM on repeater VE3RPT (147.060+) and
  • at 9.00 PM on 6 Meter repeater VA3ECT (53.390-).

On Sunday evening three nets are held.

  • At 8 PM a net is held on the VE3BEG repeater (224.860-).
  • At 8.30 PM a simplex net is held on 446.025 MHz.
  • At 9.00 PM a 6 Meter simplex net is held on 52.525 MHz.

None of these 3 nets require a tone.

At 5.30 PM on Sundays, the GTA Regional Net is held on the CN Tower repeater VE3TWR 145.410-(103.5) and 444.400+.

By participating in any of these nets you are putting your radio on the air and ensuring that it is working properly.

You are also informing all the other Amateur Radio Operators in Toronto that you are on the map. That you exist.

Being an Amateur Radio Operator means you talk on a radio with other Amateur Radio Operators.
Checking into the ARES Nets is your best easy way to do that on VHF and UHF.

Print out this message for reference. Relay over to your club's website or newsletter.

73 - Toronto ARES Group

Update on VE3RPT

VE3RPT B DSTAR on 443.225 + is back online with great coverage in the GTA area and points north to Barrie. VE3RPT B is often connected to XRF005B reflector which is a reflector that other GTA repeater are also connected to. This repeater is connected to the FREESTAR DSTAR network and it is not uncommon to hear others from all over the world on this network was well.

No DSTAR registration is required to connect to this network. Only a valid Amateur Radio callsign in your MYCALL field. (This is a change in recent history)

To ensure that you are using VE3RPT B correctly, you want the following values set on your radio:

MYCALL (your callsign) VA3MW (as examaple)
RPT1 VE3RPT B <---- there is 1 space before the B (this is the repeater you are on) RPT2 VE3RPT G <---- same as above - 1 space (this is the gateway OUT of VE3RPT B so that your radio audio makes it out to the reflectors) You will also notice that on this repeater and VE3RPT C (145.25) you will see the current Air Temp and average wind speed displayed from time to time. The measurements are made right from the tower at the repeater site. The complete weather details are at Weather Underground