Reino Keski- Loppet: January 14, 2017

Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet: January 14, 2017

Once again several volunteers from SARC gathered at the Larch Hills ski chalet in preparation to assist with radio communications for the Reino Keski-Salmi Loppet.  The temperature at 0800 hours was a crisp -20 and not a cloud in the sky, promising a great day for a Loppet.  After a short briefing, transport out to the various stations around the course began.  Celia/NIA and Wayne/VT were going to South Hub as First Responders where they would provide medical help if required, Tim/TMK took up Ron’s/RLE old station at Baby Moonwalk, Al/AN was stationed at the bottom of Stig’s Loop and Rob/ALY was at the bottom of Hot Shot.  Each station had a supply of firewood and the makings to start a fire to help keep warm.  While the outdoor crews were getting their fires going Daryl/DBC and Dave/HDY got the base station set up in the loft of the chalet.  Peter/RZZ provided a radio in a “lunch box” for this year’s operation that was much more compact than the regular Club radio used previously.  Communications were good this year, even out of the South Hub.  Our portable radios performed well when the base radio stopped transmitting late in the morning.  We suspect a power supply issue was the problem here but we worked around it.  At 1100 net control got a request from Rob for food as he was burning so much energy he was now “starving”.  Ten minutes later a beef on a bun was delivered by skidoo.  This could be the start of a new trend on the course.  Could it be drones delivering food??

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Ron photo droneOperators in rural Salmon Arm with the Shuswap Amateur Radio Club hone their skills in determining the transmission source of drones in unauthorized areas.
Present were Robin VE7HMN, Mike VE7LOG, Tim VA7TMK, Dave VA7HDY, and Simon VE7SHG with photos by Ron VE7RLE.
Further postings to this blog by members of the Technical Committee will comment upon the materials and procedures which will be required to further the club’s progress towards making the “hunt” more effective.DSC_7525

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Drone Fox Hunt Preparation

Club President and Technical Committee member Robin VE7HMN, at the May 12, 2016 Club Meeting, demonstrates the club 15-element 2.4 Ghz Yagi in conjunction with the wifi dongle and laptop.
At this demonstration, the laptop displays all WiFi sources and their respective signal strengths within an approximate one kilometer radius of the meeting site in the Piccadilly Mall Board Room.
The club has purchased the yagi and dongle–as part of its project to be able to locate the transmitter of a drone.
Hopefully testing will soon be conducted with drones personally owned by club members and then perhaps with the drones now being used by the Sicamous-based Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue group.

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