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VE7RGF - Spring Repeater Picnic
Grand Forks Amateur Radio Club
- Grand Forks, British Columbia, Canada
Accident Free for over 15 minutes!
We are a duly constituted and incorporated body of Amateur Radio Operators serving the following communities:
- BC: Cities of
- Beaverdell, Rock Creek, -
- the Upper Granby and Kettle River Valleys in BC
- - the BC
- WA: Cities of Danville, Curlew, Republic, Colville, - Northern ends of Ferry and Stevens Counties in WA, USA
HF Traffic Handling
GFARC members often check into the BCEN on 3.7290 MHz
at 0100 Z.
(100 Hz Tone)
|Bald Knob (Phoenix BC)
||South Central BC, N. Central WA
||Hard-Linked to RCL (Christina Lk)and OGF (Observation Mtn Grand Forks)
100.0 Hz tone requ'd on Xmit
(100 Hz Tone!)
|Observation Mt - GF
||Grand Forks Valley
|| - 100 Hz CCTS Tone requ'd on Xmit |
Hard-Linked to RGF and RCL via UGF
||Santa Rosa - Christina Lake
||Christina Lake, GF Valley
||Hard-Linked to RGF (Phoenix Mtn) and OGF
IRLP Node List)
||Mt. Rod Dhu
||South Central BC, N. Central WA
||Our Node No. is 1848 - See ILRP Website
A refresher about "tone access"
CCTS Tone access is a means by which repeater controllers can be programmed to ignore unauthorized transmissions. ie, they can be set up not to pass on,
or otherwise recognize signals whose audio is not accompanied by a sub-audible (to human ears) tone which your transceiver may be programmed to send with
your signal on key-up. There are other reasons to use this function, but in this case, unwanted interference from such as other repeaters on the mountain
will be minimized. Your problem as an authorized user is that, unless your transceiver is programmed to send the tone along with your signal, it will
be ignored by the machine. So don't forget to have a look at that user manual and have your unit send the required CTSS tones when required.
The IRLP machine has a temporary problem. This thought to be because it has been overused for net work and has suffered thermal breakdown.
As of this writing, (Jun '17) the road is still snowed in, so it'll be a while before we can get a team up there to correct the problem.
Stay tuned for further info....
This link fault will not be addressed until road conditions permit in the spring.
More on IRLP
Internet Relay Linking Protocol: a fun way to find other hams to talk to in other places, without the
bother of Big Radios. Find more on the subject here:
More on the IRLP Machine
This an APRS digipeater on
Mt. Roderick Dhu.
2 Metre Network - Your West Kootenay Connection
The 728, 694, and 676 machines are 24/7 hard-linked by uhf. Thus, system coverage for car mobiles is from the high ground West of Osoyoos and South of Kelowna to that around Kootenay Lake/Nelson and South to Tonasket/Sherman Pass, including the entire Christina Lake valley. Some "hot spots" such as Osoyoos central and Omak on good days. Handheld coverage is, of course, more restricted.
We try to maintain a 2M net at 1900 PST Thursdays on the 2m network. Try us on 652 Simplex if the network's empty.
146.52 MHz simplex is also monitored in the area.
A good page for those interested in an amateur radio licence
Another page with info on joining the ham fraternity
Industry Canada Service Center - All you wanted to know about Ham Radio in Canada but were afraid to ask!
A visit with a work party to our Phoenix repeater site
Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 PM in Grand Forks. All Amateur Radio Operators and those interested in Amateur Radio are most welcome.
please join us for an informal coffee break Saturday mornings at 10:00 AM at the Happy Days Restaurant in Grand Forks. - Just West of the Granby River Hwy 3 Bridge, kitty-corner from the now-vacant site of the Grand Forks Hotel. (shedding a tear here)
For more info, email our email connection Pete Snidal - snidey at telus.net or snailmail GFARC, PO Box 2276, Grand Forks, BC, V0H 1H0.
ARRL Field Days
On ARRL Field day, June 25/26 of 2016, the GFARC participated publicly at Grand Forks City Park for the
24 hours of the world-class event. Club members operatied some HF rigs, both full power and QRP,
as well as handhelds and possibly base station mobiles through our repeater network and particularly the IRLP
machine on Rod Dhu. Any and all hams were welcome to participate.
The Field Day went well and according to plan. Bigger and better for next year!
An even more successful field day was held this year at the Grand Forks Museum Fructova site on Reservoir Road. A good time was had by all, and it looks as
this will be an annual event. See y'all in 2018!
Thank you for visiting the GFARC website! CU on 2!