Its been a rough couple of weeks but I’m back…. Some of you might say…. “you left????” but I was away from the hobby….
We have one less cat now (RIP Shadow) but its time to wipe away the tears and get back to our regular activities.
You might remember that I bought that $500.00 hat back at the Carp Hamfest well that radio they gave me is now up and running as a Personal Digital Node here in Kingston and its connected to the C4FM Canada Link (40505) which is the VE3ORF repeater system and accessable on UHF simplex at 443.1625.
As you can see from the above map the coverage is from Joyceville Ontario to West of Odessa (east of Napanee) The VE3ORF system gives coverage from Brockville east on the 401 to past Morrisburg and then from Prescott Ontario north into Ottawa using several linked repeaters. I give you a gateway from the Kingston area into the system and then you gain the full system as you get close to Brockville.
For more info on the system go to: http://www.ve3orf.com
The antenna is an Arrow Dual Band Groundplane at about 20 feet above ground with the link radio at the 25w pwr setting. For the testing I used VA3QV/m with its dual band mobile antenna and the mobile pwr setting was at 50w. Now this is what I am getting with my setup so your results could (might vary)
Its still in the testing mode and so far the only issue is that if my internet hiccups at the same time as the node is doing something that it needs to connect to the network …. well at that time it will just disconnect from the network which means that someone at my house has to go into the shack and double click on the icon to restart the system again. So far in testing that has only happened twice so here hoping the internet stays stable…
Its a learning process and it will stay up and running as long as it remains stable and dependable. I operate it on UHF as the local repeaters here in Kingston are on VHF so there is no conflicts and I can still operate locally as needed.
If you have access to the Wires X system from your location try connecting to node 40505 and you will be connected to the ORF system which also includes my little bit of radio land here in Kingston.